For the past couple of weeks, I had been toying with the idea of having my fringe cut back in again. This is how it looked when I first had it cut back in October last year...
I had pretty much let it grow out into a longer fringe since then because a longer fringe requires less maintenance so in other words, I got lazy! I liked how it completely changed my face but it did have it's disadvantages:
1) It had to be trimmed every couple of weeks
2) At that length it never looks right when I curled my hair - it just didn't blend properly and ended up looking separate from the rest of the style (if that makes any sense?)
3) I had to use straighteners on it every morning to get it to sit right which ultimately sin't good for the health of your hair
Those were the things that were ultimately preventing me from getting a fringe again. However, after seeing a couple of hair inspiration pictures recently, I decided the Brigitte Bardot fringe look may well work in my favour with regards to practicality.
I have also seen Cheryl Cole with a similar hairstyle and it dawned on me that it would solve my fringe dilemma because:
1) The whole hairstyle relies on a more relaxed, bed-head look so styling would be minimal
2) You wouldn't have to trim the fringe much as it still looks good when it has grown out slightly
3) You can still curl/wave your hair without the fringe looking strange
4) Even when your hair is in a ponytail, this fringe softly flatters your face
So I took the plunge and on Friday afternoon, I got my hair highlighted and cut by my hairdresser of 6 years, Leigh. I basically took in the two pictures above and asked for a Bardot-style fringe that graduated into the lengths of my hair. I kept all my other layers long. Here's how it turned out...
I ALWAYS wear my hair in a side-parting and have done ever since I was about 15 so switching to a centre parting felt very strange indeed. My hair may need some training to sit like that effortlessly but already I am enjoying the benefits of not having to faff over my hair so much.
I don't have to use the straighteners on my fringe now at all as blowdrying with a large round brush does the job nicely. The bed-head look has taken me a while to get used to as being a perfectionist, it kind of goes against my religion to have bits of hair out of place. But the beauty of this look is that it's supposed to be a bit messy, dishevelled and casual. If you are obsessed with having every hair in place then this hairstyle is most definitely not for you!
I love how just changing your parting and fringe can transform your face and overall look. It's nice to have a change and this hairstyle is so flexible. You can change back to a side parted fringe, wear it straight, curly or with soft waves. It looks good worn with a back-combed ponytail or in a messy bun.
Overall, I'm just happy to have a slight image change.