The Edgy Haircut Replacing The Dated Mullet

One constant in the fashion and beauty world is that trends are ever-changing. The mullet haircut was considered dated and out of style for decades, but it was revitalized in the 2020s by celebrities sporting the hairstyle.

The bixie, another trendy cut, has taken the mullet's place, hairstylist Kat Riley told PureWow. "The shorter in the front, longer in the back cut that celebrities like Billie Eilish, Miley Cyrus and Rihanna donned in 2021 and 2022 is being replaced with a more relaxed, graduated bixie cut," she told the outlet. Florence Pugh was one of the first stars to debut the look in 2022.

But what is the bixie? The haircut is the combination of a pixie cut and a bob and was first popularized in the '80s and '90s. The cut features short, shaggy hair and relies on creating a highly-textured much like the modern mixie hair trend, which combines the classic mullet and pixie cut. 

What to ask for at the salon to get the perfect bixie haircut

Since the bixie is a short, shaggy hairstyle, it's relatively low maintenance. It "gives the fullness of a short pixie while keeping the length and versatility of a bob," hairstylist Jenna Spino told Byrdie. The cut is ideal for people who are looking for a short cut that's not as short as a traditional pixie cut but still has movement and edginess.

The length is easy to maintain and won't have you in the salon every six weeks like a shorter cut might. "This cut is perfect for people wanting a chop without committing to the maintenance of a short style," Spino told Byrdie. "It's a fun, edgy, low-maintenance style that pretty much anyone can wear."

The cut can be difficult to achieve, so make sure you spend time researching your stylist before going all-in on the new cut. Bring several pictures of the haircut that you like and tell your stylist exactly what you like about each style.

Use texturizing spray and pomade to style your bixie cut

One of the benefits of the bixie cut is the lack of time spent in the salon that's required. While shorter haircuts require upkeep appointments more often, the bixie requires less trimming because it's longer and still keeps its style while growing out. Still, even without having to spend a lot of time in the salon, styling the cut can be time-consuming. Cut down on time spent styling your bixie by using texturizing spray and gel or pomade to help bring definition and add volume to your hair. 

Skip Fellers, a stylist and salon owner, told Modern Salon that styling the cut depends on creating movement in the hair. "As I work into the longer sections, I use my 1-inch ceramic iron and tighten the waves a bit," she said. "In order to keep the softness, I make sure to comb through each wave before it cools." Then, she completes the style with hairspray for all-day hold.