Every once in a while, we all ask that all too important question, should I get bangs? Is it time for a fringe?
If you want to upgrade your hairstyle this winter or wanting to try something new and different, we have expert tips on how to get the perfect fringe to suit your face shape, so you don’t end up leaving the hairdressers on the verge of tears.
Fringes are HOT in Europe, as evidenced in the latest Franck Provost Autumn/Winter 2017 collection ‘Women’. From full 70s inspired bangs through to soft and wispy styles, there is a fringe to suit every hair type and face shape.
A fringe is a commitment so it’s a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Here Franck Provost Education and Talent Manager, Virginie Gayssot spills the beans on all things fringes to help you decide whether to fringe or not to fringe.
DETERMINE YOUR FACE SHAPE
“Different fringes suit different face shapes, so before you make the chop, work out what your face shape is so that you can choose the best fringe to suit your look,” Virginie says.
“For example, if you have a narrow face, a full heavy fringe will be too overpowering and make your face look even smaller. A round face shape would suit a side fringe with some layers around the face to even out the roundness.
The aim is to balance the features of the face to make it more oval looking, which is the ideal shape.”
CONSIDER YOUR HAIR TYPE
The texture and thickness of your hair will also determine what type of fringe will work best for you. “Basically, the thicker your hair, the more maintenance it will require to look its best,” Virginie continues.
“Ditto if you’ve got curls or a wavy texture, you’ll need to train your hair to sit how you want it to. If your hair is fine, you’ll need more of it for the fringe to look voluminous, so you should start the fringe line deeper back towards the centre of your head if that full look is what you are after.
If your hair is curly, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a fringe. Just make sure your hairdresser cuts it dry, as wet hair sits lower so when the fringe is dried off it could be shorter than you expected.”
TAKE YOUR LIFESTYLE INTO CONSIDERATION
Are you a frequent gym junkie? Do you ‘do’ your hair daily or are you more of a dry shampoo and topknot kind of gal? “Fringes require maintenance.
They’ll need trimming every 3-4 weeks and since they sit on the oiliest part of your face – your forehead – they’ll need regular washing and styling to look their best,” says Virginie. If that sounds like too much hard work, maybe a fringe isn’t for you.
DO YOUR TRAINING
If you haven’t had a fringe since your mum gave you that cute bowl cut when you were three, your hair will need some training on how to behave with its new style.
“After washing your hair, use a hairdryer with a nozzle and blow-dry your hair from side to side, over-directing it in the opposite way to how it normally sits,” Virginie explains. “It will probably take a couple of weeks for your hair to learn how you want it to look.”
To keep your fringe looking fresh, make sure you have it trimmed every 3-4 weeks. Constantly flicking your hair out of your eyes will drive you nuts.
KNOW WHAT YOU’RE GETTING INTO
As your fringe sits on one of the oiliest parts of your skin – the forehead – it will likely get greasy quicker than the rest of your hair.
A pro tip from Virginie: “If you don’t want to wash your hair, put some cold water on the roots, rub it in, then dry your fringe from side to side. As opposed to warm, the cold water refreshes the hair and makes it more manageable. Also, you can just wash your fringe over the sink and don’t both with the rest of your hair, then style it as usual.”
Whilst your fringe is in training, use a texture dust to style your fringe into the look you want. The dust will help your fringe behave and keep it in place.