Thursday 3 April 2014

Fringe Benefits

Last Monday, I paid a visit to my hairdresser. I'd been toying with the idea of having a fringe cut in for months, and on Monday I finally took the plunge. I'm so glad I did. I was ready for a change and I'm loving my new look.

Before I gave Claire the go-ahead to do her thing with the scissors, I did quite a bit of research, and I'd really recommend this to anyone contemplating a major change to their hair. The internet is packed full of inspo when it comes to fringe hairstyles, so if you're thinking about it, make sure you take a good look around at what the options are. In my case, searching through images online helped me to get a much clearer idea of exactly what kind of fringe I wanted. It also provided me with the picture I eventually printed out and took along to the salon with me.

I've been going to Claire for years and she has always struck the perfect balance between listening to my ideas and making her own suggestions - the most important quality in a stylist, in my opinion, other than their actual technical skill. Even so, I have learned the hard way that it is better not to request a big change to your hairstyle without a visual aid. Words are easily misinterpreted, and the last person you want to have a breakdown in communications with is the person with scissors in one hand and your crowning glory in the other. I once made a casual remark to a (different) hairdresser about the way my hair hangs at the back of my head, and ended up leaving the salon forty-five minutes later sporting a mullet and on the verge of tears. Needless to say, I never returned.

This time around there were no such dramas. Armed with my picture, I was confident from the beginning that Claire and I were on the same page. Literally. Below is the finished result. Please pay no attention to the slightly miserable look on my face - I really do love my new hair!

The fringe works for me because I have a small, narrow face. Long hair can drown me unless it's very carefully styled, while short hair makes me look like an urchin boy from a Dickens novel. The fringe just seems to lift and frame my features nicely, and I'd definitely recommend it as an option to anyone with a similar issue. That said, from my research I can tell you that there are more variations of the fringe out there than you can shake a stick at, and definitely one to suit any face shape or hair type. (Yes, I spent FAR too long Googling this. I also spent a ridiculous amount of time squinting in front of a mirror with a chunk of hair clasped to my forehead, but the least said about that, the better.)

Well, I think I've written more than enough about hair for one day, so I'll sign off for now.

Kate x


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