Hannah: so happy with her fringe it makes her pull this face

Hannah: so happy with her fringe it makes her pull this face

I just “celebrated” my 39th birthday. Which basically means I am virtually the big four-oh already (how the hell did that happen?!). And, of course, with milestone ages come hang-ups and insecurities about the way we look. I’m relatively happy with my figure (which is remarkable, considering that the most aerobic exercise I get is walking to and from my once-a-week Pilates class and occasionally running for the train) but in the past few years I’ve noticed my face changing: it’s getting progressively rounder (yay!) and there are, of course, wrinkles.

In a recent office poll down the pub (my wine consumption goes some way to explaining that round face, by the way), I was voted person at work least likely to get plastic surgery, and this is true. I would NEVER get Botox, let alone an actual going-under-general-anaesthetic procedure. Each to their own and everything but it’s just not for me. But that doesn’t mean that those lines don’t bother me a bit, although I am happy that most of mine are laughter lines around my eyes which means I’ve had a lot of LOLZ in my time. Nonetheless, I decided to take action. I got a fringe cut.

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I think I had the idea to have a fringe cut in my late 30s way back in around 1994 when I was 15 and the ever-youthful Susan Kennedy was rocking one every day on Neighbours (#forwardplanning). So I trotted off to Daniel Hersheson last weekend and asked my hairstylist Louis to work his magic. When he’d finished we both agreed it looked like I’d always had a fringe; in fact, that has been the response I’ve had from most people, as well as a “my God Hannah, you look about 12!”. Always a good comment to get when you’re about to turn 40, that one (I admit, it was my mum that said it but it still counts. IT STILL COUNTS!). Anyway, I am thrilled with it; it’s youthful, slightly rock 'n' roll and easy to style. And, surprisingly, doesn’t even make my face look more round. Win.

Obviously I spent the week before The Fringe Appointment doing extensive fringespiration research. Never embark on a drastic hair change without visual references for your hairdresser, guys! Some of these ladies might have grown them out by now, but these are a few of my favourite bangs.

Sienna Miller in Alfie
This was actually my fringespiration for my last fringe 10 years ago. Love it paired with the retro half-up do.

Sienna Miller in the film Alfie

Claudia Winkleman
The best thing I’ve learnt from Winkle’s Fringe (did you know it has its own Twitter account?) is that you ALWAYS need more eye make-up once you’ve had one cut.

Claudia Winkleman

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Alexa Chung
When does the Chung’s hair ever not look amazing? This fringe is from a few years ago – she’s grown it out now - love the loose locks around her face, too.

Alexa Chung

Rose Byrne
It was a brief flirtation with bangs for Rose, but I liked it. I like my own hair to look a little bit ‘f***ed up’ (to quote Louis, my hairstylist) but if I were going for a sleek, red carpet look, I’d look no further than this.

Rose Byrne with a fringe

Jennifer Lopez
J-Lo has been looking smokin’ recently. Head to her for lessons in either a) easing your way gently into the idea of a fringe or b) growing an existing one out.

Jennifer Lopez

Felicity Jones
Cute as a button Felicity demonstrates another fringe benefit: it makes an up-do look less severe. Even the humble ponytail looks way better with a fringe.

Felicity Jones with a fringe