By Fiona McKim
There are as many fringe hairstyles out there as there are faces to frame with one. So if you're thinking about cutting in a fringe, now's the time to do your homework.
Not only are fringes on trend, they're also incredibly flattering. Having a fringe cut is a great way of giving your usual style an update without losing length, plus they are fabulous for accentuating your best features, whether that's your eyes, cheekbones or jawline.
Whether you opt for a fringe that's blunt, side-swept, cropped, choppy or relaxed, we've got all the inspiration you need with our pick of the best celebrity fringe hairstyles. The great thing about these styles is they can be added to just about any cut. Long hairstyles look beautiful with a heavy fringe, while medium hairstyles get an extra boost of volume and texture with the addition of a side swept fringe. If you have short hair, like actor Anne Hathaway then a soft fringe can be especially flattering.
There's no need to dramatically change your hair length or colour if you want to update your look. Take a look at these celebrity fringe hairstyles and find one that best suits you. If maintenance is a worry, it needn't be - most salons offer a free fringe trimming service, or if that's not possible we've sourced step-by-step DIY fringe trim tips.
What fringe hairstyles are on trend right now?
Fringes never go out of style, but it is true that recent events have influenced the popularity of particular fringe hairstyles. "During lockdown and being unable to get to regular salon appointments clients decided to have a change and grow their fringes out," explains Belle Cannan, Co-Founder of Salon Sloane.
"Since re-opening we’re starting to see more requests for long fringe, these can be easily styled and are low maintenance. For example, from a parting, a long fringe would start from the eye-lash line and curve down to the cheekbone or jaw line, depending on how long you want it to be."
Will a fringe suit me?
"Pretty much everyone suits a fringe, as long as it fits the face shape, jaw line and haircut," says Belle. "Long fringes are brilliant at accentuating the cheek bones or for brow skimming, whereas super short fringes work great on a French bob."
"Although a bold cut, sharp and blunt fringes can work well with either poker straight and sleek styles or can be softened with tousled waves. A blunt, eye-grazing fringe is also perfect for those who want to accentuate their eyes and bone structure."
Does a fringe work on curly hair?
"Textured hair works well with a shaggy, messy fringe and compliments a tousled hairstyle.," says Belle. "With curly hair, you need to work with natural spiral of curls, it has to be the right length to balance and frame the face."
"For clients who have curly hair I often cut the fringe a little longer so they can see how their hair responds and how manageable it is for them day-to-day. A fringe is a commitment so I always advise my clients, especially those with curly or textured hair that it’s best to start longer and from there they can go shorter."
How should I maintain my fringe hairstyle?
If there's one thing that puts a lot of women off having a fringe cut, it's their high maintenance reputation. So we asked Belle how much trimming a fringe really requires (and is it evert ok to do it yourself?)
"I would always advise going to your hairdresser in between salon visits for your regular cut and colour," says Belle." At Salon Sloane we offer this service complimentary to our regular clients. However if you cannot get to a salon, and want to trim your fringe at home, I would advise doing this on clean, dry hair and making sure you have the right tools (clean scissors and a comb for sectioning)."
"Start by sectioning the rest of your hair back to keep it off your face and out the way, then section the fringe hair from the corner of your eyebrows up to the parting to create a triangle section. Determine the length, but leave it a fraction longer – you can always go shorter. Point the scissors carefully into the ends – this creates a softer line as oppose to a blunt line which can be quite challenging to achieve at home."
Are you ready to find your next fringe hairstyle? Read on and get inspired with our pick of the best celebrity fringes today...
Duchess of Cambridge
If you’re hoping for something low-maintenance, look no further than the Duchess of Cambridge’s freshly trimmed fringe, which features a centre parting and a longer, face-framing length. Known as the gringe’ or the grown-out fringe, it’s a seventies-inspired style that will transition seamlessly if you decide to grow it out.
