Different fringe styles

Updated November 21, 2016

Fringes have a storied and glamorous history. Be sure to find the popular celebrity fringe style that flatters your face shape and makes you feel fierce.


The new freedoms that the Jazz Age gave women gave birth to new fashions, new lifestyles and, of course, new hairstyles. Fringes had resurgences on '50s pin-ups and '80s mall-rats. These days, side-swept fringe looks soft, romantic and a little flirty.

Types for your face shape

Baby fringes look sexy on oval or round-faced girls, as they instantly slim out and lengthen wider faces. Heart and inverted-triangle shapes might opt for a bob with classic blunt fringe. Diamond or square-faced women should look at angled or squared-off fringes as well. If you have a long or thin face, tell your stylist to cut your fringe long, then sweep it to the side.

Celebrity fringe types

Baby fringe, cropped like Rihanna's, take the term "fringe" to a new level---delicate, pixieish and flirty. Close bobs with blunt fringe, like Katie Holmes's, are timeless and recall the 1920s. Medium-length long bobs or "lobs" graze the shoulders, with fringe swept to the side. Nicole Richie loves showing off her long, romantic waves. Fashion-forward celebs like Kate Moss are all about long, straight manes with eye-skimming fringe.

Styling fringe

Blow-dry the fringe first with a round brush, angling downward. Then, apply styling cream to the rest of the hair and scrunch the ends for that fresh-off-the-beach look, or use a wide-barrelled curling iron to amp up the volume. Or, to go sleek and flat, blow-dry with a flat brush, then work in small sections with your flatiron and apply a shine serum.

Fringe tips

Celebrity stylists like Ken Pave use extensions to freshen the styles of their clients. Clip on a side-swept fringe extension and you'll add volume and length to your hair. Pump up your fringe and emphasise your best facial features by adding a few light-coloured highlights over your darker hair. If your hair is fine, fringe highlights can add faux-fullness.

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