Obviously there are fringe benefits

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Have you ever suffered from foot in mouth disease and then babbled on digging yourself in deeper?

I suffer from this affliction frequently – and my most recent encounter was during a visit to the hairdresser for our daughter to get a trim.

As the hairdresser asked me if she had taken enough off the fringe or if I wanted a bit more chopped off, I asked her to take off a bit more, explaining: “It grows so quickly and ends up in her eyes.”

Without thinking, I then blithely added: “Goodness know how difficult it will be when we want to grow her fringe out. She’ll be going to high school before we know it and she won’t want a fringe then as they look so babyish after a certain age.”

Wondering why Hubby kept elbowing me in the ribs as I spoke, it suddenly dawned on me that the woman brandishing the scissors was sporting a fringe herself.

Desperately trying to dig myself out of the hole I was in, I then started jabbering about how of course fringes suited some people wonderfully well and it all depended whether you were the right sort of person to have a fringe.

God, was I glad when that cut was over – Hubby has been unmercifully teasing me about it ever since.

Still mortified by my mistake on the Monday morning, I recounted the tale to one of my work colleagues ending my story with: “...And I couldn’t believe it when I realised the hairdresser had a fringe!”

Cackling at my faux pas which suddenly seemed funny in retrospect, my laughter was swiftly brought to a close when the colleague sitting next to me gave me a frosty glare and asked: “And what pray I ask is wrong with fringes? Are you trying to tell me I look babyish?”

Whoops! I had totally forgotten she had a fringe, too!

Before all you people with fashionable fringes think I’m some kind of “fringe-ist freak” who has it in for anyone with a fringe, I really don’t. Fringes can be elegant, sultry, foxy, stylish and youthful and some women look stunning with fringes.

Just take a look at celebrities such as Alexa Chung, Heidi Klum, Jennifer Garner, Emma Stone and Reese Witherspoon and you see how fringes can be a great way to accentuate different parts of your face. My problem with fringes is – and one of my colleagues 
vehemently agreed with me – is that the word “fringe” immediately conjures up memories of the horrendous hairstyles I was inflicted with myself as a youngster.

Visions of a thick, blunt fringe covering my forehead still haunt me, and somehow I’ve managed to foist a similar style on my own daughter, although she looks far cuter with a fringe than I used to.

The kind of fringe I had looked OK when you were eight, but silly and childish once you got to your teens.

And it’s not just fringes that can look so dated it hurts to look at them, but a plethora of other hairstyles, too.

I cringe every time I see a picture of myself with tightly curled, permed hair which was my crowning glory throughout my teens and early 20s. I love curly hair – but how on earth could I have thought that looked good?!

And not just women were victims of terrible hairstyles. Hubby, too, had a fringe as a nipper. And while it might have looked cute then, I’m not sure he could pull it off today.

My own hairstyle nowadays is pretty boring. Gone are the curls and, for the last decade, I have worn it long and straight. And without a fringe. Occasionally, when I can be bothered on special occasions, I run a curling wand through it.

I’ve always preferred having long hair and mine actually used to be long enough to almost sit on until the age of 18 when I went out one afternoon and had a radical chop.

But, apparently, I should only be allowed another couple of years of long hair as some members of the fashion police dictate that women over the 40 shouldn’t have long hair.

I heard a new phrase this week – and it’s not a particularly nice one – it’s when women are referred to as 16/60.

This is when a woman looks like 16 from behind, but 60 when she turns around … and long hair is blamed for giving this false fantasy.

Do you know what? When I’m 60, I think I’d settle for passing for 16 from any angle. Even if I do shatter the illusion with my front view.

So I’ll just stick to my plain boring hairdo… minus a fringe.