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A step-by-step guide to cutting your own fringe in isolation

Don’t even think about it before you read this guide courtesy of Beth Kucic of Queens Peckham Salon

Your 60s bangs are now sitting on your collar bone. Your once poker straight fringe is now hanging at a 45-degree angle. Maybe you don’t even have a fringe currently, but isolation is a fickle bedfellow. If like us you’re talking yourself down from basin buzzcuts and at home bleach jobs, but your fringe cut is a necessity you can’t go without – we’ve called in the experts. Here, professional hairdresser and owner of Queens Peckham Salon, Beth Kucic guides us through the best fringe style for your face shape before holding our hands through the DIY fringe-trimming process. You’re welcome! 

FOR ROUND FACES

A Brigitte Bardot fringe generally suits all face shapes as it’s shorter in the middle and longer at the temples. This look can be worn big and smooth or with a textured vibe. The Bardot is particularly dreamy for round faces, make sure you keep it brow-length in the very middle and taper it out longer, this will show off your eyes and cheeks. Another style for a round face is a thick sweeping fringe will help elongate your face making it feel slimmer.

FOR SQUARE FACES

If you have a square-shaped face then opt for a tapered brow grazing fringe with curved edges this will soften the jawline. This also works when it has grown out meaning you can sweep it to the side, two fringes for one!

FOR HEART-SHAPED FACES

Heart shaped beauts tend to suit a long-layered wispy side fringe, this will draw attention to eyes and cheek bones, moving these emphasis away from your chin.

FOR LONG FACES

The timeless classic heavy fringe looks lursh on longer faces as it breaks up and shortens the face.

FOR DIAMOND FACES

If you’re a diamond face anything generally suits this shape and you can wear most styles so go for it and go wild!

STEP ONE

Dampen your hair and make sure it is fresh from any product. Using a comb, find your natural parting and part your hair ready to begin. Section out a ‘diamond’ shape from the outside of your eyebrow to your parting. The deeper you extend the diamond the thicker your fringe will be. If you’re trimming your fringe do not add more hair unless you want to make it thicker. Take your time getting the sectioning right.

STEP TWO

Take out a thin section either side that doesn’t come past the arch of your brow. Note: If you have thick hair, dividing your hair into two sections will help make it easier to cut as you’ll have less hair moving around. To do this section, part the top of your diamond horizontally and clip away.

STEP THREE

Comb the hair down so it is smooth to the head, but not taught and still taking its natural fall. With sharp scissors, pointing at an angle, trim away the ends, resist the urge to cut your hair straight, you want to create a soft look that’s broken up and piecey. To start, cut below your desired length (the middle of your nose should be about right). It’s better to take less to begin with, you want to see how it’s taking shape as you cut it and build up to the right length! NOTE: Don’t forget to bear in mind your hair will bounce up once it’s dried! If you are cutting your fringe in two sections and are happy with the length of your first layer then drop the top and trim the ends blending the two layers.

STEP FOUR

The side pieces we have not cut yet, you’re now going to blend in with the main part of your fringe. Point the scissors at 45-degree angle, using the fringe you have cut as a guide point and cut away the edges.

STEP FIVE 

Blowdry your hair to how it naturally falls. TOP TIP: For getting your fringe to sit right, point the hairdryer downwards, use your hands to brush the hair left to right. Once dry, place your comb under the fringe and pull out leaving your comb in mid way, then with scissors very gently cut vertically into the hair, this will give some texture to the ends!

AND... THE FINISHED LOOK!