The fringe is back in fashion and this is one trend that you should be embracing if you want to look younger. Before you book that appointment, however, make sure you know what you’re doing!
A fringe can help frame your face, giving it extra definition (think chiselled cheekbones and a stronger jawline), and can freshen your look in an instant. Plus, it does a really great job of covering up lines on your forehead. Even better, you’ll get all these anti-ageing benefits without spending loads of money on botox or a facelift.
Hairdresser and salon owner Mark Leeso tells us how to find the fringe to fit your face shape. His top advice? ‘Don’t assume that one sizes fits all…’
If you have a square shaped face
Extra-long, tapered fringes suit square-shaped faces best, though they should be choppy rather than blunt and solid.
If you have an oval shaped face
You lucky ladies with oval faces have your pick, as you can pull off any type of fringe — so what are you waiting for?
If you have a long face
If you’ve got a high forehead you can disguise it with a thick and blunt fringe. It’ll ‘soften’ the rest of your face, too.
If you have a heart shaped or round face
A side-swept style will add both length and definition, but anything too short and blunt should be avoided.
7 things to know before you get a fringe
Yes, a fringe can make you look younger, but you have to make sure the rest of your hair works with it.
- Consider your hair length — there are exceptions to every rule, but the best look-younger length is just above the shoulders.
- Go for the safe option if you’re not feeling brave. A soft, sweeping side fringe is generally the most flattering and age-defying of them all.
- There’s a world of difference between choppy and wispy — the latter will make hair seem old and straggly. So, if your hair’s frail, keep your fringe heavy.
- A curly fringe? No, no, no! They’re ageing and just plain wrong. If you have curly hair, go for a side-swept fringe and keep it straight.
- Unless you’ve got the confidence to carry it off, don’t attempt anything too wacky — a pink, dip-dye fringe doesn’t really do much for ordinary mortals!
- Get yours trimmed regularly. Most salons will do it for free.
- Invest in the right tools to get your fringe looking salon fresh. A radial brush is best for creating smoothness, and a blast of cold air from the nozzle attachment of your hairdryer will set it in place.
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