“If your hair is fine, ask for a lightly layered haircut with a blunt bottom to create thickness and volume,” she recommends. “For thick hair you’ll want more weight removed to soften the haircut and show off the texture.” To keep it sleek, “you want the layers to blend into the hair with no harsh lines.” 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,” Cain says. “If the Fawcett bang is cut too short, it starts to look more like a full fringe, so be careful with the length.”
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,” she says.
What are your top tips for styling the ’70s flip at home?
“In the salon we use a round brush and blow-dryer to achieve the Fawcett look,” she reveals. “But as a stylist myself, even I struggle to blow-dry my own hair at home. Heated rollers were the ultimate hot tool of the ’70s, and are making a comeback.” But for a modern update, she says, “using a hot brush will give you the best results for a ’70s-inspired look. A hot brush dries and styles at the same time and is like having your own personal hairstylist at home. Babyliss Big Hair hot brush or GHD Rise hot brush are very good.”
And if you’re pushed for time, “the quickest method is to curl your hair away from your face more tightly than usual with your straighteners or curling wand,” says Cain. “Leave out your bangs and turn them under toward you. Flip your hair back and forward and find your parting. Take a large paddle brush and brush through to break up the ends.”
Last but not least, add volume. Cain recommends Label M’s Volumising Texture Spray. “This is both a hairspray and dry shampoo all in one,” she says. “It’s a dry spray, so it won’t make your hair look wet. Apply it through the roots and ends—this is when you can manipulate your bangs and decide how severe you want your flick to be.”
And remember: “This style is all about movement,” she says. “So shake your hair and get your fingers in your roots to zhuzh it up and flick that hair!”
This story originally appeared on Glamour UK.