A mini reinvention is par for the course as the seasons change—and there are myriad ways to refresh how you look and feel. One easy and affordable route is to opt for a new hairstyle. The fringe—in all its guises—is a popular choice in the cooler months, but even more so this year, with experimentation at the forefront of our minds. Below, hairstylist Luke Hersheson–who works with everyone from Dua Lipa to Victoria Beckham–shares three cool-girl fringe trends to try now.
A touch more rock ‘n’ roll than the soft curtain bangs we’ve come to know, the shag bang creates the “beginnings of a shag haircut, but without having to layer the hair all the way through”, explains Hersheson. Working with the hair’s natural texture, it is thoroughly ’70s, and tougher than its curtain counterpart. “It feels a little bit more Chrissie Hynde, I suppose, than Goldie Hawn,” adds Hersheson. Pair with lots of mascara, and you’re good to go.
“A ’90s fringe involves two pieces of hair that hit the jaw area,” says Hersheson. “It’s a really nice, face-framing shape, and you can then wear the rest of the hair up in a top knot.” Akin to a sleek grown-out curtain bang, it’s a low-commitment way to try a fringe ahead of the new season. Create a high ponytail, bringing it up towards the crown of the head, and leave out two chunks of hair at either side of your centre parting: this is your ’90s fringe. Hersheson’s top tip? “Don’t do it on clean hair,” he advises. “It’s a look that works better when it’s slightly dirty.”
Classic schoolgirl fringe
Take a glimpse at Bella Hadid’s Instagram account, and you’ll note that she’s been working a fuller fringe for some time now. “It’s a classic,” agrees Hersheson. “It’s exactly what you think of when you think of a fringe.” Less forgiving than curtain bangs, a classic “schoolgirl” fringe like this is much harder to pull off, but done right, it’s a great way to enhance cheekbones and eyes. One warning, though: “Once you have it cut in, you don’t have the option of doing different things with it, apart from pulling the rest of the hair up,” says Hersheson, so make sure you’re ready to take the plunge.
This story was originally published on British Vogue.