If you’re in any way obsessed, or at the very least, mildly curious about the latest Asian beauty trends (and you should, btw, as they’ve been completely revolutionizing our beauty industries), you’ve most likely come across the peculiar look of wispy bangs. You know what we’re talking about: that piecey, see-through fringe that somehow looks a just few hours away from a much-needed wash. Packaged, of course, as part of a charming, ’90s-inspired look, and it’s less stringy and more It girl cool, affording its wearer a quirky sex appeal that’s leagues above your basic one-length.
If this look seems weirdly familiar, it’s because it is; in fact, you’ve most probably had a go at it the first time it made the rounds back in the day—as nearly everyone else did as well—when it wasn’t even niche enough to be called a trend (and all of the yearbooks can attest!). And though they do fall under the grunge spectrum, they’re not quite as angst-ridden. On the contrary, they’re actually kind of the opposite: romantic, semi-bookish, sweet and as you’ll see in our faves below, all sorts of enviable. Scroll on:
1. Blown Out
Teamed with softly curled ends, a blowout gets more personality with a piecey fringe.
2. Wet Bob
Spritz hair with a leave-in conditioning spray, like TRESemmé Moisture Rich Nourishing Detangling Spray, to create a bit of a damp and detangled finish. Proceed to rumple your bangs for a tousled look.
Combine two trends in one by having your stylist cut in some slightly uneven front layers as well.
4. See-Through, Long
One of the most straightforward ways to wear the cut is to leave the lengths long and keep the fringe stripey and hitting at the brow.
5. Wavy Lob
A shorter, wavier, slightly shaggier length lends a rocker-chic vibe to wispy bangs.
6. Straight Lob
A similar length but in a straighter texture showcases the versatility of this light fringe.
7. Curly Shag
This totally Left Bank interpretation of the trend is a mainstay of French-girl style.
Make a slight middle parting and you lend a bit of a retro touch to your fringe.
Another French staple, an air-dried texture gives piecey bangs a natural, diffused part. Reinforce this chic nonchalance with a texturizing balm rubbed on your lengths, like Bed Head by TIGI Manipulator Matte Cream
Roll your fringe over a round brush to smoothen and infuse it with a bit of body. Maintain the body of this style throughout the week by using TRESemmé Between Washes Volumizing Dry Shampoo when needed.
11. See-Through, Bob
Wavy and curly textures have it easiest when styling an airy, blunt bob.
Work the grungy inspo to the hilt with a bit of texturizing product, such as Nexxus Exxxpand Volumizing Whip, raked lightly through the front and sides.
Play up another big wispy bangs decade—this time, the rock ’n roll-heavy 1970s—with a higher-starting fringe and a razored edge (Tip: Ask your stylist for longer hair at the temples.).
One of the sweetest, crispest iterations of the trend includes a neatly cut bang and a lob that features some subtle layering.