We get it. We've all looked at photos of Alexa Chung/Katy Perry/Brigitte Bardot and thought we could rock a fringe too...until the day we decided we couldn't live with it one more day. But never fear, the great thing about hair is that it grows, so here are our tips on how to make the best of a growing-out situation.
1. First off, take a look at your fringe. Is it all one length? If not, you need to work on evening it out. A lot of styles are shorter in the middle, and a bit longer on the sides. Wait until the shortest part of your fringe reaches just above your lashes, then trim it (just a touch!) so that it is all the same length. It will be much easier to manage this way.
2. Hair accessories are now officially your best friends. Indulge in some retail therapy and pick up a new sparkly clip or fun patent leather headband to help get you through the next few months. There are tonnes of great ones to shop on ShopStyle.com.au.
3. Focus on styles that help your fringe blend into the rest of your hair. Try parting the front of your hair in the middle, twisting it off to either side, and securing it with clips. This might work better when your fringe is a bit longer. For shorter fringes, try twisting some of the longer hair from the side of your head in with the shorter pieces.
4. If you are going to push your fringe back with a headband, use a styling pomade to smooth them back into the rest of your hair first. Otherwise, it will stick straight up behind the band. Or you can pin it back with bobby pins, and place a headband or tie a hair ribbon right over the pins to conceal them.
5. Play around with your part. A side part is a flattering way to conceal fringe regrowth. While hair is still wet, applying a medium hold styling gel or cream to your fringe, then part and smooth to either side. Pin back if drying naturally, or brush to one side while blow drying. If bangs are still in the shorter stage, you may need to apply some molding wax once dry to get them to stay off to the side.
6. If you're struggling with the styling options, you can grow out your fringe and keep it at the same time — allow us to explain. Pin back the top section of your fringe, leaving wispy, short pieces underneath. Keep those short, and worn as a normal fringe, while growing out just the top section. You will have to keep it pinned back constantly, or under a headband, but this allows you to skip the "growing-out look" altogether. Once the top pieces are long enough, you can blend them into your shorter fringe pieces until they are grown out.