clip-in fringe for redheads

Found! Clip-in fringe for redheads

I kinda hesitated to post these photos, because I’ve learned the hard way that any post about my hair tends to open the doors to a flood of unsolicited advice about said hair, which I am apparently NOT TO BE TRUSTED with myself, so let me just say straight-up that THIS IS A FAKE FRINGE, people. In other words, it is NOT A FRINGE. I did NOT GET A FRINGE. Underneath this (fake! Not real!) fringe, my hair is as long and lank as ever, and, in fact, has now grown out of the LAST fringe I had cut just enough to have fallen straight into the centre part it always adopts once it gets past a certain length. Lookit:

clip-in fringe

Fake fringe, real centre-part, weird lighting making my hair look a totally different colour

(Um, I also did not Photoshop the bottom of my hair in those photos: I took these with the remote, which isn’t great at capturing movement, hence the blur…)

(While we’re on the subject, I know the colour of these is totally jacked: first time taking photos in the new house, obviously not quite used to the different light yet. Maybe not ever, to be honest.)

So, I didn’t get a fringe, but I also DID get a fringe: a fake one, from eBay, which I purchased on impulse last week. I say “on impulse”: purchasing this £2.99 piece of synthetic ginger hair was actually the very last thing I did in our old house. Seriously: on that last day (which I didn’t KNOW was the last day), I sat down at my desk, ordered this, then walked out, never to return. THAT’s how under-prepared I was for the move. Thankfully, I had the presence of mind to have it sent to the new address, but because of the complete chaos of moving, I totally forgot about it, so no one was more surprised than me when I walked into the new house the next day only to be presented with an envelope filled with what appeared to be my OWN HAIR.

“Terry!” I yelled, “Don’t bother unpacking the rest of the truck: the locals aren’t friendly!”

Once I’d realised what it was and marvelled over the super-fast shipping, I promptly slapped it on my head and went to try to convince my dad I’d chopped my hair off. He didn’t buy it, of course: I mean, that IS the kind of thing I’d do, granted, but the fringe was sitting a little oddly (Much as it is in that second photo, there: it’s just because I’d been flicking my head around a lot. As you do.), so it looked a lot like a wig. Which is what it is, now I come to think of it.

Despite this, I was quite pleased with it. You see, as some of you may remember, I’ve been having an ongoing flirtation with fringes for YEARS now: a flirtation which culminated in me deciding to cut one of my own a couple of years back. It didn’t end well. Well, I mean, OF COURSE not. Once I was over the initial shock, though, and the fringe had grown out a little, I decided I quite liked it, so I actually ended up having it cut back in a couple of times since then. As tends to be the case with me, though, I always want the hair I DON’T have, so when I have a fringe I want to have no-fringe, and when I DON’T have a fringe, I want one. And when I type the words “fringe” enough times, it starts to look really strange to me, like, is that even a word? FRINGEFRINGEFRINGE. BANGS. Anyway.

The obvious solution to this dilemma was to buy a clip-in. When you have red hair, though, you soon learn that the obvious solution is only obvious for blondes and brunettes, because the manufacturers of hair products don’t actually believe in red hair. Oh, there are a million and one different ways to be blonde, and there are a million and two different ways to be brunette, apparently, but according to the Great Gods of Hair Products, there are only two ways to be red, and neither of them are colours that occur in nature. I’ve ordered quite a few clip-in fringes over the past couple of years, and even sent one manufacturer lots of photos of my hair in different lights, to see if they could match it (“Er, no,” was the answer. Which is understandable, really, when you see how totally different the colour can look depending on the light.), but with no luck, so I’m not sure what it was that made me decide to give this one a shot. Probably the fact that it was cheap, and I was looking for something to distract me from moving.

Anyway, I had a good look at the colour chart and went for the shade described as “strawberry blonde”, which I colour-matched using the very scientific method of holding a strand of my hair up the monitor and comparing it to the swatch. (Yeah, don’t do that, by the way: colours on monitors often look nothing like colours in “real” life…) I thought the swatch looked lighter than my hair, but I figured I could always try some of my Superdrug Colour Effects on it if need be. Also, it was £2.99. I mean, really.

As it happens, the colour was pretty-much spot on: definitely the best match I’ve ever found with a fake-hair product. (Er, that makes it sound like I’m obsessed with fake hair: I’m not, but I do always go in to play with the extensions any time I walk past Sally’s…) Unsurprisingly, given the price, it’s not real hair, and you can tell it isn’t when the flash hits it:

clip-in fringe in red

In natural light, though, it looks much more, well, natural, and much less like a wig. It goes without saying, though, that I need to practice clipping it in a little more (It attaches to your hair with two little clips: super-easy, but you do need to artfully arrange the rest of your hair to make it look realistic. I just quickly put this on for the photos, and then I had the brilliant idea of whipping my hair, Willow Smith-style, so it ended up looking a bit… pouffy.), and I’m a little afraid to wear it in public (What if it blows off, and someone has to come and hand me back my HAIR? WHAT IF, people?), but like I said: £2.99, no biggie.

So, that’s the story of my clip-in fringe, and what an epic tale it was. If you’re a fellow redhead in need of a slightly-pouffy looking piece of fake hair to attach to your forehead, I bought mine from this eBay seller, who I can highly recommend.

And at least it’s better than the scissors, hey?


  • Found! Clip-in fringe for redheads #redheads #redhair

    August 19, 2013
  • Are you absolutely, positively, sure it is fake fringe? I mean 100% sure? /sarcasm

    It looks like something fun to play with, the fake fringe. No commitment, no regrets.

