My fringe and I have a love-hate relationship. When I sat in the hairdressers chair back in October 2013 watching my long side fringe falling on the floor, I couldn’t stop smiling. Dramatically changing your hairstyle is always worrying, especially when you have no idea what you’ll look like after the change. Luckily for me, I’ve decided that I suit my full fringe and I’ve kept it ever since.
But that doesn’t mean that we don’t have our issues. Since then, I’ve wanted to grow it out every few months, but never seem to commit. Yes, there are definitely good parts and bad parts…
1. You become dependent on the hairdressers. Leaving months between haircuts is no longer possible, because after about six weeks, your fringe has grown so much that you’re pretty much blind. After over two years of regular hairdresser visits at £6 per time just for a tiny bit off my fringe, I’ve realised that I am actually capable of cutting my own hair. Just about. So far, no-one has told me it looks awful and that’s all I ask!
2. Heat will become your worst enemy. Sweaty forehead + fringe = wet gross clumps of hair. And the more you try to fix it, the worse it gets. This was one of my biggest challenges when I lived in Florida for the summer. After a while you just have to accept your hair will never look good in humidity.
3. The dreaded ‘gappy fringe’. I drive my friends mad in nightclub toilets as I’m always ruffling my fringe to try and make it spread out perfectly across my forehead. Yet no matter how much I try, as soon as I leave the safety of the women’s loos, my fringe refuses to sit just right.
4. You need to wear a hilarious un-sexy hairband every time you work out. Forget going to the gym without a hairband that will scrape back every strand of your fringe. I’ve actually walked out of the gym before now because I forgot my hideous black hairband. It’s just not worth the gross sweaty feeling – especially not when you’re walking back home, pretending you look normal. My face is just so attractive when I’ running; huffing, puffing, red face, and scraped back hair. Just what you want to see on the streets on a Sunday morning!
5. A lack of cool and exciting hairstyles. You have a full fringe, and you will always have a full fringe. It’s really not the most versatile of hairstyles.
6. The thought of growing it out makes you want to keep it forever. I want to either have a full fringe, or a side fringe. I don’t want to deal with that insanely awkward middle period where you just have a lot of random hair hanging around your face. So whenever I decide to grow it out, I end up getting sick of it hanging in my eyes and crawl back to the hairdressers for another trim. It’s a never ending cycle.