To fringe or not to fringe…

Hey y’all! Sorry it’s been so long since my last post! I recently got engaged and my life has been consumed with wedding planning and working non-stop to save up for said wedding, but I am off work early due to a shoulder injury, so I have some free time!

I love getting questions and feedback from clients, co-workers and followers! And recently, a friend of mine had inquired about fringe, or bangs. Fringe is ALWAYS a tricky, and scary thing. Fringe is always in fashion, however, the type of fringe for YOU is very important.

I work for a Redken salon, which provides us with so many useful tools, tips and tricks to help us analyze our client and their hair, and also get to know them better. Redken uses something called Art of Consultation. The Art Of Consultation is a comprehensive in salon tool-kit designed to help you create a customized tool plan for each individual client, to establish strong relationships that will grow your business. It is important because it makes the client feel like you are invested in their look. It makes them feel important. And it also sets you apart from other stylists because you have taken the time to make your client feel like a VIP, every time they sit in your chair.
In the AOC kit, there are many useful tools. One of my FAVORITES is the face shape indicator chart. It helps you indicate which type of face shape your client has, and gives you useful tricks and tips on what will and will not look good on them.

If you are a stylist, you can register and access all of the tools in the AOC kit here:

If you are NOT a stylist, or you do not have a Redken trained stylist, let’s talk a little more about fringe so you can have a little more insight of which fringe is right for you!

Rule number one, do not bang yourself at home. 99% of the time, this will send you to my chair and you will just have to spend extra money/time to get your fringe fixed. ALWAYS come to the salon for ALL of your hair needs. At home tricks and tips are never, ever recommended. I don’t care what Cosmopolitan, or any other magazine says. Redbook magazine is NOTORIOUS for providing readers with “easy tips and tricks on cutting your own bangs”. I was horrified to read an article in Redbook magazine a few months ago that stated you could get “The same piecey looking fringe as Taylor Momsen by using a BIC RAZOR! YOU SHOULD NEVER CUT YOUR HAIR WITH THE SAME TOOL YOU SHAVE YOUR LEGS WITH! Not only is that not hygienic, it’s just flat out absurd. I couldn’t find that exact article, but here is another similar article from them which again, DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME! It’s ludicrous that a magazine would even publish this!

Now that you have made the wise decision to seek a professional to bang you, here are a few tips on what to know upon arriving to the salon. Becoming a fringe convert means finding the right style of bangs for your face shape, and for your lifestyle.

Which face shape do you have? Pull your hair completely away from your face. Clip it, ponytail it, head band it, whatever you have to do to be able to see all the shapes and angles of your beautiful, perfect face! Although Oval is ideal, whichever face shape you have, please remember you are BEAUTIFUL, just the way you are! And I am simply here to help ENHANCE your beauty, and help you make an educated decision in which fringe suites your beautiful face best!
Determining your face shape will help you decide which type of fringe will best flatter you. By Redken standard, there are seven different face shapes. They include the following:
Oval: Oval is the IDEAL face shape. It is categorized by the face that it is longer than it is wider. All fringe styles look good on an Oval face shape. Chunky, full bangs. Side swept, asymmetric, piecey. You can rock them all! The best advice is to tailor your fringe to your hair cut! Hannah Simone has an oval face shape.
Circle: The circle face shape is distinguished by round, curved lines. Cheek bones clearly wider than brow bone and jaw lines. Width of the face is more than 2/3 the length. An asymmetrical fringe is recommended to create the illusion of length. AVOID a full, straight fringe (Like Zooey Deschanel) and horizontal lines. Kirsten Dunst has a circular face shape.
Diamond: The diamond face shape is distinguished by short, angular lines. Cheek bones clearly wider than brow bone and jawline. Width of face is more than 2/3 the length. The recommended fringe for this face shape would be a soft, side swept and asymmetrical. Jessica Alba has a diamond shaped face.

Inverted Triangle: Also know as the heart shape. Brow bones and cheek bones are significantly wider than the jaw line.Horizontal fringe is to be avoided. A longer, side swept fringe, will help widen the jaw line and soften the cheek bones. Reese Witherspoon has an inverted triangle face shape.

Oblong: The brow bone, cheek bone and jaw line are approximately the same width, however the face is noticeably longer than it is wide. The ideal fringe for this face shape is a soft, and a symmetrical. This will help diminish the length of the face. Sarah Jessica Parker has an oblong face shape.

Square: Brow bone, cheek bone and jaw line are approximately the same width, forming a straight (horizontal) line. Width of face is noticeably more wide than the length, causing the illusion of a short forehead, or face. A choppy, asymmetrical fringe will help soften out horizontal lines with this face shape. Keira Knightly has a square face shape.


Triangle: Jaw line is significantly wider than brow bone. Face shape becomes successively wider from brow bone, to cheek bone, to jaw line. A beautiful, full, horizontal fringe will help balance out a wide jaw line. This face shape also looks great with a soft, a symmetric fringe. However, a middle parting is the best advice for a triangular shaped lady. Lauren Conrad has a triangular shaped face.

Now that you have determined your face shape, and know which fringe will look best on you, let’s talk about where you live. It is now March in Houston, where I live. March is usually a pretty great month for weather. However, once we get to mid April, the temperature starts to rise, and peaks somewhere in July, usually reaching temperatures of 100+ and 100% humidity every day. We have to take our environment into consideration when choosing whether or not we should commit to wearing a fringe. Fringes are a little more demanding when it comes to hair maintenance. They need re-shaping around every 2-4 weeks, depending on which style you have. So, imagine a Zooey Deschanel fringe in the midst of 102 degree weather and 100% humidity? Gross! Your bangs will be plastered to your forehead with sweat every time you walk out your front door. However, I know Seattle, Washington has pretty cool weather from the months of July-October, so this would be a perfect time to rock a fringe! You know your city’s weather best, so keep this in mind when choosing to wear a fringe.

Now, what did we just discuss?

1)Consultation is KEY to a successful hair experience
2)We aren’t banging ourselves with a BIC razor at home.
Face shape is the key in finding out which fringe works best for you. It’s great to do a little research, but try not to be a “know-it-all” with your professional. Remember, they are the professional.
4) And lastly, environment. Don’t have your stylist give you full, chunky bangs if you live in Houston during the month of July.


I hope this helped you discover something new about yourself, whether it be your face shape, your new found desire for fringe, or that you’ve been putting too much faith into Redbook magazine! Change is GREAT and the best thing about fringe is, it gives you a subtle change when you need it, and if you don’t like it, it grows out quick! I challenge all of you to try to use this new found knowledge in your next hair appointment, whether you be a stylist or a client! It will forever come in handy!


Until the next time.


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