My favourite hair hack ever! I love having a fringe, but it can be fairly high maintenance at times, especially if – like me – you suffer cow licks or curls in your hair which are responsible for you often waking up a la Something About Mary. Because of the unpredictable direction of my bangs, I usually have to give in to washing my hair each morning just so I can dry it into the right direction. This was before I discovered wrangling my fringe into place with GHD’s, which also saves me an extra week or two before needing to splash out on a trim…
There are tons of hair straighteners available but I honestly don’t think any are as good as GHD’s. I have the Eclipse version, which has been revamped and is now available as the Eclipse Evoltion here. They’ve fast become a daily essential, heating up in a mere seconds (and thankful have a safety auto turn off too!) I like my fringe pretty short, but it doesn’t last longer than a few weeks before it starts threatenin to block my vision. So as well as using this trick to tame tantrums tresses, it’s a lifesaver for reining your style back in.
You can start with your hair down or up, but I find it’s easier with your fringe kept separate. Taking my straighteners I start on one side of my bands by gently grasping the hair through the irons, and twisting my wrist under as I go, which will tease the fringe under into a slight curve (making it shorter and smoother.) Next repeat the same process on the other side. Don’t worry if it’s not totally even at this stage.
Now that you’ve successfully shortened both sides, you can sweep irons through the front section of your hair a few times to level it out. Keep in mind that the longer/ tighter you pull the irons through, the shorter the effect will be – but be careful not to keep the straighteners on your hair too long, as you don’t want to frazzle your hair. Also, please be mindful not to touch the hot irons to your forehead! (Been there.) At this stage I gently use my fingers to tease any stray hairs under until I’m happy with the shape.
Once sorted, you should find you’ve gained back an extra couple of centimetres without going anywhere near a pair of scissors. To keep everything firmly in place, use a confident spritz of hair spray being careful to shield your eyes from the mist. I cannot be without my L’Oreal Professionnel Tecni Art Air Fix Spray, it gives a really good hold without being too crispy or dull, and it’s amazing for its antistatic and antifrizz properties. It’s about £12 RRP but can be picked up for only £7.45 from AllBeauty here.
If you don’t have your own straighteners, you must check out the new GHD Azores Limited Edition range in beautiful Aqua mermaid shades. They’re gorgeous, go find them here immediately!