How to get a great fringe – and keep it that way

By Sophie Gridley


While gazing out from under one’s long, thick, eyelash-dwelling fringe feels very Jane Birkin, tripping over things because you can’t see isn’t such a good look.


Which is why I nipped down to Charles Worthington’s Percy Street salon on Tuesday to get the snip. ‘You could trim your own fringe,’ mused Marc Trinder, master stylist at Charles Worthington, ‘but I wouldn’t advise it. I’ve seen some big mistakes happen that way.’ Don’t let maintenance put you off getting a fringe, though, most hairdressers will trim yours between cuts – for free. ‘I see some of my clients three or four times between haircuts,’ says Trinder. Nationwide, both Headmasters and Toni & Guy salons around the country offer free fringe trims to existing customers.





If you haven’t tried a fringe yet, Headmasters’ Art Director Jonathan Soons, says the fringe du jour is the Sienna: ‘She’s rocking a wonderful Jean Shrimpton-style fringe. Cut blunt and arched at the edges, it’s a cool retro look,’ he says. London-based hair adventurers should head to the Real Hair salon, which has a dedicated Fringe bar – for £25 you can add a fringe to your current style, or get a complimentary trim if you’re a current client. The really lazy or time-starved should get their hairdresser to cut in a fringe with a really soft edge – when it grows and you start pushing it to the side, it’ll sit elegantly rather than in an awkward wedge.


The key to a fringe that looks great every day, is the drying. ‘Blow dry from left to right using a biggish round brush [try the Blow Dry Volumiser brush, £8.99 by Charles Worthington],’ says Trinder. Finally, pull the fringe forward, lifting up from the root but without wrapping the hair right around the brush. ‘Do that, and you’ll end up with a 1990s bouffant fringe,’ explains Trinder. We have been warned…



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