What to Think About Before Getting a Fringe

Know your face shape

Your Reds stylist will be able to assess the best fringe type for your individual face shape, as well as how far back on the crown to start it. As a general rule, heart-shaped faces suit just about anything, while narrow faces can pull off a fringe that’s ultra-blunt. For a universally flattering style, make it arrow-shaped: longer on the edges and slightly shorter at the centre, like it’s framing the eye line. And remember, wearing a fringe with confidence overrides any rule book.

Start small

Stay on the fringe of the trend, so to speak, with a ubiquitous style that hovers between side-sweep and full-blown bangs. Take cues from the French and leave it lengthy enough to just dust your lashes. It’s noncommittal, too: the extra length will ensure it’s long enough to pull back into a pony, or side-sweep within a few weeks.

Invest in dry shampoo

While fringes may not take hours to style each morning, a fringe will require an element of daily coercion. If you exercise regularly, you’ll also have to deal with extra oil and sweat, so dry shampoo will be your new go-to product. Ditto your hairdryer. Whether you’ve washed or not, a quick blast of heat, followed by a cool blast for setting, will tame any wayward tresses.

Growing pains

Unless you’re 100% committed to your new fringe, you’ll inevitably experience the grow-out phase. Hair grows at an average rate of 1.25 centimetres per month, but that doesn’t mean you need to forgo trims altogether. Ask your stylist to feather out the ends so they eventually blend with the rest of your strands, and choose a part line – middle or side – to sweep once it starts blocking your vision.

Styling Tips For a Perfect Fringe

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A great fringe frames your face, gives your hair a distinct style, and can even make you look younger (goodbye, forehead fine lines). But most fringes require some deliberate styling to look good. To make the styling process a bit more enjoyable, here’s our must-know tips for a perfect fringe.

Always Blow-Dry Right Away

For best results, blow out your fringe while your hair is still very wet. Your fringe dries faster than you think, and the moment it starts to air-dry it has already begun to set into its natural shape. The sooner you start styling, the better your results will be.

Blow-Dry the Right Way

A small, round boar-bristle brush is the best type of brush for fringe styling because the tightly packed bristles grab every hair, allowing you to use the right amount of tension. Once you’ve got the proper brush and a powerful hairdryer (with the nozzle attached), you need to master the fringe blow-drying technique. Hold your hairdryer over your head, facing down toward your forehead, and brush your fringe from side to side until dry. This takes care of any cowlicks and ensures your fringe falls straight. Finish by rolling the ends under.

Invest in a Tiny Flat Iron

To tame frizz and seal the shape, finish by smoothing your fringe with a flat iron. Start on one side of your face and take vertical sections all the way across. The best way to do this is with a slim flat iron that can get all the way up to the root.

Scale Back on Product

When it comes to styling product and your fringe, less is more. You can use whatever product you would normally use, but apply it to your hair first, then use only what is left on your hands for your fringe.

Keep it Clean

Fringes often get greasy before the rest of your hair. To avoid them looking greasy, give your fringe a light shampooing before you wash your face in the morning, or use dry shampoo between washes. You don’t need a lot, but a quick spritz before you head out the door will prevent separation or flatness.