Do you ever get the urge to just go rogue and get a fringe? We say rogue, but that's mostly for those of us who are often to anxious to experiment with our hairs, and realistically getting a fringe cut in can be quite the commitment. Because you will have to go above and beyond to fix it if you don't like it, or wait a long time to get it grown out.
While a fringe can be a great way to switch up your hair without committing to an all over chop, there is no denying that they need a bit of consideration for the best results. After all, once you've cut a fringe, there is no going back – well, for a few weeks at least.
Plus, the addition of a fringe can dramatically change your overall look, so it's always best to make sure it's a look you actually want. A full-on fringe can give instant French-girl vibes, a micro-fringe looks edgy and alluring, and this season's biggest hair trend, the curtain fringe, will add a 70s swag to your look. But preferences aside, there's also the issue of which style and length of fringe best suits your face shape.
“There's a fringe for everyone, but not every fringe fits every face,” says Luke Hersheson, hair stylist and CEO of Hershesons. “It's not so much about the shape of your face, but you need to take your forehead into consideration.”
According to Luke, if you have a longer forehead, you can get away with every type of fringe, including really thick, full style. However, if you have a short forehead, then the closest you want to go to a fringe is a grown out curtain bang or something a little longer than doesn't cover your whole forehead.
It's also a good idea to chat through different options with your hairdresser – they are the experts after all. “A fringe is such a personal thing, there's no universal style that suits each face, so it's something that you really have to figure out with your hairdresser,” says Andreas Wild at Larry King Salon in Notting Hill.
“Ultimately, you want the fringe to help frame the facial features, so a longer face might suit a fuller, longer fringe that sits just above the eyes, and a rounder face might suit a more open style so as not to squash the features. It’s also very important to look at the texture of the hair and look to see if there are any cow licks that can affect how the fringe sits.” Andreas adds.
As for how to get the most out of your salon appointment when it comes to fringes? Luke advises bringing photos of the styles you like – and the ones you don't. “It's really important that your hairdresser has an idea of both, especially because your idea of a certain style could be very different from theirs.”
It's important to remember that ultimately the best fringe for your face shape is the one you feel most comfortable with, confidence can do wonders to how something actually looks. However, if you're looking for a little more guidance than that, keep scrolling for style inspo suggested by the hair experts, so you can have something to show to your hairdresser at your next appointment...
Best for Round Face Shapes:
Curtain bangs look great on those with a medium to short forehead as well as being a good option for anyone not 100% committed to a fuller look. A wispy fringe is also a great choice for those with a shorter forehead who want the look of a full fringe.
Voluminous, layered bangs
Best for square face shapes:
Flattering, easy to maintain and effortlessly chic, we can't get enough of the 60s bangs look that adds softness to a square face shape or the feathered and wispy fringe that perfectly compliment the face.
Best for medium/short foreheads:
If you have a medium to short forehead then a full fringe is a great shout as it will elongate your face (if you're looking for that) and perfect for those wanting to drive max attention to the eyes. A wet look would work just the same.
Lash skimming bangs
Best for a longer forehead:
A tousled French-girl fringe looks best on those with a longer forehead as well as anyone wanting to frame their features. If you have a larger forehead, a micro-fringe could also be the style for you. For a less severe, more modern take, keep it choppy and pair with power brows.
Long tousled fringe
Best for curly hair:
If you're hair is curly, but you still want to style a fringe in. Make sure the curls are direction to the front and depending on the length of your coils, pull them from the crown of your head forward for that full bangs look.
Best for oval face shapes:
Oval face shapes suit many fringe styles. Perhaps try to add instant volume with some supermodel styled bangs which will also help to frame an oval face and add focus on the eyes.
Best for heart face shapes:
Drape bangs and strip bangs work great as a style of fringe if you don't want to drive away too much attention from your heart face shape. They perfectly compliment the contours of your face without doing the absolute most.
30s Cupid fringe
Best for triangular face shapes:
If you have a triangular face shape, bardot fringes could be the style for you. For a less severe, and more effortless take, keep it choppy. A side swept fringe and crescent bangs can also compliment your face shape beautifully without driving too much attention away from it.