How to wear a fringe when you have curls
You used to be told to avoid a fringe if your hair is curly. Not necessarily! Here’s how to nail it.
No longer a no-no
My first go at a curly fringe didn’t work out. I was eight when I cut it myself. The curls sprang up in an awkward, too-short way, so I lopped them off altogether. (Think face-framing buzz cut.) I began to suspect that a fringe was just not for people with curly hair. These days the beauty culture has shifted. Models are showing off their natural, air-dried texture in modern cuts with curly, longish fringes that they can play up or push to the side. It’s what I have now, too. But here’s what I learnt:
1 START WITH THE RIGHT CUT Get your hair cut when it’s dry!
This may be the most important tip of all. “A curly-hair pattern can be uneven. It can be straighter underneath and tighter around the crown,” says hairstylist Kayla Michele.
Go long at first
Start a bit longer – to about the tip of your nose when your hair is pulled down straight. “This will give you a sexier fringe,” says Kayla. From there, decide whether to go a little shorter. If you want a fuller effect, Kayla recommends creating a triangle-shaped parting from the hairline. “Then razor-cut the ends, which creates a fluffier texture that stays tousled throughout the day.” Longer, parted fringes look great with longer cuts, while voluminous fringes are super fun on shorter, rounded or triangular styles.
2 MASTER YOUR STYLING Figure out how often to wash your hair
Model Alanna Arrington’s tip: “Don’t wash your hair every day!” She only washes once a week and conditions every other day. Experiment with shampoos and conditioners, and how often to use them. Generally, richer formulas are for drier hair.
Use the right styling products
If your hair is fine, Kayla advises skipping heavier oils, which weigh down curls. But hairstylist Lacy Redway (who works with Alicia Keys) warns that you should use any product sparingly around the fringe, since things can get sticky.
Get volume and airy texture
To help your fringe grow big, either airdry, or flip damp hair upside down and rough-dry with a diffuser, says Lacy. For a fluffy texture, use a brush to separate defined curls. “People with curly hair can be afraid to brush it out,” says Kayla. “But that wild, airy texture can be really beautiful.” If fluffy is not your thing, detangle curls with a wide-tooth comb.
Fix a wonky fringe
Curls dry differently every time. Wet any weirdly shaped strands. “Then sculpt it with your hands,” Kayla says. Add a few duck-bill clips while it dries.