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To Fringe or Not to Fringe, that is the question. One that has been playing on my mind for – ooh – the last ten minutes. I’m at that stage of hair-boredom that’s actually quite dangerous – I could well do something silly, like have it all cut off or died an unflattering shade of mauve. Actually, colour-wise, I’m perfectly happy. John my colourist always keeps it looking fresh and sprightly, so it’s only really the cut – the “shape” that I’m bored with.

I feel as though I want to cut in a long fringe and be a bit rock ‘n roll. What do you think? Modelling-wise, a fringe isn’t ideal – it’s difficult to sweep away if the client wants a clean look to the face. Which is often, especially on beauty shoots. A fringe quite dramatically changes the look of your face, in a way, and I suppose that for beauty shoots it’s nice to see bone structure and all of that business. But I’m feeling so rebellious!

What do you think? Give me your opinions, please: fringe or no? I have included some images for your perusal. I could, of course, go for some kind of long, sweeping fringe and cut a few inches from the length – that would refresh it and I suppose lend it some kind of shape… But do we like long and luscious, or would something shorter and more stylish be a funky change?

Please bear in mind, before you comment, that I HATE high-maintenance hair. I am prepared to spend a maximum of fifteen minutes on styling it – and that’s from wet. Unless it’s a very special occasion, in which case it gives me a small nervous breakdown as I faff with rollers and burn welts into my neck with tongs.

I have included some really quite random photos so that you can see the difference between Ruth Fringe and Ruth No Fringe, but the ultimate comparison is probably in my post entitled When is your hair not your hair. Have a read, then come back and tell me your advices, dear people.

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104 Responses to To Fringe or Not to Fringe

  1. [...] would have let you all decide for me, week before last, when I asked for a quick poll on the “fringe/no fringe” issue! In actual fact, if most of you had said “Fringe” then I probably would have gone for [...]

  2. Leslie says:

    If you’re looking for a quick change, I say go for the fringe. It makes your no-maintenance ponytail look a little more edgy and polished with little time invested. Plus, bangs (I mean fringe) are quicker to grow in than a full head of hair when you get tired of them.

  3. lisa says:

    No to the fringe Ruth (IMO)… I think your hair always looks classy and stylish and is much more versatile longer. A fringe is something to go for when you have to start thinking about covering frown lines!

  4. Beth says:

    i’ve been having this debate myself and if i had blonde hair and your cool sort of sixties-british-rock&roll-chick look (think pattie boyd/marianne faithfull/kate moss) i’d totally go for it. i’d also say keep the rest pretty long and at roughly even length. every time i see an ad with a girl with fringe i envy it and hair can always grow back (even though with fringe it can be a pain to)! you’ll look beautiful either way but while not get it while you’re young and rockin’?!

  5. S-ing says:

    Hi Ruth, first of all, thank you so much for posting all those videos! I love them. You are gorgeous and can pull off almost any look. I believe that hair is not teeth – it will grow back! I say – why not? if you feel like it – do it! Besides, I think fringe really suits you!!! Keep us updated!

    EDIT: Just read that you got it cut – yay! look forward to seeing the pics :-)

  6. Maria says:

    Your fringe will definitely be high maintenance as you already have a slight wave in your hair. And considering the humidity in UK … any frizz trying to form will be more likely to do so. You can wear fringe, it suits you, but considering your wishes (not high maintenance) I say don’t do it. Unlike the others I do however feel that the fringe-y you looks younger though, as all fringes give that extra teen sparkle to the woman. But it will be high maintenance for sure.

  7. Cheryl says:

    I think it looks better without the fringe. think you would regret it very quickly. why not just change your parting. I think that always makes you look really different without the commitment.

  8. Kristen says:

    Fringe Ruth! It’s really not that big of a commitment once your hair gets used to it’s new way. They’ll frame your face beautifully and really bring out your eyes…clip ins look fake.

  9. Cattle Kate says:

    I was in the same hair rut as you (long, blonde) and went for the fringe and a long bob (lob I think they call it, shoulder length) rather like Kate Moss a while back. I’m happy with the out come, but in hindsight I wish I’d gone lob first w/o fringe. Less commitment and less work.

