We all know the drill: you’re flicking through Elle Magazine or scrolling through Instagram and the swishy locks of your favourite celebrity catch your eye. You’ve been contemplating a change of image for some time now, online and you decide that a new hairstyle is on the cards. Having a fringe cut in is one of the easiest ways to overhaul your hairstyle and a great fringe will never go out of style.

Actress Zooey Deschanel has been the champion of the full fringe for a long time now, store proving that eyebrow skimming layers can really enhance your features, viagra while hairdo chameleon Emma Stone always comes back to her medium-thickness fringe no matter what hair colour or length she’s currently rocking. Meanwhile Taylor Swift’s transition from teenage songstress to sophisticated style icon was most certainly helped by the addition of a bobbed, fringed hairstyle to her look.

However, a fringe can be a deceptively tricky style to manage. Firstly, you’ve got to consider your hair texture and how it will react to being cut short around the face. Curly hair can by all means carry a fringe, but there’s a strong likelihood that your morning routine is going to have to include a hairdryer and a straightener. On the other hand, very fine, straight hair will need a boost of volume at the roots to avoid the appearance of a fringe being plastered to the forehead. And if your hair lies on the greasy side, prepare to spend a portion of most mornings hunched over the bathroom sink shampooing your fringe. All hair types can definitely suit a fringe, but it’s worth remembering that a little preparation and work will be needed to keep it looking perfectly sleek and coiffed.

Secondly, it’s worth having a chat with your hairdresser about what style of fringe will suit your face shape. All fringes were not born equal, and what looks fabulous on your bestie won’t necessarily suit you. There is a huge range of fringe styles to work with, from full and all one length like Zooey above, to side-swept, choppy, wispy or even super short à la Bettie Page. A good hairstylist will be able to visualise how your chosen style will work with your facial dimensions and hair type, and advise you how to tweak it to suit you. Many hairdressers offer a free fringe trimming service between full cuts, so it’s worth your while finding (and keeping) a stylist you trust.

Lastly, maintaining a fringe can be a part-time job in itself, so rid yourself of any illusions of perfect hair when you wake up in the morning. You’ll find yourself investing in new hair products solely for the fringe alone, and in particular we recommend picking up a texturising product such as the VO5 Give Me Texture Dry Texturising Spray and a heat protector like the L’Oréal Elnett Heat Protect Sleek Spray. A round medium barrel hairbrush is essential for sleek browdrying, and your usual hair straightener will tame any flyaways into submission. Dry shampoo will become your new best friend, and we don’t recommend engaging in any DIY trims under any circumstances – and we’re talking from experience here. Lastly, kirby grips and hairbands are going become a staple feature on your dressing table for those days when that fringe is sticking up every which way but the right way.

 

A fringe is a fantastic way to update your image, but we simply couldn’t have you making a life-changing decision like that without a few points of advice!

 

Emily O'Brien