Does it seem like everyone is suddenly asking for a fringe?! Bangs are HOT right now, and an easier way to achieve a transformation without losing too much length. That’s why we’re rounding up types of fringe that can suit ANY client.
We're taking you through five general fringe types with tons of example looks, plus the pro tips you need to recreate these styles!
These are the undisputed MVPs of 2021. Curtain bangs fit naturally with shags, long layers and even bobs. For a client who wants fringe but you know might not really want fringe, these are a great way to dip a toe into the fringe pool.
- If your client is nervous (or you are!), start longer and work your way up.
- Avoid taking the fringe section too far back on the head. This will make the fringe bulky and puffy. @rachelwstylist recommends following the curvature of the head and using a comb to determine where the head starts to round at the front, then taking the fringe section from there.
- Start wet, detail dry. The hair will shrink when dry and will give a better idea of where the fringe will actually live. Rachel uses PHANTOM II scissors by ARC Scissors because they excel at cutting the hair both wet and dry, so she doesn’t need to switch scissors.
This may be the year of the shag, but the French bob is a close second. The look is ultra chic, and it’s an easy way to switch up a client’s look. Another idea: Pair soft, blunt bangs with long layers!
- Consider finishing and styling the entire cut BEFORE you start the fringe. @chrisjones_hair does this so he can see exactly how the fringe will integrate with the overall cut.
- Approach the fringe on dry hair, working from the temple to the center. Comb the hair to natural fall, and leave the initial cut a half inch longer than the desired finished length, cutting with the PARAGON II from ARC Scissors. These shears are the dry-cutting master scissor—optimized for precision work and slide, slice and point cutting on dry hair.
- On that extra half inch, Chris texturizes for softness with his SYMMETRY 30/2 Reversible Blender scissors from ARC because they help remove weight without creating a hole in the fringe or removing strength from the perimeter.
Is there ANYTHING cooler than a curly, shaggy fringe? The answer is NO. Curly bangs add an effortless cool factor to curly cuts!
- Curly bangs can create a heavy weight line. Be sure to balance the weight from the bang and face frame with the weight from the overall shape of the cut.
- Remember to account for shrinkage! Don’t use maximum tension while cutting a curly fringe, because the hair will spring up and live much shorter than where you cut it, says @megmdoeshairs, a curly cutting specialist.
- For curls, Meg prefers PHANTOM II scissors because they are versatile enough to use on any hair type and can carry her through the cut—no shear switching required.
These types of fringes are STATEMENT-MAKERS! Amp up the edge factor by pairing micro bangs with creative color, or cut them on long hair for a subtle but still edgy look.
- Blow dry the fringe section perfectly smooth before you begin.
- These bangs require precision, so @bescene cuts them with the PARAGON II scissors, which are built for precise lines on dry cuts. The blades are ultra-sharp, so they don’t push the hair while he’s cutting, resulting in the most precise line possible.
- Use zero elevation and cut at the hair’s natural fall. Otherwise, the finished fringe won’t lie on the head where you intended them live.
The fringe on a pixie cut makes these crops ultra versatile, so they are VERY important.
- Any of the bangs we’ve discussed already can work with a pixie, depending on the vibe your client wants. Something very cool right now is a curtain bang on a pixie, said @myguiltycrown. Experiment and try new things!
- Use slicing techniques to personalize the outline and point cutting in the fringe to add movement. Gilad uses the ARC Scissors HARMONY II shears because they are versatile enough for use on wet or dry hair, so he doesn’t have to switch scissors, and they are great for texturizing.
- Texturizers are crucial for fringe-cutting. Gilad uses his SYMMETRY 30/2 Reversible Blenders with the teeth on top to influence the hair to move downward. To simply diffuse the ends of the fringe for softness, point cut just the ends of the hair with the section slightly elevated. To collapse the shape even more, work deeper into the hair.