A side fringe is a low commitment in the grand scheme of haircuts, but it can completely shake up your look. Which makes it ideal if you want a fresh style for spring but you’re nervous of scissor-wielding hairdressers. If you already sweep your hair into a side parting, then this will add a subtle new dimension to your look. But if you tend to centre-part your hair, a side fringe could have a totally rejuvenating effect on your appearance.
If you opt for a longer-length fringe and don’t like it, it’s easy to centre-part and disguise. Not sure a side fringe will suit you? Experiment with a side parting until you’re ready for the chop. A side fringe suits most straight and wavy hair textures, and when it comes to styling, you can use your fingers to rough-dry with a hairdryer before using a small round brush to round out or flick the ends. Most stylists would say to avoid using product on a fringe. Says Lauren Thompson, a stylist at Nunzio Saviano Salon in NYC, “I don’t usually like to use a lot of product on the [fringe] area unless the hair is very fine and thin; then I love a spray like Oribe Volumista (£31).”
Not convinced? Keep reading for 13 celebrities with side fringes that will totally change your mind.
A quintessential side fringe: long, sweeping and will suit most face shapes and hair textures. The subtle way it cuts across the eye makes it a little sassy too.
Okay, okay, technically this is more of a side parting than a fringe, but it's a great way to road test the look before committing to the cut. Thanks for the tip, Cameron.
A flick like this requires some round-brush action and flexible hair spray. Try GHD Ceramic Vented Radial Brush in Size 1 (£15).
A shorter side fringe like this that creates a diagonal line across the forehead will help to make your eyes and lips the focal points of your face. It’s an optical illusion, but it’s ideal if those are your best features.
Go shorter like Jessica, and your fringe can be brushed across to create a full fringe or centre part for a look that’s more retro and will grow out well (think Alexa Chung and you’ll get the idea).
Rosie proves there doesn’t have to be any awkward in-between phases when growing out a side fringe.
If you’re not ready to give up on a centre part, then don’t. Beyoncé shows how you can still work a side parting.
Reese is pretty dedicated to a side fringe. This version is beautifully textured and piece-y; it also doesn’t cut her forehead in half—key when you have a heart-shaped or round face.
We love how Katy’s fringe has an almost feather-like, delicate quality.
Make like Kerry, and blow-dry your fringe smooth and straight for a grown-up, groomed look.
We love everything about this haircut from the wispy texture to the highlights. Obsessed.
While some side fringes can look prim, Alexa Chung proves that a longer version paired with tousled waves can look super cool.
At this length, you can change up your parting and fringe with ease depending on your mood and the style you’re going for.
Next up, want to go shorter? Check out these shoulder-length hairstyles for inspiration.