Budget Beauty: How To Style A Pixie Cut On The Cheap

I've perfected my pixie cut styling routine using mostly drugstore products.

Today we're going to talk about two things that a few readers have expressed interest in: how I care for and style my pixie cut and the drugstore products that I use.

Right away I have to admit that I regularly use two non-drugstore hair products. I included them in this list because to omit them would be leaving out two important parts of my routine. Everything else on this list, however, is available at the drugstore for around $10 or under.

Obviously, these are products that work for my particular brand of hair: very short, thick, and not particularly oily or greasy. Those with pixie cuts might want to scroll right to my styling picks--thank me later.

John Frieda Clear Shine Luminous Glaze

I start with this John Frieda glaze, which I discovered in a friend's shower. (Yes, I’m a shower product sampler. Don’t pretend you aren't one, too.)

I put a good amount on for 20 minutes before rinsing it out in the shower. The promise: shiny, sleek hair. The real deal: I don't know about shiny, but this definitely makes my hair sleeker and smoother than ever before. (I should mention that I've only been using it for about two weeks.) It has a very strong, perfume-y smell, but I don't mind that. Plus, it's glittery!


Organix OGX Hydrating Tea Tree Mint Shampoo

Beauty writer confession: I don’t get shampoo. I never know which one to buy and, honestly, I've never really cared. I used to just let the other people in the house buy shampoo and I'd use whatever they got. When I was younger I was even content to use 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner. GASP!

I started to put a little more thought into my shampoo and chose one through a highly scientific process: sniffing every shampoo in the grocery store until I found the one I liked, Organix OGX Hydrating Tea Tree Mint Shampoo. The fresh, minty smell is invigorating and the formula gets my hair really clean. (What do you want from me? I'm still not a shampoo person.)

L'Oreal OleoTherapy Deep Recovery Mask

Conditioner, on the other hand, is something I LOVE. I have pretty thick, coarse hair that's been bleached and dyed a lot, so I go crazy with the thickest conditioners out there.

This one is so luxurious that it’s touted as a mask rather than a heavy conditioner. It's basically a giant tub of yellow, delicious-smelling custard. Except it's not custard, so don't eat it.

The tub isn't convenient, but still I love scooping out way too much and slathering it in my hair and then all over my body. It just smells so, so good. I'm gonna go ahead and call this the best heavy duty conditioner in the entire drugstore.

WEN Sweet Almond Mint Styling Creme

After showering, I run a quarter-size dollop of this through my damp hair to help fight frizz, and then I air-dry (I almost never blow-dry). You can also use it as a heat-styling protectant. It's not a drugstore product--and it's the most expensive hair product that I currently use--but I say it's worth it.

But, hey, what do I know? I swiped it from my sister so it was free to me. When I run out I'll be in trouble. There are lots of good drugstore alternatives, though. I’ve always liked Garnier’s anti-frizz and heat protectant products.

Argan Oil

No need for the fancy name brands when it comes to argan oil. I picked up 100 percent pure argan oil from T.J. Maxx for about $10. It's not nearly as expensive as the kind you'd find at Sephora and it works just as well. I use one or two pumps on dry hair to make my strands smoother, silkier, and shinier. I also use it to spot treat frizz and fly-aways.


Lush Dirty Hair Cream

When I want to play with texture or a fun hairstyle, I take out my Lush Dirty Hair Cream. It's technically for men, which is apparent as soon as you get a whiff of its strong, minty scent, but I love it. It also has really strong hold and can be used on dry hair for a bit of texture.

On damp hair it sets styles like this fauxhawk, which my hair is kind of too short for but I did my best at anyway.

It will stay all day and all night, or basically until you wash it out, and it never gets flaky or sticky in your hair. Lush isn't drugstore, but for about $15 you get a ton of product that will last you for months. Besides, I've never been able to find a drugstore pomade that I like, so I’m very happy with this.

That's my current hair routine! I can't imagine I'll be switching it up very much any time soon. I've become a serial cheater on fragrances, makeup, and skin care, but I'm so lazy about hair that I generally stick with what works.

Your turn: pixie cut or no, what drugstore products do you use on your hair? Any ideas or photo inspiration for how I should style my pixie?