Having a fringe can seem like a big step in any haircut. From a short fringe to a longer one, a side swoop or a block fringe, there are many types of fringes and choosing which style to go for can be an extremely daunting and scary process. When it comes to choosing the right fringe, it’s imperative that you not only have a fabulous hairstylist, but you have an understanding of which fringe and hairstyle will suit the shape of your face. If you’re thinking about taking the plunge, the team of experts at Paul Edmonds London have put together a guide on which fringe will not only suit your facial shape but make you look fabulous!
Our first secret is Viviscal, the ultimate hair growth programme that will help make your bangs look fuller and thicker. So even if you have fine or thin hair, combining Viviscal Professional with some simple styling tips you will be able to have your desired fringe no matter what your hair type.
Cutting a fringe shape is all about creating illusions. Depending on what face shape you have will determine what kind of illusion you are aiming to make. For example, for more squared face shapes you want to create the illusion of roundness so the face does not seem as square and vice-versa.
So let’s start with all you square-faced beauties. The style of fringe that will typically suit you is a is one that is cut to the side. Having the fringe slightly broken and rounded will help soften a square jawline. Having a side fringe on a squarer face will also create a softer look while showing off cheekbones, offering a supermodel look. A square face means a squarer jaw but with this fringe style, it will help to reduce any sharpness.
For a rounder face, a shorter, layered fringe is a great style to create length, these are also known as micro- fringes. Having a shorter fringe will show off eyes and cheeks while creating the illusion of squaring off a rounded edge. Another great fringe for a rounder face is a side swoop which is soft around the edges, but long and wider at the cheek. This will bring depth to the face while being super flattering.
Get the look: frame your face with multiple layers of highlights. This will create dimension and volume to your hair and help elongate your face shape to appear slimmer.
Fringes to suit a heart-shaped face
A heart-shaped face suits a long and broken fringe that is swept across to the side from a centre parting. With a heart-shaped face, you typically will have killer cheekbones so embrace them! Working your cheekbones will take the emphasis away from the chin, as a chin on a heart-shaped face is usually more pointed.
Fringes for a diamond-shaped face
For a diamond-shaped face, a face that is wider at the cheekbones, anything usually suits! If you have this shape you are extremely lucky as the preferred style is completely up to you. If you wanted some more guidance with what fringe to have, think more towards your lifestyle and how having a fringe could impact the day to day activities you take. For example, if you are typically low maintenance option for a broken fringe which can be taken to the side for ease and styling.
Fringes for a long face
A long face shape suits heavier and fuller bangs. Having a chunky fringe gives the illusion of a smaller face so if you want a look that’s going to shorten a longer face, this style is perfect. If you do not want to commit to a block fringe then ask your stylist to break the fringe up slightly, this will give your face the same illusion but you won’t feel too boxed in.
Fringe FAQs Answered by Paul Edmonds
Paul’s team of hairstyling experts have put together there top most asked questions when it comes to fringes…
1. How often should you have a fringe trim?
In order to maintain your fringe and keep it in good condition, we recommend getting your fringe trimmed every three days. Our clients visit every six weeks and pop in for a fringe trim in between.
2. Should I try and cut my fringe at home, or in the salon?
If you have cut your own fringe you know the answer to that already, it might not have worked out quite the way you anticipated when you first picked up those scissors! All our stylists offer free fringe trims between cuts and we can ensure it is perfect for your face shape and hair texture.
3. Can people with curly hair pull off a fringe?
If you’ve got curly hair, you can absolutely pull off a fringe, but you must understand the curl pattern. With our curly-haired clients we cut the fringe in when wet and at a longer length when it dries, and the curl shrinks, we then trim it again to the right length. If you are curly and getting a fringe for the first time, start gently with a subtle shallow fringe and then once you and your stylist knows how the curl sits, you can be braver with the cut. Some of our clients with curlier hairlines we also isolate their keratin treatment to the fringe only which helps soften it.
4. Can people with thin hair pull off a fringe?
If you have thin or fine hair you can definitely pull off a fringe. In fact, the right fringe can revive your look and add freshness to your style. Your stylists will recommend the best cut to suit your hair texture and face shape, that will help add a little extra volume. If you have thin hair and looking to transform your overall look with extensions, find out more information about how you can achieve longer, thicker hair in a matter of hours at Paul Edmonds London Salons.
5. What type of fringes are there?
A parted fringe – also called a ‘Bardot fringe’, is where your bangs are parted, usually in the centre and each side is swept away from the face.
A rounded fringe – is similar to the full fringe, but has a rounded feel and is longer on the sides blending into the rest of the hair.
A blunt full fringe – is cut sharply and is often thick and heavy, adding definition to your face.
A wispy full fringe – is on the thin side and is perfect for those after something with less commitment and styling.
Side-swept fringe – a fringe which starts from a side parting and often only covers one half of the forehead. It is usually longer than a full fringe and is very flattering.
Full fringe – A fringe that is combed straight down and is cut vertically across.
6. Which fringes are in at the moment?
Bardot style long fringes that are almost grown out are very cool at the moment. We recently cut a fringe on Emma Louise Connolly; it is long, soft and almost grown out which suits her line of work really well. As a model she is constantly changing her look, it is very variable for her work.
7. How can I protect my fringe from heat damage?
8. If I don’t like my fringe, how easy is it to grow out?
They are easy to grow out! Once it’s cut and blended into the hair at the sides to process is quick and easy taking between 3 to 4 months.
Paul Edmonds London | The Fringe Experts
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