Everyone goes through a phase in their life (at least once) where they consider getting a fringe cut in. While in can seem like a daunting commitment, it’s also one of the easiest ways to change up your hairstyle if you want to try something new. Plus, there are plenty of options to choose from no matter what your hair type, texture, or face shape – curtain, blunt, micro, side-swept – the list goes on…
“Fringes are timeless because they’re so flattering,” says hairstylist and salon owner Melissa Timperley. “They’re a great way to draw attention to your eyes and also to contour the face.” So what’s the most low maintenance fringe shape you can go go for? “The grown out bangs style where they’re cut to cheekbone length or even what we call ‘the blogger fringe’ which is slightly shorter in the middle and then curves out and is longer at the sides,” says Timperley. “These styles are really popular at the moment because they’re easy to grow out, you can push them to one side or the other, and they’re easy to style back in an up-do.”
It’s true that a fringe does require a certain degree of maintenance. According to Timperley, most fringes will require a monthly trim to keep them looking fresh. “My top tip for daily fringe maintenance is applying dry shampoo,” she advises. “Think of it like deodorant – you wouldn’t put deodorant on after you’ve sweated, you put it on before. So spray a little bit of dry shampoo in your fringe right after you’ve washed it.” If you’ve previously committed to a fringe and regretted it, Timperley recommends asking your hairdresser for tips on how to style your particular fringe, since without this knowledge it’s easy to become frustrated and fall out of love with the style. “To dry any fringe it’s got to be really really wet, and for most you’ll want to wrap dry it from side to side using a brush,” she recommends. “Your head needs to be down slightly so the hairdryer is angled from above your hair.”
Since there’s no one-size-fits-all fringe, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite low-maintenance fringe haircuts to spark your inspiration (and send to your hairdresser).
The classic fringe style for a bold, timeless look which suits any hair length.
The ultimate ‘French girl’ fringe style. It’s not full; it’s not curtains. It’s somewhere in between.
A brave and alternative way to wear a fringe – this requires the most commitment.
The perfect introductory style to a fringe (or a chic exit style if you’re growing out an existing full fringe). According to hair stylists, side fringes will be bang on trend in 2023…
The curtain or parted fringe is one of the most versatile and low maintenance fringes around. Depending on the length, you can either part it in the centre for sweeping bangs or pull forwards and style as a longer full fringe. Because it’s layered to grow out seamlessly, you don’t have to worry about regular trims.
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This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.