If there is one thing that has eased the transition into what we wished would be a fresh start to the new year, it's Netflix's Bridgerton. A cross between the worlds of Elizabeth Bennet and Serena Van der Woodsen, Bridgerton offers serene escapism, that is if racy regency drama paired over anachronistic Ariana Grande covers is your bag. And, while much of the show's lure has been put down to opulent costumes, salacious spoon-licking and scandalous newsletters, for us it's the glamification of 19th Century London that really stole the show.
Look no further than the show's meticulous attention to hair. There's ringlets aplenty, intricate crown-like plaits and sky-scraping updos - indeed, it seems each of Queen Charlotte's gravity-defying wigs are enough to signal her unmatchable place in the upper echelons of society.
But as far as hair moments go, it is Daphne's micro-fringe that takes the top spot. Short and parted at the centre, her fringe is the older, more confident sister of the currently popular curtain bangs, which leaves Daphne's face exposed and allows her natural beauty to do all the talking. Cut to regal perfection, when we first meet her as she makes her societal debut, Daphne's fringe is only teased, with two devilish (yet very elegant) strands curled at the upper temples. A foreshadow to her dualistically innocent, yet fiery nature perhaps.
Celebrity hairstylist and owner of Soho’s SALON64, Ricky Walters believes there is more to Daphne's micro-fringe than meets the eye. "She is a maverick and a rebel who is tired of the traditional system and ways of life imposed by the men around her. Her fringe is a statement that shows anarchy and confidence."
Despite its mods and rockers feel, the series manages to reinvent the style. "Daphne is the pin-up girl for effortlessly chic. Take away the flamboyant dresses, diamonds and tiaras you’re left with one rock 'n' roll red head," Ricky adds.
And he predicts a micro-fringe comeback in the works, spurred further no doubt by the likes of The Queen's Gambit's Beth Harmon's retro look and more recently Rihanna's mullet and baby bangs.
If you're in the market for a style update à la Daphne Bridgerton, micro-fringes can be a universally flattering option, if cut right. Ricky notes it especially suits those with oval face shapes, and is perfect for anyone that is bored of 'pretty hair' and ready to take the leap into a more edgy hairdo. But tread carefully, with salons closed it's best to leave this one to the professionals to avoid any likely DIY mishaps. But dear reader, the Bridgerton beauty takeaways don't stop there, here are three other style inspirations from Netflix's latest sensation (warning, spoilers ahead).
As well as Daphne's subtle strawberry locks, the entire Featherington clan are depicted with fiery red tresses, including Penelope who is finally revealed to be the enigmatic Lady Whistledown in the series' final episode. It can't be mere coincidence then, that the show's two leading ladies reside on the warmer side. "Their hair is bold," says Ava Holland, artistic director for Gielly Green, and Shona Bain, signature colourist at Gielly Green. "They are very strong women who want to be seen, and their hair colour shows the fire in them."
Curls, curls and... curls
Tight or loose, it seems curls, in all their nuances, are the backbone to each and every hairstyle seen on the show. It is the universal style, spanning everyone from Queen Charlotte to Anthony Bridgerton's secret soprano lover Siena Rosso.
It seems Georgian London was just as tuned into the importance of face-framing brows as we are. Paired against subtly rouged cheeks and lips, the attention to brows (especially in the case of Lady Danbury and Daphne) works to balance the overall look of two very powerful women.