It's fair to say that women have a love-hate relationship with their fringes. When your fringe is cooperating, it frames your face, gives your hair a distinct style and can even make you look younger (goodbye, forehead fine lines). Not to mention on a really good day you feel like Jane Birkin. But there's just one problem: They're not exactly wash-and-go, as a fringe often requires a considerable amount of upkeep.
If you have slightly wavy hair, you can be in for a real time of it. Whether that's furiously trying to flatten that last hair down so that you look super sleek or just trying to do damage control when you get caught in the rain, we know the woes that come with having a fringe. To help, we've found eight fail-safe styling tricks that are guaranteed to help every fringe lover. Keep scrolling through for nine styling tips every woman with fringe should know.
Blow-dry your fringe as soon as you hop out of the shower while your hair is still very wet. Your fringe dries faster than you think, and the moment it starts to air-dry, it's already begun to set into its natural shape (which usually doesn't work for most people). The sooner you start styling, the better your results will be.
A small, round boar-bristle brush (like the EX2 Extended Cork Round Brush Small (£30) from Ibiza Hair) is the gold standard for styling a fringe because the tightly packed bristles grab every hair, allowing you to use the right amount of tension. Once you've got the proper brush and a powerful hair dryer (with the nozzle attached), you need to master the fringe blow-drying technique. Hold your hair dryer over your head, facing down towards your forehead, and brush your fringe from side to side until dry. This takes care of any cowlicks and ensures your bangs fall straight. Finish by rolling the ends under.
To tame frizz and seal the shape, finish by smoothing your bangs with a flatiron. Start on one side of your face and take vertical sections all the way across. The best way to do this is with a slim flatiron that can get all the way up to the root, like GHD V Gold Mini Styler (£119).
When blow-drying isn't an option, embrace your natural texture. Rather than trying to direct your fringe to fall straight, twist it. Split your fringe at your parting, twist it outwards, push the twists to either side and don't touch it until your hair is dry. This prevents your fringe from drying in all different directions.
When it comes to styling product and your fringe, less is more. You can use whatever product you would normally use, but apply it to your hair first, then use only what is left on your hands for your fringe. Any more and you'll wind up with greasy fringe by midday.
You may be able to get away with using no product, but most women need a little something to keep cowlicks in place. If you have fine hair, use a styling cream like Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream (£32). For thick or coarser textures, try something with slightly more hold like Oribe Gel Serum (£54).
Even if you've adopted a less stringent schedule for washing your hair (bravo), make an exception for your fringe. The simple truth is that they get greasy, and fast. Give your bangs a light shampooing before you wash your face in the morning, and use dry shampoo (such as Klorane Oat Milk Dry Shampoo, £4) before it gets oily. You don't need a lot, but a quick spritz before you head out the door will prevent midday, oil-induced separation or flatness.
We would never advise you to skip to moisturiser, but you do need to be very mindful of moisturising your forehead. You don't want your skincare products transferring to your bangs and making your hair look greasy. So keep your fringe off of your face until your products have fully absorbed, which can take up to ten minutes. To be safe, blot your forehead with blotting paper before releasing your fringe.
While you may want to grow out your hair, if you want to keep your fringe looking good, get it cut. Regularly. Your fringe can often feel like it's growing at the speed of light, which can result in not being able to see any annoying flyaways that are ruining your look. Most hairdressers offer free or cheap fringe trims between appointments, so it's always worth shopping around.
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