The fringe has evolved but never gone out of fashion, and changing your fringe gives an instant update to your look. Here's my guide to the different types of fringes, and how to, (if you must,) cut your own.
Do fringes suit everyone?
There are so many types of fringe that you can always find one to suit your face shape. Even very short styles can be cut with a fringe. You do need to get the right fringe for your hair type, though - a straight fringe is never going to be easy if you have naturally wavy hair!
Curly hair can be cut in a fringe, but bear in mind you'll have to work hard to maintain it if you don't want a mass of frizz across your forehead. Enlist some curling tongs and smoothing creme to help create the right balance of texture.
Hairdressers often cut quickly, without taking the direction of hair growth into account. It's very important to take into account which way the hair grows and where your parting is before you ask for a fringe. Cut your fringe in the direction of your parting, otherwise you'll end up going against your hair's natural growth.
Different types of fringes
Thick, straight, long fringes should be bushy, well defined and often need trimming. A side parting makes this fringe discreet and easy to wear. You can alternate sides to change your look.
Layered fringes fall straight on the forehead but are fine, light and easy to change.
Short fringes are a very strong trend. These only cover about a third of the forehead and give a mischievous pixie look.