The Wixie is the Trending Versatile Cut of the Season
We’ve entered spring and with a new season, comes a new change and it’s no surprise that clients are feeling the urge to chop their hair to freshen things up for summer. Yes, short hair is officially on the rise! From the Bullet Bob and the Chopped Bob to The Cub and The Boxie, we’ve seen a range of shorter styles making their way up on clients’ agendas this year. And now, it’s time to make way for The Wixie – the newest trending versatile haircut of the season…
What is The Wixie?
Think a pixie haircut, but with wings. “It is a take on the shorter shag but with a cropped section in the middle,” says Sam Burnett, HARE & BONE. “Lots of texture, very choppy, with more length around the nape and sometimes the front and sides.” And if you thought the Pixie was low maintenance, “The Wixie is a lot lower maintenance, leaving clients to embrace the grow out, going 8-12 weeks in-between cuts,” says Kelly Shone-Adams, OSMO Technical Advisor.
In terms of suiting clients, this cut can be tailored to any face shape. “With the winged areas and length around the sides and nape, you can adjust this length and heaviness to frame the face shape of your client,” says Sam. But it’s heart face shapes that this cut is extremely flattering to. “It accentuates the jawline and cheekbones beautifully,” says Kelly. And it’s clients who have natural movement and texture within the hair that are perfect for this trend. “Those with straight hair will require more styling and therefore not recommended to have this cut,” Kelly adds.
Make the cut
When creating this look on clients, it’s all about the technique. “I would approach it as if I was cutting a Pixie haircut – short layering around the head shape, leaving some length around the sides and the nape,” Sam tells us. “You can also leave a little over-direction around the front of the hairline to create a longer, softer fringe.” And with razor cutting being a popular technique with creating texture, this is the perfect haircut to practice your skills, removing weight.
As this look is all about the tousled, messier finish with lots of texture, texturising products are a must when it comes down to the styling. “Start with something light and moisturising, and layer up with a sea salt or texture cream,” says Sam. “Work with your fingers to create more of a head hugging feel, and either leave to dry naturally or blow-dry with a diffuser. Once dry, you can loosen up the style with your fingers and finish with a dry texture spray.”
In regard to maintenance, this style is perfect for those clients who are looking to put less heat on their hair. “Clients can maintain their Wixie by using their fingers more than styling tools, lifting and sculpting the shape whilst twisting the longer edges to encourage a more natural flick,” says Kelly. This, along with attending the salon between 8-12 weeks, in-between fringe trims, and hairline tidy-ups will keep the shape perfect and your client’s wild for their Wixie.