The latest series of "The Traitors" sent the nation into a frenzy and, as well as all the onscreen drama, there was endless chat about host Claudia Winkleman and her incredible style. Yes, her wardrobe and countrycore looks were impressive, but it was her iconic fringe that was trending throughout the series. It seems every time the TV presenter graces our screens, fans can't get enough of her bangs.
Throughout the series, X (formerly Twitter) was filled with fans declaring their love for the presenter's shiny, heavy-set fringe. One user shared: "Breaking news: Claudia Winkleman's fringe granted Grade II listed status". Another added: "The Renaissance of the fringe is all thanks to Claudia Winkleman". As salons prepare for an influx of fringe first-timers looking to change up their hair, I have been a fringe aficianado for as long as I can remember and am hear to provide you with some home truths to the humble fringe.
I've had a blunt set of bangs for almost all of my life. Though it may not be anywhere near as iconic as Winkleman's, my fringe is very much a part of my look and my identity. I genuinely feel a bit naked when it's pinned up or hidden under a hairband. I had a very iffy fringe as a child, and after a brief hiatus during my awkward streaky-blonde teenage years, I decided to cut one back in on a whim while getting ready for a night out with my sister at uni. Using a pair of kitchen scissors, she haphazardly chopped away, and although it wasn't the neatest, I loved how it made me feel rebellious. I was instantly hooked.
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Thankfully, my fringe hasn't been near a pair of oversized scissors since. It has become a little more refined and cared for, and my forehead has officially been in hiding since the mid '00s. Occasionally, I've considered growing it out and trying something new with my hair, but I honestly think I'd miss it too much. I love the confidence boost it gives me. My fringe is the ultimate finishing touch to my outfit – it can feel preppy with a ponytail or a bit boho when I've waved my ends. A fringe is a great way to switch up your look or to make a style statement, and a new choppy trim can take everyday tresses into high-fashion territory.
Trends come and go, and celebrities switch up their looks regularly, but I love that Winkleman has stuck with her signature hairdo. Her heavy-set bangs are timeless and her loyalty has paid off, making her instantly recognisable.
As you look to fill "The Traitor"-shaped hole in your life, perhaps considering a fringe à la Winkleman is just what you need. If so, let me be enlighten you with some things to consider before you go for the chop.
Find Your Fringe Shape
When it comes to fringes, it's not a one-size-fits-all situation. Your face shape means the same cut can look completely different on you as it would on a friend. If you want to channel Winkleman, take photos to show your hairdresser, as it's definitely worth chatting it through with your stylist first.
A heavier fringe works best on heart-shaped and oval shaped faces, but those with rounder or square face shapes might want to opt for a softer, fluffier take on bangs for the most flattering finish. The length of your fringe can make a big difference, too. I'd always recommend going a little longer first, as shorter and micro fringes can be much trickier to style. Plus, you can always go shorter, you can't add hair back on.
Don't DIY a Fringe
We have all watched the fringe-trim fail videos on TikTok, so don't even think about trying to cut in your new look by yourself. It rarely ends well. Head to the professionals and get yourself a snip from a stylist for a polished look. Fringes can grow at crazy speed, but don't panic, as most salons will offer a very quick fringe trim without pre-booking or a fee.
Practice Styling Your Fringe
I usually opt for a very straight and blunt finish, so I would be lost without my beloved GHD Original Styler (£129). If you don't already own straighteners, I'd say they are a must for life with a fringe – you can use them to create sleekness or to add a gentle curl if you fancy a softer curtain approach. A heated styling brush like Revlon One Step Styler (£50) is also great for adding volume and movement to your fringe if you'd rather something a little fluffy and natural. You can play with your hair and find different looks to work for you.
Master Fringe Maintenance
The downside to having a fringe is dealing with it on particularly hot summer days or trying to keep it looking fresh in-between washes. Oily roots can quickly take your bangs from Winkleman-glam to greasy-glum, so a can of good quality dry shampoo should always be in your beauty arsenal. I like to blast some Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo (£25) through my roots and then give them a quick once over with a cool setting of my hairdryer. This will banish signs of dirt and grime while bringing back movement and shine.
Winkleman has been very vocal about her love for a fringe, and I'm totally with her. Just remember that your bangs will be like a high-maintenance BFF – fun and stylish, but will take a little extra effort to keep happy.