In 2019, the beauty world openly embraced the volume and bounce created by the fringe of hair hanging over the forehead and much to the internet’s dismay declared it the year of the curly bangs.
In pop culture, bangs have traditionally symbolized the stress and life crises that lead to a “mental breakdown” or the result of a curious five-year-olds scissor-happy moment—ultimately creating a trope that rejects both the look and the desire to get it.
In light of the fact that most of the country is quarantined or practicing social distancing, many folks on social media posts are warning women not to go that route. Still, cutting bangs out of boredom has become one of the many trends that have emerged in the past month.
However, the truth of the matter is that naturalistas have normalized—and most importantly slayed—curly bangs for years thanks to trendsetters in the natural hair movement who were made to feel their hair texture was unaccepted in beauty. This raised generations of women who embrace their natural locks and stray away from straight hair.
Curly bangs allow the fro to have a fresh style and, when done correctly, it’s a fun way to switch up your look. Here are seven looks that squash the internet’s claim that it’s “uncool” to get bangs and will perhaps inspire you to perhaps pick up a pair of scissors yourself:
When social entrepreneur and activist Contreras isn’t managing her natural hair salons or combating hair texture discrimination, she is rocking one of the many popular natural hair cuts: the fringe and fro.
The Puerto Rican blogger is not only known for her long and voluminous locks but also as the curl muse that shares tips and advice for hair care specifically for highlighting the ups and downs of one’s natural hair journey.
Bilingual vlogger Alexa rocks the ‘sunflower cut’ which adds a lot of shorter layers to the top area and gives curls the liberty to move freely and not weigh each other down.
Melaner won the hearts of many viewers when she appeared as a contestant on Univision’s “La Reina De La Cancion.” The glam updo she has here is a perfect go-to for an event, night out or FT/Zoom date.
Afro-Brazilian actress and model Yaya Dacosta rocks a round shape with loose fringes on the forehead here. This style is perfect for all hair types and sets.
The Black Dominican poet from Harlem and author of books like The Poet X and With the Fire on High opts for the highlighted fringe here, creating a flawless look.