BEAUTY TREND: Make Like Alexa Chung, Zooey Deschanel and Rooney Mara With A Fringe!

08 February 2012 by

After Rose Byrne rocked a fierce fringe at the SAG Awards last week and Reese Witherspoon admitted to taking the fringe plunge to cover a scar on her forehead, we've noticed a beauty trend emerging...

Yep, as they say Stateside, 'bangs' are bang on trend this season, with celebrities falling for fringey charms left, right and centre. But! There are certain lessons to bear in mind when you’re tempted by some forehead furniture of your own.  Play by the rules and you’ll bag yourself a brilliant new look and an instant anti-ager, so make sure you pick the right style for you...

For starters, it goes without saying that fringes are dramatic face changers. They're a nifty way of changing your look without having to compromise on length, just like Taylor Swift and Nicole Richie's new cuts. For those with shorter hair, bangs are brill for adding an edge - look at Rooney Mara working hers with aplomb. Meanwhile, Alexa Chung's style makes her hair look thicker and let's not forget Queen of Kooky, Zooey Deschanel and her glossy bouff that makes those big blue eyes pop. See:

Zooey Deschanel fringe.jpg

Olivia Wilde has also jumped on the bangs bandwagon, sporting a flicky fringe that she sweeps to the side for a flirty result, which works well with her tousled waves. And Rihanna's new 'do is super sexy - she's kept her fringe long and wispy rather than thick and blunt.

‘A fringe will frame your face and hide any lines,' A-List hair stylist, Adam Reed, told Grazia Daily. 'Make sure that you have it to frame your face, softening at the edges if you have a square face and keeping it square if you have a rounder face. Just make sure that you take your stylist's advice.’ We will!

So once you have your fringe, remember it can be pretty high maintenance. You need to arm yourself with the right tools.  Start by investing in a good round brush, but avoid large barrels and opt for a smaller one to avoid a poofy bullet-proof look. Plus, keep your fringe matte and textured to avoid a limpness - we recommend using L’Oreal Professional Hot Style Constructor.

Ooh, and don't forget to make the most of that in-salon fringe trimming service, available at most hairdressers. According to Adam, 'I would recommend having it trimmed twice as often as you'd normally have your next hair cut to keep it well maintained.’

So are you tempted? Go on, give it a try! For some frin-spiration, have a scroll through the gallery above featuring our favourite 'bang on' celebrities from Rihanna and Rachel McAdams to Rose Byrne and Liv Tyler...


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