My instagram followers will already know that a couple of weeks ago I had an appointment with the Sassoon Salon in Central London for a little bit of a re-style. I worked with uber-stylist Lidia Marino who has handled my curly locks many times before: this time I set her a new challenge, to work in a fringe for new style for me.
Fringes seem a very a beautiful way to enhance the face shape and provide more styling opportunities. Lidia approved right from the start: “From shorter and above the brow to softer and a heavier bowl shape, fringes will always look chic and cool and will instantly freshen up your look”.
How do I choose my fringe style?
Lidia believes that a side-fringe is the easiest to maintain and suits most people. She commented: “Fuller fringes are flattering on girls with big eyes and an oval-shaped face.” To get the best from your fringe, I learned that you need to blow-dry in the direction you want it to fall (a Ceramic Vess Brush will ensure a sleek finish) and finally spritz with a hairspray. Lidia used Sassoon Professional, Heat Shape on me as I have super curly hair: “This product is the perfect daily blow-dry spray with heat styling protection that gives amazing shine without making your look greasy and weighed down” Lidia told me.
Spring Summer 2014 styling tip:
Keep your fringe super sleek and keep the texture rough at the ends of your hair. Apply heat protector throughout the lengths of the hair, then dry smooth with a hair dryer, a large paddle brush will ensure a sleek finish. Style your fringe and use the straighteners through if necessary. Finish by running product through with your fingers to break it up, concentrating on the ends for a tousled, undone look.
Deciding whether or not to take the face-framing plunge can be one of the most unnerving style commitments you can make. Lidia Marino gave me her top tips on what you should consider…
THE TRIMS: Hair grows about a half an inch a month and just a fraction of that amount will change the way your fringe compliments your style. Lidia suggests popping into your salon for a fringe trim every two weeks to keep it perfectly polished.
EXTRA STYLING TIME IS NON-NEGOTIABLE: Fringes take styling priority. If you’re in a rush, slightly dampen just your fringe, then blast strands with a hair dryer to reshape them. However, for a more lived-in finish gently lift the roots with your fingers as you blow-dry.
WORK WITH, NOT AGAINST, YOUR HAIR TEXTURE: When you have finer hair, getting fringes can create instant volume, simply because the front section of hair appears thicker. For thick, even coarse or wavy hair, opt for a longer fringe that can easily be pushed to the side and having a little movement to hair actually works with the finish.
DITCH THE STRAIGHTENER: A hot iron to smooth strands of your fringe is for sure a fast fix. Only go over hair quickly with an iron if hair is very coarse or curly, otherwise, a hair dryer and brush is all you need. Using a paddle brush pull the hair at the root, pull it straight through to the ends without curling them under, then repeat until hair is completely dry. Lidia reminds her clients point the hairdryer in downward direction and use lots of tension to pull the curls straight.
Photo: Beth Morton.