Are you still wondering if you should get bangs? Listen, we’ve all been there. Sometimes we regret the decision to commit to a fringe immediately, but sometimes, bangs transform us into our authentic selves. And maybe your own scissors have been sitting on the bathroom counter taunting you, convincing you to make the change yourself.
Bangs come in all different shapes and sizes. There are blunt bangs (like Dakota Johnson’s), wispy bangs, Birkin bangs, curly bangs, side-swept bangs, and curtain bangs. Basically, there is a type of bang that suits anyone, any face shape, and every level of maintenance you’re willing to put up with. But the latest bang trend we’re getting hyped over is bottleneck bangs, a longer bang that requires less maintenance than most and, let’s be honest, are easier to grow out if you’re not into the final result.
Celebrity hairstylist and European Creative Director for evo hair, Tom Smith says that the term “bottleneck bang” comes from exactly that: a bottle. “This hairstyle takes inspiration from the neck of a bottle; starting slim and short in the middle, curving longer around the eyes, and then longest following the line of the cheekbone,” Smith says. “This allows the length and angle to be adjusted depending on whether you want to make your cheekbones appear wider or stronger. Many people don’t suit a classic ‘fringe’ (the solid horizontal line across the face), but most can wear bottleneck bangs to add softness to the face.”
To get bottleneck bangs, it’s important to get specific with your stylist in order to get the style that frames your face exactly how you want. “To get bottleneck bangs, ask your hairstylist to create longer bangs that skim your cheekbones at an angle that flatters your face, curving around to create a layer that sits somewhere between your cheekbones and jaw,” Smith says. “Then ask for the central part to be cut shorter, keeping the cutting line soft and choppy, with the shortest part in the middle and getting longer on the edges.”
For more hair inspiration, check out Glamour’s list of the 25 coolest winter haircuts to try as we head into 2022.