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Why the "Gringe" is a haircut that will make everyone with a fringe very, very happy.

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This year we’ve already seen the rise of the lob and the shag, but it seems there’s another contender for your hair inspiration – say hello to the “Gringe”.

Short for “grown-out fringe”, the Gringe is all about attitude, easy styling and (gasp!) practicality. Talk about ticking all the boxes. (Post continues after gallery.)

“The gringe is a word that has been flying around the salon lately – it is a genuine term,” assures renowned stylist Barney Martin of Barney Martin Hair Surry Hills. “It usually describes a fringe that is about cheek length, and adds layers that frame the face.”

If you’ve ever had a fringe, you’ll know all too well the agony of trying to grow it out. When your bangs reach that awkward in-between stage, it can feel like there’s no other option than to just get it off your face in whatever way you can, whether that’s with a headband or the sparkly clips you haven’t worn since you were 12.

Enter: the Gringe. Perfect for that tricky phase, they require minimal effort, little commitment (a welcome relief if your fringe fling was a regrettable one) and offer plenty of styling options until you can actually put it in a ponytail with the rest of your hair.

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“The gringe is a great way to style your hair while you’re trying to grow your fringe out,” Martin says.

Taylor Swift is a fan. Alexa Chung and Jessica Biel love it. It’s a favourite of Sienna Miller… and it has The Glow team seriously considering getting a fringe. So how do you style it?

Unlike if you’re really trying to grow out your fringe which requires regular trims every six weeks, the Gringe is much more low maintenance (score!) and calls only for minimal upkeep and styling. (Post continues after gallery.)

According to Martin, it’s the perfect style to go with the current trend of embracing natural texture. “It does work best on hair that is slightly wavy, that has body and texture rather than dead straight,” he says.

The easiest way to style is to take inspiration from Alexa Chung and opt for a grungier feel.
“The best products to use are a sea salt spray or a dry shampoo to add texture,” Martin explains. “You don’t want anything too oily which will only make your fringe look greasy on your forehead.” Cedel’s Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair ($3.99) is great for those who are concerned about obvious product build up or the giveaway grey colour change.

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Use your fingers to roughly style the fringe, split your fringe into two pieces in a middle part to frame your face. If you’ve got the time, give your fringe a quick power dry give it a little body and use the Lady Jayne Styling Comb ($4.29) to create the rough middle part. Don’t fuss over it too much though –  with this style the messier; the better.

For a sleeker look, use a comb to turn your long fringe into a deep side-part that gently sweeps into the rest of your hair. Keep it in place with a heavier product, like a clay-based styling gel, and style with a chic-looking bun.

Looking for a style that can be done in minutes? Look no further than the half bun.

What are your best tips for growing out a fringe?