A simple hairstyle change can knock years off you!
It’s a style most of us have experimented with, and thanks to celebrity fringe fans like Claudia Winkleman and Fiona Bruce showcasing its face-framing benefits, it may be time for you to give a fringe another go. After all, it could take years off your look, too.
1 Will it suit me? ‘Fringes are a suit-all, ageless accessory,’ says Headmasters artistic ambassador Jonathan Soons. ‘As a general rule, heavy and full fringes work with softer facial features, while layered, feathered fringes suit stronger features.’ A caveat though: heavy, solid fringes like Claudia Winkleman’s are a statement look that work best on thick, straight hair, while a super-short, harsh-looking micro fringe can accentuate jowls. Most fringes look better about a week after they’ve been cut, says Jonathan. ‘This is when they’ll have softened up and look more natural.’
2 Aren’t fringes high maintenance? Depending on your hair type, most fringes will need daily washing and styling, but a quick spritz of dry shampoo works wonders at reviving limpness. ‘A round bristle brush and straightening irons are styling must-haves,’ says Michael Young owner of Hooker & Young salon. ‘The brush ensures roots are straight but bouncy when blow-drying, while an iron removes kinks.’ Most salons offer free fringe trims, but if you’re short of time, you can do it at home. ‘Take millimetres off with each snip, reassessing the length continuously as you go,’ advises Jonathan.
3 Do they look good with curly hair? Whether you have loose, relaxed waves or more structured ringlets, a fringe adds modern versatility to a style. ‘All curls shrink as they’re drying, so get your stylist to cut your fringe while hair is dry to see how it sits,’ says Beverley Baptiste, textured hair specialist at Aveda Institute. When styling at home, a blow dryer with a diffuser attachment helps to prevent frizz, or use a nozzle on your hairdryer and a round brush.
4 What if I’m too scared to commit? If you’re still undecided, a clip-in fringe lets you experiment. Ask your stylist to trim and colour it to match your natural hair. ‘Before securing in place, lightly backcomb the roots of hair around the temples and hairline,’ says Michael. ‘This helps camouflage the join where the fringe is attached. Once you’re happy with its position, smooth any loose strands with hairspray.’ We rate Hershesons The Clip In Fringe, £30, available in six colours.
5 Will a fringe work with my haircut? ‘Any fringe will update and tweak your style, without the need for a dramatic colour or length transformation,’ says hairstylist Larry King. ‘A heavy, solid fringe adds modern movement and texture, while lightweight layers that sweep around the sides of the face can hide crow’s feet.’ Long fringes offer more styling options, as hair can be tucked behind ears or secured in place with a clip. ‘It’s also possible to have a fringe if you have a cowlick,’ says Michael. ‘A soft side fringe that works with your natural parting is the best option.’
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