Friday, September 7, 2012

Bangin' bangs, it's a style shake up! The return of the fringe, thanks to Stevie English.

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





Even as I got older, I kept my fringe, which my three siblings also sported (thanks parents!).


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.


Hair cut

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.





31 comments:

  1. I think it looks amazing! I had a fringe as a child too, I don't know if I could go back, but my recent trips to the HD seem to be getting a little closer! Baby steps!

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    1. Thanks! Go Team Childhood Fringe! I think it may have even been a legal requirement in the 90s.

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    2. I like it . makes you look youthful and puts focus on your eyes. Does Luke like it . ITs great to have a change too. Plus you can just wash and blowdry the fringe and put the rest of your hair in a ponytail or a big clip and no one will know that you didnt have time to wash it all.

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  2. I have a fringe - I'm a bit lazy on the upkeep apart from a DIY trim every now and again (I used to use those comb scissor things but I've recently been converted to the diagonal snip - does this even make any sense? Friday is when my brain gives up). My dance teacher used to carry a comb around for her fringe though, made me feel positively lardy arsed.

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    1. Yeah, I only realised after having it cut that hey this may be a bit of upkeep. Of course I never would have had it done if I knew it would mean of time spent styling!

      My boss brushes her hair heaps, I've only started brushing my hair since the fringe, before then I was a non-brusher. I'm so shit at this!

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  3. Looks great Michaela! I love your hair it's a pretty blonde and looks healthy. I had a fringe all through primary school too when I rebelled and grew it out lol. Just on a side note boy I miss my cabbage patch doll she was my best friend from about 2-4yrs.

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    1. Thanks, Klara! Seems like everyone had a fringe in primary school, and a CP doll. I had mine until I was ten.

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  4. Your fringe is hawt! Tres chic. I had one for a bit but got sick of having to blowdry and straighten it almost every day :( but my hair is wavy so I had to.

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    1. Thanks! I'm managing it by washing my normal 2x a week, then dry shampooing it the rest of the time...which isn't maybe the best practise, but it's working!

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  5. LOVE!!
    wish i could do the fringe, but I have a mixing-bowl sized head :P

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    1. I have THE ROUNDEST face ever, and still got it!

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  6. I had a fringe, a Cabbage Patch doll called Elaine Roxanne AND purple jelly shoes!

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    1. My Cabbage Patch Doll was Renee Claire, but because I was a little slow, I insisted her name was pronounced Re-Anne lol.
      I had gold jelly shoes, but I lost them at the beach :(

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  7. You look cute, pretty and hot, all at the same time :)

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  8. Wow! Bangs suit you very well, love it! (Not a huge fan of bangs.) I get myself a fringe every 1-2 years just to notice after a while it makes me look chubby. But I cut my whole hair a looooooot today from superlong to kinda-short so I feel your excitement, too.
    Tip for having bangs: Don't go out when it's windy. Or rainy. Or rainy-windy. Better, just don't leave the house if you want them to stay as you styled them :D

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    1. Thanks! OH.EM.GEE. The wind! I swear it wasn't this windy before I got a fringe. Now I'm spending my life trying to smooth it back into place :(

      Piccys of your new hair please?

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    2. Haha, I know right! It's like, when you get bangs, the goddess of wind is not very amused and tries to go after you, I swear, it's always like that.

      Pictures are right up on my newest blog post if you wanna take a peek! :)

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    3. Ooh, will go look now.

      I swear I spend half my day patting the damn fringe down.

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  9. Great fringe! I have a blunty too, it's super fun! I find that when drying it if I brush it left, right & then straight down it always sets in place with too much trouble.

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    1. Ooh thanks, I've heard that tip from a hair blogger recently too. How long have you had yours for?

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  10. Loved seeing the photos of you as a kid, you were (and are) so adorable! And rockin' the blunt bangs! <3

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    1. Ha, I was a very dorky kid, but thanks!

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  11. Lol I love all the baby photos! They're SOO cute! I love your fringe, it looks amazing! I wish I could wear a fringe but I had one a few years back and every time I see photos of it I cringe - my face is just too round!

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    1. Lol the baby pics are more dorky than cute, but thanks! I'm worried my face is too round, because honestly my head is very bowling ball-esque, but it's kinda working for me.

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  12. Looooove the bangin bangs babe! Definitely suits you to BITS! Awww and what a cutie batootie you are! (Yes, both of you.) Now I'm all bangs-wanty!! xx

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    1. Naw, thanks Rosie! You can't get bangs, because they'll cover your beautiful lashes!

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  13. Wow, I turn around for a couple of weeks and look what you've done!! The fringe looks amazing - and petite Michaela is too adorable :) I've got a blunt just under my eyebrows fringe, and go to have a trim when little rogue hairs start to sting my eyes. And you know all the annoying little hairs that will lodge themselves on your face after a fringe trim? The sticky lint roller sheets are perfect for getting them off (feels a bit weird, but works a charm).

    Styling-wise, blow-drying the fringe in 2 layers instead of the whole thing in 1 go tends to work best and makes it stay put well (except in gale winds obviously) - otherwise, the 'brush all the way left, then all the way right, then down the middle' technique works really well too.

    Nothing left to say, except you look pretty as a peach fringed or un-fringed, but I think I prefer fringed - go bang sister!! xxx

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