22 Attractive Bixie Haircut Ideas – Not Just for Fine Hair!
Published by Aida Turner
Fact checked by Annie
- The bixie haircut is a combination of the bob and pixie cuts.
- The bixie cut appeared in the 1990s and became popular again after Rowan Blanchard wore it at the 2019 Paris Fashion Week.
- This hairstyle is ideal for those with medium- or fine-density hair, but it can be done with any kind of hair: fine, long, short, curly, straight, and more!
- You can do a bixie haircut on your own using cutting shears, good hair products, and a blow dryer. But a hairdresser would also do it for $60 to $80.
2022 is now the year of the bixie cut. But it actually first appeared in the 1990s, although people probably just called it “short hair.” The style was overtaken by other trends for almost two decades.
Many celebrities sported this short style in those days — including Winona Ryder, Cameron Diaz, and Drew Barrymore. It’s possible that the bixie cut didn’t take off very well at first since society looked down on women who opted for short haircuts.
Another possible reason is that it turned from a carefree style that relied only on natural texture to something more heavily styled.
You could think of it as going from a fun look to something that looks like you’re going to demand to see the manager.
Fortunately, society has changed!
More recently, actress Florence Pugh posted a picture on Instagram about her new haircut.
Since then, many other celebrities have been seen wearing a bixie cut. These include Alexa Demie, Sarah Hyland, Ciara, and Kristen Stewart.
Keep reading to learn more about this hairstyle!
What Is a Bixie Haircut?
The bixie haircut is a combination of the bob and pixie cuts.
It’s not long enough to be a bob cut but also not short enough to be a pixie cut. You can think of it as a shaggy bob that’s heavily layered to add dimension and texture to the look.
The BASIC shape of a bixie is that it’s around ear-length with tapered ends.
Its many layers break the style to give it the wispy pixie feel. But it’s fuller on the top and sides and thinner on the bottom to look like a bob.
Bixies usually have bangs, but they can come in different forms — from side-swept bangs to full bangs.
22 Bixie Haircut Ideas & Examples (With Pictures)
Interested in getting the bixie style? Below are a few ideas you can get started with:
Bixie Haircut for Fine Hair
When you have fine hair, it means each strand has a smaller diameter. This is great for bixies since you can EASILY achieve the wispy look pixie cuts have.
Wispy Bixie with Bangs
Bangs will add shape to the bixie, while wispy layers will give it the lightweight look pixie cuts have. You can experiment with what kind of bangs to have to get different looks when styling.
Layered Lightweight Bixie
This style of bixie has soft layers. If you have an off-center part, you get a quick casual and tousled style.
Long Bixie Haircut
Though bixies are typically just around ear-level, they can also be longer than that! The important thing is it still looks like a half-bob and half-pixie cut.
Add some side bangs to this style, and you get an upgraded bob cut. You can further style it by giving it a quick blowout or with a smoothing iron.
You can try this regardless of the length of your bixie cut. However, a long bixie gives you more space (and possible layers) for more colors!
Short Bixie Haircut
Bixies are already short, but you can have even shorter bixies!
A swept-back bixie makes for a laidback look, depending on how short your cut is.
A shaggy bixie has choppy layers and some volume on top. To give it a more shag look, you can add a little length at the back too.
Bixie Haircut for Curly Hair
Bixies look great, not only on straight hair! Curly hair allows for more blended layers and more texture too.
Curly Bixie with Highlights
Add some highlights to your bixie haircut to give some emphasis to your curls.
Curly Bixie with Wispy Bangs
Wispy curly bangs look cute and add some playfulness to the style.
Bixie Haircut With Bangs
Bangs are a natural part of bixies. But there are many ways you can style your bixie bangs.
Bixie with Fringe
Feathery layers with a fringe give the style volume while still being lightweight.
Tousled Bixie with Side-Swept Bangs
A casual tousled look with side-swept bangs can make you look both laidback and elegant, depending on the styling.
Thick Hair Bixie Haircut
Thick hair is admittedly not the best type for the bixie trend. However, there are several ways you can make it work.
Bixie with Highlights
Putting highlights in your bixie haircut shows off your hair’s thickness, definition, and volume.
Shaggy and Tousled Bixie
Shaggy and tousled is an excellent way to wear a bixie! Shorter layers help shape the style, giving you a playful and laid-back look.
Bixie Haircut Wavy Hair
If your hair type is wavy, we’ve got some options for you too! Similar to being curly, this makes it easier to blend your layers.
Typical wavy bixies have sweeping bangs, layers on top, and length at the back.
An asymmetrical bixie is a short bixie that has an added length and fullness on only one side to make it look like a bob. Meanwhile, on the other side is a short pixie that’s closer to the head.
Bixie Haircut for Thin Hair
Thin hair talks about the DENSITY of the strands on your head rather than how thick each individual strand is. This means you can have few but thick strands.
A formal bixie has a tightly or loosely curled back, depending on how fun or formal you want your style to look.
Bixie with Boosted Crown
Because you’re dealing with thin hair, you should try to style it in a way that it doesn’t look thin. Fluffing is an excellent way to do this. Some extra volume on top is also flattering for those with round or square jaws.
90s Bixie Haircut
Of course, we should honor the 90s bixie haircut!
This one from Winona Ryder is a sophisticated kind of messy. You’ll need a good texture spray and hairbrush to pull it off.
