RETURN OF THE FRINGE
Isn’t it funny… how quickly you forget about all its regrowing pains when you see style setters and fashion influencers like Brooke Testoni, Nadia Fairfax, and now Margaret Zhang rocking bangs up front?
All 70s-inspired, full force or centre-split, the fringe is currently doing the rounds on stylish people’s heads, so we asked Australian Hairdresser of the Year and owner of Oscar Oscar Paddington, Paloma Rose Garcia (responsible for Fairfax and Zhang’s edgy cut) how to make the trend work for you.
WHY THE COMEBACK?
The ’70s fringe – unlike a short, blunt fringe – is as most low maintenance as a fringe can get. As it grows out into a “long, drop fringe”, you can part it in the centre to change up your look, and the good part: “it doesn’t require a trim every two weeks,” says Garcia. “The look is very effortless and cool.”
WHAT TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU CUT
Contrary to popular belief, the fringe works for most people but, as Garcia advises, adjusting it to suit the individual is important. Things to consider include length, which can be as short as the corner of the eye or as long as the bottom of the cheekbone.
Also, consider thickness. “[If your hair is] too thin or too thick, it won’t work well,” says Garcia. Adding, “If you have more prominent features (strong jawline or nose) go with a softer fringe. If you have softer, rounder features [à la Kayture’s Kristina Bazan] and want a bold look, opt for a sharp and blunt fringe.”
YOU GOT YOURSELF A FRINGE – NOW WHAT?
Styling a fringe is as easy as giving that section of hair a good ol’ shampoo and wash. Anyone who’s had a fringe will tell you that those hairy curtains can get oily and limp overnight and even lead to blemish breakouts.
Garcia also suggests blow-drying the fringe so it sits the way you want.
“On freshly washed hair, position your hair dryer onto the root area and brush hair to the side with a paddle brush,” says Garcia. “This helps your fringe fall in a natural fashion. When the roots are done, use a medium sized round bush and place it on top of the hair…flicking up the ends of your fringe towards the ceiling to create a sort of whiff shape. Flicking the ends up will help to get the ends of the fringe to sit back off the face and open up the eye area.”