    A benefit of fringe is it gives a softness to my face when my hair is in a ponytail (which is always, I’m beyond hair lazy!!)

    I liked your fringe. It reminds me of you when I started watching your video’s ( :

  10. Chloe Bompas says:

    I looove the fringe. I think it makes you look younger and quite vogue!

  11. Jane says:

    Toss a coin. When you get an answer you will either think ‘oh I’m glad it was heads’ or ‘I wish it was tails’ and THAT is your answer. Works for everything from hair to ‘Should I get a new job?’. You have an opinion you just don’t know it yet!

  12. mmr5ng says:

    Hi Ruth

    Personally, I think you really suit a fringe (I also think it makes you look younger!) There are plenty styles to choose from so there’s one out there to suit everyone. However, do whatever YOU want and what is going to make YOU feel good about yourself. I’m having my fringe trimmed tomorrow …… and having 5 or 6 inches off the length. What the heck – it’s only hair and it’ll grow back :)

    I’d also like to say that Sam Chapman is a beautiful and talented lady regardless of her hairstyle or weight!!!

  13. Mary says:

    Your forehead is one of my favorite features of yours – don’t hide it behind a fringe. Though you look amazing with a fringe too.
    You can shorten your hair a bit, not too much. Have some more layers added.

  14. Jenny says:

    I love the fringe on you! I wouldn’t leave it too long though so it doesn’t hide your pretty face :) They grow out quickly enough if you just want a temporary change…

  15. Andie says:

    Well, you’re a beauty, so you’d look good with a potatoe sack instead of hair. In general I think a fringe looks only good on women with really thick, straight hair, like a lot of Asians have. Your hair seems to be very fine, so IMO a fringe isn’t the ideal thing.

    What about a radical short cut a la Linda Evangelista if you’re feeling rebellious? I bet you’d look amazing.

  16. Silvia says:

    You look amazing with a fringe-I say be spontaneous and don’t be afraid of change :)

  17. elsa says:

    hi Ruth! the fringe looks beautiful on you, but remember: mornings when you can’t manage to give it a shape and you have to wet it all down again; second day hair; in-between length. I have been thinking about a cute fringe too, but these things make me cringe. anyway, it’s a really cute look (I would love it with long hair for the winter).
    xxx elsa

  18. Maryann_H says:

    I think the fringe makes you look younger. However I do think you look better without the fringe. If it impacts your work negatively I would also not go for the fringe. Maybe just get it cut length wise and put some layers in?

  19. Rita the parachutist says:

    *breathing deeply*

    Hello fringe-haters, my name is Rita and I have a fringe. I have it since 2001 and I still don’t want to be without it! I find my hair to be very boring without it. If I temporarily want a look without fringe I can always sweep/clip it back easily. It never annoys me even though I have rather stubborn and very straight hair. Actually, it gives my look that certain something I just like. Everybody thinks that it really suits me.

    I feel like I have a snowball’s chance in hell here, but I say from the bottom of my heart:

    Ruth, just do it!!! A long fringe would suit you very well.

  20. Sophiabencks says:

    Don’t bother with the fringe! You look so chic without and it’s such a time-wasting faff, I used to have one like yours and spent most of the time clipping the thing out of my face! It looked great for about half a day when freshly washed, but then it was a pain. I actually think you look better without one! It took forever to grow mine out too…

  21. Stephanie says:

    YES!! I think a rock ‘n’ roll style fringe would really suit you! Dooooo itt………….. x

  22. Reka says:

    Hi Ruth, your hair looks lovely as it is. But we all get a’ bee in our bonnet’ at times a want a change. So i suggest if you really want a fringe, get a long fringe that you can push to the side or clip away on days when you want the no fringe look, also if you get bored with it then it’s quicker to grow out. But like i said, i do like your hair as it is. xx

  23. Susan Fallon says:

    Side fringe, and long enough to do the 70’s Farrah with centre part – boho yr for this summer apparently. Or/and why not grow the whole lot longer, with good, “long hair” layers around the face and throughout the length? It doesn’t take long to do, and would look more lux – dry in twisted ropes, or bun/s, or plait/s for waves, ripples, and oddly enough, shine. Anyway, sure has provoked a huge no. of comments!

