Emily Ratajkowski is au fait with fringe benefits, having experimented with bangs multiple times.
Whether cut into her real hair, or when employing faux fringe trickery courtesy of clip-ins, the model has styled bangs in various ways at public events and for photoshoots.
Her latest way to wear them was at the Cannes Film Festival, debuting a full fringe on the red carpet ahead of the Crimes of the Future screening. Dressed in a sheer lace Miu Miu gown, Ratajkowski’s look was classically elegant, enhanced by the enduring appeal of a fringe.
If you want to experiment with a clip-in, it pays to heed some advice from the people behind the hair of the A-listers wearing them so well. While Ratajkowski’s stylist in Cannes, Jennifer Yepez, didn’t disclose if the model’s fringe was temporary or not, fellow Hollywood hairdresser Adir Abergel has shared his top fringe tips with Bazaar before.
He says that depending on what style you go for, you can bring out a lot of personality with a fringe: 'straight across, a Betty Page 1940s bang, a choppy undone fringe, or a French girl curtain bang – they all have a different feeling, and they can give you your own style.' He says, 'It’s about looking at your face and framing it around that.'
With a clip-in fringe, as well as getting the perfect colour match – either off the shelf or with the help of your colourist – don’t be afraid to cut into it too. 'I think that if you’re going to use a faux bang, the secret is taking out enough weight, and having the ends feel choppy,' Abergel advises. With scissors try 'going up and down versus straight across,' he says, 'so it’s not heavy and blunt.'
Finally, whether styling a real or faux fringe, be sure to encourage some lift at the roots. 'Flat bangs don’t look good on anybody, so you want to use a volumiser on the roots of the bangs.' To do this he sprays a volumising product (like the Virtue Volumizing Primer) on the roots, and dries it in using the hairdryer's cool shot – because 'cold air contracts and gives you more volume.'
Cannes-bangs here we come.
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