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Are bottleneck bangs the next big thing?

Lily Collins (Instagram @lilyjcollins)
Lily Collins (Instagram @lilyjcollins)

Seen regularly on actresses like Dakota Johnson, Lily Collins, Elizabeth Olsen and Margot Robbie, as well as on models Hailey Bieber and Alexa Chung, bottleneck bangs are proving their worth in terms of being a strong style trend this year.

Bottleneck bangs differ to the more traditional bangs in that they comprise of lash-skimming bangs that are angled and frame the cheekbone on each side, so they are shorter at the top and graduate to longer pieces that curve around the eye and cheeks.

Tom Smith, hair stylist and international creative director for Evo, was recently quoted on as saying: “These bangs take inspiration from the neck of a bottle, starting slim and shorter in the middle, curving longer around the eyes, and then the longest following the line of the cheekbone. This allows the length and angle to be adjusted on whether you want to make your cheekbones appear wider, stronger or more narrow. They also give a softness when tying your hair into a bun or ponytail as you can leave them out to face frame.”

Smith noted that bottleneck bangs follow a standard triangular-shaped fringe section. He continued: “Tailor the width and depth of the triangular section to suit the hair type you are working on and the desired result. I like to first cut a guide for the shortest central part of the fringe that sits between the eyebrows and the longest part that should finish somewhere between the cheekbones and the jaw.”

This is a versatile style which can be altered to flatter different face shapes.

Bottleneck bangs were very big back in the day, in the Swinging Sixties, when they were seen on the legendary British model, Jean Shrimpton, and on French stars like the iconic sex kitten, Brigitte Bardot, as well as famous songstresses such as Francoise Hardy and Jane Birkin. The latter gained worldwide notoriety for her very risqué (for the day) song, ‘Je T’aime Moi Non Plus’.


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