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Curtain bangs were one of our biggest beauty takeaways from 2021. They let us rock a flattering, subtle fringe that blends in easily with the rest of our hair or curled to the sides for a bouncy face-framing look – perfect for those of us who can’t quite commit to bangs just yet.

Although curtain bangs are not going out of trend just yet, its ‘sister’ cut has taken over the spotlight. Bottleneck bangs are the newest ‘do that’s expected to be the go-to fringe style in 2022!

What are bottleneck bangs?

They’re a soft and choppy style that’s hard to put your finger on, which is why Tom Smith, a London-based hairstylist and International Creative Director of Evo Hair Salon, coined the name.

Photo source: British Vogue

He was describing the fringe that Margot Robbie wore on the cover of British Vogue’s August 2021 issue in a video posted on his Instagram, explaining that bottleneck bangs are “narrower at the top, […] gets wider like the shoulders of a bottle, and then curves around till it gives you that detail under the cheekbone”.


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Unlike curtain bangs that slope downwards from the centre to the sides and typically end between the cheeks to the chin, bottleneck bangs are a shorter style. They are characterised by a short middle section of fringe that only begins tapering off slightly past the centre, then frames the face along the sides of the cheeks.

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Lily Collins with curtain bangs (left) vs. with bottleneck bangs (right). Photo source: @lilyjcollins/Instagram

Bottleneck bangs create a choppier, shaggier style compared to more elegant, feminine curtain bangs. If you’re a fan of the Netflix hit series Emily in Paris, then you might have noticed actress Lily Collins rocking the bottleneck bangs trends oh-so effortlessly.

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Lily Collins for January 2022 issue of Vogue Thailand

Unlike the more polished and kempt hairstyles that she wears in the show, her bottleneck bangs in real life give her an edgier, more high-fashion look.

Will bottleneck bangs suit me?

The fantastic news is that, just like curtain bangs, bottleneck bangs are super versatile and can be tailored to suit a variety of face shapes.

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The middle section of the bangs can be made wider or narrower, and the sides of the bangs can be cut longer or shorter according to the shape of your face. The angle between the middle and sides can also be adjusted to best flatter your features.

“Opening up the forehead like this (referring to the short middle section) really helps to elongate the face, but if your face is too long, these curves here help to take away the corners,” said Smith.

How do I request bottleneck bangs at the salon?

Not every hairstylist in Singapore will be familiar with the name ‘bottleneck bangs’, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t deftly help you to achieve this same look.

Smith’s also got tips for you on how to request bottleneck bangs at the salon: “Ask your stylist to create longer bangs that skim your cheekbones at an angle that flatters your face and curves around to create a layer that sits somewhere between your cheekbones and jaw.”

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He also adds to “ask for the central part to be cut slightly shorter, keeping the cutting line soft and choppy, with the shortest part in the middle gradually getting longer on the edges.”

Of course, like in any other instance that you’re asking for your stylist to imitate a hairdo you saw online, show them several pictures so that understand just how to replicate the style for you.


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Hair salons in Singapore to get bottleneck bangs

Can’t think of where to visit to refresh your hairstyle? We’ve rounded up some of the best salons in Singapore to help you chop off old locks and welcome stunning, brand new bottleneck bangs!

1. haarAttic

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haarAttic is a trendy, modern hair salon that has outlets at Chinatown and Boat Quay. Their salons are super stylish – you’ll be greeted by gorgeous wood-decked floors and furniture, with sunlight streaming through the windows. Plants also decorate the salons, so having your hair done here is like a lush retreat away from the daily grind.

Hairstylists are experienced and versatile, thus able to give you the hairdos that you’re pining for. Just have a chat with your stylist to share the bottleneck bangs style that you desire, and they’ll whip up a vibrant new ‘do for you!

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Hairstylists at haarAttic can create trending styles like the wolf cut in this photo.

You don’t have to pay for festive surcharges and you’ll enjoy the lowest price on your haircut instead of the regular prices that range between S$38 to S$48.

haarAttic also does Fringe Trims for S$10 to S$15, depending on whether you have your hair cut by a Stylist, Senior Stylist, or Director. View their salon menu here.

