Hey everyone! By this time I should be packed and all ready for Bali! I promise to take a lot of photos during the trip and share the best ones with you all.
If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram (username: abeautifulstory), or have read my kink nail polish post (over here), you would have noticed I’m wearing a blunt cut fringe once again! (Language note: in Australia when we say “fringe”, we are talking about what Americans call “bangs”. As I’ve grown up in Australia “bangs” just sounds weird to me when talking about hair… However, I have included the word in the post title so that it is easy for my international readers to understand what is going on.) In case you’ve missed the tweets etc, here’s a pic of me sporting the ‘do from the weekend:
Blunt fringes are super trendy at the moment, and suit many people, but there are some things you should know about them before taking the plunge and having your locks lopped off! Here are 5 things that I’ve learnt from my experiences over the past couple of years….
- Blunt fringes require regular maintenance! Depending on how short your fringe is and how quickly your hair grows, you will need to visit the hairdresser for a trim at least every 4 weeks. If you are one of those people who gets their hair cut once or twice a year, make sure you are willing to devote the time for more regular visits. Most hairdressers will either charge you a minimal fee to trim it, or even trim it for free! Ask at the time you get your hair cut.
- You must set aside extra time for styling each morning. Do not assume that when you wake up in the morning that the fringe will still be looking the way that it was the day prior. I have had to set aside an extra 10 minutes in my morning routine for styling – most days it only takes 2 minutes but on other days (my hair is slighly wavy) it takes a while to get it to sit right. If you are someone who prefers more of a wash and wear look, a blunt cut fringe may not be for you OR you may need to consider investing in some accessories such as headbands or clips for use on days that you don’t have the extra time to spend.
- The style of the blunt fringe cut can make all the difference. In older photos of me (such as the About > Sarah page of the blog) you can see it’s cut blunt and completely straight across. I wasn’t entirely happy with this look as I felt it made my face look very square and angular. This time around, I asked the hairdresser to cut it in a curved style and it has added a nice (I think anyway! ) effect, making my face appear less squareish. It also gives my eyes more room (no more irritation or having to look “through” the fringe) and it has allowed for the fringe to not look so overgrown between trims! (My hair grows very fast.)
- If you have wavy hair or a cowlick, heavier is better. Another issue I had with my blunt cut fringe the first time around is that it used to always end up with a gap (or part) on one side by the end of the day, no matter how carefully I’d styled it that morning. I have a cowlick in the same place that the gap would persistently appear in. A friend of mine who also has a blunt cut fringe advised me that having hers cut heavier solved the problem, so I asked my hairdresser to do the same thing this time round. It worked! It is now very easy to get it looking just right and it doesn’t go funny during the day any more.
- Having a blunt cut fringe does not limit your hair styling options – it increases them! Since having a blunt cut fringe again I’ve been experimenting with different looks that work with it. A great video from YouTuber Secret Life of a Bionerd explains 5 easy styles you can recreate:
I hope that these tips have been useful, regardless of whether or not you are considering a blunt cut fringe for yourself, or already have one. Have fun with it!
Do you have or have you had a blunt cut fringe/bangs? What has your experience been? Any tips?