As you may have seen, I cut my fringe about a week ago. It was completely on a whim, inspired by Alexa Chung's nonchalant bangs (refer to Google for inspiration). I also thought it would be a nice change, even tough it's not really a change for me because I have had a fringe for the first 18 years of my life. I don't particularly remember if I used to style it or just go with the flow (what.a.mistake.) but I had it and I loved it. That's why when I decided a change was needed and dying my hair pink is just not appropriate when you're 23 and have an office job, my options were either to cut it all off or give it a fringe. As a friend kindly noted: "Don't cut your hair now, you'll have short hair when you're old". Mind you, he is a guy and he sounded strangely rational while saying it. So I had this lightbulb moment and a few hours later I was sitting in a salon chair very, very excited. And now is the time for me to give you my 18+ years of fringe wisdom.
1. Don't let the hairdresser tell you what you want.
Mine was very insistent that a fringe will not look good on me because I have a cowlick. I tried to explain that I have had that cowlick and a fairly decent fringe for about 18 years but she just wouldn't have any of it. After a 20 minute discussion she cut my hair, I was very unhappy, left the salon and walked straight into another one hissing "cut the fringe now." The lady was awesome and given that she was eastern-european, she had no clue what a cowlick was; hence, no opinion on it. Sweet. Just don't let that happen to you. If you are sure of something, just go for it no matter what somebody tells you.
2. "Waking up is the hardest part."
Okay, that's actually a line of a song but waking up really is the hardest part (which I had totally forgotten about). The fringe is just everywhere and you have to put ridiculous effort into taming it. Same applies to the gym. Sweaty fringe is not a good look, I can tell you. Thank God, I don't care how I wake up or look in the gym. Which leads me to number 3...
3. Styling your fringe is a must!
If you are going to speak to people and actually have to look like a normal human being (which is not expected of you when you wake up or sweat at the gym), you need to style it. This is a great nudge for me because my hair needs styling anyway and now that I have a fringe, there is no excuse because if I skip that part, I will look like a mushroom. I am not too good at using the hair dryer to blow dry so I'd use my GHD straighteners pretty much every time I go out (a pain in the neck but has to be done) or you can buy a paddle brush and make do with the dryer. Maybe it's wrong but I always go for the straighteners.
All in all, I really like it. I needed a change and this was a good one. People who knew be back in the old days could not quite believe I went back to it and people who didn't, said I looked dramatically different. Which is a good thing, no? If you're wondering if you should do it, go for it.
Change is a good thing.
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