What do Dawn O’Porter, Florence Welch and Taylor Swift all have in common? (Apart from a few quid and some serious talent) they all have amazing fringes. Whether it’s blunt, sweeping or parted, a fringe will instantly update your look and your tresses will appear constantly styled (even if the rest of your hair is thrown up in a messy bun). A fringe can be tricky to adjust to, but Neil Barton, creative director of Neil Barton Hairdressing, has offered his tips to keeping a fringe looking fresh. So ensure you pass on these words of wisdom to your clients, so they avoid these common fringe struggles…
1. I’m bored, I’m going to get a fringe. How hard can it be?
2. I’ll instantly turn into Zooey Deschanel.
In the chair:
3. OK, I see the scissors coming towards my eyes. No backing out now.
4. Do I really want a fringe??
5. Too late.
6. Oh. This is… different.
7. I feel like I’ve got a baseball cap on.
8. I’m sure it will look better when I style it.
Post fringe cut:
9. Oh, good, I’ve been walking around town all day with a million tiny hairs all over my face.
10. My mum hates it.
Post washing your fringe for the first time:
11. It’s stuck to my face, I’ll blow dry it with a round brush next time.
12. (After blow drying it with a round brush) oh, no, it looks like a Swiss roll.
13. Hairspray has defied gravity… a little too much.
1 week later:
14. The wind isn’t a fan of my fringe either, then?
15. Other girls seem to have perfect fringes, is there a secret fringe society that I don’t know about?
16. My fringe is so greasy that I could fry an egg on it.
17. I think it needs a trim. Already.
1 month later:
18. I miss my forehead.
19. I’m still waiting to transform into Zooey Deschanel. My fringe is currently more Boris Johnson.
20. Yes, I’ve resorted to washing my fringe in the sink. Don’t judge me.
21. My vision is impaired, off for another ‘trim’.
22. I’m going to grow it out, I can’t live like this.
After 4 months of growing your fringe out:
22. I think I might have my fringe cut in again.
We caught up with Neil Barton, creative director of Neil Barton Hairdressing, Goldwell ambassador and Color Zoom creative master, to give us a foolproof guide to maintaining your fringe, so you’ll never want to grow it out.
“When it comes to fringes, there are a lot of things to think about. Take into consideration your hair's natural texture and length. Those with thicker, longer hair will be well suited for a blunt fringe, whereas those with thinner hair should consider the wispy or side swept fringe as they will be a lot easier to manage.
When styling your fringe at home, minimise the potential for frizz by always starting with wet hair. You can also use a straightener spray and, using a flat oval brush, grab the fringe at the roots and blow dry in a side-to-side, windshield-wiper motion as this will help the fringe dry flat. Avoid using a round brush, which will give a fringe too much arch and bounce.
Since the fringe sits on the forehead, which can produce a lot of natural oil, I recommend keeping it in tip-top shape throughout the day by dusting a bit of dry shampoo on the roots of your fringe. This will help prevent the fringe from looking greasy and can be repeated as many times as necessary. Remember that most salons offer fringe trims as a complimentary service, but for those who do not have the time to visit a salon and must do it themselves, never cut a fringe horizontally or cut straight across in one go. The error factor is too high, instead cut vertically into sections of the hair.”
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