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Can a Claudia Winkleman-style fringe clip really improve your sex life?

COULD changing your hairstyle have side effects in the bedroom?

Strict hostess Claudia Winkleman recently told the world her sex life didn’t begin until she created her bangs.

TV star Claudia is known for her signature bangs

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TV star Claudia is known for her signature bangsCredit: PA

She said: “I was 21 and a virgin, I got my bangs and it all started to happen.

“People ask what I’m hiding with my bangs — and it’s a massive forehead that’s off-putting.”

Can Bangs Really Improve Your Sex Life? And what if you’re too scared to hack?

No fear. Clip-on fringes are growing in popularity. Anna Roberts asked three women to try them and report. . .

Jennifer, 39

AUTHOR Jennifer Barton, 39, lives in south London with her banker husband Will Packer, 37, and their children Diana, 11, Liv, nine, Stella, six, and Ada, four.

Jennifer wore bangs from Hot Hair, which cost £32. she says

Jennifer said she was very pleased with the look of her clip-on fringe

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Jennifer said she was very pleased with the look of her clip-on fringePhoto credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd.

At almost 40, you might think I’m too old for commercials. Unfortunately I’m not…they just blend between my folds.

And I’m prone to breakouts on my forehead. So I was dying to try bangs as a last resort to hide them.

But even though my favorite actress, Zooey Deschanel, rocks bangs, I didn’t think one would suit me.

I was afraid it would elongate my oval head and look weird and fake.

I’ve never had one, not even as a kid, although I’ve experimented with a rainbow of hair colors over the years, including blues and pinks, and varying lengths.

So I was delighted when I found out that you can get a clip-on. I thought it might look a little crazy so I was really happy with the result. It only took me a few minutes and three clips.

As I rode the train home, I was quite embarrassed and kept my head bowed at first, but no one gaped.

People didn’t seem to notice it was fake as the texture, while synthetic, looks a lot like hair.

Jennifer plans to stick with her normal hair and use bangs for special occasions

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Jennifer plans to stick with her normal hair and use bangs for special occasionsPhoto credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd.

It’s surprisingly natural, although you have to cut it into a specific style.

And my kids loved it. “I want to try it on,” exclaimed Stella, my six-year-old, as they argued over it.

My husband, Will, seemed a little more taken aback. It’s only been a few months since I cut off my long hair, and I think he thought his wife got a full makeover every few weeks.

Jennifer says her husband was a little confused by her new look

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Jennifer says her husband was a little confused by her new lookCredit: Delivered

I wore it to take the kids to school on Thursday.

So many people – fellow moms and even teachers – have complimented me and commented that they love my new haircut.

Some asked me which hairdressers I had been to.

“I didn’t recognize you,” said a woman.

Everyone thought it was real and they were really polite.

When I found out it was fake, many asked where I got it from.

Now I think I’ll stick with my regular hair but pin the fringes on for special occasions – if I can steal them from my daughters.

Gina, 52

Gina Moss, 52, Director of the company DOUBLE-GLAZING, who lives in Southend, Essex, with Les, 65, Co-Director, husband, and their adult children aged 25 and 22.

Gina sported a £6.99 Fashion Idol bangs. she says

Gina said her daughter didn't like her clip-on fringe

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Gina said her daughter didn’t like her clip-on fringePhoto credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd.

I didn’t expect a pony to do the miracles that Claudia Winkleman claimed for her when she said she lost her virginity thanks to her bangs.

Men love long hair that they can pull, but fringes? I’m not sure.

It doesn’t make me any younger. I look good now, but with the love of sunbathing and red wine, how much longer?

I’ve had the same hairstyle since I was 19 – long and wavy. I think I really need botox but I’m too scared to do it. I’ve heard too many horror stories.

But I still want to look young, so bangs might be the answer.

When I heard about a clip-in option, I jumped at the chance to try it.

The bangs I got were a bit thin for my liking, but my niece and sister said they looked fabulous.

My daughter was a bit snappier. “It looks awful, Mum,” she scolded. To be honest, I wondered if she was right.

Gina said she was glad she tried the fringes and that her husband liked them

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Gina said she was glad she tried the fringes and that her husband liked themPhoto credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd.

In a taxi, I couldn’t stop taking photos of myself with a pony and trying different angles.

But when I got home, my 24-year-old husband, who is so used to my hair, looked a bit skeptical. “I liked the way it was,” he said.

That night we went out to dinner and our friends didn’t even notice that I did anything differently than I did.

It was raining after dinner and my beautifully straightened bangs instantly got wet, reminding me why naturally frizzy hair is unlikely to ever give me a cut. They’re just too high-maintenance.

Still, I ended up with at least one fan. The next day, I tied my hair up to go to the gym.

When he sent my husband a gym selfie, he replied, “You look really beautiful.”

So it seems he really loves my bangs – just not when my hair is down.

I’m glad I tried bangs, but it’s not long-term. Then again, neither is Botox.

I’m not planning on giving up sunbathing and wine, so I guess I’ll just have to embrace any wrinkles that might appear.

Lynsey, 41

PUBLICIST Lynsey Carratt, 41, who lives in East London, wore bangs from Hot Hair, £32, with her software developer husband James, 40, and their daughter Mia, three months. She says…

Lynsey said the bangs didn't make her feel as young and confident as she'd hoped

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Lynsey said the bangs didn’t make her feel as young and confident as she’d hopedPhoto credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd.

I last had bangs in 2014 and while I liked them, they required a lot of maintenance – straightening, blow-drying. . . and God forbid if it rains.

I couldn’t afford (or bothered) to go to the barber to get new cuts all the time, so I decided to cut it myself. That was a disaster – it was shaky.

I grew it out and haven’t had one since, but my craving for bangs hasn’t gone away.

Becoming a mother at 41 and going to mother-child groups made it worse.

I was by far the oldest mother there and every wrinkle on my forehead made me feel like 100.

I had previously had “baby botox” – a natural looking version – but as a new mom I was short on money and time. So I decided to get bangs instead because I thought it would hide my wrinkles.

“It makes me look a lot younger,” I thought.

I know Claudia Winkleman claimed her huge bangs caused her to lose her virginity, but that seems crazy to me — I’m a mom to a newborn, nothing will light up my bed. We get up every four hours and feed Mia.

So, with my checkered history of fringes in mind, I decided to go for a clip-on fringe. i hated it

Lynsey will stick with her normal hair going forward

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Lynsey will stick with her normal hair going forwardPhoto credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd.

It was really difficult to match my super light blonde hair color and what was left was thin and thin.

Walking around London with fringe didn’t make me feel young and confident like I had imagined.

Instead, I felt old and mummy. It framed my face in an awkward way and I didn’t look young at all.

When she met a friend at a gig, she immediately noticed that something was different. “You don’t usually have bangs,” she said, claiming it looked good.

When I got home, James was completely indifferent. “Do you like me more?” I asked him. “No.”

“Fewer?” I asked. “No.” Men . . .

Overall, my fringe experiment was a big no. My guy didn’t realize it, it didn’t do anything for my sex life and it made me feel older.

I decide to have a hair-free forehead – but thank god I tried before I got out the scissors this time.

https://www.the-sun.com/lifestyle/5282684/claudia-winkleman-fringe-sex-life-test/ Can a Claudia Winkleman-style fringe clip really improve your sex life?

Jessica MacLeish

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