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culture Debate | TO FRINGE OR NOT TO FRINGE?

Tuesday, 7th July 2015by culture HQ
Fringes: You either love ‘em, or you hate ‘em. It’s no secret that we're very firmly the former. But a conversation in culture HQ this morning has us debating what makes a good fringe / how you can avoid dreaded fringe cringe...

FRINGE FEVER HAS DOMINATED FOR SEASONS NOW IN A MULTITUDE OF FORMS AND FEELINGS. WE’VE HAD THE EDGY SUPER SHORT FRINGE OCCUPY THOSE ON FASHION’S CUTTING EDGE, THE BOHEMIAN BABES AMONGST US ROCKING A LONG AND TOUSLED SIDE SWEPT STYLE AND THOSE WHO SUBSCRIBE TO THE FRENCHY CHIC BANGS BEST SUITED TO THE BEACHES OF THE RIVIERA. CULTURE’S DESIGNATED TREND CHASER, JESS, TOOK TO THE WEB TO ATTEMPT TO FIGURE OUT HOW ONE ACHIEVES THE PERFECT FRINGE FOR THEM.

Due to the increasingly speedy growth of her own set of bangs, culture Mag’s Publisher extraordinaire began the great fringe debate as she dabbled with the idea of rocking a super short and choppy set of bangs in place of her longer style. This then raised the question: how exactly does one pick the perfect fringe for them, and what factors should be considered before committing to the frontal crop?

As is the nature of my job, I could legitimately (okay, luckily) claim the next few hours of fringe-gazing as research… and present to you my fringe-binge related findings. Here’s the top tips I’ve learnt about keeping your fringe game firmly on point.

 

(Featured image courtesy of Luis Murphy)

KEEP YOUR FACE SHAPE IN MIND

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(Image courtesy of Bernard Gueit)

Whilst not exactly groundbreaking, face shape is unequivocally the most important factor in fab fringing and as such is a fantastic place to start. First things first is to figure out what your face shape is, and how a fringe is going to affect what you’re working with.

As the majority of you are hairdressers/in the biz, I’m going to assume that you’re all pretty well versed in the rules of face shape and fringe choice – but for the sake of those not snipping away day to day in the salon (or perhaps those in need of a quick brush up), here’s a quick guide of what works for whom.

Oval – Congratulations! Your symmetrical facial structure makes you the perfect candidate for a fringe of almost any calibre… actually, you’re pretty safe with most hairstyles full stop.

Heart – To avoid making this facial type too top heavy, ensure that your fringe hits the brow. Like your oval-shaped cousins, you can get away with many styles, however balancing a wider forehead with narrower chin is best achieved through a heavier brow-skimmer.

Round – Yes, yes, it’s true that fringes on round faces can be fraught with danger – however it’s still possible to remain bang on trend (pun very much intended). Thick, softly curved fringes work to complement a more circular face and avoid adding unwanted roundness to the cheeks.

Square – long, heavy and tousled fringes tapered at the sides work well for the more squared off amongst us to add an element of softness to facial shape. Square faced lasses are also prime candidates for the side-swept ‘Bardot’ fringe… It’s all about the tapering.

KEEP IT KEPT

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(Image courtesy of David Glover)

I’m a firm believer that if you’re going to do something, then make sure that you do it right… and this could not be more true for hair that is quite literally in your face day in day out.

Basically, don’t pledge your loyalty to a fringe if you’re not going to commit to trims every three-ish weeks (depending on style).

Also remember that fringes are fickle friends, and that they do require more TLC than other ‘dos – be it a quick groom with a toothbrush (yes, really) or a blow dry before you leave the house.

Keep it true to you

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(Image courtesy of Matthew Webb)

What’s the point of getting a fringe if it’s not going to compliment your own personal style? Where there’s a will, there’s a way – so research what you love, then chat to a professional about whether it’s going to work with your facial features and if not how you adapt it so that it does. With your taste couple with stylist know how, you’ll find a way to translate your style into a brow-sweeping cut that works for you, your style and your bone structure.

And finally… Keep it professional

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(Image courtesy of Ed Purnomo)

By this, I’m referring to what should be common knowledge – please don’t try this at home, folks.

Trimming your own fringe away from the guidance of a trained professional is at best a gamble and at worst a total disaster that you’ll have to live with for an untold period of your life.


Tuesday, 7th July 2015by culture HQ