Wearing a short style like a pixie cut can do wonders for your style. It’s like a statement piece to your entire wardrobe. By the same token, if you have short hair that is unkempt, you can go from 10 to 0 in no time flat. Disheveled short hair is one of the worst hair faux pas you can commit.
To help keep you on track and keep things tight around your edges and nape, let’s talk about one of the main basics that can make or break your pixie cut.
What is a mold?
If you are unfamiliar, the molding process for short women is when a product is applied to wet hair in order to sculpt the hair strands into the direction the hair will ultimately be curled. When done by a professional, molding hair may seem like a breeze. It doesn’t take long and it can be something that’s taken for granted.
However, those who know about short hair know that the perfect mold is everything. If it’s not done the right way, the final hairstyle will be lacking.
The molding process
There is a definite technique to molding short hair. The hair should be parted if the style calls for it, and it should be smoothed from a center point into the final position.
The most common product used to mold short hair is wrapping foam. It comes in many forms and it is made by many different brands. The product should be applied according to the directions provided by the manufacturer. Once applied, the hair should be combed with the teeth of the comb touching the scalp and each stroke should be followed with the flat surface of the hand.
The smoothing process
Following the comb strokes with the flat surface of the hand is a step that will smooth out any separation between the strands that are caused by the comb. After the hair has been directed into position, one final once over with the hand is needed. This step is where you can fix any missed bumps or uneven areas as well as cover any of those pesky comb marks.
During this step you also want to blend any areas together that call for a change in direction for one section of hair that is close to another section.
The molding and smoothing of short hair are crucial to a pixie cut. The mold matters because once the hair is dry, it is set in its position and changing or manipulating the direction of the hair is nearly impossible. Have you ever seen someone wearing a pixie cut and it looks like they have a cowlick? Those are the kinds of things the hair will do if it’s not properly molded.
Some people use heat to force the hair into a particular direction, but we all know the perils of excessive heat application on relaxed hair. To avoid that, make sure your base and foundation are right.