This edgy haircut by Kristen Stewart is a different take from the feathered and soft layers of a typical bixie. However, face-framing bangs can still add a bit of softness. To make your look edgier, a blonde bixie with the roots showing is one way of doing it.
Bixie Haircut for Round Face
Bixies work great regardless of your face shape — you just need to know which styles suit you. For those with a round face, here are some ideas:
Blended and Shaped Bixie
Blended layers lessen the amount of work you need to do in styling. That’s because the layers remove bulk and heaviness at the base of the cut. It hugs or frames your face, but it complements the roundness.
Tapered Bixie with Side Bangs
This is a fun and airy cut with a slimming effect, thanks to the bangs and how tapered the style is.
Bixie Haircut for Older Women
Even older women have vast options for the bixie hair they can have!
Sleek Side Part Bixie
Bixies don’t always have heavy or choppy layers. Invisible layers can also make for a sleek bixie — and it can look sophisticated too.
Platinum Blonde Bixie
A platinum blonde bixie is a great modern hairstyle. It looks sophisticated as well, even if you haven’t styled it yet. If you notice your hair starting to gray, own that and go for this platinum blonde bixie style.
How Do You Cut a Bixie Cut?
While you can always head to the salon for this cut, you might also consider trying to do it yourself.
If you’re one of those brave souls who want to try cutting their own bixie, here’s a step-by-step:
- Wash and air dry your hair.
- Cut your hair up to shoulder length. It doesn’t have to be a good cut since you can perfect it when you actually cut your bixie later. The Kashi Japanese Cobalt Steel Straight Cutting Shears would be a perfect companion for both amateurs and pros. It’s lightweight and affordable too!
- Section your hair. Start with just one and secure the others with a clip or tie.
- Pull each section taut, and cut at a 45-degree angle to help soften your look by creating roundness. (PRO TIP: If you have curly hair, don’t pull it taut — instead, just cut it where it falls. Otherwise, your final cut might end up too short.)
- As you move towards the sections on the top of your head, cut them slightly shorter. Remember that bixies are mostly built on choppy layers.
- You can cut your bangs however you want!
- Soften the ends of your cut for a feathered bixie so the layers don’t look too uneven or blunt.
Now you’re ready to style your new bixie hair!
How to style the bixie haircut
Below is how you can do so:
- Apply heat protectant to your hair. Sephora’s Living Proof Restore Spray is GREAT since it’s lightweight enough to make you feel like you have nothing on while you’re styling it.
- If you have thick hair, you can swap the heat protectant with a good styling cream. The Alterna Caviar CC Cream works great regardless of your hair type. Aside from giving your hair moisture and strength, it also protects it from heat and UV rays!
- Blow dry your hair (but not completely!) Bio Ionic’s GrapheneMX Brushless Professional Hair Dryer operates at a low temperature but dries quickly.
- Use a small round brush to brush from underneath the hair.
- Dry the section on top of your brush using a blow dryer that’s pointed downwards. Slowly pull the brush down and twirl it once you reach the ends.
- Use a curling iron to touch up any areas. The Conair Double Ceramic Curling Iron is a budget-friendly and Amazon-favorite option.
- Put texture spray to add body and movement. Kristin Ess Dry Finish Working Texture Spray has a lightweight formula that works well for anyone. It helps create effortless lift and waves.
Who Should Get a Bixie Haircut?
ANYONE can wear a bixie haircut! However, for an easy bixie, having fine- or medium-density hair is ideal.
Despite that, as you’ve seen from our list, even those with thicker hair can pull it off. Age doesn’t matter with this hairstyle, either.
Because of how versatile the cut is, you can adjust it to suit your personal taste.
Despite that, make sure to choose a style that’s right for you. That means you’ll need to think of things like face shape and hair type, among others.
How Much Does a Bixie Haircut Cost at a Hairdresser?
Since it’s a short hairstyle, it shouldn’t be too pricey! Your stylist will usually charge you $60 to $80.
However, it depends on your personal style. If you ask for highlights or a fringe, you might be charged higher.
The best you can do is show the stylist a photo (or photos) of the bixie haircut you want.
You can also offer more suggestions on your bixie styling, bangs, and color.
However, the stylist will still decide on the best style for you. They’ll base this on different factors — such as hair texture, hair type, and face shape.
For instance, if you have a round face, the stylist might suggest a short length that’s more pixie with sweeping side bangs.
We’ve answered a few more questions on the bixie cut below:
Is Bixie Hair Low Maintenance?
YES! Bixies are actually one of the most low-maintenance hairstyles.
Admittedly, this still differs a bit among hair types. For instance, if you have straight hair, you’ll need to add volume to keep it from falling flat.
What Are the Bixie Dos and Don’ts?
- Use volumizing hair products to give your bixie cut more body.
- Look at reference pictures while working on your bixie cut. (But it might be best if you have a hair stylist work on it instead.)
- Choose a style that suits your hair’s natural texture and thickness.
- Cut wet hair unless you’re VERY experienced in haircuts.
- Cut off too much at once.
- Straighten curls unless you really plan to wear the bixie cut straight.
A bixie cut is a fun and short cut that’s part pixie and part bob.
It’s NOT high maintenance at all — the most effort is probably giving straight hair the volume this hairstyle needs.
The bixie cut is easily customizable to suit anyone.
While you can definitely do it yourself at home, consulting and having a stylist do it might be better to make your new style perfect.
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