was/is much curlier. Nice curls though.

I am growing out my pixie, which I loved and had for 3 years. I found having a trim every month to be very very expensive. I would cut my hair within an inch of its life and thought that it looked awesome. Exposure to high humidity (I have fine, porous hair) would make it either go very fluffy or very, very very (very) tight curls.

I was aiming for a Halle Berry look and realized that she must have relaxer in her hair.

I would suppose that a lot has to do with your hair, its thickness, its porosity. As well as how happy/healthy it is.

I have a pic of my pixie on Chloe7000's thread, here in 3 (curly pixies, I think, was the title). I also posted elsewhere what my hair looks like with similar length to those photos that you have included. My hair looks soooo much healthier, nicer curls, after starting a silcone free/sulphate free regime (the photo of my profile)
Growing out a pixie (last big cut July 2012)
3a? 3b? Fine, dense. Porous.
Finally sulfate free. Avoiding silicones.