Address: 18A Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089125 (2nd Floor) |
67A Boat Quay, Singapore 049855 (2nd Floor)
Opening hours: 11am – 8pm (Mon to Fri) | 11am – 7pm (Sat to Sun) | Closed on PH
Contact: 6835 9811, 9873 0235 (SMS, WhatsApp only)
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2. Hair Studio Flamingo

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Anime fans will know what we’re talking about when we say that bangs are an all-time favourite Japanese hairdo. Besides most of our favourite anime characters sporting fringe hairstyles, fringes are also commonly seen on both men and women in Japan.

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That’s why Hair Studio Flamingo, an authentic Japanese hair salon in Singapore, is one that you certainly trust to help you achieve your bottleneck bangs! All stylists at Hair Studio Flamingo have at least 10 years of experience at salons in Japan, and their areas of expertise range from cutting hair that flatters the face to creating perms.

Tanjong Pagar Outlet
Address: 7 Neil Road, Singapore 088807
Opening hours: 10am – 8pm (Mon to Sun)
Contact: 8726 2116
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Tiong Bahru Outlet
Address: 55 Tiong Bahru Road, #01-55 , Singapore 160055
Opening hours: 10am – 8pm (Tues to Sun) | Closed on Mon
Contact: 8332 6617
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3. Blonde & Pastel Hair Salon

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Pair your bottleneck bangs haircut with a lush, unique colour at Blonde & Pastel Hair Salon. The salon’s hairstylists are skilled at mixing up any gorgeous shade for your hair, from mystical ash blues to magical silver lilacs. You’ll be spoilt for choice when you have your hair coloured at this salon.

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Mullet hairstyle

Hairstylists are also versatile and on top of the latest hair trends, so it’ll be no problem for them to transform your locks to give you chic bottleneck bangs!

Address: 770A North Bridge Road, Singapore 198738
Opening hours: 11am – 8pm (Mon to Sat) | 11am – 6pm (Sun)
Contact: 6970 5718
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4. GC Hairdressing

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If you aren’t quite sure whether bottleneck bangs will suit you, GC Hairdressing’s hairstylists are here to help.

The stylists pride themselves on assessing each individual’s lifestyle, hair condition, and preferences to recommend the most flattering yet easy-to-maintain ‘dos that suit you uniquely. Show your hairstylist a photo of a bottleneck bangs style, and they’ll alter it to accentuate your features. Plus, they’ll make sure that you know what you’ll have to do to take care of your hair after.

What this means is that you’ll love your brand new hairstyle long after you step out of the salon! GC Hairdressing’s signature services also include their hair colouring and digital perm, so you might want to flip through your Pinterest boards to see if there are any other styles along those lines that you can incorporate into your new ‘do.

Address: 52 Somme Road, #01-01, Singapore 207872 (near Farrer Park MRT)
Opening hours: 
9am – 9pm (Mon to Sun)
9141 1690
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5. Jin Hair

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The mother-and-daughter duo who runs Jin Hair salon.

For a cosy salon experience as you get a new cut, visit Jin Hair, a hair salon that’s run by a mother-and-daughter duo who are passionate about building genuine relationships as they style their customers’ hair.

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If you have any concerns about the bottleneck bangs hairdo, share them with the friendly stylists and they’ll give you the confidence you need to go for a new look.

Jin Hair is located inside People’s Park Centre, just a stone’s throw away from Chinatown MRT station.

Address: 101 Upper Cross Street, People’s Park Centre, #B1-63, Singapore 058357
Contact: 9687 7613
Opening hours: 10am – 7.30pm (Mon to Fri) | 10am – 7pm (Sat) | Closed on Sun
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6. Walking on Sunshine

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This salon’s a hidden gem that’s nestled right within Orchard Central. Draped from floor to ceiling with a blend of beautiful lush greenery and dried flowers that give it an enchanting Alice in Wonderland feel, you’ll love chilling out at this salon before you fall in love with the gorgeous haircut you’ll walk away with.

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Singapore influencer @min.err, after a haircut at Walking on Sunshine.

The salon’s stylists are no stranger to youthful ‘dos, so it’s no surprise that local influencers like @min.err head here to take care of their hair needs!

View Walking on Sunshine’s salon menu here.

Address: 181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central, #03-07, Singapore 238896
Opening hours: 10am – 8pm (Sun to Fri) | 10.30am – 8pm (Sat)
Contact: WhatsApp 8877 8800, or book here
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Feature image credit: @valerie.loo, @lilyjcollins on Instagram