How to Style a Fringe

A full, glossy fringe has been in style for decades, from the pin-ups of the 1940s, the mods of the 1960s and the mall chicks of the 1980s to today's cutest fashionistas. Worn short and straight, a fringe can be adorable and artsy. When it skims the eyes, the fringe turns sexy and mysterious. Either way, your fringe should be straight and sleek without kinks, waves or cowlicks. Styling a fringe takes just a few minutes, and it will add polish and fun to your look.

Towel dry your freshly washed hair until it is slightly damp.

Spray hair all over with heat-protecting spray. This will prevent damage from your hair dryer and flat iron. Comb through with your wide tooth comb.

Squirt a golf ball size dollop of mousse into your palm and apply evenly throughout your hair, including your fringe. Use your wide tooth comb for even distribution. Mousse will add bounce and body to your hair and will keep your fringe from falling flat.

Comb your fringe forward with your fine tooth comb. Arrange on your forehead with your fingers.

Hold your blow dryer above your head and blow dry your fringe with a downward motion, using your comb to style them into place. Using a comb instead of a round brush will prevent your fringe from having an unnaturally round "bubble" shape.

Run your flat iron lightly over your fringe if your hair is wavy, kinky or unruly. If your hair is naturally straight and your fringe falls into place with your hair dryer and comb, you can omit this step.

Finish your fringe with a few spritzes of styling spray. Hold the bottle 10 inches from your fringe, cover your eyes and forehead with your free hand, and spray to add shine, texture and hold.


If you're pressed for time, spot wash your fringe in the sink with a little shampoo before styling. If you have oily skin, prep your forehead with oil-free astringent and a fine layer of translucent powder. This step will keep your fringe from picking up the oil on your skin. Buy one comb with both wide and fine-tooth spacings to save money on tools.

Things You'll Need

  • Towel
  • Combs with fine and wide teeth
  • Hair dryer
  • Flat iron
  • Heat protecting spray
  • Mousse
  • Shine spray
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About the Author

Lindsey Robinson Sanchez, from Bessemer, Ala., has written for the "Troy Messenger," "The Alabama Baptist" and "The Gainesville Times," where her work was featured on the AP wire. She has a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Florida. She writes style, beauty, fitness, travel and culture.