The Top 4 Fringe Trends To Try This Winter
While the thought of winter tends to inspire more ‘curling up’ than ‘dressing up’, it’s actually the perfect time to experiment with your look, especially when it comes to trialling a fringe.
After all, with summer comes humidity, leaving our locks limp or frizzy. Our efforts with the straightener end up moot, and all we want to do is get our hair off our face and sweat-drenched neck. On the other hand, the colder season actually gives your fringe a fighting chance and lets you see whether you truly like the look. And luckily for us, this season’s crop of fringes are well worth trying.
In order to find out how to style the fringes leading the way in winter 2019, we consulted leading Sydney hairstylist Anthony Nader of Raw Salon.
1. THE MID-LENGTH ‘BLUNT’ FRINGE
The blunt fringe has always been one of the more dramatic styles but this season’s leading style offers a slightly softer mid-length finish.
“I tend to keep the edges of the fringe curved a little lower rather than perfectly horizontal all the way across, as this frames the face beautifully rather than a hard edge, which tends to make the forehead look disconnected from the rest of the face,” says Nader.
“For those of you with petite faces and sharp features, be sure not to take the fringe too blunt, as this is only going to make your features look more angular and harsh.”
2. THE MICRO FRINGE
A tough look to wear and not for the faint of heart, Nader emphasises that this look is best suited to those with oval face shapes.
“I wouldn’t cut the the micro fringe or on face shapes that are too small and round, as this is only going to emphasise the roundness of your face more,” he explains.
“Longer face shapes suit this cut much more. What I tend to do is make the edge of the baby fringe a touch longer on the corners when cutting, as this adds more shape to the face – the ideal shape to attain is oval.”
To give this look a more effortless finish, Nader recommends having your hairdresser cut your micro fringe with a razor.
“This adds more softness and it’s a little bit more fashion-forward, rather than cutting with scissors which can leave a harsher, solid line,” he says.
3. THE CURLY FRINGE
While old school thinking used to discourage those with curls from cutting a fringe because it was thought to mean constant styling, that is no longer the case in 2019. In fact, all that matters now when it comes to achieving this stylishly dishevelled look is how your hairdresser cuts it, Nader explains.
“Personally when I’m cutting a curly fringe, I always cut it DRY. [The ] reason being is that if you cut it wet, you’re always going to underestimate how much it will jump up when it dries. In this case, the fringe will end up a lot shorter than you anticipated—and you may end up looking like you’re off to kindergarten,” Nader tells ELLE.
The key to working a curly fringe on the daily without all the fuss? Nailing the length.
“I’d lean more toward keeping a curly fringe on the longer side in length. [This] tends to lend itself more to a sensual, carefree vibe and it really doesn’t look like it’s just freshly cut. Keep it overgrown and tousled, just below the brows,” says Nader.
4. THE CURTAIN FRINGE
A classic look popularised by French film icon Brigitte Bardot, the curtain fringe is one of the most versatile styles out there. It can be parted in the middle or swept to the side, and depending on preference, can skew shorter towards the centre and longer as it moves further out along the hairline, or kept all fairly similar in length.
“I still think that the curtain fringe is the number one look I am asked for, simply because you see a lot of celebrities with various lengths of a curtain fringe, effortlessly styled to look super cool but sexy at the same time,” says Nader.
“The thing that I love about the curtain fringe is that when it’s cut right, it automatically looks worn-in and soft. [This is] because, when playing with fringes, there’s a very fine line in the way that it’s cut, where it can either look French-girl-chic or unfortunately as though you you’ve cut your hair in the bathroom with a pair of blunt scissors.”
A great look to trial in winter and take into summer, this fringe looks relaxed and elegant even as it grows out. And the best part about it? It suits everyone.
“Another thing I love about the curtain fringe is that its suitable for literally every face shape, depending how the hairdresser lines up the shape of the ‘curtain’, so to speak,” says Nader.