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Meet ‘Bottleneck Bangs’, The '70s Sister Of ‘Curtain Bangs’ For Those Nervous To Make The Chop

ELLE logo ELLE 3 days ago Diandra Malivindi

To fringe or not to fringe, that is the age-old question that anyone with a crop of hair has debated over and over again before heading to the salon.

While, yes, hair will grow back, so any misstep with your mane is likely to disappear after few months of artfully pinning it back. But for some, taking the leap to transform their face framing pieces into a fresh pair of bangs is nerve-racking to say the least—until now.

Enter: 'Bottleneck Bangs'.

Much like the French It-girls that made the look famously chic, this new haircut trend is being hailed as the baby sister to 'curtain bangs', serving as a perfect transition cut for the commitment phobic.

The name was coined by London-based hairstylist Tom Smith, who thought up the trend after seeing Margot Robbie rock the look while on the cover of British Vogue back in August, 2021.

However, the cut itself was the brainchild of Robbie's celebrity hairstylist, Bryce Scarlet, and it has quickly become one of the most sought after hairstyles for the 12 months ahead.

But what are 'Bottleneck Bangs' exactly? Well, think of the trend as a more subtle version of its curtain sibling, boasting shorter sections in the centre, sitting just above the brow, and smoothly transitioning into longer tapered sections that end on the cheekbone.

As for why it's referred to as a bottleneck, the shape of the fringe follows the silhouette of a bottleneck—narrower at the top and smoothly flowing into a wider base and tapering back in and curves at the cheekbone.

In fact, the bangs trend allows for very subtle contouring and frames the face in an approachable way for those fearful of a full fringe commitment. Not only is the look not harsh at all, but if you really dislike the fringe, growing it out is barely noticeable and maintenance is at an all-time low.

Keen to replicate the look with your stylist, but not sure what to ask for? Fret not. Just request a set of longer bangs, ending at your cheekbones—that flatters your face shape—and creates a layer sitting between your cheekbones and jawline. For the centre section, ask for it to be cut slightly shorter, soft and choppy, and gradually make it longer as it makes its way to the edge.

Ready for a low-maintenance ode to the '70s? Scroll on for all the 'Bottleneck Bangs' inspiration you need.

Main image via @patidubroff.

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