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Fancy a fringe? This instant hair update can be a great way to change a plain style into something a little more interesting. But with so many different styles out there, finding the best fringe to suit your face shape, texture, and fit in with your lifestyle can be a difficult decision. Of course, it’s always worth consulting your trusted hair stylist, but to give you slightly more direction before entering the conversation, here are a few handy hints that should help you to feel fringe fabulous.
Truly knowing your face shape is essential in selecting the right fringe for you. Those with a heart shape face will suit layered full fringes. These type of fringes really suit textured shaggy mid-length styles. Square face shapes can be softened by long layered fringes, which look great worn in messy up do’s. For those that have longer face shapes, try a blunt full fringe, as these work to widen the face and are therefore perfect for balancing a longer face shape. Finally, if you are lucky enough to have an oval face shape, you’ll find that most fringes suit you, so experiment with different styles to find the fringe that frames your face.
Aside from face shape, your hair’s texture is also key to deciding which type of fringe to go for. Your hair texture determines how the fringe will sit on your forehead, how it will react to damp conditions, and ultimately how easy it will be to style on a daily basis.
If you have curly hair consider how a fringe will sit, taking into account any hair patterns such as cowlicks, widow's peak, or a strong parting. Whilst hair can be trained, this takes time and patience, and with a busy lifestyle, trying to rock a poker straight fringe with naturally curly hair may be too much hassle if you have a low maintenance styling routine. If you choose a fringe with curly or naturally wavy hair, try a casual boho take with a heavy parted sweetheart fringe. This style perfectly frames the face whilst blending in with your natural hair, keeping things very low maintenance. Those with tight curls or afro hair can frame the face by adding some shorter fringe lengths and blending into the hairline to create dimension.
Thick heavy hair works well when worn as a blunt fringe which skims the eyebrows or can be feathered by cutting into the fringe, which is suited to those with petite features. Wearing a full fringe if you have thick hair can detract from a high forehead, particularly when blended into layers gradually. Those with fine hair may find their fringe looks a little lank if worn in a full blunt fringe. Try out a wispy barely there fringe or side swept fringe to work with your finer strands. To combat a flat fringe, try blasting your hair with some texturising spray before blow drying to help build volume.
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Of course, you current style is also a decisive factor in deciphering which fringe makes the cut. Getting creative with your fringe can take your latest cut to a whole new level, but it is important that they both co ordinate well.
For those sporting a bob, a side fringe is a great option: not a commitment to the full fringe but still changing the overall finished shape. Look to make your fringe slightly textured to add a little edge to a sleek bob style.
Short crops look fashion forward with asymmetric fringes and sharp lines. These shorter cuts also suit a vintage inspired short fringe that sits high on the forehead. The short fringe is suited to oval face shapes, and when blow dried with a slight roll gives a nod to the 1950’s style.
If you have longer locks, try a choppy full fringe. Ask your stylist to cut just below the eyebrow line, to allow for causal movement without disturbing the structured finish. When styling, use straighteners to curve the fringe towards the forehead, creating a natural curve and bounce.
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If you love working out at the gym, you might be fearful that a fringe might hinder your style. Rather than forgetting about a fringe altogether, opt for a long line side fringe which you can easily twist or braid out of the way. Your fringe often becomes greasy a lot more quickly than the rest of your hair, as it touches your forehead and absorbs oils on the skin. We understand that with a ‘sweaty fringe’ you might be tempted to wash your hair every day. However, a nifty trick to avoid over washing is just to concentrate on the fringe. Whether over a sink or in shower, lather and rinse your fringe and the front of your scalp as if washing the whole head. When blow drying boost your fringe’s bounce by drying in the opposite direction when damp, and when almost dry, pull back into the direction you would like it to sit.
Achieving a flawless fringe day-in, day-out, is hugely helped by a few handy tools. Invest in a high quality round boar bristle brush for blowdrying, and a flexible hairspray to keep your fringe in place without leaving hair looking too set. Cordless straighteners are a handy styling tool for those on the go; they are an easy way to keep your fringe in place. And, if you still aren’t sure on committing to a fringe, why not try out temporary bangs with a clip in fringe to see if you like the finished look.