The Big Bang Theory – Why Fringes are Back

Fringes are going to be big this year as they’re a quick way to update a style with minimal commitment.

Fudge Professional Global Ambassador Jonathan Andrew explains “Fringes are having their moment again. Through the 90’s and 00’s we embraced baby bangs, big, blunt fringes and side sweeping phenomena’s – and now we’re seeing a modern-day revival of fringes favouring chic over grunge with a maximalist impact.’

Jonathan Andrew
Jonathan Andrew

Jonathan gives his lowdown on three of his fave fringe styles to experiment with this 2024:

Curtain Bangs

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Jonathan says: “Curtain bangs are a great starter option, they can be cut and land to a part of the face you want to accentuate – chiselled cheekbones, we got you covered.
Curtain bangs are usually thicker and can skim the eyes or fall lower with the eyes peeking through (think actual sweeping curtains). If you change your mind, they can muddle in with layers and can grow out quickly.
People who wear this full bang with aplomb, in my humble opinion, are celebs such Lily Allen, Billie Eilish, Selena Gomez, and of course, not forgetting Claudia and her mega-watt shine (whose fringe is now a talking point of its own thanks to the popularity of BBC Traitors). If you’re thinking about going full curtain bangs these are all great muses for this fringe variety. For super shine try Fudge Professional Aqua Shine Serum (RRP £16.00) for that enviable glossy fringe.”

Wispy Bangs aka Baby Bangs

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On a wispy vibe Jonathan says: “Baby bangs are a kind of try before you buy, so a mini version of fuller curtain bangs – but don’t be fooled by the ‘baby’ misnomer as they still have a big impact, help frame your face and scream coolness.
These can be chic, softer, ultra flattering and your full eyebrows would still be visible through the wisps of hair. If you want a lighter, try before you buy fringe – this is the one. If you’re loving it, you can add more thickness to it at your next salon visit – think Lily Collins in Emily in Paris as your bang baseline muse.” This texture spray will add grit and texture to a wispy fringe Fudge Professional Salt Spray (RRP £15.00).

Side Sweep Bangs

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Meet in the middle with the side sweep, Jonathan says: “With a gentle nod to the 00’s (Shaznay Lewis and Melanie Blatt from All Saints we’re looking at you) side-sweeping fringes have now been given a revival to ‘maximalist’ levels. You’ve got the ‘big boss ‘don’t mess with me’ bangs from Griselda (a female drug baron series on Netflix with Sofia Vergara) to the Mob Wife aesthetic we’ll all be gearing towards this year in hair and makeup. Its alluring, magnetising and in your face.
Side-sweep maximalist fringes have been seen on celebs recently from Emily Ratajkowski to Dua Lipa, and this is a great starter point to add dimension to a somewhat average style and give an instant allure. It’s also a clever way to grow out a former full fringe by flicking most of the volume onto one side.
Just add barrettes, clips, or hairspray to keep it in place and give it drama– wear your fringe uniquely and offset with lots of sequins/gold lame and a spot of leopard print! For a stay-put side fringe try Fudge Professional Skyscraper Hairspray (RRP £10.00) for long-lasting grip.”

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