Trend Forecast: Bangs, 2018 Style

Eunice Lucero | 08 January 2018
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The cutest, most anti-buyers’ remorse bangs you’ve ever seen.

Welcome to a new year of figuring out whether or not you should get bangs! (We feel you though.) Seriously speaking, from what we’ve seen on the runways and street style stars so far, the fringe is having a major micro-trend moment. An offshoot of last year’s bangs 2018 fringed looks are soft, wispy and a bit disheveled—totally on cue, by the way, as cozy, cocoon-like silhouettes still reign supreme in the fashion circuit.

But we digress. Important matters are at stake after all—and hopefully this year is the year you finally bite the bullet and get that fringe of your dreams, because trust us, it exists! Scroll down for loads of cool style inspiration:

Trend Forecast: Bangs 2018

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Keep your curly fringe right at your brows in true rock-chick style. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

1. Shaggy

Those that took the shag plunge last year might be wrestling with the in-between stages of their bangs. Our advice? Just skim a little off the ends, please: The curly fringe that comes with the It Girl shag is one of the most painfully envied looks of the season. One part French iconoclast and one part rock ’n’ roll, this texturized, slightly rebellious fringe ups the cool factor of your entire look in five seconds.

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Apply a tiny amount of styling cream for just the right level of stringiness. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

2. Wispy

The wispy-bang look reached a fever pitch, particularly in East Asia, during the middle to latter part of 2016. We’re all too eager to extend this 1990s-inspired trend into the new year, especially after seeing the chic bang-with-blunt bob pairings peppering the runways and our fave fashion blogs. A bit stringy, it also maintains an innocent schoolgirlish appeal that instantly sweetens up even the grungiest of makeup looks—leaving you free to go ham with that nude mauve lippie without fear of looking dated. You’d also do well with a bit of light texturizing wax, like S Factor by TIGI Creamy Molding Wax, to urge in that pieceyness without the crunch.

S FACTOR by TIGI CREAMY MOLDING WAX
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Have the ends razored to keep things soft, not blocky. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

3. Sweetheart

When it comes to styles of bangs 2018 is definitely leaning towards a natural look… and a “sweetheart” shape, or bangs that slightly curve up above each eye, is no different. (Very rockabilly!)Ask your stylist to leave the temples longer than the rest of your face, and to have the ends razored for a softer effect. Best worn with layered bobs and lobs, it also makes cheekbones look extra fleek-y.

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Curtain bangs look fab on those with oval, heart-shaped or oblong faces. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

4. ’70s-Inspired

Similar to the sweetheart fringe is the 1970s-inspired bang, which is longer (around one centimeter past your brows) and usually center-parted. Also called the curtain bang by virtue of their flirty peek-a-boo effect, this style has a vintagey surfer-chic vibe and unlike a lot of fringed hairstyles, retains its glam with updos and more formal looks. Ed’s note: Imagine these bangs with a top knot—issa lewk!

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Sweep them to one side for a sultrier take. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

5. Wet Look

Slicked-back hair was a huge trend last year, and this season mashes this up with the wispy look to come up with a novel way to sport your fringe: wet and stringy. It’s absolutely, positively a directional look—worn in reality, we would have to sweep them off to the side just a tad bit—but the concept of tousled, wet-look texture, a.k.a. like a fierce modern film noir leading lady, remains. Achieve this stylish oil slick with a high-shine yet non-greasy oil, like Nexxus Oil Infinite Nourishing Hair Oil, topped with a medium-hold gel, like TRESemmé TRES Two Mega Firm Control Gel. Note: We’re obsessed over how this look teams up with a blunt bob for a look that’s super fresh and edgy.

NEXXUS OIL INFINITE NOURISHING HAIR OIL
TRESemmé TRES TWO MEGA FIRM CONTROL GEL
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A baby bang pops more when in a bold hair color. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

6. Micro

Hanging in there! This daring baby-bang look is still a runway darling, mostly for its inherent ingénue sex appeal. It’s a style that has enough hair to comprise a legit “look,” but not enough hair to overpower the rest of your face—which is key, as features come front and center with this iteration. Still on the fence? Sport a somewhat longer version of these kitten bangs and ease your way into them by first rocking them with a fun, slightly beehived half-pony, the ’60s way.

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Maximize your hair’s shine potential with a bit of smoothening serum on the ends. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

7. Blunt

If you’re all about showing off your straight, shiny locks (and have the oval-shaped face to match), then a full, blunt bang might be just the thing. Go full-method Egyptian and get the bob to match, or work the sexy route and wear the rest of your hair extra long and straight. Either way it’s the hallmark of the modern vamp, and one that definitely stands out. A lightweight shine serum like Nexxus Humectress Encapsulate helps bring this vibe home, and which also looks pretty darn cute with a ponytail too!

NEXXUS HUMECTRESS ENCAPSULATE SERUM

Want more looks for bangs this 2018? Check out the best curly bangs for you.