Selecting the Right Fringe for Your Client
By: Angie Sterkel
What’s a go-to tactic for amping up a ho-hum haircut? A fabulous fringe, of course! As you know, fringes come in all shapes and sizes, so determining the best one for your client isn’t always easy. Is side-swept the best bet? Will a super short shape fit her style? Here to help you create the best bang for your client’s buck is Matrix Artistic Director Ammon Carver.
First things first. Some clients just shouldn’t wear a statement fringe, plain and simple. “Check that the client has the appropriate forehead and canvas for the fringe,” says Ammon. “If not, consider another option.” Ammon also recommends checking that your client has the right bone structure to accent nicely with the width and softness of the fringe.
Once your client is ready and willing to rock a fringe, you’ll need to select the one that fits her sensibilities best. Here are a few popular shapes to consider:
“This is a very on-trend fringe,” say Ammon. “It’s wider on the temples so it opens up the face and accentuates a great bone structure.”
RAZOR-SHARP AND MODERN
As seen on: Rooney Mara
• Dry hair completely.
• Create a really precise sharp line with a clipper, keeping the edges of the fringe section very square for added drama.
SOFT AND CLASSIC“The classic fringe is softened at the corners and temples, a la Brigitte Bardot,” says Ammon.
As seen on: Zooey Deschanel
• Take the fringe section and pinch it to the center of the nose.
• Start with the tip of scissors and cut at center of section.
• Release the over-direction—the edges will then be longer toward the check bones.
SHORT AND CHOPPY
As seen on: Marion Cotillard
“This textured baby bang are soft and have a very girly, pixie feel,” Ammon explains.
• Pinch 1-inch sections and, using a very sharp razor, create serrated texture along a short edge.
As seen on: Olivia Wilde
“The traditional side swept fringe starts above the eyebrow and gradually gets longer as the hair lengthens,” says Ammon. “This creates softness and femininity when directed to the side, wherever the natural part falls.
• Overdirect the triangular fringe section the opposite way that the client would style it.
• Use the cheekbone and eyebrow as points of reference.
• Cut a straight line then release the section. The fringe will fall with a graceful sweep.
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