Would a fringe suit me? 7 things to consider before cutting your hair

Thinking of going for the chop and getting a fringe? Don’t hit the hairdressers before you consider these points...

 
 
 
 
  • Beyonce
    Carla Challis
    By   | Lifestyle editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 20 March 2017, 16:06 GMT

    Beyonce's short fringe was not our favourite - sorry B!

    Hers may have been a weave but either way, it's a lesson for us all if even Queen Bey can't pull this teeny fringe off.

    A word to the wise – implore, nay, beg, your hairdresser to err on the side of caution when cutting it. They can always take hair away, but they can’t add it on.

     
     
     
     
  • Amanda Holden
    Carla Challis
    By   | Lifestyle editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 20 March 2017, 16:06 GMT

    For all the Michelle Obama and Helen Mirren soft, sweepy fringes out there there’s an Amanda Holden – that’s a wispy, broken, outdated style of fringe that actually ages you rather than making you look younger.

    Amanda’s fringe is a learning in what type of fringe suits not just your face shape, but your hair type too. If hers had been swept to the side, it would have immediately thickened her hair, fooling us into thinking it’s thicker than it is.

    Thick hair = youthful hair. Which brings us onto…

     
     
     
     
  • Kaley Cuoco
    Carla Challis
    By   | Lifestyle editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 20 March 2017, 16:06 GMT

    Richard Ward, royal and celebrity hairdresser, says: “Block fringes work brilliantly at hiding frown lines and diverting attention to the eye area.”

    However, if your hair is too fine or fragile, like The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, it won’t be thick enough to carry a full-on blunt fringe that the likes of Zooey Deschanel and Kerry Washington carry off so brilliantly.

    Let Kaley’s mistake be a red flag for any fine-haired fringe-wanting friends. It can be done, but it needs to be approached with caution.

     
     
     
     
  • Millie Mackintosh
    Carla Challis
    By   | Lifestyle editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 20 March 2017, 16:06 GMT

    Even Millie Mackintosh’s Sienna Miller-inspired peek-a-boo version has suffered from the dreaded fringe frizz-curl.

    Since most of us don’t have perfect hair, this is bound to happen and like Millie, can ruin the whole effect of your fringe.

    The best thing you can do is embrace it; pretend its part of your look and you meant for your fringe to look that way.

    Or of course, don’t get one cut if you’re too worried…

     
     
     
     
  • Alexa Chung
    Carla Challis
    By   | Lifestyle editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 20 March 2017, 16:06 GMT

    That was a lie - the only other way to beat the frizz is to pin your fringe back or to the side, so if you’re getting it cut, start bulk-buying the bobby pins.

    Even if you forget your purse/keys/phone, make sure you never leave the house without your trusty pins; Alexa Chung’s the master in pretty pinning and is a good way to mix it up when you've grown tired of your bangs.

     
     
     
     
  • Claudia Winkleman
    Carla Challis
    By   | Lifestyle editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 20 March 2017, 16:06 GMT

    We’re not sure it’s actually biological but there’s something about fringes and the way they grow; one minute it’ll be the perfect length and before you know it, it’s tickling your eyes (like Claudia’s), causing you to do an adorable if slightly annoying upwards blow of air to try and get it out of your eyes without touching it. Again. (Where are those pins?!)

    Most salons offer a free fringe trim service, mainly to stop any DIY trim disasters from happening. As Richard Ward points out: “Never be tempted to trim your fringe yourself as hairdressers know how much hair stretches when wet - don’t risk it!”

     
     
     
     
  • Hayden Panettiere
    Carla Challis
    By   | Lifestyle editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 20 March 2017, 16:06 GMT

    Slaves to straightening irons should use theirs on a fringe sparingly.

    You can of course, but go gently. Too much heat and your fringe will stick out like straw or worse, look like a wig (a la Hayden Panettiere); if you blow-dry a fringe down (never back), you shouldn’t need to resort to the irons at all.

     

     
     
     
     

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