Fringe Benefits

Mimi ON Aug 30, 2012 AT 10:00 am

Zooey Deschanel, Burberry SS12, Alexa Chung

Every so often, I get an overwhelming desire to take radical action against my long boring locks. Colour-changes or an extreme new style aren’t an option – the former requiring too much upkeep (I’m a rather lazy beauty ed) and the latter would quite simply un-do the last two years worth of painstaking Sea-Kelp-supplement-popping growth. And so it is, thanks to a slight obsession with Zooey Deschanel and inspired by the autumn winter 2012 catwalks, that I’ve decided to have a fringe cut. And not just any fringe. What I’m after is full and heavy, slightly-dishevelled and eye-skimming. I mean if you’re going to get bangs, they’ve got to be big, right?

Well if you too have been uhhmming and ahhing about taking the plunge, or like me have been inspired (Cheryl Cole’s gorgeous new do anyone??) before you head off to the hairdresser (or god forbid reach for the scissors) take note of super-stylist Jack Thirlway‘s do’s and don’ts on this season’s fringe.

“Cheryl Cole’s hot new fringe has been the subject of lots of chat recently and looks great but essentially it’s because she has a small, petite face.  With a face shape like hers its very easy to carry off pretty much any style and shape around the face.”

If you have a round face and you’re in good company with Kirsten Dunst, Drew Barrymore and Kate Bosworth, ”fringes aren’t the most flattering, as they will shorten the length of your face and give the illusion that it’s wider than it actually is.” But if you do decide to take the plunge Jack suggests asking your stylist to ”cut a longer shape around the sides of the face in order to cover the width of the face for a more flattering finish.”

For those who have a long face shape Jack always recommends a fringe, ”it shortens your face and will make it appear more proportional.”

If, like me, your current girl crushes amount to the entire female cast of New Girl, it’s undoubtedly a heavy, blunt fringe that you’re harking after, but beware,  as Jack warns that ”heavy fringes look great if you have masses of hair but the one problem is that to get the look, a lot of hair from the top of the head has to be added in, removing weight from the sides. It can leave the shape around the face looking weak and unstructured and can be really difficult to grow out whilst keeping a nice balanced style.”

Whatever style you decide on, Jack says that ”the thickness of a fringe should always be adapted to suit each client as you need to make a decision on how bold you want the fringe to look in keeping with your haircut.”

An additional tip from Jack – is to ensure your stylist “checks your front hairline to be certain there are no unusual hair growth patterns as this could cause a problem during styling.”

Book in with Jack Thirlway at Neville Hair & Beauty, 5 Pont Street, SW1x 9EJ, 020 7235 3654 www.nevillehairandbeauty.net

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