A fringe can be a style statement and a great way to update your look, but the way ahead might not be as simple as you might think...

1. There are so many decisions to make!

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Should your fringe be thick or thin? Wispy or blunt? Round or straight across? Above your eyebrows or below? How wide do you want it and how long?

2. Your hairdresser will (you hope) become your best friend

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Fringes grow super-fast and you may need a trim every couple of weeks, which is where your stylist comes in. Although they’ll probably tell you to ‘just pop in any time’ when you do, they’re invariably too busy and will tell you to make an appointment!

3. Trimming is an art

Contrary to what you may think, there are countless of ways of cutting a fringe. Every hairdresser does it their own way with wildly different results. It could be the end of your friendship if they really mess it up!

4. It’s risky to do your own

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If you prefer the DIY option, you’ll need proper, sharp hair scissors if you want it to be straight and to do it while it’s dry. Some people use clippers or a beard trimmer without a guard on to go along the fringe, but be very careful with this and watch your eyebrows!

5. You need to blow-dry it

You can’t just comb a fringe and let it dry naturally or it’ll go wavy and look odd. Hold your hairdryer over your head, facing down towards your forehead, and brush your fringe from side to side until dry. This takes care of any cowlicks (those odd wavy bits) and makes sure they fall straight.

6. Don’t even try to use straighteners 

OK, so some people do, but chances are it’ll end up sticking out at right angles from your head!

7. It won’t always stay the same length

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Fringes spring up in damp weather, so you need to keep that in mind when getting it cut. Always err on the side of caution.

8. You may need to wash it frequently

It can get quite sweaty under there, particularly if you’re exercising or if the weather is hot. If your fringe is just looking a bit tired, you can use dry shampoo to fluff it up.

9. Be careful when moisturising your forehead

You don’t want your skincare products making your hair look greasy. Ideally, you should clip back your fringe for a while to let them sink in.

10. It’ll get messy

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When its a windy day, you’ll have to brush it when you get inside. Fringes can go very skew-whiff, so be prepared for touch-ups on the go.

11. Think again if you have curls…

Almost anyone can have a fringe but if you have super-curly hair you may be an exception!

12. It’s a great hiding place

A fringe is good for covering forehead wrinkles and you don’t need to worry about taking care of your eyebrows.

13. Once you’re committed, it’s hard to go back!

Growing your fringe out can be a pain, so make sure it’s really what you want!