According to Bridget Brager — a celebrity hairstylist and brand ambassador for Herbal Essences — the newest iteration of side-swept fringe is subtle. "The modern side bang is thinned out," she says. "By cutting into the fringe, as opposed to slicing straight across it, the effect is soft and feathery."
Ahead, find seven different examples of 2020's trendiest fringe, along with Brager's best practices for cutting and styling them.
Nervous? Try A Faux Fringe
If you're almost
sold on going for subtle side bangs at your next appointment, you can quiet any hesitation by trying faux fringe
first. During this season's Milan Fashion Week, Kendall Jenner wore temporary, clip-in side bangs for the Versace show.
Focus On The Eyebrow
Once you're ready for the real thing, Brager says that the highest part of your eyebrow makes a great guide.
For the most flattering (and practical) effect, the bangs should fall gently over your brow, crossing around your arch. "A side-swept bang works with any hairstyle depending on the length of the swoop," she says.
Make It Feathery
For a piece-y, feathered effect — á la
Suki Waterhouse or Dakota Johnson
— Brager says the key is the cut and the tousle. "With a long bang, you want to let it go wherever it goes," she explains. "Your stylist can actually move the way your bangs grow by cutting smaller pieces so styling is made easier." Translation: Ask for a cut that works with
your texture so it falls where you want.
Ask For Invisible Layers
The reason why modern side bangs are so subtle is because they're treated less like proper bangs and more like gradual layers. "The process is like blending invisible layers
," Brager explains, noting that your stylist should be cutting into the bang to remove weight.
Lean Into Your Curl
One of the best-kept secrets to great bangs is minimally styling them. "You don't really want to disturb your bangs," Brager explains. "If you have curly hair
— and you want it flat — you can use a boar-bristle brush
and smooth the roots. But if you want the curls to live on their own, just run your fingers through the bangs."