Cutting in a fringe can seem like a big commitment, yet it's a hairstyle most of us have likely at least considered over the years. Fringes come in all types of shapes and cuts, and there are some that can suit everyone, with others being a little harder to pull off, depending on your face shape and how you style your hair. If you're currently feeling tempted by a fringe, there are certain looks that can suit any of us, regardless of these elements. "A parted sweeping fringe will suit any face shape," explains Maxine Cooke, a creative stylist at Nicola Clarke at John Frieda salons. "The length just needs to be adjusted to complement the face shape."
Maxine also recommends opting for a side-swept fringe if you want minimum commitment, and Paul Windle, the founder of Windle London, suggests picking a fine long fringe with a couple of sections, getting longer from the centre into the sides. As for which styles can be hardest to pull off, Maxine says micro-fringe requires a lot of commitment. "That being said," she explains, "when it's done right on the right person, it's the most striking and beautifully edgy fringe there is." And while we do urge that you wait until you can get to salon before you take the plunge, taking inspiration from these 18 chic fringe hairstyles can't hurt, right?
1. Full Fringes
The classic fringe style for a bold, timeless look.
Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner tries on a full fringe for style, which was cut by Christian Wood.
Even short hair can wear a full fringe, as demonstrated by Zendaya's cool pixie cut.
Bryce Dallas Howard's gorgeous strawberry-blonde hair suits a full feathery fringe perfectly.
Zooey Deschanel is known for her heavy bold fringe, which is shown off here by celebrity stylist Mara Roszak.
We're loving this full, but slightly choppy, fringe with Jourdan Dunn's sleek, long hair.
2. Light and Choppy Fringes
It's not full; it's not side-swept. It's somewhere in between.
Curly hair? You can still nail a fringe, as proven by Courtney Trop.
This light choppy fringe looks awesome on Michelle Dockery.
Opt for a light fringe that can be pushed to both sides if need be, like Yara Shahidi's curly bangs.
Alyssa Coscarelli complements her wavy bob with a light, wearable fringe.
Bella Hadid recently took to Instagram to show how she cut her own fringe. We have to admit it really doesn't look that bad.
3. Mini Fringes
A brave, alternative way to wear the fringe that requires the most commitment.
Syana Laniyan shows off her petite fringe with a volumised ponytail.
Katy Perry's fringe looks great with her pixie cut. It's a bold look, but she definitely pulls it off.
Sleek, sharp and shiny. Kelly Rowland's mini fringe pairs perfectly with her retro bob.
Constance Wu's mini fringe is blunt and insanely chic.
4. Side Fringes
The perfect introductory style to fringe (or a chic exit style if you're growing out an existing fringe).
GOT star Lena Headey offers up the perfect grown-out fringe styling option.
This light side-swept fringe suits actress Kerry Washington perfectly.
ASOS Lotte shows you can still look cool when in the process of growing out a full fringe.
Proof that a side fringe can absolutely be grown up. Emma Stone's style is sleek and polished.
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