  24. paris1975 says:

    Definitely rocking bangs!!!!!!!!!!
    Bangs can add an instant cool factor to your look and I think to your pretty face shape!!!!!!! So absolutely bangs and not boring hair ;)

  25. I think you look like a sweet young thing with a fringe. Go for it :) In any event, it will grow out faster than you can say “F-r-i-n-g-e”

  26. Tammy says:

    I will say NO to that. You look best with your hair pull back and it shows your features better without a fringe I think.

  27. I remember you had a bit of a love-hate relationship with your fringe? I think they really suit you though. You are lucky in that you can pull off a mid-length and long hairstyle, so you really can’t go wrong!! My vote is no fringe but mid-length hair, as that will make you feel swishy and refreshed.
    My hair is too fine for a fringe due to illness: has anyone found a good clip-in fringe?

  28. Claire says:

    I think no fringe, I’ve never been a fan of fringes though and usually think they make peoples face look smaller and more cluttered. But if you do get a fringe I think softer fringes are more flattering than blunt fringes.

  29. Eline U says:

    Oh PLEASE, no, no fringe! Maybe a bit more layers in your hear or cut your hair shorter…

  30. FR says:

    The last photo is lovely so I’d stick with that. Also, your skin looks amazing.

  31. bbdg3316 says:

    Fringe, fringe fringe, I love a fringe, blunt cut, very anti-aging (not that you need it), frames the eyes, sharpens the cheekbones, I could go on

  32. Madii says:

    You look better without a fringe. I feel the same, like someone else already wrote, when I look at Sam from Pixiwoo. That fringe did nothing for her and especially now she has put on a lot of weight and it just makes her face seem so round. You can always clip in a fringe if you’re bored!

  33. Maria says:

    Hi, Ruth!
    What do you want to do? How would you like your hair to be in the (near) future?
    Of course, you look beautiful either way.

  34. jasmine says:

    i love fringes so i always think yes! but if you want change thats not too high maintenance hair then i think you should go for a shorter length like in your older videos!x

  35. cmlewis99 says:

    A long fringe if you do decide, then it is easier to grow out. I seem to remember last time you had a fringe you couldn’t wait for it to grow out! X

  36. Ayla says:

    All I know
    is that whenever my husband makes a comment on a women being beautiful, he
    always add- oh, it’s because she has fringe.

  37. Natalie says:

    You suit it both ways but I think if you fancy a change then go for the fringe it really suits you!

  38. martina says:

    OMG I can`t belive all this comments! CUT IT, it`s great. definitly a look, but a great one, so rock and roll. I had them and I want them again. Don`t overthink it, just DO IT!

  39. I think you look gorgeous with or without the frindge. I’d say without looks better though x

  40. Cath says:

    I asked myself that question too… And now I NEED a fringe because I WANT to hide the wrinkles that have appeared on my forehead! Anyway, IMO, you look like 20+ with a fringe. (I may show my stylist a photo of you with fringe. Haha…) Still… Because of your profession, just stick to the current hairstyle and get some wigs instead.

  41. Kostromitskaia Julia says:

    No!!! You will get bored with it very soon and then it takes FOREVER to grow it out!

  42. Lori says:

    You look great either way. I am going to vote no, however. I like the classic look of no fringe, especially for a professional model. It’s just more versatile.

  43. Kris says:

    No Fringe Ruth! xoxo from Singapore

  44. Sandy says:

    Fringe is meant to distract people from a lovely face… you don’t need a fringe!

