Everyone has gone a bit rogue with their hair during this lockdown, right? I mean who even are you if you haven’t cut your partner’s hair, with the breathtaking reassurance of the phrase ‘It’s OK, darling, I watched a video on YouTube’? But let’s talk fringes specifically. As someone who has been the wearer and advocate of a fringe for more than ten years, I know how high maintenance they are. But I also know how cute they are. Here’s what you need to know before you get a fringe…
1) Having a fringe is pretty high maintenance. That sounds obvious, but I think it’s something people forget when they’ve just been able to stick their hair up in a bun since forever. You will have to regularly pop into the hairdressers between appointments to get it cut. Because there’s nothing more annoying than a fringe that’s ever so slightly too long. *shudder*
2) They’re more expensive. I pay for regular fringe trims at a local hairdresser between appointments and at £5 a pop they do add up. I know I could just ‘pop in’ for a trim at my usual hairdressers but I find it’s more hassle than it’s worth and you end up waiting for ages. I prefer to go somewhere else and know that I can be in and out in about ten minutes.
3) You have to like having hair on your face. Another statement of the obvious I know, but I mean you REALLY have to like it. If you’re always sweeping your hair back or never have your hair out of a ponytail then a fringe is pretty likely to drive you bananas very quickly.
4) If you’re anything like me you’ll wake up every morning with your fringe pointing in completely different directions. Trust me, I look like Garth from Wayne’s World in the AM – I have the oversized glasses, too. You’ll have to invest in a good pair of straighteners so you can style it every morning.
5) It might take a while to find out what kind of fringe suits you. Back in the days when I could make regular trips to the hairdresser, I would ask for mine on my eyebrows, no longer, no shorter, and chopped into a little bit so it’s not too blunt. I also like it slightly parted in the middle. You might not nail it the first time around, but there is a fringe to suit you.
6) You will have to deal with a bad fringe at one point or another. It’s gonna happen! I once had mine chopped into a micro-fringe before I even had a chance to ask for what I wanted, and whenever I see photos of that particular night out it still irritates me to this day. Luckily, and as with most things hair-related, it’s not a life sentence and it will grow out.
7) Disclaimer – when I first wrote this list my last point was all about resisting the temptation to cut your fringe yourself. Now, I’m not so sure. Desperate times call for desperate measures and all. When I was younger and wilder I did it ALL THE TIME and most of the time it was perfectly acceptable… if you didn’t look too closely. And squinted. At a distance. At least if it’s wonky no one is gonna see you.