    August 19, 2013
  • I think it gives you a fun air! You look like a cool 60s student. 🙂 Also, it sucks that they don’t do enough products for redheads. You’d think the buying power of 15% of the population would be temptation enough for the manufacturers…

    August 19, 2013
  • Hello!!!! Wow! I thought for a second that you actually did!!! Love this, what a great idea!!! 🙂 x

    August 19, 2013
  • I think you found a perfect match! And a possible new hairstyle – It looks great. 🙂

    August 19, 2013
  • I love this, I had a fringe that worked wonderfully, then I grew it out and ever since then I have completely regretted it.

    Fashion and Happy Things

    August 19, 2013
  • Emma


    Laura Webber this colour hair x

    August 19, 2013
  • You’re a funny lady.

    August 19, 2013
  • Sunrise orange mixed with French cognac x

    August 19, 2013
  • I have been thinking about getting a fake fringe for years, as a fringe non-fringe user (always want the hair I don’t have, that’s the key) and that would solve the problem just with a clip. But I am always stopped on buying one, fearing it would look too fake, that the color would be off, etc.. Yours, apart for the flash light, looks quite natural, and oh my my, it’s actually YOUR red. Awesome.

    August 19, 2013
  • Ewen


    Love the blog, love the fake fringe!

    August 19, 2013
  • Lisa


    Ewen, borrow that fringe!

    August 19, 2013
  • Love! RT @emma_cossey: Only @foreveramber could write a brilliantly entertaining post about buying a fringe on eBay.

    August 19, 2013
  • That really does look amazing. As a fellow red head who as flirted with a fringe before (my main issue is ridiculous curls, curly fringe? works ONLY when you do it right, or straighten it EVERYDAY) Clip in is genius! I am heading straight to that link (pun not intended) I will more than likely hold my hair up to the screen still though… just to be sure

    August 19, 2013
  • That colour match is fairly amazing! I think it looks cool.

    August 19, 2013
  • Although I’m not a huge fan of the whole fake fringe craze….almost entirely due to the fact that I’m way too pathetic at most things to make it look even the slightest bit natural…..I am loving your natural hair!!

    I am a redhead myself and although I always loved the fact that it wasn’t intensely ginger growing up, after seeing yours I’m starting to wish it was!

    Oh how times have changed!


    August 20, 2013
  • I think these are one of the greatest hair related things invented ever! I love fringes but I can’t commit to one.. I’ll get it cut then hate it the next day, so with this life would be awesome. Although I have brown hair, I’ve had a hard time finding the right match…

    August 20, 2013
  • Exerimenting with a clip-in fringe:

    August 20, 2013
  • Love this blog, always makes me smile 🙂 “@foreveramber: Exerimenting with a clip-in fringe:”

    August 20, 2013
  • I rarely post about my hair on my blog, as I’ve found people have very strong opinions about redheads and red hair in general. That being said I am shocked at how well your clip in fringe matches your natural hair color. I hope you’ve started to get settled in now that the move is over.

    August 20, 2013
  • Ada


    Looks great! I had a fringe since I was 8 years old until 2 years ago when I cut off all of my hair. Now its almost shoulder length but I’ve become obsessed with 50’s style hair, finger waves, pin curls and such (no fringe) and even though I love it I also sometimes miss my fringe. I should get or make one of these. I have even forgotten I made one some 6 or so years ago, can do it again.

    August 20, 2013
  • wow this is super cool! i have now just purchased one of these clip ons! i have the same colour hair so hoping this is going to match also. I do love a fringe !!

    August 20, 2013
  • That looks really good Amber! I am SO behind on my blog reading. Great to have as an alternative to switch things up a little. I want a fringe but am scared my cowslick might re-emerge and send me back to junior school days of licking my hand to wet it down but nope, did not work. Damn cowslick.

    August 22, 2013
  • Elli


    oh you are so pretty already… but with this fringe, even so much better ! Keep the fake hair !

    August 22, 2013
  • Is it weird that I had never heard of clip-on bangs before?

    August 24, 2013
  • Paula Vianna


    You look great with bangs!
    I cut mine a couple of months ago and I’ve been fighting with it ever since, so clip-ons should be much easier.

    My war with my bangs should be a blog: the moment I cut it I’m in love with it, I think I look like a dark-red-haired version of Taylor Swift and then I wash my hair and WHAT DO I DO TO GET BACK TO THE ARTSY COOL LOOKING GIRL I ONCE WAS?

    So now I’m thinking of growing it out, or to cut it back real short.
    oh, decisions, decisions ,decisions

    August 26, 2013
  • I’ve been looking for this for such a looooong time! Believe we have the same shade, I’ll try to buy it, but I think will need a little fix to look like Taylor Swift fringe.

    September 2, 2013
  • Ros


    omg.. I have to get one.. as a fellow redhead.. and mine is CURLY hence why I can’t get a fringe.. as I can’t deal with all that straightening and grooming business!

    I can’t find that superdrug shampoo for redheads anywhere..

    September 17, 2013
  • I had a fringe until I was 14 but because my hair is curly, fine and of an oily hair type, it was such a bad idea. I couldn’t keep washing and blow drying it every day so it would frizz up and curl in the heat/rain/everyday weather. I got a fake fringe too and got it cut at a hairdressers. It feels a bit odd but I like having a fringe again once in a while

    May 31, 2014