  45. Alessandra says:

    Why not clip one in when you’re bored? I agree with the majority, including the one who said “omg where’s the fire” lol. Whatever you do I think will be the same time wise, there are plenty of tools to make it easy to style. Personally, everytime I look at Sam from pixiwoo at the moment all I see is a walking fringe. It does hide her face, bone structure, etc. everytime she clips it back I’m like, Ahhh! Unless you wear it as a signature look (Anna Wintour) or you’re under the age of twelve, I think fringes tend to enter a room before the person wearing them. Even if you look great.

  46. Irina Caraballo says:

    no no! please don’t do it. You’ll regret it. I know I always do

  47. Gladys says:

    I vote yes! You could shave your head and you would still be stunning :)
    Live a little, it’s only hair. I know exactly how you feel about wanting a change. I’m getting a fringe put in this weekend :)

  48. Julie says:

    Don’t do it…you’ll eventually wish you didn’t have a fringe but it will then take forever to grow out

  49. pica1020 says:

    I loved your hair around this time of year last year, when you just had the fringe cut, but i can remember that you hated it :D I think you look amazing right now, so i go with no fringe, but long and luscious :)

  50. Kelly says:

    As some people have said before, no fringe! You have such great bone structure and even though you may want a change, I feel the clean cut slightly minimalist vibe I get from you is your best look!

  51. NANCY GIRL says:

    omg where is the fire. it grows out in like 2 weeks. even if you fringe/bang it up, it’ll grow out in less than a month if you hate it. jeeez relax, people, and have some more eggnog! :)

  52. Melisa Akay says:

    Hey Ruth :) I would recommend you get a side bang they are easy to manage and you easily clip em back if your work requires it. Hope this has helped & Google celebs with side bags to get some inspiration to take to the salon!

  53. I think you look fab with and without a fringe to be honest. You could always get one of those real hair clip in fringes? They’re meant to be quite good! Best of both worlds then.

  54. Aquilah says:

    I prefer the fringe… However, you look great both ways!

  55. Amy Ekins says:

    Now is not the time of year for fringes. Wind, snow, hail, and all sorts of nastiness makes fringes horrific. Think about it again in the spring!

  56. Vanessa says:

    Ruth, here are my two-cents worth: my feeling is that if you have a good face (which you obviously do!) then you should avoid cluttering it with a fringe. I rarely find that they have bettered a look. Keep your hair out of your eyes, I say!

  57. Elaine Howard says:

    The last time I had my hair cut I had a fringe cut in, and im still trying to grow it back out. In today’s fashion, there is no stigma at all in wearing hair pieces, you could get a real hair fringe you could wear, or a shorter/longer hairpeice, even different shades, and look a new girl every day if you so wished. Even if you don’t want to buy a hair piece, I wouldn’t have the hair cut until you have tried a hair piece in the style your thinking of and checking for sure it looks as nice as you hope, and only then comit to getting your hair cut.

  58. lafemmealamode says:

    Think you look gorgeous either way! A small change every now and then is not bad at all and the longer you will wait and think about it the more you’ll want to do this and probably really end up doing it! ;) So I’d say don’t waste the time, by asking this question you somehow already made the decision! :)

  59. Julia says:

    I love fringes and I’m actually considering this myself! I also love a bit of rock ‘n roll vibe and I like a lot how you looked in the past with a fringe, it looks fun and very good on you! Plus as a general rule, a fringe makes you look younger and that’s always a bonus;)

  60. Fernanda says:

    I vote no fringe! Why mess with a winning team? :) Ruth, I love your blog and your videos!

  61. laura says:

    Speaking as someone who has almost just grown out a ‘funky’ fringe, I say’DON’T DO IT! Fringes are lovely, but such a faff to style on a daily basis, especially if your hair has a wave.

  62. Clever says:

    Please read your own comments about fringes from the last time you had one, wish I had before I got mine, they are such a pain, but they do look great…

  63. you can rock both, and your arguments are true as a fringe looks really easy but needs quite some work to let it stay sleek (straightening or with that round-barrel brush). Have you tried a good clip-on?

