How to find out whether a fringe will suit you

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If cutting your hair is something that truly terrifies you — you’re not alone. And it’s not superficial or silly. Cutting your hair is a big deal, especially if you’re thinking about making a dramatic change or have endured a bad hair cut in the past. 

But if lately you’ve been thinking, “what would I look like with a fringe?” and the question just won’t get out of your head, we’re here to help.

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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.  So if a face-framer is piquing your curiosity, here’s what to do to find out if a fringe will suit you:


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, like the curtain fringe. 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:

  1. Tie your hair up in a high pony.
  2. Drag your hair up over the top of your head so it falls to the front of your face.
  3. Use your free hand to spread and style your chosen fringe type.
  4.  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?

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  1. I have had a fringe in the past, it was DIY cut and it turned out beautifully. I liked it but my hair is fine, so I needed to use heat to make it sit right. The other downside of a fringe is when you decide to grow it out. A few months back, a hairdresser suggested a side fringe for me (like she had – it looked amazing on her) but she started the fringe quite short (unlike hers) so it kinda popped upwards instead of downwards. I know, I should have mentioned my fine hair but if she’d cut it the same length as her own, it would have been fine. Anyway, I walked away sad and hair sticking up oddly. I think she made other mistakes behind my head because she said, ‘Oh noo…’ and quickly included, ‘I’ve made you look younger haha’ . I won’t be back. haha

  2. A great guide to fringes for all faces! The last time I had a fringe was as a 6-year-old though lol and whilst I love the variety, having oily hair against my acne-prone skin would be a big no-no for me. That and I can’t stand having hair on my face, drives me crazy not being able to tie it back haha.

  3. I would love a fringe as I have a high forehead however it just doesn’t work here in the heat of Brisbane during the summer. It just becomes a sweaty mess. I part my hair on the side and have some of my hair across my forehead. Best I can do!

  4. I haven’t had a fringe for years. I’d consider getting one again if I found a great hairdresser.

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