JIM SHAW, Owner of TONI&GUY Billercay and multi-award winning men’s hairdresser talks through TIPS FOR FRINGES FOR MEN

Fringes are a great way to update any haircut and give it an instant new and contemporary look and they also work for all hair types and textures. However, it’s important to be aware of different styles of fringes work well on men and will work in harmony with their haircut and face shape. Below are my tips and advice when it comes to men’s fringes…

Fringes can shorten the face. With that in mind, if the client has a round face shape, you may want to alter the style of fringe you are creating slightly. A side fringe can be a good option, but try to keep this quite long, light and wispy to bring some depth to the face and flatter the face shape.

For those with stronger face shapes, such as a square face shape, a fringe can be beneficial to help provide the illusion of a shorter face shape and to softness facial features. A side fringe with some length is a particularly good choice for square face shapes.

Contrastingly, oval face shapes are a lot softer, and they won’t want to make their face appear more rounded. Therefore, a stronger/sharper fringe is a great suggestion for these clients.

Styling is incredibly important when it comes to men’s fringes. Because the rest of the hair will almost be ‘in the background’ with the fringe taking centre stage, it’s important that it’s styled to enhance the hair look and allow it to look its best. For clients who have textured hair, using a texturising spray or matte pomade is a great way to enhance the texture of the hair and the fringe to give it an effortless finish.

Some of the most on trend mens hairstyles of today include the French Crop and the Tapered Cut. These hairstyles feature shorter sides with more length on top and can be complimented incredibly well with a textured fringe, giving the hairstyle a further stylish and cool finish. The Military Cut is another prominent men’s haircut trend this year and is perfect when teamed with a short fringe. This gives the hairstyle an edgy finish and it’s also super low maintenance.

For those who lack volume in their hair, I advise them that adding a fringe can be great to give the hair added volume and height. The fringe can be styled with products such as pomades, waxes and gels or dry shampoos and volumising sprays to add volume without having to use any heated styling.

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