A fringe can enhance any face shape, and right now - they happen to be bang on trend. Trudi Brewer asked Auckland stylist Danny Pato, co-owner of D&M Hair Design what are the rules when going bold, blunt, long or side-swept?
Are you a fringe or no fringe guy?
I’m both! It all comes down to face shape, hair type and personality. Fringes can work wonders on the right person, giving them a flattering edge and making them look instantly younger by disguising forehead wrinkles - a great alternative to Botox!
Trends aside, who can wear a fringe and who can’t?
Those with a very short forehead (when the hairline is close to the brows), or a more pronounced forehead, won’t suit a fringe.
What are the best styling products to keep your fringe looking sharp?
Dry shampoo is a 'fringes best friend', as anyone with a fringe will know they pick up any oil from your forehead, so they need to be washed more often. Dry shampoo will refresh the hair, and make styling much easier. My pick: Davines Hair Refresher, $30 it's lightweight, and leaves no residue. You could also try having a keratin smoothing treatment for your fringe only; this will cut down on styling time and makes a fringe more manageable. Make sure your stylist is using a formaldehyde-free product, such as Cezanne Perfect Finish. Another worthwhile investment for the fringe-obsessed, is a pair of mini irons, a great styling tool for taming your fringe quickly. Try the GHD V Gold Mini Styler, $270.
What are your best fringe tips?
The best way to style your fringe is using a hair dryer held over your head, pointed downward, particularly if you’ve got a cow lick or unruly hair texture. Use a paddle brush, (wide, flat brush) and sweep the hair both left and right as it drys, this will straighten and smooth the fringe, then, use a round brush to roll the ends under.
Here is Pato's guide for finding the right fringe style to flatter your face shape?
Square faces: Suit a long, curved fringe to soften a sharp jaw line.
Round faces: A side-swept fringe to create angles.
Heart shaped faces: Go with a long sweeping fringe and wear it to one side.
Oblong or long faces: Go for a longer, heavier fringe.
Oval faces: You're lucky enough to suit any style or shape.
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