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Professional Tips for the Fringe

Professional Tips for the Fringe
Open the curtain! Presenting one of the most appealing fringe trends: overlength and brushed slightly to both sides
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Trimming, colouring, letting it grow out – no matter what new look you want for your fringe, a visit to the hairdresser is not necessarily required. We advise you how to do it all yourself with your fringe. With professional results! We also present the latest fringe trends – from the contrast combination to styling

  • Few hairstyles are as popular as those with a fringe. While it is only a small element, it has a pronounced effect on our look. It can even change your appearance entirely. In general the fringe suits just about anyone. Narrow faces appear more harmonious and a fringe is great for hiding a high forehead. Curly hair also works with a fringe: slightly straightened, it is a good fit for a hairdo with curls. Nevertheless: not all fringes are created equal! Different cuts, lengths and colour combinations each result in very different hairstyles. And you can do it all on your own! Cutting, styling, colouring? Yes, you can! With a bit of help from us: we reveal the best professional tips to help you style your bangs according to your preferences.

    But before you reach for scissors, comb and brush, you should choose what look you want for your fringe. We can offer a few examples – from extravagant to elegant:

  • Fringe Parade: The Trends for 2016

    Professional Tips for the Fringe

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    Parted Fringe

    An overlength fringe does not have to block your entire view. Quite to the contrary: bangs covering the eyes are now slightly parted for a clear field of vision. This results in a look well worth seeing. You can part the fringe in the centre or on one side depending on your styling preferences, hair whorls or what looks best. What's more, you can part the long hair over the forehead accurately (for a clean, striking look) or let it fall loosely to the left and right. In any case, the fringe cut should be layered towards the sides for a flowing transition to the rest of your mane

    Professional Tips for the Fringe

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    Blunt Bangs

    Short & compact: the blunt cut fringe with hair trimmed to one length while dry is ideal for somewhat thicker hair. Why? While cutting normal hair straight can create a helmet look, blunt bangs with volume fall softly over the eyebrows. The full hair remains loose with a soft, relaxed appearance. A blunt cut fringe looks good with hair of any length. The important thing is to ensure it sets itself apart from the sides with clear edges

    Professional Tips for the Fringe

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    XXS Fringe

    Barely long enough to pass as a fringe. Not straight but with an irregular cut. Since the micro-fringe is just a few centimetres long, barely covering the hairline, it needs to stand out visually to make it apparent. An uneven, stepped cut is the means to the end. While this unusual look does take some audacity, the advantage is that trimming the hair again a short time later is not necessary in contrast to a clean edge. As long as the fringe maintains a clear distance from the eyebrows, it passes as a trendy shortie 

     

    Professional Tips for the Fringe

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    Frayed Fringe

    The best thing about this fringe trend: there is no need to be overly accurate. This makes it ideal for cutting your own hair! Cut to different lengths, the frayed fringe falls loosely over the forehead. Symmetry? No need to worry about that! Another thing you won't need any more: your round brush. The frayed fringe looks best when styled in the undone look. Just give it a quick blast with the blow dryer and shape it with wax, or knead in a bit of mousse and let it air dry. By the way: the shag (a highly layered cut with short top hair) is the perfect partner for the frayed fringe. Entirely according to the motto: frayed all the way!

     

    Professional Tips for the Fringe

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    Bi-colour Fringe

    Rarely is a fringe better known than the face of its wearer. Yet this is the case with the singer Sia. Since the singing marvel wants music to take centre stage, she hides her face behind an XXL fringe when she appears in public. Not only the excess length but also the two highly contrasting colours make it fascinating: jet black and platinum blonde (along with the rest of the hair). The accurate, geometric cut makes this look even more striking. Those not wearing the eye-catching hair on stage shorten the bi-colour fringe to eye level and can also soften the contrasting colours by a few nuances

  • You have chosen your favourite new fringe? Perfect, then you are ready to go! These professional tips & tricks will help you:

  • Cutting Your Own Fringe

    If you are uncertain, you should leave the basic cut up to your hairdresser. The popular angled, frayed or overlength fringe does not require an accurate cut. You can tackle this yourself with a steady hand, intuition, the right equipment and a few tricks (see below).

  • Trimming Your Own Fringe

    You can trim your fringe as it grows out. These top ten tips guarantee that nothing goes wrong:

    • To keep a clear view of the desired length, you should only cut the fringe while dry. Wet hair is longer, contracting due to springiness when it dries. Thus you avoid having your fringe too short or shorter than desired in the end.
    • Household or paper scissors are off limits because they just push hair in front of them while cutting. While a professional model is not essential, hair cutting scissors are a must. You can pick them up at any well-stocked pharmacy.
    • Setting yourself up close to a mirror with good lighting is essential.
    • Before cutting the fringe, secure the hair on the sides with barrettes or clips. This is the only way to property establish the width of your fringe. For beautiful, even proportions, the edge of the fringe should softly frame your face.
    • First comb out the fringe and loosen it up slightly with your fingers so it falls naturally. Then take the hair between the index and middle fingers, lifting it slightly while cutting.
    • And cut! Do not apply the sharp scissors straight but at an acute angle from below, making a slightly frayed cut (just a few millimetres) in the fringe.
    • Do not cut the fringe too far to the sides. Just a bit beyond the corners of the eyes is the yardstick. The proportions relative to the face must be right, for instance so a round head shape does not look even plumper.
    • Initially the bottom of the eyebrows is a good guideline for the new length of your fringe. This ensures you really can't go wrong with your first DIY attempt.
    • Trimming the ends is a precision job: it is better to approach your desired result gradually in small increments, checking every now and then in the mirror whether you are happy with the length or need to cut it shorter.
    • Trimming for the moment: it is better to trim the fringe again to the right length every few days. That is simpler than postponing the next trim for week and then having to cut off more, which is usually not all that simple.
  • Colouring Your Own Fringe

    • If you want to create colour accents on your forehead, properly parting off is everything. Depending on whether you only want to colour the bottom hair, the hairline (this is known as crownlights) or a few strands, you should carefully tuck away the rest of the hair (for instance the sides).
    • Protect your forehead with (aluminium) foil positioned under the fringe. Now you can start brushing.
    • A very good choice for colouring: a colour set with accent brush. The special applicator makes it easier to apply the colour precisely. 
  • Growing Out Your Fringe

    You want a longer fringe? Follow these three steps to success:

    • Step 1: If the fringe cannot be brushed to the sides yet, you can style it with accessories such as decorative barrettes or classy hair bands. This also creates a sophisticated hairstyle. 
    • Step 2: Once the fringe reaches eye level, it is time for a parting. You can start at various points (close to the middle of the forehead or off to one side). Extra tip: After washing, work some mousse into your hair and form the parting while the hair is still wet. If you then blow dry the fringe to the side, it will not fall back over the forehead as quickly.
    • Step 3: Once the fringe reaches the tip of your nose, it is time for a trim. Part the fringe into two sections from the centre. Work each half from the inside to the outside, trimming the ends with a slightly stepped cut (getting longer towards the outside). This harmoniously blends the fringe with the sides.