What Is a Fringe Haircut? Is it a Good Look With Easy Style and Maintenance?

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A fringe haircut involves cutting the hair that covers your forehead aka your bangs! There are a wide variety of different fringe types to choose from. Also known as bangs, they can instantly change your look.

But is a fringe the best cut for everyone? And what is a fringe haircut, exactly?

In this article, we look at fringes while focusing on the following:

  • Things to consider before you get a fringe
  • The best fringe for your face shape
  • Tips on maintaining a fringe

What is a Fringe Haircut?

Our hair is one of our best accessories and can be cut, colored, and styled to update or completely change our look. 

Micro, long, curtain, wispy and layered are all types of fringes to choose from and should be chosen with care. 

If you want to make a seemingly small change that can make a big difference, you should consider getting a fringe cut. 

If you want to make a seemingly small change that can make a big difference, you should consider getting a fringe cut. 

There are several reasons why a fringe is a good idea:

Fringe Pros:

And, of course, there are the negatives to consider too:

  • The wrong type of fringe can make a round face look even rounder
  • Grows out quickly 
  • It will require daily styling, depending on the type of fringe and your hair type

Other factors that will affect your choice of fringe include the condition and thickness of your hair. 

Dry, damaged hair is more difficult to style, and adding a fringe will only increase your frustration when choosing a style that is easy to maintain. It is a good idea first to improve the overall condition of your hair using a good quality shampoo and conditioner that will rehydrate and soften your hair before you consider a fringe cut. 

A fringe will only exacerbate oily hair and skin as the hair will become greasy throughout the day, increasing how often you will need to wash your hair. 

If you have thick hair, a layered fringe will soften your look and create a more glamorous look rather than a bulky shape.

Thinner hair fares better with a straight-cut fringe and creates the illusion of thicker hair. 

Remember that a fringe is not always a fuss-free haircut and might require daily styling. It is a commitment that requires effort. 

It is most likely not the best choice if you have a busy lifestyle and do not have a few minutes daily to spare to style or neaten your fringe. 


Choosing the Best Fringe for Your Face Shape

Unfortunately, a fringe is not a “one size fits all” haircut. Choosing the best fringe is a big deal and can mean the difference between an unflattering cut and a great one. 

The shape of your face is a big factor in choosing the best fringe. Let’s take a look at face shapes and the style of fringe that will suit them best:

  • Oval: This is the only face shape that complements any type of fringe.
  • Round: People with round faces should consider a long, side-swept fringe to narrow their face while elongating it simultaneously. 
  • Square: A straight-cut, brow grazing fringe is great for those with square faces and will soften the face. Keep it wispy and thin to create a softer look.
  • Heart: Another great face shape for a wispy fringe, heart-shaped faces are ideal for curtain bangs and the longer wispy “French girl bangs” that are a big trend this year. 
  • Long: To shorten the length of the face, those with long-shaped faces would do well with a heavy fringe that covers their forehead. This creates the illusion of a shorter face rather than elongating it with a wispy fringe. 

If you’re unsure what type or style of fringe will suit you, or if you don’t know your face shape, ask your hairstylist for guidance and recommendations. 


Maintaining Your Fringe

You’ve taken the plunge and cut a fringe. How do you maintain it? 

We have a few great tips on how to maintain your fringe and keep it looking neat and fresh all day long. 

  1. Have your fringe trimmed every few weeks to keep the shape and style of your intended cut.
  2. Invest in a set of velcro rollers to make styling your fringe quick and easy.
  3. Wash your fringe daily to avoid grease and sweat build-up if you have oily skin. A good skincare routine can help prevent your hair from becoming oily and acne-covered
  4. Make dry shampoo your new best friend for those in-between days where your fringe needs a freshen-up. You are good to go with a quick spray, blow dry or straighten with a hair iron. 
  5. Keep a small foldable brush or comb in your handbag to neaten your fringe on the go. 
  6. Watch tutorials on how to blow dry your fringe and master the technique.
  7. Never cut your fringe by yourself. Visit a hair stylist or salon to have your fringe cut. Most salons offer free trims on fringes, so ask your hairstylist if they offer this service. 

The great thing about your hair is that it grows back.

If you cut a fringe and instantly regret it, you will only have to wait around three or four months for your hair to grow. This might seem like a long time, but it is a small sacrifice to have your hair the way you want. 

If you cut a fringe and instantly regret it, you will only have to wait around three or four months for your hair to grow. This might seem like a long time, but it is a small sacrifice to have your hair the way you want. 

Growing out a fringe can be frustrating, so learn a few style tips to help you get through the awkward phases of growing it out.

Thousands of videos and tutorials are available online that can show you different ways of styling your fringe in fun and easy ways. 


Conclusion

A fringe haircut might seem like a small change, but it greatly affects your overall look and style. Choose a fringe that will complement the shape of your face, and follow our great maintenance tips and tricks on choosing, styling, and caring for your fringe.

Written by Kayla Young

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