We’re seeing some of our favourite influencers, singers, and actresses rock refreshing looks with newly-cut bangs as of late.
Local musician Narelle Kheng, for one, turned up the heat on her bold and commanding style with classic bangs (she reveals the last time she had them was years ago). Others, like influencer Soh Pei Shi, have been boasting beautiful bangs for as long as we can remember.
Whether classic or cropped bangs, we show you the many fringe hairstyles seen on our favourite local personalities to inspire a brand new look for you!
Classic bangs are straight-cut and run right across or, sometimes, just above the brow, which is especially flattering for oval face shapes.
Oval-shaped faces are fortunate enough to be able to pull off any type of fringe, but classic bangs that skim across the brows takes the focus off an elongated mouth and chin, which is why they look particularly good on an oval face.
Donning bangs with a high ponytail, edgy flower-print short dress, and knee-high boots, Narelle Kheng posted her Instagram a few months ago: “havent had bangs since i was 14 and @rriley convinced me it was a good idea”.
She’s now rocking the hairstyle, obviously.
Wispy bangs, or more popularly known as Korean air-bangs, are a see-through fringe that ends around the middle of the eyelids – below the brow and just above the eye.
Unlike classic bangs that are thicker and heavier, wispy bangs create a soft, subtle look that gently frames the face without being too overpowering.
These bangs can be difficult to style, though, as they are easily tousled by the wind or can start to flatten and get greasy during the day.
If you’re wondering how to achieve that light and airy volume that makes this Korean bangs style so attractive, you can do what local influencer Soh Pei Shi does: use rollers on bangs.
Also called micro bangs or baby bangs, cropped bangs end above the eyebrows. They also boast a bold and edgy style that’s unlike the feathery look of air-bangs.
Because cropped bangs work to lengthen the face, hairstylists often recommend this fringe for people with a round face shape.
Round face shapes are better framed with a cropped fringe that’s messy and curved downwards (to balance out the curvature of the face), whilst people with longer face shapes will easily pull off a straight, blunt cut.
Basic Models‘ Nicole Liew first cut her bangs without getting permission from her booker. No regrets – she now sets the trend with this high-fashion hairstyle.
Curtain bangs are a super versatile fringe that can work at many lengths. Some end at the eyebrow whilst others at the chin. What’s characteristic about curtain bangs is that they sweep in wave-like curves to frame both sides of the face, and create a slimmer face shape.
For those who are thinking of getting bangs but are still unsure about whether the fringe will flatter you, curtain bangs are a safe way to go.
If you don’t like how they look, you can comb them in with the rest of your hair, and it’ll look like you have no fringe at all. Or, you can switch up your styles by alternating between curtain bangs and a no-fringe hairstyle depending on how you feel.
Nicole revealed on an Instagram reel that she uses a curler to twirl her fringe outwards and away from her face. Learn how she styles her hair here!
Long bangs usually extend to the chin and curl inwards a little on both sides of the face. Compared to short bangs like cropped, wispy, and classic fringe, long bangs are easier to maintain as you don’t have to regularly visit the salon to keep your fringe at a flattering length.
Besides being spotted on Blackpink’s Jennie Kim, this fringe is also seen on local twitch livestreamer Julynn Lau as well as influencer Sophie Willocq. Whether you wear your hair up or down, long bangs elegantly and subtly frame the face.
Blunt bangs are a straight-across thick and heavy fringe that usually ends at the eyebrows. These bangs cover up the forehead, which means that it shortens the length of the face and draws attention to the eyes and nose.
As blunt bangs feature clean, straight lines, they’re better for faces with softer edges, such as the round, oval, and heart-shaped faces. Whereas on square or rectangular faces, blunt bangs can overemphasise their angles.
Put a twist on any fringe with a perm! Or, if you’re feeling bored about the way your hair looks every day, it’s easy to welcome a spontaneous, fresh style with a curling iron too.
DV tip for those with naturally curly hair: ask your stylist to cut your hair when it is dry so that your hair retains its normal length and texture as it is being cut. This way, you won’t end up with a fringe that’s way too short for your liking.
There are so many ways to style a curly fringe. You can part it in the middle with your hair up in a long ponytail like Nicole Leil, for a chic ready-to-rule-the-world look, or down like actress Fann Wong for a whimsical, doll-like look.
Mediacorp artiste, Ya Hui, on the other hand, wears her curly bangs with short hair that further accentuates her features. The curls also lift and give airy volume to an otherwise heavy fringe.
It doesn’t matter classic or curtain bangs, a good hairstylist can help you find a fringe style that best brings out your features. Speak to your hairstylist about the styles that you love, and they can alter them to fit you uniquely.
If you have a heart-shaped face and are interested in getting micro bangs, your hairstylist might suggest trimming them with a curve to balance your cheekbones. But if you have a round face, then your hairstylist might teach you how to style them to achieve a messy appearance.
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