Fringe or No Fringe – You Decided.

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The title makes it sound as though I 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 it, if only as a result of peer pressure. Thankfully, though, most of you voted “No Fringe” (or at least you had when I last checked) and really, I am quite grateful for that. Since posting, memories of my fringe have been floating back into my dreams and haunting me – blow-drying it around a brush, trying to tame it with straighteners, getting jam doughnut juice in it…

Look, though! I have had it cut – I’ve had some shaping done around the front and lopped about three inches off the length all the way around. No layering, no feathering, none of that snippety-snippety-over-the-comb that usually goes on; just a blunt, straight line around the bottom. Quite a refreshing change, actually – I haven’t had such blunt ends since primary school! It doesn’t half make your hair look thick and healthy – none of that wispy business that quickly begins to look like a frizz problem. Obviously you can only really go with blunt ends if you have hair all one length – doesn’t work so much with layers, as they have to be blended in – but this is the perfect cut for me at the moment. The length is easy-to-manage and feels youthful, and it dries quite nicely into a neat-ish style. I’m missing my long, long ponytail but I am not missing the straggly end of it that felt like straw.

I can highly recommend getting a good old trim during the winter – we’re usually told to do it in the summer to avoid beachy straw-hair but I actually think that the cold weather is probably more cruel. Did I ever tell you about the time I went outside in Vienna when it was minus 8? I ran from the taxi to the studio door with wet hair and by the time I was ushered inside, my hair had turned into proper icicles! You could hold the strands and bend them and they made a snapping noise. The hair dresser was horrified and then at lunch made me try a sandwich that was made from some kind of raw liver. They always get their revenge, these stylists…

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Anyway, here I am in my photos looking nice and warm and not being fed livers. The man in the photo above is hair stylist Tom Connell at Trevor Sorbie in Covent Garden. He is listed as “top stylist” but specifically asked me to refer to him as “Master of the Universe”, and so that is what he shall be called. The Master of the Universe hadn’t cut my hair before, but he most definitely will be again! There was no messing about and I got precisely what I wanted, helped along by a few subtle suggestions from him with regards to length and ease of styling. My sweepy long bit of semi-fringe is just long enough to tie back, but let loose provides a nice bit of interest around the front of my face. Just perfect.

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I had my colour done too – you may have noticed, if you watched my “Monthly Faves with Mum” video that it’s a richer, deeper blonde without being warm (ie yellowy). It’s quite tricky to get a good, rich blonde that’s on the cooler side rather than looking brassy or yellowed; it helps, I suppose, that John (Spanton, Master of the Colour) leaves a lot of my natural hair colour underneath. There’s a whole half-head of hair that he never touches, so no matter how light I go on the surface, there’s always this richness of tone shimmering beneath. John added some golden highlights around my hairline, too, for a bit of Christmas sparkle!

Another successful hair overhaul – I wish I could “press pause” on it at the moment and keep the exact colour and cut! One more photo for you; I’m including it for it’s abstract quality:

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If you look at it one way, I’m lying over a backwash sink. (Looking a little like Samantha Morton in Minority Report, don’t you think? Where she predicts crimes that happen in the future?) If you look at it another way, I have a very funky Dracula-style collar going on and some kind of machinery hat.

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  1. Claire Creagh
    December 21, 2012 / 8:51 am

    I love it! It looks gorgeous!

  2. December 21, 2012 / 9:52 am

    Only you could make the rigmarole of getting your barnet seen to sound like such fun! I am deeply impressed though at the thought and consideration employed in what you went for, especially the versatility of the pinnable if-you-fancy-it front bit. x

  3. Sarah
    December 21, 2012 / 10:26 am

    lol to that!

  4. December 21, 2012 / 12:59 pm

    wow the cut and colour look stunning! wish i lived in the UK so i could use all of these recommendations haha.

  5. Andie
    December 21, 2012 / 1:29 pm

    You look fantastic! But I still think, with a face like yours, you’d look stunning with an extreme short cut. And maybe some adventurous colour as well, like a dark chocolate or some red.

    Of course, short cuts might be quite risky for models. And there’s always that one percent uncertainty, that it might look horrible. I bet Anne Hathaway for example regrets her cut, she looks awful.

    • BareFacedChic
      December 21, 2012 / 2:48 pm

      Sorry, totally not relevant but I think Anne Hathaway looks amazing. The short style really shows off her bone structure!

      • Emily
        December 21, 2012 / 5:06 pm

        It looks good now, but before it was “new bird” look. I happen to think her features are too large for a short cut; it looks a little alien to me.

      • Andie
        December 22, 2012 / 1:45 pm

        You see, that’s exactly what I don’t think she has – a great bone structure. Beautiful lips, beautiful eyes, yes, but not the face for a short cut. Ruth in comparison does have it all, the high cheekbones, the sculpted jawline and the pronounced eyesockets.

        I’ve read that Anne did it only for a role anyway and is growing her hair back right now for another one. So I doubt that she herself liked the look so much.

  6. December 21, 2012 / 2:49 pm

    The cut is fab and i know waht you meean abouth both Samantha `Morton and the Dracula thing, that made me laugh!

  7. Rebecca
    December 21, 2012 / 3:01 pm

    I started going to Trevor Sorbie on your recommendation and love it! I use Lee who’s great.

  8. paris75
    December 21, 2012 / 6:29 pm

    You look amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. MissLuxe74
    December 21, 2012 / 7:02 pm

    I love that last pic, I mean your hair looks great, the cut is amazing but I really needed that last photo just for the humour. It kind of makes me feel normal as I love silliness and not everyone possesses the silly gene, not where I work anyway!!! Snigger, chuckle, tee hee……


  10. December 21, 2012 / 7:18 pm

    from blogging about ‘brum brum and noo noo’s’ to ‘Dracula collars and a machinery hat’ ;Ruth you should be a comedian hahahah! Still Laughing now, keep the jokes coming! x x

  11. Lorna - Studs and Dreams
    December 21, 2012 / 8:14 pm

    Really glad you didn’t go for a fringe, your hair looks beautiful!

  12. zoe 'amr addict' p
    December 21, 2012 / 9:26 pm

    Love the first picture with all wavy looking hair…. beautiful, as always! Xx

  13. Robin
    December 22, 2012 / 10:51 am

    I like the last picture because it make you look a bit like a disney villain. Your hair looks lovely. Tom did a great job!

  14. Jen
    December 22, 2012 / 11:20 am

    Looks lovely. You could aways visit the fringe bar at TopShop for a clip in full-on fringe if you want to experiment.

  15. December 22, 2012 / 8:14 pm

    looking gorgeous…I had to giggle about the “stylists”/”revenge”/”raw liver”-talk & your stylist seems like a guy who actually listens to your wishes…that’s a hair-catch!

  16. SuziQ
    December 25, 2012 / 5:10 am

    I look completely different with fringe. Everytime I let them grow out it doesn’t take long for me to revert and tell the stylist full fringe….no half way side swept pour moi. Probably because my brows are so fair….okay invisible. Sort of David Bowie circa Ziggy Stardust (way before your time) Fringe helps hide that.

  17. AshlyLondon
    December 27, 2012 / 6:47 pm

    I am currently trying to cedide exactly the same thing.. fringe or no fringe?? eek

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