It’s the perfect flatters-all cut
The grown-out fringe (or ‘gringe’) is the ultimate fuss-free hairstyle that celebrities like Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Kate Middleton are embracing. Laura Spinney, Senior Stylist at Academie Salon, offers her expert advice on how to make this look work for you.
Why you need to try this fringe style
The gringe is popular because it’s a non-committal fringe. It requires length with a small amount of layering throughout, which keeps it versatile and easy to change. When considering a fringe, Spinney recommends looking to celebrities who share a similar face shape as your own.
Who should try a gringe
This style of fringe suits most people, and a slightly off-centre part will create a softer look. “It’s perfect for mature ladies because it’s less severe around the face and isn’t too extreme for women that don’t like the heaviness of a full fringe,” Spinney notes. She also adds, “Mums are usually sleep-deprived and the gringe gives them something to hide behind!”.
How to style a grown-out fringe
“My number-one easy tip is to comb the hair down as soon as you’ve washed it. Using a comb, position the hairdryer behind the fringe (coming from the crown area blowing forward) and direct all the hair to the left, then the right, then centred and repeat, repeat, repeat,” says Spinney. Use the cool setting on your hairdryer to allow your fringe to set in place.
The tools you need
Depending on your hair type, a small iron is an easy and quick tool to keep in the bathroom for touch-ups. However, Spinney notes: “A blow-dryer is generally a must – unless you’ve been blessed with perfect genetics – and a heat protection spray, as you will use more heat on your fringe than the rest of your hair”. Dry shampoo is always handy to refresh during the day.
Previously from an advertising background, Toni has been working in editorial and beauty at Pacific Magazines for the past five years, and is currently working across Who and New Idea, two of the top five best-selling weeklies in the country. Toni loves being able to make the beauty world seem accessible to the working woman, particularly for those who are time-restricted. As a working Mum, she’s constantly searching for easy beauty and skincare routines on a budget.