“Waft Fringe” is the name of a new pony trend that makes me feel jealous. I want a pony too! My fascination for this hairstyle has lasted far too long. But unfortunately there my hair is against me.
I've been envious of ponies all my life and I don't mean the little horses that look like they died when they were washed. I mean the hairstyle. That short hair in front of the forehead turns some women into mysterious sex bombs and others into shy schoolgirls. And because everything comes back when it comes to hairstyles, too, it is now also the "waft fringe", in English roughly "floating pony". That was all the rage in the seventies and early eighties. Figurehead: Actress Farrah Fawcett. I want one too, but I will never be able to.
Cutting your bangs is a decision. The consequences: lengthy. Anyone who used to simply remove their hair from their face with a ponytail when getting up will in the future wake up with downright satellite spikes in front of their face. These then have to be blow-dried into position. Even as a teenager, I consoled a desperate friend because she always had to get up so early to be seen in front of the boys. I encouraged her and said: hair will grow again. That's not wrong, but it's just a plaster for a gunshot wound. There are supposedly many pills out there to help you regain your head of hair. But in the end, we all have to admit to ourselves: Everything is predisposed and a pony does not grow faster than the rest. If you decide on a pony, you also accept that you will not have anything on your head that resembles a hairstyle for at least six months sees.
By the way, I blame the actress Zooey Deschanel for my fascination with ponies. With her black bangs, the vintage clothes, and the image of the dreamy young woman, she was my dream thought of my upcoming twenties in the late nineties. My enthusiasm can be sorted into the drawer "You always want what you can't have". I have thin ash-blonde hair that is so straight any woman who uses a straightener would be jealous. And even if I wanted a pony, fate has punished me with a congenital vortex on my forehead. My three thin hairs always jump into the same position. At sixteen, I had to comb almost all of my hair forward to get the legendary emo hairstyle that Justin Bieber would later make so famous and who also had the same hair color.
With hair salons closed, boredom, a pair of scissors, and a global pandemic, it's tempting to pick up scissors. Some instructions for self-cutting bangs have been starting in 2020 with the question: Are you sober? Yes? OK. No? Stop it, tomorrow everything will be better, including the hairstyle. My tip, if you dare: Be sure to film. Should you cry and get angry afterward, the recording may go viral on the internet.
Why is this curtain over the forehead so desirable, even if it only makes a woman's life more complicated to use? For me, it is the attraction to decide who can look you in the eye and who is not. Like the lascivious look over the edge of the sunglasses. There's just something to look through strands of hair. The idea of pushing my pony to the side with your fingertips and smiling, awesome. Characterized by pop culture, films, and music, I will definitely rave about this hairstyle for a long time.
Whether it's the "Waft Fringe" by Farrah Fawcett or the sexy bangs combed to the side by Brigitte Bardot, I've come to terms with the fact that this hairstyle remains a dream in the form of Pinterest boards, just like cellulite-free legs and volume in the hair without a curling iron. At least friends under fifty may soon understand when I comment on hairstyles blown by the wind with: "You look like Farrah Fawcett". Until now, I've only stared into questioning faces.