We asked experienced stylist, Nicole Cain at Toni & Guy Edinburgh, what all the fuss is about and how to recreate the style ourselves.
What makes the Farrah Fawcett flip so iconic?
Aside from the fact that this offers oomf, volume and sexy texture in spades, the style is pretty simple, says Nicole. “It’s actually a low-maintenance haircut because once the shape is cut into hair, it’s easy to style,” she says. Plus, big beautiful hair is always a good confidence boost.
What should you ask for in the salon if you want this cut?
“The Fawcett flicky bangs and layered cut is a simple cutting technique, called uniform layering, which we still use a lot in the salon today,” says Nicole. “We use this technique to create even layers throughout the haircut,” she adds.
“If your hair is fine, ask for a lightly layered haircut with a blunt bottom to create thickness and volume. For thick hair you’ll want more weight removed to soften the haircut and show off the texture,” says Nicole. To keep it sleek, “you want the layers to blend into the hair with no harsh lines,” she says. For something more rebellious, you can go a little more choppy.
“The perfect face-framing, swoopy bangs should be versatile so they can be worn in any parting. If the Fawcett bang is cut too short, it starts to look more like a full fringe, so be careful with the length,” says Nicole.
And, if you’re unsure about committing to swept bangs, you can trial the style first with some clip in bangs. “They can be cut in for you by your stylist and applied/removed with just a clip,” explains Nicole.
What are your top tips for styling the ’70s flip at home?
“Always use heat protector before drying or using any hot tools,” says Nicole who recommends Label M Protein Spray (£13.93) which can be used on wet or dry hair.