A fringe is one of those things I go-and-forth on constantly. I have very long and dead-straight hair, so I always want to ‘add’ something to it. Over the past two years, I have cut a full fringe and grown it out. Then cut short flicky bangs and grown them out. Back in December, I cut the grown out short bangs into long wispy bangs and… you guessed it – I’m now growing them out.
Whilst I still love the idea of trying something new (my current idea is short and ashy/silvery blonde), I’ve concluded a fringe is not the way to do it. So, if you are thinking about it, but you’re stuck, here are the top three things I wish someone told me before I embarked on my fringe journey.
Is that the right fringe for your face shape?
When I first cut my fringe, I went for the full block with a bit of blending around the face. Looking back at pictures now, this totally was not the look for me. I had quite a round face back then and it just did not suit me at all and enhanced my chubby cheeks, I found. When this grew out a bit, I had it cut more into short bangs, but even then, I don’t think the shortness works for me, especially as I have super long hair. Since they grew out and I’ve had them shaped more into long bangs until they grow out completely, I’ve found this a) more manageable and b) just works better with longer hair.
That being said, everyone favours a different fringe look, but I’d seriously say try and ‘replicate’ the fringe before you get it cut. I did the ol’ ‘pin some hair over your forehead’ trick and although they look rubbish, you can get a hair-changer apps. They’re not the most accurate things in the world, but worth seeing if they give you an idea of what compliments your face shape! Personally, I’d say light, wispy bangs work for the majority!
Can you be bothered?
This sounds so pessimistic, but seriously. It’s not so much an issue now I’d say with working at home, but when I last cut my full fringe in the winter of 2019, I was commuting around 3 hours a day. This included leaving the house for 6:30 and walking for 20 minutes to the train station. Having to deal with a fringe everyday seriously hurt my feelings. If I pinned it back at night to stop my forehead from getting all greasy, it stood to attention and needed blow drying. If I didn’t pin it back, well it was flicky and again needed blow drying.
In the winter, I’d have to shove on a hat so all styling went out the window. And honestly, facing an hour and a half commute, I wanted to sleep as much as possible. Half the time, I did my make up on the train, so I really did not have the energy. Within about a week, I was pinning it back and getting on with it. During the weekends and when I went out properly, it was nice to style for sure, but for day-to-day? Not for me.
Saying that, if your hair is naturally quite bouncy and holds shape, you probably don’t need to worry so much. Or if you cut long bangs, as opposed to a full fringe, you may be lucky. For me, a full fringe, wispy bangs, or whatever just do not work. I have a lot of hair but it’s very fine, so cooperation is a no go.
Are you bored?
Again, sounds pessimistic, but I go through stages of being completely bored with my hair and the need to do something ‘wild’. About 8 years ago, I chopped my bum-length hair to my shoulders on a whim and instant regret took over. Nonetheless, over the past year of lockdown related boredom, I’m on the verge of doing it all over again #yolo. We’ve all left the hairdressers and gone ‘oh this was an error’ and a fringe is for sure the easiest spontaneous cut we all go to.
Just give it some thought, is this a commitment you want to deal with? Now with my bangs in that weird half grown out stage, I constantly have a pineapple-style ponytail and I’m so over it. If I could break up with them, I would! It sounds like overthinking, but it’s worth it. Wrong colour? Re-dye it. Too short? Extensions. Weird fringe? Oops, need to wait until it grows!
I hope this hasn’t scared you off fringes for life…
… if you’re thinking about it, do it – hair grows back! But if you’re like me and you don’t have that level of commitment to your hair and are super impatient for it to grow back, maybe hold back until you’re super sure, know what you want and get a feel of all the different styles! Happy snipping!