A fringe can make or break a look, so it’s essential to get the cut right. We asked TONI&GUY’s Cos Sakkas about the fringe mistakes to watch out for



The fringe! That fashion stalwart that is always around in one form or another, be it side-swept, eye grazing or blunt. But when you’re cutting fringes every day, it’s easy to become complacent and let bad habits creep in.

We asked Cos Sakkas, international creative director and head of education at TONI&GUY, and finalist for Most Wanted Creative Talent award, what the most common fringe mistakes he sees regularly are. Make sure to avoid doing these in your work…

Trying to cut a fringe on the wrong type of hairline

Liquid Hair – TONI&GUY

Your client may be desperate for a statement fringe, but their hairline may not be suitable for one. It’s a tough call for a hairdresser, breaking the news to a client that they can’t have the haircut of their dreams, but it’s better to be honest with them and explain why it won’t work, rather than cut a fringe into a hairline that will make it unmanageable. This is a sure-fire way to lose a client. If a client’s hairline has a prominent cowlick, for example, a fringe simply isn’t for them.

Cutting the wrong shape for the client’s face

The Lily Cut – TONI&GUY

It’s a common mistake to cut a fringe that is the same shape as the client’s face, but the fringe shape needs to be opposite to the client’s face shape. So, if your client’s face is round, choose a square fringe; for a square-shaped face, you should choose a round fringe. Similarly, a wide face needs a narrow fringe, while a narrow face needs a wider fringe.

Not taking forehead size into account

The Coco Bob – TONI&GUY

Forehead size will determine whether a fringe is right for a client or not. Ideally, a client needs a medium to large forehead to allow you to cut a fringe that will sit properly. If a client has a very narrow forehead, it’s unlikely a fringe will work for them.

Thinking curly hair won’t look good with a fringe

Pixie Curls – TONI&GUY

It’s a common misconception that curly hair won’t suit a fringe, but that’s just not true. When curly hair is wet, the water weighs the hair down making it appear longer, but once hair dries you’ll get shrinkage. This is the last thing you want with a fringe, where precise length is so important, so always cut a fringe dry.

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