2022 has already brought with it some pretty iconic hair trends. Between bottleneck bangs and a new set of trendy color options, it’s safe to say this will be an exciting trip around the sun for the industry as well as those who want to try out any of these new styles.
In terms of signature haircuts, the past month has shown that it’s all about the Bixie. That’s a bob and pixie cut hybrid, of course, and it’s taking over.
The Bixie takes the best parts of the classic bob haircut and adds in the dimension and versatility of the pixie cut. For some adventurous stylists and inspired clients, the cut has also been seen with mullet-like elements as well. What better way to start off the new year than with a fun, fresh, and creative haircut like this one?
Here’s the skinny on the year’s trendiest haircut, including what to ask a stylist for, how to cut one, and how to style it.
What Exactly Is a Bixie?
With hybrid hairstyles becoming more and more popular lately, it can be difficult to keep up. It should be noted, though, that this is not the first time the Bixie has been seen on the heads of celebs and the masses alike. In fact, the cut first made its debut in the ’90s on famous femmes like Cameron Diaz, Winona Ryder, and others. It was an instant hit and a refreshing take on two classic shortcuts.
It’s also a versatile cut, which makes it even more popular. The style can be seen in “bedhead chic” styles as well as dressed up to the nines as a result of quality salon tools. The Bixie differs from a traditional bob haircut in a few ways. It has more dimension, layering, and texture, making it shaggier and a little more imperfect in the best way. Thus, the Bixie leaves a bit more room for personalization.
Enter the pixie cut, whose light and airy elements like asymmetry and differing lengths are also represented in the Bixie. The modern Bixie brings with it some new tricks, so it’s not to be confused with the old one.
How To Cut A Bixie
For clients, it’s so important to know what questions to ask a stylist. Of course, photos are a great way to get the message across, but a quick pre-appointment phone call or visit to the salon can solidify your intended results more clearly. Be sure to ask about hair length, layering options, and what a post-salon maintenance routine looks like for this style.
As with most trendy hairstyles, the Bixie is best left to stylists with professional hair products and tools, especially if the intended style requires hair color.
The new Bixie is interpreted in different lengths and style elements, so it’s important for stylists to communicate with their clients before the haircut actually happens. Stylists should have a short pre-appointment consultation during which they can ask the client about their intended results.
They should ask the client about their intended length, how much layering they would like and consult any photos they have brought with them in addition to recommending professional hair styling products to help with upkeep and overall hair healthiness, which will keep the hairstyle looking better for longer. Once the stylist and client have agreed on the specifics of the cut, it’s time to start the cutting process.
First, take the time to give the hair a good, long wash. This is important because the finished look includes shagginess and layers, which tend to show off dullness or breakage if it’s there. Once a clean slate has been created, begin cutting the hair to the longest desired length. This will mark the longest part of the finished look and gives stylists a scale on which to work.
Begin layering the hair to the client’s desired preference. For extra messiness and effortlessness, make small upward cuts around the edges. This adds texture and dimension. Once the cutting process is finished, dry and style the hair using professional texture products and working in hairspray to lock in the look.
How To Style A Bixie
Whether it’s at home or in a salon chair, styling a Bixie haircut is simple and can be easily personalized for a unique look. Because of the added layering, this haircut might take on a signature shape of its own that is unique to the wearer. In this case, let the hair air dry and muss it up a bit with some texture spray or finishing spray.
The Bixie looks great when brushed back and tucked behind the ears, teased up with volume or touched up with a curling wand for heavenly waves. The possibilities are endless!