Hair Trend We Like: Fringe

November 2, 2009

Hair & Beauty

Hair Trend We Like: Fringe

Danni Minogue’s shiny bob with a fringe is a flattering style for heart-shaped or long faces. In fact, my local hairdresser, a Toni & Guy professional, tells me that “The Danni” is all the more popular now that she’s been seen sporting the style on X Factor.

Many people fear taking the leap into fringe-ville. If you’re ready though, here’s a guide to which fringes suit each face shape.

For those of you with curly hair, unfortunately dear reader, this look doesn’t suit you. However, some side swept fringes look well with wavy hair, like Keira Knightley’s do.

Short Fringe

Think Audrey Tautou is the Coco Chanel film. The short fringe is the most difficult to wear as it draws attention to your entire face. The good thing is that it adds length to the face but is best avoided if you have a long face already! Go for this style if you’ve very straight hair and/or an oval face.

Side swept fringe

This works best on round and angular face shapes and is very easy to wear. This style is low fuss and often doesn’t require straightening like the short or long fringe. A side swept fringe can also be clipped even more to the side if you’re having a “getting in your eyes” day.

Long Fringe

Think Nelly Furtado circa 2007 (pictured) for this one and see how much the fringe draws attention to her eyes. This is ideal for those of you with a large forehead as it proportions out the rest of your face perfectly as a result.

Afraid to commit to a fringe?

Matthew Williamson’s latest muse, New York DJ Leigh Lezark (pictured top left), graced London Fashion week with her omnipresent signature blunt black bob. So renowned is her hair that she’s recently also become the face of Charles Worthington’s hair care range. The secret to her glossy bob? Charles Worthington Front Row Shine Spray, €7.

The reason we’ve brought this in-demand fashionista to your attention however, is because of her clip-in fringe. Pictured here backstage at the Erdem fashion show at LFW, this fringe is actually fake and she wears it with a Chanel headband. Lezark proclaimed “I love how full and thick it makes my hair feel. It’s so much more fun to try something different without having to commit to it!”

We found fantastic (faux) fringes for sale in Hairspray (€15), Wicklow Street, Dublin 2. They clip into your own hair and are made of real hair! You can buy your bangs in a range of hair colours to suit your shade, and they come in “straight across” styles like Leigh’s one here, or as straight across with added longer bits at each side of the main fringe.

Hairspray also carry boho plaits (thick and thin) and a range of hairpieces which are great for occasions if you need to add length to your hair, add a bun or up do, and don’t want the added cost of extensions. Genius!

There is no denial however, that fringes are high maintenance and need to be straightened daily if you’re after the sharp style seen here on Minogue. And a final word of warning, whichever fringe you choose, please groom your eyebrows as all the attention will be on them as a result of this cut.

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