Pixie, Bixie, Mixie… these names can be confusing and it gets tricky to distinguish them. Are they really different or just variations on a theme.
This can happy with the pixie! There are so many trending variations, like bixie o mixie. Thanks to the help of Mar Peón (Menta Beauty Place), Rubén Torres (IÒ Salon), David Lesur (David Künzle) and César Parra (Homine Madrid), we can better understand their origins. Surprisingly, the iconic cut started with the ‘garçon’, and then was reinterpreted and updated.
Evolution of a trend
From the garcón cut to the pixie, and on to the two more contemporary versions: the mixie and the bixie. For years the pixie took over salons as the cut everybody wanted. There was the “Parisienne”, the rebel, the curly, the tousled or the one with a longer quiff on the top to looks great on just about anyone. It was even better if you transformed it into a boyish cut and left the contours a bit longer.
“The pixie offers many advantages,including its incredible adaptability. It’s perfect for all face shapes, but especially enhances more petit women with a long neck, or with a roundish, oval face. Add some volume in back and… voilà!” says David Lesur, training manager at the David Künzle salons. “To keep it looking neat, it would be best to get to the back to the salon every four to six weeks for a trim and maintain the shape and length. At home we can comb it with a gel to add body to fine hair. if you have thicker hair, a styling mousse is perfect and fix it with a wax or hair spray.“
It is also easy to style and personalize. For example, a touch of grunge made Kristen Stewart and Miley Cyrus regulars, while tousled or wavy styling lends a rebel touch. David Lesur always advised adapting the pixie to the facial features. “If the face is round, it’s better to create a bit more volume on the top and reduce the ends to slim down the look. If the face is squre, use some locks to frame the jaw line and soften angles. A long face? A longer fringe will tend to minimize the length.”
Mixie, Bixie, … and Pixie for him
We could say that the bixie is a mix or fusion of the pixie and the bob cut, and the mixie with the mullet. “The mixie, for example, became very popular with the rise of actress Úrsula Corber. It was a fresh and sasssy look that could be reinvented easily. The pixie instead started out with a radicl cut like the mullet,” emphasize Rubén Torres, manager of IÒ Salon.
Instead, the bixie is the evolution of the short hair of the 90s. “It adapts to all types of textures and styes of hair. It changes with the layering, the lengths, and style we create. We can play with a fringe or leave it open. It can be asymmetric or wavy, more classic or avant-garde. There is less maintenance than with a pixie cut. The time between salon appointments can be slightly longer, but it needs more care than the classic bob,” advises Mar Peón, salon manager of Menta Beauty Place in Plaza Castilla. César Parra, director of Homine Madrid, also mentions the men’sl pixie. “Last year we saw logner and rounded versions, short or cropped. For young men with oval faces, the first option is the best. A long pixie is easy to maintain with wax for styling.“
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