My hair is not my best feature: it’s not lustrous like Rose’s, or full and bouncy like Rachel’s, it just hangs from my head, getting greasier as the day wears on (for me, the no-poo challenge is inconceivable).
After a few forays into statement hair in my early teens (my friends and family will remember a particularly ill-advised spiral cut that started off as a bob on one side of my head and ended up as a short style at the other side…), I realised that to actually look good, my hair would need more maintenance than I was prepared to give it. So I fell into a habit of letting it grow below my shoulders, then having it cut just above my shoulders and so on, occasionally ‘daring’ to have a few shorter layers introduced around my face. For years, I stopped aspiring to anything more inspiring.
Until last year, that is, when pregnancy hormones kicked in and I decided – against the advice of all the baby books – to change my hair. A friend had got a fringe cut and she looked so fresh and pretty and put-together that she inspired me to do the same. And despite fears that it would be a nightmare to deal with, I’ve never looked back.
It’s nice to finally have an actual hairstyle, and to my surprise my fringe is actually fairly low-maintenance (for my almost uniformly straight hair, at least). I just need to make sure I dry it properly – my hairdresser told me to start with really wet hair and brush my fringe from side to side as I blast it with the hairdryer. And I have to remember to get it trimmed before it starts to part (fringe trims are usually free, which is a bonus). It doesn’t get as greasy as I’d feared, either – in fact, I think my old non-style was worse for showing up the grease – but on the days that my fringe does start to look lank, I either wash it or give it a boost with dry shampoo.
I enjoy having a fringe for many reasons. Firstly, it’s a ‘look’ that almost anyone can pull off; fringes vary so much in length, shape and bluntness that they are unique to every wearer. Secondly, it forces me to get my hair cut on a regular basis (I had previously been guilty of leaving up to a year between trims – not a good look). And lastly, it covers my forehead wrinkles nicely. Just sayin’.
So, for those thinking about getting the snip, let me reassure you that it’s not that big a deal. I think the best comment I received when a colleague realised I’d got a new ‘do was, ‘I knew there was something different about you but I couldn’t think what it was. You can tell it suits you because I can’t remember what your hair was like before.’
Have you tried a fringe? Which cut do you recommend as a low-maintenance hairstyle?