I finally made the big chop.
Expert hairstylist James Nicholson says clip-in fringes are a great way to change your look in an instant, without opting for the chop. Whether you’re after a blunt, choppy or side-swept fringe a clip-in fringe is your safest option. Plus it’s a great way to see if it’s a look you’d like to go for on a more permanent basis.
Here is his simple and quick step-by-step guide to get the look:
1. Wash and blow-dry your hair as normal
2. Section the first two inches of your hair from the middle of each of your brows and pin it back tightly at the crown (use hair pins that are the same colour as your hair). Also, for women with really fine hair you may want to back-comb the roots slightly to give you a solid foundation.
3. Apply the hairpiece by clipping in the centre clip first, then pull the hairpiece tightly across the forehead and snap shut the clip, repeat on the other side.
4. Release the hair from the crown and let the hair fall into its natural parting. Then style as usual, as the hairpieces are made from 100% human hair, you can apply products and heat style the fringe.
Gliders Bobby Pins 36pc; RRP $2.95
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Headlines Hairpieces Clip in Fringe; RRP $79.20
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Although it might remind you of the wild-wild west, never fear, fringe is back bigger than ever! There are subtle ways to incorporate this tricky trend into your wardrobe, without of course looking like a cowboy… Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Accessories are just some of the most subtle ways to ease yourself into a new trend. A beautiful fringe clutch can spice-up any outfit, regardless of if you’re wearing a LBD or denim jeans.
This one is for the daring dresser, especially if you want to make a big statement for an evening of dinner and cocktails. A fringe skirt looks amazing with a strappy pair of stiletto heels, or even just classic sneakers.
Who would’ve thought that heels with a bit of fringe could drive so many people right into lust? That’s exactly what happened when blogger Aimee Song posted her amazing Shutz Shoes fringe stiletto’s, which gathered 46,000 likes and over 1000 comments. We’re already making our order…
A bohemian-inspired poncho is the perfect spring accessory, especially for festivals or concerts. Why? It’s quick and easy to wear, and doesn’t feel like it’s too overwhelming for the heat.
Jazz up your standard moto-style leather jacket by investing in a fun piece with fringe. It’s perfect for those who have a predominately black colour palette and want to add some texture into their monochrome outfits.
Finally, a fringe scarf adds the finishing touches to a winter-inspired outfit. Not only will it keep your neck warm, but it looks amazing when paired with a classic black blazer or thick coat.
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Do you want to try a front-fringe without the added commitment?
Rather than going for the big chop, there are a number of clip-in hair pieces which are easily blend-able, and look flawless when used in the correct way.
If you’re thinking about changing your look, read these tips to make your hair look perfect for any occasion.
1. Start with freshly washed and dried hair which has little or not product at the roots. If you do want to make the process easier, straighten your hair with a pair of wands.
2. You may need to trim the bangs before applying them, so use a small pair of scissors and lightly cut the hair at an angle.
3. Most bangs will have 2-3 clip in points which make it really easy to grab onto your existing hair. Position the extensions firstly in the centre of your parting, and clip onto the middle of your head.
4. Simply pin down the other two sides, making sure to have enough hair on each side. If the piece does feel a little loose, use a bobby pin to discreetly lock it into place.
5. To disguise any thick tracks, create a milkmaid braid and secure with a few extra bobby pins. Not only does this make the hair look natural, but it’s also a stylish way to wear your hair!
- Most clip-in pieces are made from human hair, so wash, dry, and take care of them as you would your own. Don’t apply too much heat, and be sure before cutting them – they won’t be growing back!
- If you have highlights, take the fringe to your hair dresser and they will sort out the colour for you. This won’t be a major concern if you have balayage or two-tone hair.
- If your hair is synthetic, don’t use too much product on it. It will most likely damage the hair, and will set you back in the long term.
- Clip-ins are only temporary! If you find yourself wearing this style on a daily basis, why not get the trim? It’s much more easier to manage.
Bellami Bangs, $54.99
Goddess Hair Clip in Fringe (Human Hair), $49
Image via She Knows
Cutting your hair into bangs or a shorter fringe doesn’t have to change your entire look.
Not only does it give some character to straight, lifeless hair, but it creates lots of volume with minimal input. We share with you some of our favourite ways to style bangs or a shorter fringe for the new year.
Run through your bangs with a wide-tooth comb to untangle any knots, and keep hair silky smooth. For a natural body and bounce, avoid using too much conditioner on this part of your hair, and use a light volumising mousse on damp hair.
Curl the rest of your longer layers, and apply some dry shampoo to your scalp for extra lift! Applying a concentrated dose of sea-salt spray is also a great way to inject a little character into your bangs without using heat.
Not only is a high ponytail appropriate for any type of weather, it also looks great when paired with a full fringe! Section your hair, and secure your ponytail back with an elastic. Then use a round brush and blowdryer to create instant body on your bangs.
This is a flattering hairstyle for girls who have longer side bangs (just like Nicole Richie), and want to frame the outer dimensions of their face. Straighten any stray hairs and apply a generous coat of hairspray to keep everything in place.
Shift your bangs over to one side just like Selena Gomez for a sophisticated evening look. Work with the rest of your hair to create a messy bun, and pin back any loose hairs around your face. Use a pair of straightening irons to direct hair onto one side of your face, and mist lightly with finishing spray for extra hold.
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