Bang, bang

GQ magazine called it back in January, then Jared Leto was spotted sporting one (always a step ahead of everybody else it seems) and they were all over the catwalks at London Fashion Week Men’s A/W17. We’re talking about fringes – but for men…

“There’s no denying that fringes for men are a big A/W17 hair trend and we predict a surge in requests for bangs this season,” says Ross Hume, cut specialist at Linton & Mac. Wait, what? Men’s fringes are back? (We’ll avoid any use of ‘minges’ as a portmanteau, don’t worry…)

“Not only can male fringes be a great fashion statement, but they can also appear to add thickness and fullness to a men’s haircut,” says Terri Kay, salon manager at Mark Leeson.

But how should the forehead-obscuring look be cut and styled?

Ross is harking back to the ’90s for his fringe-spiration. “Curtain bangs, as seen at Fendi A/W17, is a great nod to the era. This centre-parted fringe works best on men with straight hair or a slight natural kink. A smoothing cream will keep the look polished and a fine-toothed comb, for securing that neat central parting, is essential,” says Ross.

Steve Rowbottom, director at Westrow, is another fan of the curtain bangs. “If you want to combine two of the season’s big trends – fringes and ’90s – then follow Fendi’s lead and opt for a long centre-parted fringe, aka ‘curtain bangs’,” he says.

Steve has noticed that men’s fringes have been steadily gaining popularity over the last few seasons, but at the A/W17 shows “we really saw a true trend emerge, with bangs ranging from short blunt and textured to long and thick”.

For Blue Tit’s Chris Merrick, he’s favouring the men’s fringes seen at Barbour, Wooyoungmi, Christopher Shannon and Dries Van Noten: “Very short, very blunt textured fringes that are surprisingly easy to replicate,” he says. “If you’re recreating this look for a client, it needs to be a textured scissor cut, with the top front section left longer, so that it can be pulled forward. If you’re going to try out a blunt fringe, a dry texturising spray and a moulding cream should be in your arsenal of products for adding texture, movement and definition.

“This style is great for showing off angular face shapes, but if a client’s face is very rounded, I’d avoid this style,” Chris adds.

Dylan Brittain, international artistic director at Rainbow Room International George Square, is also a fan of the blunt-cut fringe for men. To avoid this hairstyle looking too much like the bowl cut, Dylan suggests “teaming this fringe with a textured cut and using a texturising spray to add separation and definition to the rest of the hair”.

As with any hairstyle change, it’s important to remind clients about the maintenance required. “Talking with your clients about any new style is always crucial, especially with male clients. You need to make them aware of what their new style will entail as it will probably require a longer styling process so you need to make sure they are ready to commit to the change,” warns Ross Charles, owner of Ross Charles.

Recreate the blunt-cut fringe, courtesy of Blue Tit’s Chris Merrick

Step 1: Start with damp hair and take a small section across the fringe and cut in a straight shape.

Step 2: Add in each layer using the previous layer as a guide to follow.

Step 3: Once you have the desired length, blow-dry the hair to the side until dry to achieve a smooth and straight fringe.

Step 4: Use a point cutting technique to adjust the fringe until it is perfectly straight.

Step 5: Taking sections across, pull the fringe up to 180 degrees and texture using a point cut.

Step 6: Repeat this through all the layers of the fringe until the desired texture is achieved.

Step 7: Apply a medium hold finishing gum to the hair, working it side to side to achieve a messy, textured look.