  64. Katjusha says:

    Hello Ruth, my hair is just like yours and I can’t tell U how many times I thought abt that fringe, but when I cut it I always regret it as I hate to spend time styling it, and it’s oily so a fringe for oily hair I don’t think it’s a great idea cause u’ll have to wash it and brush it everyday and U know how much we hate that especially when like me u’r always late, so think abt it, u’ll be even more late and feel bad abt it then will hate that fringe for all those reasons.. U don’t wanna do that to yourself LoL

  65. Lizzie says:

    I think you look great either way, but not sure the fringe is worth the extra hassle when it looks equally as nice! I had a fringe for a few years and it was the bane of my life so had to grow it out (not its just a bit of a long side fringe!) I think fringes are especially difficult in wintery weather with the rain and wind and I hate it when they split in the middle and look tatty! Good luck deciding!xx

  66. lil-bee says:

    No fringe! If you reaaaally want one, get one of them clip on ones :D

  67. Jayne says:

    No fringe – low maintenance! I don’t think I could cope with one..

  68. Maggie Sheahan says:

    i love the fringe! very youthful

  69. Ana says:

    oh and i had a fringe for yeeaaaars and everytime i went for a cut, i did something different always. now i dont have a fringe anymore just because this is the “different look” for me that i have never had!

  70. Ana says:

    i personally love fringes but more chunky ones. i don’t quite know if its your hair thats fine or if the fringe itself isnt deep enough to get a strong fringe but i would love to see a bold one instead of a classic like you had!! either way, you look beautiful :)

  71. Fringe really flatters your face. Maybe a long one (if you don’t want a very dramatic change) would be a good solution. It makes your hair cut look more stylish effortlessly if you have naturally straight hair.
    xx

  72. Nina says:

    I loved your fringe. Especially in your how to fringe with your hairdresser – he styled it so flawlessly. It made you look younger but still chic. Of course you look beautiful either way

  73. Gaya says:

    Well, I remember that you regretted it when you had your fringe cut the last time. So maybe something to keep in mind. Both look gorgeous on you anyway. If you really want a fringe maybe try those “fringe bar” where you choose what style and they adapt it to your head and color it for you and then you can clip it whenever you want it. Then you could have BOTH!

  74. I think a fringe would suit you so well – but it is a hassle. You won’t be happy with it if low-maintenance hair is your thing.

  75. Katie Brown says:

    I feel your frustration. I’m in a similar situation. I grew out my fringe, but now I kind of miss them. I love the look of fringe, but I hate the upkeep. Lots more trims to keep up the look and it can be a pain to style it. Especially if your hair is in a funky mood. I think you look great both ways. Edgier with the fringe and classically beautiful without.

  76. Jeanette Havmand Andersen says:

    to fringe, for sure :)

  77. Cait says:

    You will get bored with fringe. I prefer without but a good trim and some long sweeping fringe could be nice. You’re gorgeous!

  78. Victoria C. says:

    No fringe. I recently got one cut in, and it has added at least 10 minutes to my morning routine. I can’t leave it alone unless it’s styled just right. Argh.

  79. Ola says:

    No fringe! You look good either way, but I definitely prefer you without a fringe (not that you need to care what I prefer!)

  80. Anna Red says:

    I like the second longer fringe picture Ruth. I really wanted a fringe but when I attempted to cut one in my kids said I looked mental so I swept it to the side. Still looked mental, but just without the fringe.

  81. Josianne Cremona says:

    you’re pretty with or without fringe but slightly more prettier WITHOUT fringe:) it show off your beautiful face:)

  82. roo says:

    without! :)

  83. Evelyn Girasoli says:

    I wouldn’t Ruth, for the simple reason that every couple of years I get a fringe cut in as I feel I should be doing something different or something to make me look a little younger and I always regret it and start growing it from the minute the hairdresser puts down her scissors. I think the no fringe thing is always classic and feminine. 2 things that you epitomise.

  84. Beth Sontag says:

    Risky business. Consider the high maintenance. It only looks just right for maybe 2 weeks and then . . .

