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If you're quite low maintenance on the hair styling front I would give any fringe a swerve. Will get on your tits , end up greasy after a couple of hours from constantly trying to keep it tucked behind your ears and will take yonks to grow out!! I speak from bitter experience!
Would you consider a full fringe? Its a brave step but can IME make your hair easier - you can wear it up etc and on 'in between days' just wash your fringe rather than all your hair. Really depends in texture etc - ask your hairdresser
Aaaargh I'd love that proper fringe, but I literally have no idea what to do with my hair other than wash and comb it. I'm lucky that it dried very quickly, and nicely, without any products and just hangs well, but I have a feeling I couldn't just wash and comb a fringe and leave to dry could I?
Probably not - it would likely need at least a good blast with a hairdryer. If your hair hangs well as it is perhaps don't mess too much with it - what about getting some colour put in if you're bored with it?
With my full fringe (think Zooey Dechanel) I either blow dry it with a big round brush or let it dry naturally. If I'm doing the latter I clip it to one side and then change to the other side when it's half dry. Means you don't get any kinks or sticky uppy bits.
And YY to the poster who said about tying your hair up and just washing your fringe. I thought I was the only slattern who did this .
Your hair type sounds a lot like mine, so yes, usually you can just wash and comb a fringe and leave it.
The only thing to consider is whether your hair has a wave in it or not, as if you have long hair, it can look straight because the weight of the hair pulls it straight IYSWIM. If it is wavy, it could be more difficult to style, but if your hair is very straight it's less likely. Just have a quick think about what you hair was like last time it was less than shoulder length if that's possible.
Different effects can be had on a long fringe by either simply blow drying down from above (using a hairdryer with a concentrator nozzle on) or up from below. Will take a few seconds to do it, no need for brushes/straighteners etc.
Although you do get tiny straighteners for fringes v chepaly, and they can be used to direct it to the side etc quite quickly and easily if you can be bothered.
if you are worried about a fringe going oily quickly, dry shampoo is your friend. Klorane ones are good, as is Batiste, especially Texturiser. A tiny , brief spray is all you need. (the current ad is a good idea of how to use it minimal fashion, don;t spray on half a can then brush it out).