How a fringe can freshen up your look
Hello dear friends,
Are you currently finding yourself in a bit of a hair rut? Where your hair looks nice, but it’s really doing very little for you? There’s nothing worse than feeling like your hair is just…there, not really making a difference to your appearance. Actually, scratch that. There is something worse, and that’s knowing that your hair can make a difference to your appearance, you just don't know what in the world to do with it.
I’ve got one word for you: fringe. Yes, a forehead skimming fringe (or bangs, if you prefer). It’s the kind of change that makes quite an impact. Remember at the beginning of the year when Michelle Obama cut herself a fabulous, fresh fringe and everyone stopped to take notice? Or when Nicole Richie debuted her new look? She looked amazing.
So if you’re thinking that a fringe could be just what you need to amp up your look and give yourself that hair makeover you’ve been dying for, you may want to hear what Brad Ngata, owner of Brad Ngata Hair Direction, has to say about getting the best results.
“Cutting in bangs really is the quickest way to update your look. If you’re contemplating it, I can’t stress enough to PLEASE go to a professional stylist and do NOT attempt it with nail scissors!* You also need to go in to see your stylist so they can assess the shape of your face – as this affects the fringe shape. Generally, a fringe like Nicole's is the best option and most flattering, but you can cut them shorter, squarer, wider or softer depending on the look you want to achieve.”
Oh, and don’t forget that once you cut a fringe, there’s some maintenance involved – “A fringe is a commitment, you can’t just leave it to grow out or you’ll lose the overall effect of having it. The sharper or more precise the fringe, the more regularly you’ll need to pop in to have it trimmed. If you’re doing the right thing and having your hair cut every 6-8 weeks, you should try and pop in once or twice in that time to have your fringe tidied up. Invest in a set of mini straightening irons too – these are perfect for bangs. If you’re pressed for time and need a super-quick style, pull your hair back into a pony tail and run the irons through your fringe, it will make your look perfect very quickly.”
So there it is – the quick hair fix that could change your life. What are you waiting for?
And if you need a bit more inspiration, check out the celeb fringes below..
*sidenote: I’m ashamed to admit that I have cut my own fringe (somewhat recently), from scratch too, and I deeply, deeply regret that decision. Don’t do as I did!
Psst! If you’re getting a fringe, you may want to have these products handy:
Lady Jayne Ceramic Radial – perfect for blow-drying and styling your fringe. Remember the smaller the brush, the tighter the curl.
VS Sassoon miniPRO™ Satin Touch – just what you need to fix up some kinks or curls in your fringe.
Garnier Fructis Pure Volume 48H Dry Shampoo – for those days when your fringe needs some freshening up.
Carli got PhotoReady using...
Revlon PhotoReady Color Correcting Primer
Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator in 100 Bare Light
Revlon PhotoReady Makeup in 005 Natural Beige
Revlon PhotoReady Concealer in 004 Medium
Revlon PhotoReady Bronzer in 100 Bronzed & Chic
Revlon PhotoReady Sculpting Blush Palette in 003 Neutral
Revlon Colorstay Lip Butter in Sweet Tart on her lips.