Changing your hairstyle is one of the easiest ways to channel your personality and to reinvent your look, and if you’re a style chameleon then the cut of the season, the curtain fringe, should be on your radar.
Made famous by iconic actress Brigitte Bardot and kept alive by style gurus Alexa Chung and Suki Waterhouse, and most recently Jennifer Lopez, the curtain fringe has made its way back onto the trend list for hairstyles. On Pinterest alone, in the past year searches for the curtain fringe rose by 600%.
We spoke with Welsh brothers Ian and Paul Davey, Creative Directors of Davey Davey hair salon on Stephen Street Lower, Dublin, to discuss the trend and learn the tricks of the trade.
What is a curtain fringe?
Putting it simply, Ian describes the curtain fringe is a fringe “parted in the centre of the head and swept to the side,” his brother adding that it’s a “Sixties influenced fringe… Fringes go around in cycles.”
Both Ian and Paul note that Sienna Miller in the iconic Alfie film would be their inspiration for the look – a perfect analogy to mention to clients to entice and excite them when making the transformation.
While social media has played a big part in the revival of this hair trend, Ian says that the fact that the cut “softens out a face shape and frames it really well” has also helped the look become so popular.
Who does a curtain fringe suit best?
Achieving this look is quite doable, and especially so when you have medium to fine hair, and the brothers say this Sixties’ overgrown fringe suits a wide variety of women.
“Oval face shapes benefit most from this style,” they agree unanimously. “It’s the best fitting for most styles, as it helps frame and enhance features. In trend or out,” adds Paul.
And though women have been seen sporting the trendy fringe, lest we forget that men have also rocked it. Remember David Beckham and Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys? “The face shapes apply to males also, but this is down to personal taste and fashion, as well as hair growth and pattern,” says Paul. “More mods and grungy guys have helped this trend come alive.”
How do you maintain and style a curtain fringe?
After heading to a hair salon and choosing the curtain fringe, how would we maintain it? Ian advises to “get it trimmed regularly & blow dry hair with care, and use straightening hair tools if needed,” to keep your hairstyle in tip top shape.
To compliment a curtain fringe, it’s important to style your hair correctly. We have seen both choppy layers and sleek mermaid waves flatter the fringe, with lobs a popular length too.
“Wrap blow drying is the way to go. Your hair should be brushed through the partings to either side and this really neutralises any hair growth patterns. Then to finish the blow dry, use a round brush and blow dry away from your parting.”
At the salon, the demand has been high for the curtain fringe too, reveals Paul. “It’s requested all the time! It is one of our popular go-to styles, as it suits a wide variety of guests.”
To book your transformation, visit Davey Davey at 24 Stephen Street Lower, Dublin 2 or call on (01) 607 8999.