While gazing out from under ones long, thick, eyelash-dwelling fringe feels very Jane Birkin, tripping over things because you cant see isnt such a good look.
Which is why I nipped down to Charles Worthingtons 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 wouldnt advise it. Ive seen some big mistakes happen that way. Dont 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 havent tried a fringe yet, Headmasters Art Director Jonathan Soons, says the fringe du jour is the Sienna: Shes rocking a wonderful Jean Shrimpton-style fringe. Cut blunt and arched at the edges, its 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 youre 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, itll 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 youll end up with a 1990s bouffant fringe, explains Trinder. We have been warned