Fashion and beauty are off kilter now, anything too perfect or polished looks too done, says Sam Villa, founding partner of the Sam Villa brand and education artistic director for Redken 5th Avenue. Inspired by uneven skirts, geometric shapes and asymmetrical fashion silhouettes in current seasons, free-hand tilted fringe is the ideal accessory to compliment the perfect imperfection of today.

“Fringe is heavier now, with unexpected accents like chewed edges and tilted lines that are point cut free-hand to create rawness with movement.  I like using my 7” shear because the longer blade gives me more precision and control, allowing me to cut angled in to get all the underneath hair out,” says Villa. When creating chewed edges, Villa explains that it’s important to only point cut the ends, don’t go in too deep, stay shallow for the chewed edge effect.  

“Carved tilted fringe is a visual exercise, so take steps back on a regular basis to access the situation. This fringe style has to be unique to the individual, customized to awaken the shape of their cut and compliment their features. The end result should be abstract and soft at the same time,” says Villa.

FINISHING TIP: Apply Redken Sheer Straight 06 and directional blow dry. Then, use Redken Spray Starch 15 heat memory styler, and with an open flatiron roll the edges of the fringe to create a beveled edge to round out the shape.