Before heading to the US last year for BlogHer, I decided to trick those passport control people by adding a fringe to my ‘do.
Of course, I didn’t add the fringe, did I?
I realised at the time that I was committing myself to some pretty serious hair maintenance. I wasn’t blindly letting that fringe take up residence on my forehead without understanding that it would need my love and care on a daily basis.
See, hosting a fringe is not unlike having a pet. It’s not just for Christmas – or that moment you step out of the salon. You really need to take good care of it to keep it looking good.
This completely goes against my lazy-girl beauty ways so I knew that The Fringe and I would only be happy together for a short time. Not a long time.
As the weather started to heat up late last spring and my fringe took on a seriously unattractive habit of sticking to my forehead, I knew it was time to bid farewell.
We’d had some good times together (hello, New York!) but if I were to still be on speaking terms with my hair by summer’s end, she would simply have to go.
I let her down gently though.
In four salon trims over four months, she is no longer taking up such obvious real estate on my face. Yes, it is indeed possible to grow out your fringe in a short amount of time.
Now, this feat may seem unremarkable to you. Hair grows and all that.
But because I wanted my hair to look semi presentable during the growing out process – and I’ve never successfully rocked a turban – it took skill, not just a bucket load of patience.
Maria, my stylist, worked hard with her magic scissors to really blend in the way the fringe met the rest of my hair when brushed to one side. Care and attention here is crucial. Yes, you can brush it to the side all you like but in thick hair like mine it can very easily look chunky.
By the time I arrived at the salon last week, inspired by this post on Hair Romance, and ready to go the chop, I knew it would signal the end of my fringe grow-out period.
Yes, there’s still a side fringe kind of look but it sweeps from a low side part to one side and seamlessly forms part of the overall style.
For now, I’m happy. This style suits my lifestyle perfectly going into winter.
Will I rock out a fringe again some time in the future? Most probably. It’s part of my hair heritage.
And, for me, a hair change really is as good as a holiday.
Are you thinking of changing up your hair style for autumn or winter?
PS. I had a few comments below about how this cut looks without the waves added. Here’s me today. I washed my hair Sunday at the hotel we were staying at (bliss because it’s been three weeks without a shower at home!), dried it off and then yesterday morning, I ran the ghds through the top layers, flipping them out a little bit. Pretty low maintenance, really. And I like that I have both style options.