That 70s look: the fringe is back, baby

That 70s look: the fringe is back, baby

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It's not just flares that are back in fashion - the '70s revival extends to hair, too

You've packed away your skinny jeans and stocked up on paisley - but is your hair keeping up with your wardrobe? Because it isn't just your new Saint Laurent suede bag that should showcase fringing right now - our tresses are coming over all '70s too.

Channel the icon of the era, Jane Birkin, and embrace a full fringe and long locks. For more contemporary inspiration, look to model of the moment Julia Stegner, who rocked the look in the dreamy 70s-inspired Chloé campaign, above. "The Chloé campaign is my absolute go-to for this '70s vibe and I love everything about it," says award-winning international hair stylist Anthony Nader of RAW in Sydney's Surry Hills. "Loose, flowing hair floating in the breeze embodies freedom." 

Just don't try this at home - it takes an expert hand to get the iconic '70s fringe just right. "I trend to keep the corners around the edges of the eyebrows longer so they softly skim the face, rather than squaring off the fringe into a hash straight line, which will always look boxy," says Nader. The look is best suited to oval face shapes, while square faces should probably avoid it altogether. "It's only going to emphasise the angular jawline you want to camouflage and soften," warns Nader. 

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The beauty of this style is it suits blondes and brunettes - no balayage necessary. In keeping with the easy breezy '70s aesthetic, hair is best left healthy and natural - with a little helping hand. "Splashes of narrow panel foils are what's going to bring out the hidden texture and bring your hair to life," says Nader. "Splashing lightness on the mid-lengths to ends gives that sun-kissed glow - it's about having a beautifully natural, radiant mane, not looking like you've just spent hours in the colourist's chair." 

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Good length is crucial to channeling the '70s side of this style - time to grow out those lobs, ladies - and the more natural texture you have, the better. "This look definitely works best on longer, thicker hair and then it won't look wispy and frail on the ends, which only looks like you need a haircut when in actual fact you've just been in the chair," warns Nader, who suggests having layers cut in for movement. "Enhance your long Chloé campaign hair by having a few haphazard shorter layers cut in, so your hair moves more rather than hanging solid and lacklustre."

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Make your mane behave by investing in a flat paddle narrow brush and a good quality straightener. Straight yet voluminous locks are the last word in '70s chic, while slightly messy waves give off that carefree hippie vibe. "Your hairdryer and flat iron will be your go-to for now as you want to make sure your statement fringe to look sharp and fashion forward," says Nader. "Get yourself a flat paddle narrow brush to help smooth over your fringe and to control where you need it to sit. The flat iron is the icing on top for longevity."

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