Jason Wu’s Faux Fringe Is the Only Charm Offensive We’ll Need for F/W 2018

Jason Wu’s boxy-yet-feminine silhouettes for Fall/Winter 2018 had us looking back to oversized days of yesteryear, but thankfully, unlike the many designers hopping on the oversized bandwagon in season’s past, the collection’s retro references were anything but overplayed. The hair reflected this soft restraint as well: TRESemmé NYFW stylist Holli Smith lifted from the designer’s late ’70s European aesthetic—think Swarovski crystals, jewel-toned slip dresses and strong shoulders—and gave the looks a spin via a charming faux fringe made by parting your hair in the middle and tucking the lengths behind the ears. Altogether, this trompe l’oeil effect brought the power-persona look a gentler feel. “When creating this look, focus on the front pieces of hair. You want to have a nice transition from front to back. The goal is for it to look natural, not retro,” she advises.

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Hairstylist Holli Smith prepares models backstage with TRESemmé. Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for TRESemmé

Read on to see how to recreate the totally ‘grammable, cute-quirky vibe of a curtained faux fringe (or even get a real one, if you’re so inclined!). BRB, bookmarking for all of this year’s parties:

Jason Wu F/W 2018: The Soft, Natural Faux Fringe

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A middle part is both feminine and retro-inspired. Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for TRESemmé

Step 1: Start on clean, washed hair.

Grease is the enemy of all bangs, ever! Get a fresh start by washing hair with a frizz-defying shampoo, like TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shampoo and Keratin Smooth Conditioner.

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A natural center part is essential to the look. Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for TRESemmé

Step 2: Prep your locks.

Spray hair with a thermal protectant/pre-styler, like TRESemmé Repair & Protect 7 Pre-Styling Spray, to protect hair against damage and make it easier to style. Create a natural-looking center part. Note: Don’t brush hair!

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Clip the crown and sides with pins for some extra oomph. Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for TRESemmé
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Snake the hairline. Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for TRESemmé

Step 3: Use pins to create lift.

Pinch hair at the crown and use small silver clips to hold to encourage lift and for some added elevation.

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Nudge the crown back to create a mini-bump, and tuck the side strands behind your ears, leaving a small section loose. Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for TRESemmé

Step 4: Push and tuck.

Using a wide-toothed comb, push the front of your hair forward and use flat clips to keep it in place. Leave a small slip of hair in front of your ears (your sideburn area) and tuck the rest behind your shoulders, using additional clips to secure.

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Texture is key! Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for TRESemmé

Step 5: Blow-dry.

Leave clips in while drying hair on the cool setting, while gently scrunching hair to bring out its natural texture.

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The result: natural, with a vintage charm. Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for TRESemmé
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You can also switch it up by parting just a bit off-center. Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for TRESemmé

Step 6: Finish with hairspray.

Spray a light mist of TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray Extend Hold Level 4, then remove all clips, making sure to shake out the kinks.

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