Fringes. You either couldn’t imagine your face without one or fear them greatly. We spoke to hair stylist superstar, Kim Rance – who sports a sweepy, centre parted fringe herself – to find out what every woman should think about before taking the plunge and getting a fringe.
Invest in styling products
A fringe isn’t just going to do what you want it to, you need to style it into shape. This is how I style my own fringe every day (that’s me on the right): I wash it over the sink, which takes two minutes. I think it’s better to start with wet hair than trying to fight against what’s happened to it over night. I give it a quick spray of L’Oreal Professionnel Pli, £11.20, to help blow-dry it into shape. Once I’ve dried it, I spray it with Batiste Original Dry Shampoo, £2.99. This may seem ridiculous as I’ve just washed it, but adding dry shampoo to clean hair is like protection – it’s there, ready to absorb any sweat or oil that builds up through the day. I spray the mid lengths and ends with Oribe Dry Texturising Spray, £39 – this is an absolute fringe saver! It adds a gritty texture, taking away that slippery healthy hair feeling, so your fringe wont go flat or stringy.
The face shape ‘rules’
People always say to me that their face is ‘too fat’ for a fringe. This isn’t true. The thing about fringes are that they pin point the great features on your face. You can have a fringe cut to open out your cheekbones or eyes, or by having long hair hanging down your face can hide the wider points and make your face look slimmer.
Consider your hair type
Smoother hair types cope with fringes better as they blow-dry into shape quicker. However curly and wavy hair also works well you just have to be prepared to commit that extra minute every morning to styling it. If you do have curly hair and go for a curly fringe then leave curls on curls, do not try and smooth your fringe out and wear the rest curly – it looks terrible!
Work it into your lifestyle
I have lots of new mums as clients that talk about not having enough time to do their hair and how they’re worried about the commitment of a fringe. However a fringe can be a great way of looking like you’ve done your hair when in fact all you’ve done is the fringe. If you can commit to two minutes in the morning then you and your fringe will be fine whatever your schedule is.
Fake it before you make it
If you’re not sure about taking the plunge with a fringe then get hold of a clip in fringe – there are loads of great ones on the market – and have a play around with that. Try cutting it and tweaking it to see what kind of look suits you best or better yet, get your stylist to do it for you so they can see what you’re after.
Getting a fringe trim between your hair appointments can seem like a chore but most salons will do them either for free or for around £5. Otherwise you can always embrace the grown-out period as it gives you a chance to style it in other ways.
Kim’s fringe styling kit
Batiste Original Dry Shampoo, £2.99
L'Oreal Professionnel Pli, £14.99