Messy Side Fringe Hairstyles

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Messy Side Fringe Hairstyles
Messy side fringe styles look chic and casual. (girl holding hair image by Wendy Hotalling from

If you've perceived that an increasing number of people are wearing fringe (fringes), you're right--Beauty and the Bath asserts that celebrities, models and your average girl next door all are sporting fringe hairstyles. Hairdo Hairstyles also claims that anyone can wear a fringe, provided they're in tune with their face shape. Messy side fringe hairstyles are especially popular because of their versatility and the aura of mystery and sexiness they often provide.

Messy Bun

If your hair is longer, then a bun is perfect to pair with your side fringe. For this hairstyle, you part the hair on one side. You then bring all of your hair to the side of your head opposite the part, just below your ear. Grasping the hair near your scalp, you twist the hair until it starts to curl on itself. Then you just secure the bun with a hair band, a pencil, pins or hair sticks. Your side fringe falls naturally toward the bun, drawing attention to it. The terrific thing about this style is that it doesn't matter if strands start to escape from the bun--in fact, a few wisps coming out of the bun continue the casual look your side fringe gives.

Choppy Layers

If your hair is medium or short in length, combining some layers with messy side fringe is a good option. To achieve this look, you use a razor to create different lengths in your hair, leaving bold lines. You cut your fringe in the same way, keeping it long. With some styling gel or spray, you then casually tousle and train the ends of the layers out and bring the fringe to the side. The spikey look this achieves provides an edgy, contemporary feel and adds volume. Highlights make this look even more dramatic.

Long Sweep

The long sweep really is one of the most popular fringe hairstyles. In this style, you cut the fringe extremely long--long enough to fade into the length of the rest of the hair on your head. Then you just bring it over the opposite eye. Unlike other side sweeps where the fringe is pulled tight behind one ear to create a sleek look, the long sweep is left to hang naturally, wisping over the face. For this reason, it has a slight grunge feel. This is a great look to disguise any facial imperfections or asymmetry.

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