Like a really good bob, bangs will never cease to exist. Its popularity ebbs and flows, but we’d argue that this is the year fringe is back for good — irrational fear behind the cut be damned. Except in 2018, people are getting bolder by taking the trend one step further… and shorter. If you haven’t guessed already, we’re talking about baby bangs.
Micro-bangs have always been the persona non grata of the fringe family. (Just take a look at the cut’s history.) Save for Mia Farrow, people have shied away from trying the blunt look for years. The myth maintains that it takes a certain person to pull it off — but we’re here to tell you that’s not true. In fact, we’d like to make a case for the opposite argument: When done right, baby bangs can be universally flattering. Don’t believe us? Maybe Emma Watson, Alison Sudol, and Bella Hadid, just to name a few, will convince you.
Ahead, we’ve rounded up the coolest micro-bang looks of the year so far that prove making the cut doesn’t have to feel like a Groupon appointment gone wrong.
If anyone could bring the baby bang trend to the masses, it’s Emma Watson. After showcasing her new haircut on Instagram, fans everywhere finally began considering the super-short style as an option for their next transformation.
We’re still using these wispy bangs as inspiration from the Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2018 show.
Pair your shaggy ‘do with equally shaggy bangs that sit just an inch or so above your brow. This kind of cut loves movement, so try air-drying your hair to show off your natural texture in all its glory.
Sci-fi bobs aren’t complete without a set of blunt bangs that bring the intergalactic vibe — in the best way possible.
We’re kind of cheating by including Boutella, since she’s been the queen of baby bangs for awhile now. But how could we not, right?
A forever fan of baby bangs, Bella Hadid manages to take the high-fashion look and make it completely wearable — that anyone could copy.
This short fringe pairs even better with a textured chop.
Yes, you can rock baby bangs with curly hair.
The perfect way to try out baby bangs: Get an equally short cut everywhere else — that way, the grow-out period will happen at the same time.
Micro-bangs are also the perfect way to show off a Cleopatra-esque cat-eye.
Imperfect bangs are making a bigger comeback than padded headbands. Ask your stylist to cut as much texture into the edges as possible for an updated spin on the look.
A few face-framing layers will make the entire cut look even fuller than before.
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