To cut, or not to cut? That’s always the question! The more we think we’ve figured it out, the more fringes are re-fashioned to make us consider them all over again. So if you’ve been comparing your face shapes with popular celebs or frantically folding strands of hair over your forehead, trying to test them out; we’re here to help! Here are the top three styles toted everywhere at the moment, and how to find the perfect one for you.
Piecey, face-framing bangs
This look has been rocked lately by the likes of style icon Alexa Chung, and Girls star, Allison Williams. From Rapunzel-worthy locks to a shoulder grazing cuts; it’s volume-packed, modern and effortless. This fringe adds a playful geometry to the face with heavy, long and imperfect pieces tucked to each side.
Perfect for: Oval or round face shapes. The upside-down V of negative space that the harsh parting creates on top is the perfect sharp counterpart to balance out faces with rounder features at the bottom.
To get the look: Ask for a thick, slightly angled cut that mimics a grown-out look, and go for longer pieces that start from the corner of your eyes to the bottom of your ears. Part the hair in line with your eyebrow, from the beginning to it’s arch, with straight or slightly wavy locks; this allows it to flow easily into its natural, weighted, face-framing style.
Long and side-swept
Taylor Swift’s bangs caused major buzz after she flaunted them on Vogue’s May cover. From short, thick and straight across to wispy, side-swept layers, this soft fringe ballanced out her transition to a harsh, platinum blonde bob. Anne Hathaway also utilised this long, feathery side fringe to compliment the structure of her dark pixie cut, with natural layers blending seamlessly into the rest of her hair. This fringe is an updated, subtle way to add a gentle asymetry to your face and hairstyle.
Perfect for: Heart-shaped faces are ideal for this look as they tend to be top-heavy. This fringe cunningly draws attention down from the forehead and towards the eyes with its sloping asymetry. It tends to pop on short hairstyles, but can easily compliment longer ones as well because it’s so universally flattering.
How to get the look: Ask for strands that are layered and feathered, the opposite of a thick and choppy look. The shortest piece should reach the arch of your eyebrow, with the longest one reaching from the corner of your eyes to the middle of your ears. It’s important to make use of a deep side-part, starting from the arch to the lower end of your eyebrow; this allows for a gentle yet dramatic descent across the forehead, easily ballancing out shorter or edgier styles.
The straight-across fringe is making a huge comeback, in it’s most edgy and retro form. The pin-straight, uneven cut has graced the forheads of style icons like Zendaya and Gigi Hadid, who have been showing off their messy, seperated strands. They graze the eyebrows and taper off seamlessly into the haircut at the sides reminiscent of the 70’s, but with a modern twist; the bolder the person is, the shorter and choppier the hair in the centre seems to get.
Perfect for: Most face shapes, especially those with longer foreheads like heart-shaped or oval faces, as the look needs some space. A square-shaped or prominent jaw can also flatter this style, matching and ballancing out the bold cut. It works best with a severe, shoulder length bob or long, thick hair that acts as a weighty balance to frame the dramatic look.
How to get the look: The opposite of feathery strands, this fringe requires you to cut sharp and sometimes jaagged angles into the hair, creating unique and edgy detail. Let that forhead pop through to show off those sharp edges! However, make sure that the hair tapers out at the edges, gradually getting longer and thicker towards the ears; this is vital to balance out the thinner, shorter strands of fringe in the front.
If you’re eager to try out these looks, but not sure enough to risk the cut, try out false bangs that seamlessly clip-in to your hair. You can find your perfect look without the risk, or easily rock them all!