I've had a fringe on and off for most of my adult life and while most of the time I love it, it's not always sunshine and roses. Fringes take a lot of upkeep, especially if you choose a blunter style and trust me when I say that rain and humidity are not the friends of a fringe.
With that in mind, I've put together a few top tips if you're thinking of getting a fringe (or already have one) and a few 'fringe problems' you might identify with if you're already in the fringe club.
- To get an even, straight looking fringe without much hassle, blow dry your fringe to the left then to the right and repeat. For an even smoother look, do the same but with a soft brush and you'll have fringe perfection in just a few minutes,
- Find out if your hairdresser offers free fringe trims. In order to keep my fringe at the perfect length, it needs cutting about every 2 weeks. If your hairdresser offers free fringe trims in between your usual cut this can be a total lifesaver and won't end up costing you lots of extra money to maintain.
- Fringes tend to get greasier a lot easier than the rest of your hair, so a mini can of dry shampoo is great to have on hand to freshen it up. Blotting sheets are also perfect for absorbing any shiny bits on your forehead and stopping it transferring onto your fringe.
- Don't take the decision to get a fringe cut in lightly. Believe me, they're a pain in the bum to grow out if you decide you don't like it. Why not try putting a fake fringe before getting the real thing done - that way you'll know if it's something you'll love for longer than a week. You can either get a clip in one to trial at home, or even just pull some of your hair forward to give you a rough idea of how you might look.
- Keep a comb with you at all times. Fringes are prone to tangling and can then look a bit greasy. An emergency bag comb will sort this out in seconds
- You'll forget what your forehead ever looked like. If you tan easily, you might want to clip it out of the way on holiday to avoid the white forehead syndrome that a fringe can bring.
- Rain and humidity are not friends of your fringe. You will almost definitely end up with fringe horns - unattractive bits of hair at either end of your fridge that poke out like mini devil horns. Not cool.
- The same goes for 'fringe curtains' - this can happen easily if you let a blunt fringe grow too long and your fringe starts to part in the middle like a pair of curtains.
- Some up dos will never look quite right. Try to find pictures of celebs with fringes similar to yours if you're going for an up do - that way you'll know the style suits a fringe.
What do you think of fringes? Are you a fan? What's your biggest fringe problem?