I succumbed.

After many, many weeks of internal strife, it happened.

My distraction techniques failed me.

I sat down with a pair of scissors and made merry with my forehead hair.

Oh yes, it was a long time coming and I tried to resist, but the urge got the better of me and I fringed myself.

I know, terrible idea and all that, but (as I found myself thinking whilst staring into the mirror wondering what could possibly go wrong) it’s only hair, after all.

Photograph of myself with my home-cut fringe
Exhibit A: After the cut…

And I’m glad I did it. I had to get it out of my system. Plus, I love a good fringe (although the upkeep does involve slightly more than my usual routine, which normally consists of nothing more than washing and brushing). I’m happy enough with the results, and curiously pleased that the spreading and persistent streaks of grey hit right in the middle of it.

But, enough about my hair. All this thinking and talking and wondering about fringes got me to appreciating the best fringes featuring in fiction and there’s some mighty fine ones out there. Here’s just five of the best, all featured in films or TV that’s worth checking out for more than just the hair.

Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction

Effortlessly chic, chaotically cool, bluntly iconic, this cut is surely a classic from what has to be one of my favourite films of all time. Available to rent or buy on Amazon (UK).

Mia Wallace from Pulp Fiction

Amélie Poulain in Amélie

Kind of like a Mia Wallace cut but softer and, well, more French. And definitely not like a Mia Wallace character. I’ve not seen the film in years but I’m definitely due a re-watch. Catch this colourful, charming film on Amazon Prime.

Amélie Poulain in Amélie

Nadia Vulvokov in Russian Doll

All hail the curly fringe. Even better on a character bringing swagger and spunk to a genre I normally totally avoid (Groundhog-day-esque stories are generally not my thing, but this series broke my habits and is well worth a watch). Catch it on Netflix (UK).

Nadia Vulvokov in Russian Doll

Daria Morgendorffer in Daria

An excellent fringe, from a character and cartoon full of cynicism and dry wit. I haven’t yet been to a hairdressers and provided a picture of Daria, earnestly requesting they work their magic to replicate said vision over my visage. Yet. You can buy or rent episodes at Amazon UK.

Daria Morgendorffer in Daria

Lydia Deetz in Beetlejuice

Here’s some real commitment to a goth fringe and I am completely here for it. Plus, you can’t beat a bit of Beetlejuice for your your upcoming Halloween comedy horror scares. It’s currently available on the Now TV cinema pass.

Lydia Deetz in Beetlejuice

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