In­spired by the chic locks of Parisian It girls, Lucy Slight takes the plunge and gets a fringe

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Why French-girl fringes are oh-so chic

I’m haz­ard­ing a guess that as I write this, hu­mid­ity lev­els are around the 100 per­cent mark, it’s rain­ing and I’ve just fin­ished a lunchtime gym ses­sion. This tri­fecta would nor­mally have zero ef­fect on how my af­ter­noon played out but, last week, I went and got my­self a fringe. Be­fore The Fringe, I was that girl who could com­plete a sweaty Grit Car­dio ses­sion, then pull my hair out of its pony­tail and go back to my desk as care­free as a kid at camp. If my locks turned limp post work­out, it was noth­ing a spritz of dry sham­poo couldn’t fix.

Now, I have to shower, wet my fringe, blast it with a hot hairdryer and tackle it with a straight­ener. It may sound like I’m in the midst of hair­cut re­gret, but I’m ac­tu­ally okay with hav­ing hair that’s a lit­tle more high main­te­nance than usual, be­cause when it’s done well, it’s my favourite makeover to date. One glimpse at my Pin­ter­est board will show you where the in­spi­ra­tion for my hair trans­for­ma­tion came from – Paris, mais bien sur! I’d spent too much time tak­ing In­sta­gram screen­shots of Caro­line de Mai­gret, Lou Doil­lon, Jeanne Da­mas et al to know that I had to stop lust­ing and get chop­ping.

The French-girl fringe is all about nat­u­ral beauty and kinks are en­cour­aged. “This type of fringe may round off from the edge of the brow bone to­wards the tem­ples, but ul­ti­mately it’s char­ac­terised by be­ing longer and not hav­ing a freshly cut look to it,” says Monique Hoareau,

Ase­nior stylist at Ry­der sa­lon in Auck­land. “Fringes are usu­ally a soft­en­ing fea­ture so they suit most peo­ple,” she adds. “The only sit­u­a­tion where they don’t is where the area of the fore­head to the hair line is not very high and a fringe could have the ef­fect of clos­ing in the face too much. But even then, in some cases, this can be al­le­vi­ated by mak­ing the fringe wider.”

One glimpse at my Pin­ter­est board will show you where the in­spi­ra­tion for my hair trans­for­ma­tion came

from – Paris...

fter quizzing Monique fur­ther on the pros, cons and style need-to-knows about all things bangs, it be­came clear that she was the best per­son for the job. A thor­ough look through my Pin­ter­est board of fringe-spo had her schooled-up on ex­actly the look I was af­ter, and with that, she started snip­ping. Now, I’ve had fringes be­fore, but no one has ever taken as much time and care as Monique did. As she said to me with scis­sors poised at my fore­head, “cut­ting a fringe should take just as much time as the rest of the hair” .

Left to fend for my­self post-sa­lon, I’ve dis­cov­ered that if you are blessed (or is that cursed?) with wavy hair and a cow-lick like I am, you need to al­low an ex­tra five to 10 min­utes in the morn­ing for a wet-to-dry restyle. But in the grand scheme of things, that’s a small price for a lit­tle more je ne sais quoi, don’t you think?

Françoise Hardy

Lucy Slight, FQ beauty edi­tor

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