While the doors of your favourite salon are still sealed thanks to lockdown, it's safe to say that your locks are probably looking a little more unruly and greasy than usual.
In fact, we’re missing our stylists so much that a visit to the hair salon is one of the top 3 activities people plan to do once lockdown is lifted, according to new research by Treatwell. So, it's likely that, if you've got bangs, learning how to cut your fringe is high up on your agenda.
A quick note on scissoring away at your lengths, rather than your bangs. Most hairdressers agree that doing a DIY job on your barnet isn’t the best idea, particularly if you have long hair.
'Please avoid cutting the lengths of your hair if you can,’ says celebrity stylist and salon owner Paul Edmonds. ‘The average client with longer hair often waits 12 weeks in between appointments so lockdown shouldn’t be too much of a wait. Instead now is the time to focus on deep conditioning treatments, including lots of masks,’ he adds.
How can I cut my fringe at home?
Fringes, though, are a different story. ‘Trimming fringes can be done if you’re careful’ says Edmonds.
Hurrah. But before you reach for the scissors and do anything drastic, check out WH guide on how to cut your hair. We’ve teamed up with the UK’s leading celebrity hairdressers who will impart their wisdom so that you don’t end up looking like Claire from that fleabag episode.
How to cut your fringe: A Step-by-Step Guide
1/ First up. Don’t even think about reaching for your Ikea kitchen scissors. Start with a decent pair of hairdresser scissors that you can buy on Amazon. Frankie Hill, WH Art Director, used these in her IG Live ‘How To Cut Your Fringe’ with Larry King.
2/ ‘Clip the rest of your hair away from your face so that it’s not in the way, you want to make sure you’re only working on your fringe’ says King.
3/’ Next, you’ll need to take your comb and spritz it with water. This is so that when you run the comb through your fringe, it becomes slightly damp all over’ reveals King.
4 /When it comes to holding the section of hair you’re cutting, be gentle! Glide the comb down through your fringe and then you can either hold your fringe in place with your fingers or leave the comb where it is.
Ideally go with a comb, as it doesn’t hold as much tension as your fingers, so you aren’t pulling down on the hair which means it will spring up less, giving you a more accurate length.'
5/ Keep the scissors vertical, rather than going straight across. That way you won’t take big chunks out and it will look nice and soft. Start by cutting the fringe in the middle and work out,' says King.
6/ ‘You always want to maintain length when cutting your fringe. So, instead of cutting it to the length you desire, leave it 1cm longer. That way, when it comes to blow-drying it, the hair will bounce up. Got curly bangs? You’ll need to leave your fringe at least 2 cm longer, when it's wet as it will jump up once dry’ adds King.
Watch King show WH's Frankie Hill how to cut her own fringe
As part of WH's Instagram series, #WHLunchClub, King showed WH staffer Frankie Hill how to raze lengths from her fringe. Watch the guide below before you take metal to your strands.
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