Like her big sister, the baby bang can be intimidating. Falling well above the brows, it commands attention, which means there's a lot riding on how the haircut turns out. But ever since the shorter fringe emerged as a huge trend in Hollywood, A-list stylists have been reimagining the polarizing style and crafting a somewhat softer statement fringe for the who's who of New York and L.A.
We chatted with celebrity stylists to find out exactly how they're making baby bangs wearable for everyone. Ahead, your summer bangs inspiration, plus the experts' advice on how to style them across textures.
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When Jen Atkin styled French-girl fringe on Bella Hadid, it sparked the micro bang trend in Hollywood. The best part? You don't have to take scissors to your actual hair to get in on the look. "The best thing to do for girls that don’t want to fully commit to cutting bangs is to buy them and have your stylist cut them to fit your face," Atkin says. "Once that’s done, you can apply them yourself on any day you want to switch it up and rock your little fringe."
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Hairstylist Takisha Sturdivant-Drew says that she often keeps bangs longer on the sides to better frame the face. "These baby bangs are much shorter in the forehead area and longer around her ears," she explains, adding that styling long hair in a topknot makes short bangs look chic and modern.
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When it comes to styling, Riawna Capri, co-owner of Nine Zero One Salon in Los Angeles, recommends working a de-frizzing product through bangs while they're still wet to reduce flyaways. "For for fine to medium texture hair, start with a lightweight leave-in conditioner, and for coarser hair, start with a blowout balm," Capri recommends, adding that she likes to use a paddle brush and a blowdryer to work out any kinks. "Blow dry the bangs with a small flat brush in a forward, and side to side motion," she says. "This will work out any cowlicks in the bang, and also allow the hair to fall naturally."
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Hairstylist Howard McLaren, who is the co-founder and creative director of R+Co, says that the secret to effortless baby bangs is in the cutting style. Instead of a straight-across blunt cut, he prefers to make them choppy and less precise to better blend with your natural texture.
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