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The Double Do Friendly Fringe


Square-cut and Sophisticated Boho Bangs

The Double Do

The cut: This style is like two haircuts in one. The top is a long, blunt bang that starts back at the crown and ends at the centre of the eye. It’s cut extra-wide toward the ear (usually bangs stop at the top of the cheekbone). Then, the bottom section is deconstructed with uneven ends.
Who wears it best: The trendsetter with tons of attitude and style in spades. If you aren’t rockin’ this style from head to toe, it’s not going to work.
Best texture: Medium-to-thick textures have plenty of leeway to shatter the bottom layer as required, but fine hair can benefit from the bulkiness up top.
Best colour: Chestnut brown wears it well, but platinum blondes can really work it, too. Beauty tools: Use a volumizing texture spray to build volume at the top during blow-drying. Leave it messy, flat-iron the ends and finish with a shine spray.

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Friendly Fringe

The cut: Straight bangs get thinned with scissors to remove some of the bulk. The edges are slightly cut into and can easily be pushed to the side for a softer, feminine feel.
Who wears it best: These bangs are versatile enough for almost anyone: if you have a low forehead (the distance between your hairline and your brow line is shallow), no matter how long your bangs are, they’ll always look too short.
Best texture: Fine hair looks thicker with these bangs, and medium hair can be perfectly thinned out. Skip this look if your hair is very thick and full.
Best colour: Light-to-medium highlights look fresh and pretty. Dark hair may appear too heavy for this featherweight style.
Beauty tools: Start with a texture spray and blow-dry using a round brush. Finish with a pomade wax to create separation.

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Square-cut and Sophisticated

The cut: Short bangs are cut well above the eyebrow line and the edges are slightly jagged to modernize the 1920s shape. The rest of the hair is bobbed at the jawline, give or take an inch, to best flatter the angles of your face.
Who wears it best: Oval- and square-shaped faces wear this angular bob well, while those with long- and heart-shaped faces should avoid it or risk enlarging the appearance of their chin.
Best texture: Fine, near-straight hair appears fuller with this blunted do. Thick, curly hair requires too many hours of commitment.

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Boho Bangs

The cut: Long, full bangs with a half-moon shape — shorter in the centre and longer on the sides. Bangs are cut to centre-of-the-eye length, then razor-trimmed into a pseudo shag.
Who wears it best: These bangs soften a square-shaped face. Steer clear if you’ve got a circular-shaped face; they will only make your face look rounder.
Best texture: Medium-to-thick-textured hair that’s fairly straight or wavy. If it’s too thin and fine, bangs will look straggly.
Best colour: Dark locks conjure up a mod feeling and show off the angled cut, whether you’re wearing it wavy or straight.
Beauty tools: A big, round brush with natural bristles and a flat-iron. Don’t smooth bangs too straight with your flat-iron; keep some movement at the ends. Finish with a silky serum that imparts shine.

Model photography, Anthea Simms

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