Call it the Disney princess effect, but we’ve never really fallen out of love with the idea of long, flowing hair. Bobs, lobs and directional asymmetric cuts may come and go, but there’s something timeless about Rapunzel-worthy lengths.
But if you’re worried that growing out your hair might result in a do that’s pretty but a little – whisper it – conventional, we have a simple solution. Whether you choose a blunt, full style, a choppier cut or an easy-to-maintain side fringe, one of the easiest ways to add interest to your style is to opt for what our American cousins have christened ‘bangs.’
Easy to style and flattering for every face shape, it’s no wonder that legions of A-listers have chosen a fringe to add a little je-ne-sais-quoi to their lengths. Here are some of the best...
Long hair with a side fringe
Effortless, modern and reassuringly easy to maintain, a side fringe could be one for you if you can't face committing to regular maintenance trims. Make like teen stars Selena Gomez and Zendaya and team your fringe with a dramatically side-swept parting.
Long hair with a blunt full fringe
The blunt, full fringe is a classic for a reason - it's simple, flattering on a variety of face shapes and makes you look immediately put together, à la fringe veterans Jessica Biel and Felicity Jones. This cut will work particularly well on thicker hair.
Long hair with a choppy full fringe
For a fresh take on the classic full fringe, ask your hairdresser for a choppier, textured cut like Dakota Johnson, or opt for a tapered style that sits higher on the forehead, like Suki Waterhouse's trademark bangs.
Ready to go for the chop? Don’t book a salon appointment without checking out our edit of the best long hairstyles with fringes, inspired by the A-list...
Beyoncé has had some pretty memorable hairstyles in her time, but we have a special place in our hearts for the effortlessly cool choppy full fringe and honey-coloured lengths that she turns to time after time.