FRINGE BEN­E­FITS

Good Housekeeping (UK) - - Editor’s Letter -

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.’

FROM TOP Kylie Minogue, He­len Mir­ren, Clau­dia Win­kle­man, Twiggy, Rose Byrne, Fiona Bruce, Jo Whi­ley

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