I am keen on the idea of a fringe, but which style will suit me?

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Hello Hair Doctors,

I have very long hair with a few layers around the front, starting at about my chin. Because it is very long, it can tend to look a bit lifeless and flat, and this, coupled with my very large forehead, has been making me wonder about the possibility of some sort of fringe to give my hair a bit more style.

However, I have a very round face, and previous attempts at fringes in the past have just made my face look rounder and fatter. I also have a cow's lick which makes a 'normal' fringe quite problematic.

Are there any types of fringe that suit round-faced people like me and that can work even with a cow's lick?

Thank you for your help.

Jane, UK

Hi Jane,

There are plenty of options to help put an end to your fringe frustrations! First of all though, stay away from anything too straight across that frames your face, because this will make your face appear more rounded. Instead, a soft side-fringe would be ideal.

Add some shape by asking your stylist to give you long layers, creating more style and movement. Your fringe may require some styling yourself each morning - remembering to style your hair outwards away from your face to open it up using a round brush and hairdryer. The cow's lick might take some training to sit properly, but it should be okay after a while.

Sophie White, SWH Team Junior, Simon Webster Hair, Brighton


Yes, I see your situation here. Having something which is both a statement and a soft fringe is a really refreshing change to long hair, so I can see why you might go for this.  

My thoughts are - with regards to a fringe – that there is a hard and fast rule in hairdressing that not a lot of hairdressers actually follow. It is that we all have a fringe section built into our own individual head shape. So the amount of hair that’s in the fringe section is not determined by the hairdresser or by you, but by the way your hair lies naturally - so finding this section is crucial to delivering the right amount of hair in the right amount of space.  

Okay the cow’s lick can be tricky yes, but there are ways around this. Tension in the way we hold hair is determined by the way we hold it to cut the shape, so using very light tension will give no root drag and a true fringe line that doesn't jump up. Also the way you manage a fringe with this root movement is key, blasting the hair down into its natural section will give you a true finish when blow-drying your fringe, if it’s been cut in the natural way.

Regarding the shape of your fringe to suit your face shape, this also is very easy. If as you say your face shape is rounder, then a slightly squarer fringe will work against this roundness. But most clients that I work on do get their face shapes a little wrong, so ensure your shape has been assessed and talked through with you by your stylist first. Gently softening the fringe will allow it to move, swing and look soft, fringes do not have to be blunt! A technique my clients love is bending the fringe to give it a tuck under. It makes it swish and move beautifully, and softens the hair.

Hope this helps.

Nelson Brown, salon owner of browns in Dumfries

Hi Jane,

This is a common issue when it comes to framing the face.

Yes is the answer, if you place your hair into a lower parting on the opposite side to your cows lick and then have a heavy swept fringe cut in, as opposed to a classic square or oval fringe. This would then sit across the face taking the eye away from the roundness of the face and aid in weighing down the problematic cows lick.

The fringe would need to be heavy and cut to no shorter than the bridge of the nose, then blow-dried forward, allowed to cool and then gently pushed over to the side.

Hope this works for you,

Good luck! 

Simon Daniel, Salon Director of Belle Toujours, Cardiff

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