  85. Dutchie says:

    I so understand your rebellious feeling. My hair is mostly long, polished and ‘save’. It gets sooo boooooring, so frequently. Often I just want run to get a fashionable rock like hairdo. Why don’t I? Because in the past that ended with me crying my eyes out. Silly really, it’s just hair. Anyway, even though I would love to see you with a funky new hairstyle (’cause you look great in anything and it would inspire me), I do remember how you felt weeks after your fringe was cut. Maybe best to play with some of pixiwoo’s Annabella wigs first? ;-)

  86. Gwen says:

    I have to say I prefer you without a fringe. I think you look better without one x

  87. Vicky says:

    I think you suit no fringe better…perhaps get a buzz cut and be done with the whole hair thing. Just a thought.

  88. Gyudy says:

    Considering that I cut my fringe when you had yours, I prefer you (and me) without (I don’t have it anymore). But I understand your problem: I have to curl my hair to be somewhat happy, and I hate using heat daily because I like my long hair and I hate to cut them because they’re damaged! in fact, I was thinking about asking my hairdresser for something that can give a little bit of volume and movement near the face without too much layering (which I also hate, I only have the little bit of “difference in length” to avoid a heavy look). I’m going on the 18th, I’ll keep you posted! x

  89. Becca says:

    Don’t get a fringe!! It was just today that I took a still from your latest fragrance video to my hairdresser as a guide, it looks sooooo nice that long and it doesn’t look too “styled” which I love. Carefree and long is the way forward! xxx

  90. lily says:

    I prefer without fringe. But if you really want change I suggest to try a really big and long fringe on one side like Nicole Richie… it’s not really a fringe but it’s different.

  91. Hannah says:

    I like the fringe look. Though I do think you look great either way.

  92. @WhyAyeMrs says:

    I’m a massive fringe fan. Had one forever. Mainly because I don’t like my forehead and it also hides my frown lines. I also just look better with a fringe. However, it doesn’t impact on my work so, I don’t have that to consider. I think sometimes you just know. I think you look great with a fringe AND without. This isn’t helpful, is it? Sorry.

  93. Joana says:

    You look cute with the fringe, but it’s not like you have a hideous forehead you need to hide. I’ve been wanting to have one too, but it’s always thinking of how much trouble it is that prevents me…
    So, unless you are really bored with your hair, I’d probably say no.

  94. Beauty Becky says:

    Haha I completely know what you mean – I am always bored with my hair and wanting to change it in some way! You look amazing with a fringe and without! I think having a long fringe can be easier because when I had a fringe and it grew it went in my eye all the time! Haha :) I absolutely love your hair in the last photo! xx

  95. Hazel says:

    But your hair is so lovely as it is, you look so young and innocent without the fringe. I think the fringe ages you, no offence! Maybe just get a shorter layer put in? Or some feathering? :)
    *Remember when you last got a fringe, it started to drive you crazy in your vids x

  96. Sam says:

    Its a HUGE commitment Ruth! Every time i have a fringe cut in i regret it, it’s a nightmare to grow out! Maybe get one of those clip in fringes and see how you feel or get a side fringe but dont go for a blunt fringe, especially if you don’t like to spend ages on your hair.

  97. Sarah says:

    Hi Ruth!

    I think your regular hair-do makes you look verrrry young. However, this long, “plain”, straight hair is also very model-y – which I like very much and which suits you (obviously, since it’s your profession)… I really like the fringe, though… I don’t like it on many girls but it definitely looks excellent on you and you look more mature and interesting (not that you don’t look interesting already but… you know).

    Anyways, greetings from Germany!

    Sarah

  98. djxscribbles says:

    hi ruth! i say go for the fringe. life is too short to not have fun and try things out. and look at top models like freja beha and kate moss, their bangs or fringes as you brits call them, are almost as famous as they are! x

  99. Suzanne says:

    No bangs (American reader here, we call them bangs). You are right, your clients will appreciate your look without bands more. Maybe just as some layers for a new look. You are gorgeous no matter what.

  100. Sally holmes says:

    NO!! I cut one in and its so difficult once your bored to style your hair different. I love your hair as it is x

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