“Shall I get a fringe?”
Now that is one of THE most important questions us women must face at least once, if not a few times, in life.
So if you are at the stage where you are finding yourself asking that question, the very next question which should pass your lips should be: “Will I suit a fringe?”
HOW TO DECIDE IF YOU WOULD SUIT A FRINGE.
Believe it or not, but everyone can suit a fringe.
There are SO many different variations and styles of fringes, this is just one style of fringe which usually seems to be everyone’s idea of a what a fringe is. The truth is that this is a very blunt, heavy fringe and to be honest, one of the harder fringes to pull off.
Whether you will suit a certain type of fringe or not depends massively on your face shape.
Key rules to remember are:
Softer and more choppy fringes are best for short, square or round face shapes to soften your face, making it look less harsh.
Heavier and more blunt fringes are best for long, thinner faces shapes to draw attention to your eyes and cheekbones.
Fringes are all about emphasising what we’ve got!
SO WHICH FRINGE IS RIGHT FOR WHICH FACE SHAPE?
With a round face shape, we want to make our face appear elongated and slimmer. This is why the LAST fringe your Stylist would give you would be a heavy fringe with rounded edges. This would only make your face appear even more round than it actually is and would also shut it off, making it appear smaller and shorter.
The fringe that we would want to choose for a round face shape would be a sweeping fringe, swept at the side. Keeping the edges of the fringe longer at the sides and blending down into the hair cut will make your face appear even more elongated. Both Emma Stone and Selena Gomez wear their fringes beautifully to compliment their more rounder face shapes.
For heart shaped faces, keep your fringe shorter, more choppy and messier with no specific parting. This will help to soften the appearance at the top of the head. This will be the widest part for heart face shapes.
Reese Witherspoon, Taylor Swift and Kirsten Dunst are all great examples how they wear their fringe to suit their heart shaped faces. With all three, you can see how your attention is drawn to their defined cheek bones and petite chins.
Ask your Stylist to feather into your fringe, keeping it light and allowing you to mess it around and let it fall into different ways. The beauty of this style of fringe is that it is one which does not need a massive amount of maintenance. When it starts to grow out it’s pretty unnoticeable.
Oval face shapes are rather even the whole way around and can usually suit a variety of different styles as they are a balanced face shape. With oval face shapes, there will usually be a good amount of forehead space meaning that you can afford to go deep with that fringe. A deeper fringe will give a heavier look, with less gaps and create the illusion of a smaller forehead and a more petite face.
Ask your Stylist to go deeper with the cut of the fringe, this means that more hair will be cut into the fringe from further back. As oval face shapes can suit a variety of different styles, this means you can switch up whether you have your fringe more sharper on the edges like Bella Hadid or more textured and wind swept like Alexa Chung.
For square shaped faces, we want to avoid any blunt and harsh lines. The LAST fringe your stylist would give you would be a heavy, blunt edged block fringe. This would only result in closing up your face and drawing attention to your chin, making it appear even more square like!
Ask your Stylist for long, soft, feathered bangs instead. This will soften the appearance of your stronger jawline. Keep away from centre partings also as these can make your forehead appear more square like, stick to off centre partings and sweeping bangs like Keira Knightley and Angelina Jolie.
For long face shapes – go for a full block fringe all the way, you are the girls who can pull off this strong look! Longer face shapes need to avoid anything that is going to elongate their face even further, i.e. long, feathery bangs.
Ask your Stylist for a blunt, full block fringe. This will almost cut down the length of your face by half, so this is perfect for women who feel that their face is too long, slim or gaunt. The fringe will give more width to your face and draw attention to your eyes and cheekbones. This style is great for women who feel that their hair is almost dragging their face down or for women who would rather disguise their forehead.
I know what you’re thinking right, you never knew there were that many face shapes.
We don’t always fall into just one box as well, you could quite easily fall under two of these different face shapes, i.e. square features but also long at the same time. So try and tweak the fringe to suit both of these; deep fringe to cover forehead but keeping it softer, no blunt edges.
CURLY HAIR FRINGES.
“Can I have a fringe with curly hair?” absolutely and they are so in right now.
Style it just the same as you would with the rest of your hair – apply plenty of moisturising products to ensure no frizz and either diffuser dry or let your hair air dry naturally.
Just take a look at some of these women rocking their fringes with their curly locks.
OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER.
Just a few other things to think about if you’re a fringe newbie.
Is your hair thick or fine? Whether your hair is on the thicker or thinner side will determine exactly how much hair gets cut into your fringe. Nobody wants a few wispy strands just stuck to their forehead and equally nobody wants a fringe that looks like a doorstop wedge. Speak to your Stylist about this and they can advise exactly how much hair to add to your fringe to tailor it to suit your needs.
Is your hair oily or lank? This is so important when having a fringe as it sits on your forehead all day, absorbing our skins oils or from our makeup. So if your hair is usually the type to turn oily looking throughout the day, I would strongly advise dusting in some good old dry shampoo. Even on clean hair that’s just been washed, it will be in there to absorb the oils before it’s even started to look lank. This also gives that added bit of oomph to your fringe as nobody wants a flat fringe.
Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo
Having a fringe does create slightly more maintenance to your hair in the mornings. If you’re a sleeper like I am who seems to always wake up with my hair sticking up all over the place, fringe in the air, then you may have to wet it down and blow dry back into place in the mornings. Or add some texturising spray into the fringe and just work with the dishevelled look.
How often do you visit the salon? Having a fringe will require you having to get regular fringe trims usually around every 2-3 weeks. Fringe trims tend to be complimentary in salons when they are just to keep you tidied up in between your appointments. If you struggle to go and see your Stylist even every 3 months, then I’m afraid a fringe isn’t for you.
Are you a gym bunny? Fringes can get a tad annoying in the gym. I would advise keeping your fringe at a length where you can still get it up if you need to, if this is in a top knot or just pinned back with kirby grips.
And last, but most certainly not least: DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT CUT YOUR FRINGE YOURSELF.
I bet we have all seen those YouTube videos that make it look so easy where you take a section of your hair, you pinch it, flip it, twist it, lick it, whatever, then cut it. It will just always ends up a disaster. DON’T DO IT!
So what do we think? Is the Fringe Life for you? Let me know!