Fringes: Should You Get Bangs? Everything You Need To Know
Thinking about getting a fringe but nervous to take the plunge? We talked to an award-winning hairdresser to get his opinion and best advice before you make the chop.
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Should you get a fringe?
Despite a high maintenance reputation, the benefits of fringes are plentiful, “not least that they hide forehead lines without Botox”, says NZ Hairdresser of the Year and D&M salon owner, Danny Pato. And, with the power to completely transform a look with a few carefully executed cuts, fringes are one of the fastest ways to get out of a hair rut. Contrary to what you might think, there’s a fringe to flatter every face shape, too. “A long, grown out fringe will help to elongate round faces,” Danny explains. “Soften the edges of a sharp, square face with a long and layered fringe, or if you’ve got an oval face shape, define your look with a blunt, thick fringe at eyebrow level.”
Give it to me straight
It’s true, short or blunt bangs can be a bit of a commitment, with trims needed every couple of weeks. Worth it, however, to have well-behaved hair that always looks on point. If frequent trips to the hairdresser aren’t your idea of a good time, go for a long sweeping or curtain fringe that you can stretch out to six weekly. Or make that indefinitely – that is, if you’re keen to join the throngs of celebs currently embracing the ‘gringe’ (grown-out fringe), and all its shaggy, face-framing goodness.
Fast fringe fixes
Having a bad bang day? It happens, says Danny, who has the following hacks to get things under control: “If you wear your fringe to the side, dry with a round brush, curling the fringe backwards and finishing with a light hairspray. If your hair is curly, apply a frizz-fighting leave-in product to damp hair and let it air dry. If your fringe is longer, try blow-drying it with a paddle brush and finish with a mineral spray.” And as for blunt fringes “they need to be super dry, so blast dry them forward and finish with a dry shampoo — your fringe’s best friend, no matter what hair type you have.”
Avoid buyer’s remorse with these besties for your bangs…
Parlux 3200 Ceramic + Ionic Compact Hair Dryer, $235; Brushworx Silver Bullet Hot Tube hair brush, $29; KMS Tame Frizz Style Primer, $33.50; Schwarzkopf got2b Fresh It Up Extra Fresh Dry Shampoo, $13.99
Would you consider getting a fringe?