My wonderful, talented hairdresser Todd Arndt, from Vogue Nationale has given me his essential tips for growing out a fringe (and not looking like a yeti doing it!). Every year, come the first whiff of cooler weather, I cut in a heavy, blunt fringe. Not only does it cover my horrific wrinkles but it makes me feel like Francoise Hardy or Jane Birkin – stylish, chic and French. And every year I try to make it through summer but realise that a fringe sticking to my face is anything BUT stylish, chic and French. Why, oh why, do I live in the tropics??? Sorry I digress. So, every year I have to grow my fringe out, and I am telling you that this is the sole purpose the phrase ‘bad hair day’ was invented. The last time I was in to see Todd I asked him what his tips were to successfully grow out a fringe and he said:
1. Patience – Something I have absolutely none of, just ask Jason;
2. Cover Up – Wear a hat, headband, clips, beret (ok, I added the last one but you get the picture);
3. Product – Apply a small amount of product to style your fringe in place (I do not use product usually but this actually does work – if you just add a small amount you can shape the fringe to sit better. That is until you get into any kind of weather like rain or wind and then BAM – you are back to ‘bad hair day’ land!); and/or
4. Restyle – Get your hairdresser to cut your fringe so it sweeps to one side (or both). This is what Todd has done for me and can I tell you it is working a treat! It took a little while to grow out to a length where it sits nicely (with a little product it was possible but now I use nothing and it sits perfectly) and I expect it will look even better in a couple of weeks. Perfect timing for party season.
Of course there is the old staple of don’t cut a fringe in in the first place but I literally have people stop me on the street to compliment me and to ask me who cuts my fringe so I must be doing something right. All in all, this time around, I had two weeks of hat wearing (and I was wearing this one if you want to know) one week of product time and then PRESTO back to good hair. Thanks Todd – you are indeed the fringe whisperer!