Broadcaster Ranvir styles her sleek hair in a medium weight, brow-skimming fringe, which graduates down towards her cheekbones to perfectly frame her face. Wearing the style straight highlights Ranvir's beautifully glossy dark hair colour.
Multi award-winning actor Viola looks amazing with a stylish blunt bob and fringe. The trick to this flattering style is the 'broken' pieces at the front of the fringe, which prevent it looking too heavy. Have the best hair straighteners and smoothing serum on standby if you want to emulate Viola's sleek style.
Duchess of Sussex
Meghan's face framing strands are a great example of how a longer grown-out fringe can still look super classy and elegant. This is a good choice if you are fringe-curious but don't want to commit - ask for a parted curtain fringe that hits from the cheekbones to the jaw level.
Dame Judi Dench
Dame Judi has worn her signature gamine crop with a micro fringe for years, and no wonder - it looks timelessly beautiful. Judi's killer bone structure and striking features really help this style work for her, if you're tempted to go for a similarly short hairstyle book in a consultation first and your stylist can help you find the right shape.
Strictly star Motsi regularly switches up her style, and this thick, brow-grazing fringe is one of our personal favourites. With bags of shine, glamorous waves and serious swish from that extra length, this is a super glamorous style that flatters her beautiful face shape.
Helen Mirren's deep side parting with choppy layers in her signature silver shade is as sophisticated as the lady herself. Sweeping the hair over one eye and tucking the other side behind the ear adds a special touch to shorter hair for an occasion and gives this style a flattering asymmetry that shows off her lovely bone structure.
Proving that a fringe can suit any hairstyle, Fiona Bruce's eye-skimming cut accentuates her lightly tousled bob. This soft fringe suits all face shapes and is more forgiving to grow out than heavier styles. Bonus!
Dawn French's sleek fringed bob hairstyle is elegant and timeless. The graduated bob hairstyle is swingy and sleek while subtle low lights keep her shade flattering.
A soft feathered fringe is ideal for women who like to vary their look. This flattering cut can be styled forward or swept to the side with little effort, making it a great choice for on-the-go TV host Lorraine Kelly.
You can't talk about fringe's without mentioning Claudia Winkleman. The Broadcaster's raven tresses are instantly recognisable with a super-blunt fringe and long bob that suit her brand of modern, laid-back glamour to a T.
The former First Lady, author and businesswoman's 'do was the talk of the w&h office when she debuted her new fringe. This sophisticated style is perfectly fitting for a busy and powerful woman like Michelle, we love the flicks through her layers which keep it feminine and soft.
A heavy fringe is actor Zooey's trademark look and she is a great example of how to wear the fringe hairstyle. Softer, longer pieces at the sides are shaped to flatter Zooey's eyes and cheekbones.
Definitely a tricky one to pull off, this. We are big fans of Marion's style, but the French beauty is probably one of the only people who could get away with this elfin fringe. Go for it if you have petite features and fine bone structure, but avoid if you have a round face shape.
Anna has worn her in a classic bob with a blunt fringe for decades, and it works brilliantly. Her thick, sleek hair hits right below the jaw, while her full unbroken fringe looks like it means business. We imagine regular blow dries are the secret to this level of perfection - try using a round brush when you blow dry at home.
Ever the trend-setter - be it with her wardrobe or her looks - Kate Moss spearheaded a fringe craze when she had one cut into her trademark blonde bed-head locks. this relaxed parted fringe is great for fine hair types and very low maintenance, leaving Kate free to change between styles, grow her fringe out and then cut it back in whenever the mood takes her.
American actress Jessica wears this her fringe hairstyle with a vintage twist. The perfect eye-grazing length, this blunt fringe will require regular trims to stay looking so neat.
Lucky Liv Tyler has naturally thick hair and striking features. This blunt fringe highlights her feline eyes, lustrous hair and glowing skin.
Anne's brave crop is a world away from the long, straight locks we're used to seeing on her. Cutting in a light, broken fringe has added a softer dimension to her hair style and we think she looks lovely.
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