Beauty How-To

Beauty Decoder: Hannah Johnson Test Drives The Petit Fringe

Our beauty decoder takes on the season's short and sweet faux bangs—and she still has time to study

Video by Laura Lanktree

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Photo by Norman Wong & Kathy Z

As college graduation draws nearer and with it, the promise of an acting degree, so too come exams. You’ll find me with my head buried in books—not in stale, uninspiring libraries, but in neighbourhoody cafés serving up toasty lattes with a side of Wi-Fi. There’s no better place to study the greatest dramatists of our time, and let my mind wander to a favourite beauty muse or two. Who can forget Audrey Tautou in Amélie? With her cute little fringe and robust imagination, the java-slinging waitress makes the mundane magical in technicolour brilliance.

Miu Miu Spring 2013, Photo by Anthea Simms; Audrey Tautou in Amélie, Photo by Everett Collection; Mia Wasikowska, Photo by Getty Images

Miu Miu Spring 2013, Photo by Anthea Simms; Audrey Tautou in Amélie, Photo by Everett Collection; Mia Wasikowska, Photo by Getty Images

Miu Miu’s ultra-cropped bangs imparted this girlish, bohemian vibe on the spring runway. The jagged edge suggested the spontaneity of a young girl unafraid to chop her own hair. Contemplating the itty-bitty face frame for myself, I feared an epic, too-short mistake. What if the angular style didn’t suit my heart-shaped face at all? Then it came to me…a false fringe. Commitment-free, instantaneous—leaving plenty of time to ace my finals—now that’s what I call being resourceful.

Photos by Norman Wong & Kathy Z

Photos by Norman Wong & Kathy Z

1. Apply texturizing spray at your roots and muss with fingers to provide “grip” for the hairpiece to attach to. Part hair in the middle.

2. Pin face-framing layers to the side, clipping bangs slightly in front of your crown. Trim straight across nearly an inch above brows.

3. To achieve the choppy effect, cut random pieces along the fringe at a vertical angle, then mist fingertips with hairspray and separate pieces.

Hairuwear Perfect Pieces Clip-On Fringe, $30. Fromm Edge Ahead Barber Shear 7.5″, $30. L’Oréal Studio Matt & Messy Shine-Free Definition Spray, $8.