Skip the awk­ward “grow­ing-out” stage with cur­tain bangs

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If you’re phas­ing out your fringe in prepa­ra­tion for warmer weather, smart move. First, no-one wants a fur­nace on their fore­head come sum­mer­time, and sec­ond, you’re ahead of the style pack. “Cur­tain fringes are def­i­nitely on trend right now,” con­firms De Lorenzo am­bas­sador Brad Ngata. This slightly grown out, cen­tre-parted style skims the cheeks and softly frames the face, mak­ing it ver­sa­tile and flat­ter­ing for prac­ti­cally any face shape.

Cur­tain bangs look good whether hair is left loose or pulled back, and can be worn straight or with Brigitte Bar­dotesque tou­sled tex­ture. (And it’s an added bonus for hair that tends to frizz dur­ing the steamy months.) “To get that slightly im­per­fect but still pol­ished look, mist a sea-salt spray on damp hair and blow-dry into the hair as you nor­mally would,” ex­plains Ngata. “Fol­low with a slight dust­ing of tex­tur­is­ing pow­der, blow-dry again – this time in the op­po­site di­rec­tion of hair growth – and then use the cold-but­ton func­tion on the hairdryer to set the fringe in place, di­rect­ing the noz­zle straight down and al­low­ing the air flow to flat­ten the fringe.”

Try to avoid serums or any­thing with sil­i­cones, which will just make your fringe look greasy, and do fin­ish your styling with a mist of hair­spray to hold it all in place. If adult acne has been an on­go­ing bat­tle, that’s where Kleresca, a bio­pho­tonic treat­ment that pen­e­trates the deeper lev­els of the der­mis, comes in. Us­ing a light con­ver­sion sys­tem, the non­in­va­sive treat­ment works by killing bac­te­ria to halt new break­outs and heal­ing cur­rent cysts, and re­duc­ing signs of scar­ring. The eyes are cov­ered and a thick gel is ap­plied, then a heat lamp is placed over the face. Af­ter nine min­utes un­der the light, which feels sim­i­lar to ly­ing in the sun, the gel is re­moved. While you may ex­pe­ri­ence some red­ness af­ter­wards, over­all, it sits low on the pain scale. The treat­ment is ad­min­is­tered twice a week for six weeks (dur­ing which you can’t use any ac­tive prod­ucts) and you can ex­pect to see full re­sults at the end of 12 ses­sions.

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