January 30, 2023

I don’t know many people who haven’t considered a fringe at some point in their lives. Fringe has an uncanny way of drastically changing your vibe with a snip of a scissor, and I have fallen prey to the urge a few times now. The first time, I got a very harsh, full fringe that I thought looked chic, but in hindsight, my relaxed hair was too wispy to pull it off. I then moved into the side-fringe era thanks to the MTV show that led me astray. I usually capped that hairdo off with a padded hairband à la Blair Waldorf, feeling like an Upper East Sider.

If you’re sure you want to ditch your fringe, use the above options until about three months into your growing-out phase. “At around 12 weeks from growing out a fringe, ask your stylist to start adjusting the lengths around the front to accommodate the new longer-length fringe, incorporating it into the overall look,” says Barton. “Centre-parted curtain bangs are an instant update as the fringe goes from brow length to cheekbone length, too.”

Up next, the best haircuts for all face shapes.