Sadly there’s no wrong-way-go-back-button when it comes to chopping a fringe. Where you can cover bad balayage in a single salon session, or overcome a unflattering haircut by committing to the top knot – bangs gone bad call for months of post-salon PTSD and a tonne of bobby pins to overcome.
Thankfully the fashion set has pioneered a stylish substitute – the faux fringe. Whether it’s Gigi’s clip in version or the countless trompe l’oeile tricks employed by hairstylists backstage at fashion week – faking a fringe has never been so easy or so chic.
Here are five ways to fake an eyebrow-grazing fringe for the night.
THE SCHOOLGIRL SWOOP
If you’re not into full-blown bangs –faux or for real- then try Guido Palau’s innocent-but-edgy side bangs from Isabel Marant A/W 2016-17. Easier on straighter hair, start with a deep side part and then drape the front section down over one eyebrow, softly twisting it around as you go before pinning behind your head.
THE FACE-FRAMING CURTAINS
Part Bardot-bangs, part kiss-curls, the fake fringe trickery from Mary Katranzou’s A/W16 show was a beauty moment to behold – and super simple to copy. Backstage at the show hairstylist Duffy created a center part first and then slicked strands down into a half-heart shape using gel for sheen and malleability. For a more user-friendly approach, prep with a dry texture spray than twist and tuck behind each ear.
THE SLEEK AND SWEEP
How deep is your side part? Steal hairstylist James Pecis’s fake fringe trick from the recent Mugler Autumn/Winter 2016, by sweeping the front section across your face and tucking behind the opposite ear. Pin in place and mist with a medium hold spray.
THE BOYISH BANGS
A style reminiscent of the choppy bangs we saw and loved at Prada’s standout Spring/Summer 2013 show, Burberry’s updated David Bowie-inspired fringes couldn’t have been cooler. DIY by twisting the top half of you hair into a French roll, then take pin the tail up and round over your forehead. Finish with hairspray.
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THE CLIP IN
Clip-in fringes are a favourite A-List now-you-see-it-now-you-don’t, beauty trick. We’ve seen Kendall snapping one into her top knot at the American Music Awards, Gigi going loose and shaggy at the MTV Music awards and Lily Aldridge channeling Jane Birkin on a shoot. Yet even obligation-free fringes require some know-how says hairstylist and owner of Sydney Raw Salon, Anthony Nader. “When it comes to clip-in fringes my advice is to go to the natural hair section of a reputable wig shop,” he says, “Firstly because you can colour it and use any heat appliance on it, whereas synthetic will singe under heat and is often too shiny to blend naturally with your real hair.”