How to find out whether a fringe will suit you
There are only a few things in life that truly scare me, and cutting my hair is right at the top of that list. My hair grows at a painfully slow rate, and I’ve stuck to trims for the past six years to avoid any major disappointments. So far, so good. But lately I’ve been thinking: “What would I look like with a fringe?”
This kind of chop requires a lot of commitment, so before diving straight into the deep end with a pair of scissors, there are (of course) a few things to think about. Get it right, and a fringe will be the best damn thing you’ve ever done. If a face-framer is also piquing your curiosity, here’s what to do:
STEP 1: FIND YOUR FACE SHAPE
There are a hundred things to consider before making the chop, and your face shape is number one. Knowing the curves and edges of your face will help you to determine what kind of fringe is right for you.
Lucky you! Oval face shapes are an ideal canvas for fringes, and as for the most flattering cut? A long and thick fringe that hangs just above your eyebrows.
A long, thin and layered fringe works best. A short fringe will only accentuate your boxy features. It’ll also put you in the same league as these leading ladies. Case in point.
Go the gringe. Since it’s a long side-swept fringe that melts into the rest of your hair, it’ll help to elongate your face.
To balance your pretty heart face, opt for a fringe that is slightly shorter in the centre and longer at the cheekbones. Alternatively, a short side-swept fringe will draw attention away from your pointy chin and towards your eyes.
A long and straight fringe that stops just above your eyes will work to shorten the length of your face.
Rounded bangs that are thin and textured at the edges will fill in the narrow top of your head without drawing attention to your square jawline.
STEP 2: THE FAKE FRINGE
Once you’ve discovered what fringe type will suit your face, use the fake fringe test to see if getting the snip is really worth it. Test out your faux-fringe as follows:
- Tie your hair up in a high pony.
- Drag your hair up over the top of your head so it falls to the front of your face.
- Use your free hand to spread and style your chosen fringe type.
- And voilà, you have a fringe!
Top tip: If you want to see what the fringe would look like with your hair out, only tie up the top section of your hair.
Have you had a fringe before? Would you get one again?