Celebrity Style

How To: Get Michelle Williams’ Double Identity Fringe

Jan Hillenmeyer | July 22, 2013 | 8:44 AM

Actress Michelle Williams looks great anywhere—casual or glam--with a flick of her versatile fringe. Andrew Carruthers, director of education for Sam Villa, has perfected both the “hipster” and “Hollywood” fringe and says that the trick is to “Remember that the most important part of cutting fringe is the set up. Comb it back and forth to see how it falls and read the texture before formulating a plan.”


For the “hipster” fringe, begin with the Sam Villa Signature Series 7 Dry Cutting Shear, which holds the hair well and does not push strands, which is crucial when cutting fringe.

Use the wide teeth of a short cutting comb and keep hair at a low elevation to avoid removing too much weight. Use the arch of the eyebrow as a guide for the curve of your cutting line. Visually cut the line with a shallow point cut and keep the hair as close as possible to its natural fall. The arch will go from shortest, over the left eyebrow, to longest in the right corner.

Weave the still blade of the shears through the top layers of hair and cut to create visual texture. Pieces are cut to create a sense of airiness and depth and should not be thinned.

For a Hollywood Chic look, sweep the longer hair from the right to the opposite side. The short area above the left eyebrow allows space for the longer hair to softly tuck in and give the illusion of a longer wept fringe.

Finish with Redken Fashion Work 12 to lightly hold the shape.

“Try checking in with the mirror when cutting the fringe. This gives a different perspective of what you are doing which can be helpful,” says Carruthers.

Watch Carruthers’ video to learn his technique and visit

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