If you haven’t heard about French bangs, you’ve definitely seen them. Done in the classic, effortless French style, this fringe is full, long, and typically reaches to the eyebrows- and even beyond. They are often straight and usually slightly parted somewhere in the middle. Finally, wispy ends lend an overall effect that is perfectly placed yet barely styled at all.
Who Should Try French Bangs
The beauty of these bangs lies in the fact that virtually anyone can wear them. While they are easier to achieve on straight hair types, they are possible on curly hair and simply require minor adjustments. The look is definitely for the girl who doesn’t mind spending 5-10 minutes a day giving bangs a quick spritz and blow-dry so they lay just right.
We have handpicked the French bangs that’ll make any women look attractive.
1. French Braid with Bangs
What could be more French than a braid with these iconic bangs? The key to making this look seamless is a tapered fringe that extends into layers that graze the apples of the cheeks. A braid down the back is fine, but a side braid is better at framing the face.
2. French Bangs For Fine Hair
Though the style is often done on thick hair, fine-haired babes can totally take advantage. The fringe should still skim the eyebrows, but can be cut slightly wispier and feathered at the ends. Give a bob or medium-length hair a bedhead tousle that’s simply irresistible.
3. French Twist with Bangs
With a twist and fringe, it’s hard not to think of iconic French stars like Brigitte Bardot. The height created at the crown of the head perfectly compliments the opening created at the forehead by the center part bangs. Neatness is unimportant, so let things get a little messy for that sexy effect.
4. French Bangs for Round Face
French bangs are lovely on round face shapes thanks to the curtain-like parting at the middle. This draws the eye in and downward, imbuing full cheeks with long, leans lines. While curly or more texturized hair types can rock these bangs on full faces, sleek styles that are set far back on the head create length best.
5. Pixie + French Bangs
Even a short pixie cut can benefit from French cut bangs. This pixie cut is softened by the light, face-framing bangs that make this hairstyle look exotic and powerful yet still feminine. Though the style is typically longer, this short fringe embodies the sexy, perfect tousle that defines the look.
6. Long French Bangs with Medium Hair
French bangs style for women works great on medium length hair. Long bangs that are layered and reach the cheekbones can hide large foreheads and flatter thin faces. Let the bangs fall into your eyes for a flirty and fun style.
7. Middle Parted French Bangs
Women with long hair love French inspired bangs because they add dimension and texture to hair that is past the shoulders. If you don’t like bangs to be in your face, ask the stylist to cut the bangs with a middle part so you can push them to the side. This effect will frame your face and make cheekbones pop. A swipe of red lipstick doesn’t hurt, either!
8. Razor Cut Layered Bob
When your hair is thin, a razor cut bob with French bangs can add volume to the crown of your head. This look is trendy, modern, and perfect for tomboys who love short hair but still crave soft versatility. This look doesn’t take much styling and is easy to maintain.
9. Curly Short Hair with French Bangs
Women with short curly bob are often afraid to try French bangs, but this style is professional, sleek, and easier to achieve than you think. When you ask your hairstylist to give your curly hair bangs, ask them to cut them while dry. These French cut bangs are shorter in the front but longer towards the temples. Cutting the bangs this way keeps them out of the frames of your glasses and opens up your face better than long curly bangs would.
10. Long Hair with Center Part Bangs
French bangs on long hair are youthful and a great look for women who have thick or naturally wavy hair. The long bangs on this model are below her eyes at the shortest point and just below her ear at the longest.
When you cut French bangs this way, they are still long enough to push behind the ears when parted in the center. If you part these bangs to the side, a gentle wave effect will be created for a flirty and sexy look as the bangs brush the eyebrow.
11. Straight Bangs
Short classic bob with short French cut bangs is perfect for women with small faces and high cheekbones. The French bang style on this classic short bob are cut straight across but are longer at the eye’s edge. You can also straighten your bob with bangs for an edgy look.
12. French Cut Bangs with Ponytail
One of the best ways to wear bangs is with a long ponytail. Women with long, thick hair can pull it up into a classic ponytail to keep hair off of the neck and shoulders while still benefitting from face-framing French bangs. This look requires minimal styling to be done in the effortless French way.
How to Cut French Bangs on Curly Hair
If you have curly hair, you can still rock French style bangs. Make sure your hair stylist has experience with cutting and styling curly hair. Remember that humidity can affect your bangs, so longer bangs are best for women with curly hair. The hair stylist should also dry cut your bangs and your whole head if you have curly hair. Curls shrink when they dry, so cutting hair while wet can be a big mistake.
If you aren’t sure about length, ask your stylist to cut the French fringe long at first. You can also take off a few more millimeters, but you can’t put hair back on. Steps for cutting French bangs:
Step 1: Determine how far back you want the bangs to start and how thick you want them. Gather hair into three sections with the middle section being the bulk of the bangs and being most of the hair located between the outer edges of your eyes, and the other two sections for face framing with hair between the edge of your eye and where your ear starts.
Step 2: Determine the length you want and part the curly hair in middle uniformly through a wide-toothed comb in one single layer. Slightly elevate the comb and cut the bangs straight across the bottom of the comb.
Step 3: After the straight cut, use the scissors to make small vertical tips (keep the comb in place and only snip under the comb) This softens the hairline. If you want a blunt cut bang, omit this step. For the remaining outer sections, cut a downward diagonal angle going towards your ear. Use the vertical snip technique to soften the edges of your face-framing bangs. Use texturing shears if needed to thin out any hair that is bulky.
When it comes to French bangs, the cut matters as much as your attitude. These bangs are typically centered in the middle but worn in such a way that you can’t tell if hair has been ‘done’ or not. Try them out if you’re in the mood for sexy effortlessness, regardless of your hair type.