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Hair Trends - The Heavy Fringe

Hair Trends - The Heavy Fringe
A lot of the fashions at the moment seem to have a distinctly late nineties/early noughties feel - baggy pants, bold logo’s and chunky trainers to name but a few.


Unsurprisingly, hair trends have been following a similar pattern of late. The return of softer, rounder shapes has been a prevailing feature in many fashion shows and magazine shoots and this is becoming reflected with similar requests in our barbershops.


Curtains and mullets have become commonplace in 2022 and another distinctive look is gaining popularity - the heavy fringe.


We all remember the “scene hair” at the start of the millennium that was characterised by teens who rocked the look with low slung jeans, loose hoodies, a My Chemical Romance CD in their Sony Discman and a penchant for GHD straighteners, right?


And who could forget the blunt crop with a tight fade which was sported by many a person of a similar age at a similar time? These were often teamed with heavily branded sportswear and a pair of trainers so expensive your parents had to remortgage the family home to get you a pair. (Please excuse my sweeping generalisations, I’m trying to build an image).


Well this new interpretation of a heavy fringe takes influences from both of these iconic styles but (thankfully) in a more subtle way.


The sides can still be cropped to an ultra short level, maybe down to a 0.5 or 1 guard if preferred, but the high sides are kept longer to avoid that military high and tight look. The blend is kept lower and can be a “dirty blend” (one which retains some weight and doesn’t seamlessly connect). This gives the haircut a rounder shape which complements the weightier bangs. If you prefer a more grown out look then the sides can be cut with scissors, this will lead the cut in a more mod-y direction.


The top is then cut in a round shape which gets progressively longer towards the fringe, with weight and length often retained around the crown. Some shorter, choppy layers are added through the rear of the top to give texture and stop the trim looking too flat to the head.


The fringe can then be chopped into or left full depending on preference and hair type, but will be left longer than in many other styles.


This style is quite a loose one, so styling should be easy and fairly minimal. Some product will be required to give hold and volume but often you won’t need to reach for the hairdryer. A fingertip sized blob of clay worked through dryish hair or a few pumps of salt spray through damp hair should do the trick. Don’t over think it.


It’s a style that works really well on those with thicker hair which has some movement (waves or curls) but can be tailored to most hair types. It’s a bit of a tougher one for those with fine, straight hair as the fringe may separate into strands. Speak to your barber to see if it’s one that’ll work for you.


It’s also a pretty casual style which is difficult to wear more smart, so bear that in mind if you have a formal job or like to smarten up for events or nights out.


A change in seasons is always a good time to try a different style, so if the heavy fringe sounds like a bit of you then book into one of our shops and we’ll make it happen. If in doubt bring pictures for reference, it always helps us to execute exactly what you’re after.


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