Irritated by Isolation?
Fringes are always a trend. They’re an accessory you wear everyday and can really help make a look a real statement. Bangs as they’re also called, can help describe your style. Whether you’re a Claudia Winkleman full on bold bangs type of lady, or wearing the Bella Hadid, cute, girl next door whispy fringes look, the different cuts help make an impression without the effort!
Fringes can be full on at the best of times, so what happens when we can’t get into the salon because of isolation? How do we isolate AND see out of our eyes?
It goes without saying I wouldn’t recommend anyone to cut their own hair that isn’t professionally trained, however when times are hard - i've got you.
The first step when managing these fringes, is to make sure you only cut when necessary. There are many things we can do whilst in isolation without grabbing the kitchen scissors just yet!
Using a round brush to blow-dry your hair up with volume is a simple way of extending the longevity of your fringe as the added bounce will lift it from the eyes, making it appear shorter. Just like a roller, leave the brush in to cool down to really set that volume in to place… or even better, leave an actual roller in; I’m sure your boss will understand why in your conference call. This is actually the first thing I do when arriving on set with any Celebrity I do; Blow-dry the fringe, pin it out the way (whether that be a roller or just pin curled), and that keeps it out the face for the make up artist, whilst also allowing it to cool down to maximise the bounce for the revealed style.
A good product to help maximise this volume that can be used wet or dry, is the Raise The Root / ColorWow - does exactly what it says on the tin!
Grown out fringes are a real look in their own. ‘Pieces’ of hair either side of the face can help frame your face in other ways a full fringe can’t. If you’re in that in between stage, or isolation is forcing you to wear it out grown, don’t feel bad about it… own it. Dua Lipa recently wore her hair in the middle with two pieces down either side with the rest in a sleek bun. This helps make the look softer.
I recently decided to leave pieces out of Billie Faiers ponytail for an ITV appearance.
These left out ‘pieces’ could be seen as a grown out fringe, and really helped frame her face which made the whole look softer and more relaxed. I’ve also beveled these slightly to give off more of an effortless look, compared to Dua’s sleek and bold statement hair!
Off It Comes in 6 steps:
The thought of someone cutting their hair at home scares me… and probably you too, but when broken down into sections, it’s really not as scary as it seems.
1. Fringes are traditionally cut in triangles. Ideally you would follow the original pattern from your previous cut, but if you’re struggling to find this, it should be sectioned in an imaginary line from middle (parting) to the top of each corner of your forehead.
TIP: wet your hair to find a neat section!
2. Once you’ve found this magical fringe section you didn’t existed and you’ve checked it doesn’t contain anymore hair than is necessary, now it’s all up to you.
If you’ve ever dreamed about cutting someone’s hair, or wondered what it’s like to be in charge of someone’s appearance, take this moment in and enjoy it. And for the rest of you who are still nervous, all will be fine…
TIP: use a pin tail comb to get a precise, neat section to avoid any unwanted hairs!
3. To start with, I would comb all the hair forward, before taking a small section (roughly an inch) of hair in the middle of the parting.
Just to be clear, if this is a side parting, still take an inch wide section, still combed forward, still wet, just making sure it’s parallel to where the parting is.
TIP: One inch is roughly the measurement from the top knuckle on your thumb to your thumb tip.
4. Making sure this is all combed forward, trim this inch section with the scissors using a point cut method - cutting the hair piece in small movements keeping the blade pointing up, as opposed to one blunt slice across.
This becomes your foundation and minimum length, so make sure you’re happy with this length before proceeding.
TIP: Don’t forget, baby steps… you can always cut more off.
5. Now, with the either sides to your fringe, either match these up to the middle (the piece you just cut). For a full fringe, match these up so they’re even horizontally, and for a more graduated fringe, pull them out with your index fingers, rotating your fingers towards you, cutting them at a 180 angle (pointing towards your head) - to create yourself an arch/concave shape. You should be left with a soft arch, being shorter in the middle and elongating either side from the parting... remember to follow the original shape if unsure. For a more layered fringe, hold this up when cutting, for a more solid look, pull the fringe down towards the mouth.
To check its even, hold each side of your new fringe in your fingers at the root. Pull each side down simultaneously all the way to the end to check they’re the same.
If one side finishes first, this means it is slightly shorter one side. If so don’t panic visually trim the longer side more to match them up until symmetrical.
TIP: When checking for symmetry, close your eyes. This will help you ensure both sides are even as your eye sight can fool you! You’ll often see hairdressers check a haircut looking in another direction.