I wanted to make sure that my pixie kept a feminine touch so I had slightly longer pieces in the side burn area, as well as at the nape of the neck (so, tight to the head at the back, but then some little curls at the very bottom).

I loved smoothing my hair into different directions and found that heavier styling creams/pomades/waxes worked super well.

Here is a photo:
Growing out a pixie (last big cut July 2012)
3a? 3b? Fine, dense. Porous.
Finally sulfate free. Avoiding silicones.