I'm no stranger to having bangs. As a wee Michaela, I had a long thick fringe courtesy of my Mum and a head-sized mixing bowl.
|Or bucket. Buckets also work.|
|Cabbage Patch Kid and her doll|
Until the day I hacked it off in an attempt to make a zig-zag part, that is. Much to my Mum's chagrin, it was also school photo day.
|I still think she put the turtleneck on me for revenge.|
Since then, I've grown my hair out, switching from a middle part to a side part sometime in high school and that part slowly edging closer to my left ear this year.
|But it's a bit boring, isn't it?|
Feeling in a bit of a style rut, and having already given bright colours a whirl, I decided to revisit the fringe, care of my new fave hair salon, Stevie English.
I had in mind a long, blunt fringe, something sexy but playful, that could be worn straight and sleek or tousled and bed-headed.
Stevie English's Bondi salon is the second for the hairdresser, opening early this year as an eastern companion to the Glebe flagship.
It's my first time to the salon, and I'm instantly won over by being offered a boutique beer as soon as I sit down.
|Love the commitment to Britannia kitsch, as seen in the wallpaper print|
|No instant here, love a salon that refuels while they style|
|The beer that was named for me|
I'm introduced to the stylist Elly, who genuinely listens to what I want, then takes me through her interpretation, which is amazingly exactly what I want, but couldn't really vocalise (anyone else here hopeless at explaining just what they want to a hairdresser?).
She spritzed, parted and combed the front lengths, pulling hair from a deep middle part from the crown and showed me just how much was coming off. It's a lot, you guys.
Deep. Breaths. Guys.
|Getting ready for the snip. That's a grin of pure terror right there.|
|Remind you of anyone?|
Elly then trimmed and snipped away, shaping around my forehead and somehow managing to resist the delicious Smarties I was eating. Seriously, Smarties need more credit. They are so good and have that perfect warm mouth melting point.
|The final result|
|The lovely and patient Elly with her spoils|
|Your new hair crush courtesy of Ms Lola.|
|O&M products used and stocked at Stevie English|
I LOVE the final result! It's the perfect thick, lash gazing length I was after, but doesn't revert me back to that scissor clutching seven year old Michaela.
Plus I can let my lengths do their own bad old wavy thing, and roughly straighten just the fringe to get that ruffled look I normally go for without the fluffy factor. LOVE!
What do you guys think? Do you prefer fringe or pre-chop? Are you are a befringed comrade? Any styling tips for me? Is there a secret handshake I have to learn now?
A huge thanks to Elly and all at Stevie English and Jane from Tom Tom Comm for helping me achieve my fringe dreams.
Disclaimer: This service was provided to me for consideration by Stevie English . They have in no way influenced my review and opinions are my own. It is also my opinion that fringe is the superior term over bangs. See my Disclaimer for more sexy details.