Bangs (hair)

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An example of bangs

Bangs, also called a fringe, is a shaped cutting of the front part of the hair so that it lies over the forehead. Bangs are usually cut fairly straight at or above the eyebrows, but it can also be ragged or ruffled, spiked up with hair gel, mousse or wax, swept to one side or the other, or cut longer to fall over the eyes.


The term bangs originally referred to a hair cut bang-off (straight across at the front), although the term is now applied to diverse forms of hair stylings. It is probably related to bang-tail, a term still used for the practice of cutting horses' tails straight across.[1] The term fringe refers to the resemblance of the short row of hair to ornamental fringe trim, such as that often found on shawls.


Definite edge/bordered styles of bangs:

  • Straight: Hair combed straight down with no interference opposite to the side-swept. Can be a bit wispy or blunt depending on the cut.[2]
  • Blunt: Hair cut straight across the forehead in a blunt manner. Similar to straight bangs but thicker and sometimes looks heavier.[3]
  • Pin-up: Hairs are cut in a short "U" shape above the brows, which was made famous by Bettie Page and is now worn by many pin-up girls.
  • V-shaped: A type of bangs where the cut is such that the bangs are longer in the center and gets shorter the farther they go out from the center.
  • Choppy (also known as Piecey): Hair cut uneven and choppy finish where a set of individual strands stand out, feathered-like.
  • Brow-Skimming: Hair that hits below the brow and can look "heavy" or "light" on the face.[4]
  • Power Bangs: A hair style in which the hair is unusually large and protrudes from the top of the scalp near the forehead to up to great lengths.
  • Short/baby: Hair which is usually cut above the brows, it is normally bluntly cut across the middle of the forehead and can be shorter.[5]
  • See-Through, better known as Wispy: A type of bangs that are considered as the opposite of the blunt style. It is done by getting thin layers of hair and trimming it with a thinning shears or a thinning razor. Usually it acts as a versatile, less-commitment & considered by some as bangs "that suits all types of faces". It can be worn onto the front or by brushing it on one side. Commonly it is in the form of irregular cut rather than a horizontally-straight cut. This style was popularized by singer Taylor Swift as well as Korean actresses Song Hye-kyo and Yoon Eunhye.[6]
  • Side-swept: Hair is cut longer than a normal bangs cut, usually a length that could cover the eyebrow until the eye area when hair is brushed/combed forward and swept going through a one side of the face. And unlike the typical straight across or full bangs it can easily be concealed due to its thinness without even being noticed of the trimmed portion. Unlike straight across or sideswept that has respective lengths See-through could be of eyebrow length or even as long as side swept or even peekaboo bangs in which it could reach an eye level and unlike typical bangs that requires high maintenance, this style doesn't need high maintenance brushing ironing and styling and just a simple light combing after shower and light blow=drying is enough to be able to wear it with beauty.
  • Parted: Hair parted down the middle or off center slightly
  • Peek-a-boo: A type of bangs cut characterized by long hair falling over either eye, popularized by Veronica Lake.

History and development[edit]

Short-cut bangs

Bangs occur naturally in many styles of short hair-cuts.

Hairstyles that feature bangs have come and gone out of fashion as frequently as other hairstyles, and they can be worn in any number of styles. Influential people with bangs in modern times have included silent movie actress Louise Brooks, 1950s glamor model Bettie Page, the Beatles and actress Elizabeth Taylor in the role of Cleopatra.

In the 1980s and early 1990s, a curly, teased bangs were in fashion. In 2007, bangs saw another massive revival as a hair trend, this time thick, deep and blunt-cut. In October 2007, style icon and model Kate Moss changed her hairstyle to have bangs, signalling the continuation of the trend into 2008.[7]

In the 1970s, English actress and singer Jane Birkin help brand the iconic look of brow-length bangs and long hair.[citation needed]

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