The 3 hottest fringe styles for women right now

Fringe styles are taking a front seat right now as ‘it’ girls have opted for curtain, side-swept and piecey looks. Here’s how to rock the season’s hottest hair.

After years of being overlooked, the fringe styles are back in fashion.

“What’s great about a fringe is that they can really shape someone’s face and bring softness to a look or even make a look super edgy,” TV hair and make-up artist Jamie Minney says.

Que Colour salon colour educator Monique McMahon says the salon team is obsessed with fringes (known as “bangs” in the US).

“There are so many different bang styles to choose from and they are the perfect way to elevate your look and take your hair to the next level,” Monique says.

Here are three fringe styles that are super-hot right now.


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Curtain bangs

Consider this style your gateway ticket into the fringe trend.

The curtain has been hot for the past few seasons and involves soft, long layers that sweep either side of the face like a pair of curtains.

“My favourite style of fringe is definitely a longer curtain style with connected layering around the frame of the face,” Monique says.

“I love this style as it’s universal and suits almost every face shape.

“The team at Que are loving the natural, air-dried fringe and prefer to keep it simple, with natural texture (and) slightly shorter in the middle.”

The side-swept fringe

This hairstyle was huge in the 2010s.

According to Monique, a side-swept fringe tends to suit people (or not) on a case-by-case basis, which is why it’s important to consider proportions.

“Side fringe styles aren’t for everyone, but I can appreciate that they look amazing on the faces of (US model and actress) Emily Ratajkowski and (US model) Bella Hadid,” she says.

Piecey bangs

This is a good alternative to a chunky, heavy fringe.

It’s much softer than the chunky look, and also more layered, and won’t limit how you can style your hair.

“The piecey fringe is so hot right now because it gives such a cool girl silhouette to the shape of your face, especially when wearing hair back in a low ponytail or tied back into a claw clip,” Monique says.

“It looks effortless, chic and very Parisian – everyone wants that French girl hair.”

Are fringe styles for everyone?

Tempting as it may be to jump on this latest hair trend, you need to consider a few things before going the chop, including:

  • The styling effort and the upkeep of your new fringe (be prepared for possible fussing, plus frequent cuts).
  • Your hair type (oilier hair types can make you more prone to forehead breakouts).
  • Whether it will actually flatter your face shape.

“Anyone can cut a fringe, but not everyone is prepared to have to style their hair every day,” Monique says.

“If you’re a low-maintenance person who likes to air dry your hair or only wants to visit the salon once or twice a year, then a fringe is not for you.

“A fringe is a commitment – it’s kind of like owning a dog, in the sense it requires lots of attention.”

Put down the scissors

If you’re about to search for a DIY bangs tutorial on YouTube, stop right now.

Fringe styles are more complex than they appear, especially if you’re dealing with texture, cowlicks or other factors that can potentially work against the look you’re aiming for.

“Every single person has such different hair that you cannot cut two fringes the same way,” Monique says.

“You need to take into account how thick their hair is, what texture their hair is, how they style their hair and whether it’s coloured.”

Tips for styling your fringe

So, you’ve cut your hair into a fringe.

What do you need to know about styling it?

Monique recommends sectioning out your fringe while wet and applying a lightweight styling product.

“Using a small boar bristle brush to style the hair into place with your hairdryer while the hair is still wet will give you maximum control and help the hair to hold into place,” she says.

“You can use small styling clips to pin (hair) into place while you finish getting ready to really set the area.”

Written by Charlotte Brundrett.