I’ve had a fringe before, one a few years ago (it was blunt, thick and I hated it) and again last year (middle parting bangs that I just couldn’t get to sit right, ever) but nothing has suited me like my current hair style.
I first got my fringe cut last December, I had been thinking about it for some time and I asked on Twitter/Instagram and the replies were split in the middle. I’m rather impulsive so one day I just got up and went to the hairdressers, my first time getting my hair cut in Glasgow (at Claire Frances near Charing Cross) which sounds rather brave. The girl who cut my hair did the rest of my hair first and just as she was finishing she pulled forward my hair and snipped me a fringe! That was over three months ago and although I’ve had it at many lengths, it’s here to stay this time.
A lot of girls ask me what I asked for when I got my hair cut, I usually ask for it all one length (they always add one layer near the bottom to make it lighter, I’m okay with this) but I literally asked for “a fringe”. I liked my fringe because it was a little longer than most (I’ve cut it now but more on that in a minute) and it wasn’t blunt or too heavy and thick – I think this is what set it apart from the other fringes I’ve had.
I trim my fringe myself, I’m pretty good with these things and I don’t like my fringe looking perfect, I like the messy choppy finish I achieve myself. Up until today, my fringe came down past my brows but today I decided to channel my new crush, Rooney Mara, and trim it much shorter than usual. I wish I had done this sooner and I’m tempted to go a little shorter actually, it looks slightly thicker when it’s short like this. I wouldn’t recommend cutting your fringe yourself unless you know a thing or two about this, but typically I use my hairdressing scissors (pictured) and pull my fringe out, making small even cuts until I’m happy with the length and it looks even when it’s down. Then I cut into it at an angle to create the choppy finish.
My fringe can get oilier than usual, I used to wash my hair every second day pre-bangs but now I wash it most days. I just prefer this and my hair looks nicer, but I can get two days out of it if I want. Usually I’ll spray dry shampoo or Oribe Dry Texturising Spray underneath and massage it in to give it some hold and make it look fresher for longer. If you do find your finge gets greasy quickly, definitely invest in a dry shampoo (I like the Timotei one) and perhaps a shampoo for oily hair to use once or twice a week. My fringe doesn’t get that bad at all, but it might be worse come Summer – I usually spray dry shampoo on my freshly washed hair and this helps a lot.
My hair grows pretty quickly so I do trim my fringe often. If I’m having a lazy day I usually clip it back to one side which keeps it out of the way. I can’t imagine myself growing it out any time soon, but I can’t imagine it being too bad if I did – usually I let my fringe grow down to my eyes before cutting it (out of sheer laziness) so I’m forced to wear it in a middle parting and I actually really like it like this, so if I was to grow it out, I would wear it like this or with a side parting and my fringe clipped to one side. I don’t see it as a big problem.
If you’re considering getting a fringe, opt for something different yet something that suits you – even if you’ve had a fringe before and, like me, weren’t a fan there’s still a chance you could get it cut slightly different and absolutely love it. Ask your hairdresser about your face shape and what s/he reckons would work for you, research celebrities with fringes and think about what would work for you. Before I cut my fringe, I would be told often that I looked like Emily Blunt but now with my fringe, I’m always getting Zooey Deschanel – both lovely ladies but it’s amazing how much a haircut can change how you look and feel about yourself.
Don’t fear a fringe, they’re a cute and quirky way to update your style.