The Cool Girl Fringe: Introducing the Micro Bangs

The Cool Girl Fringe: Introducing the Micro Bangs


It’s a given that no other style can exude a cool girl appeal than micro fringes. Here, we delve into the influence of the unconventional cut and how it can work for different face shapes

In 2001, the world witnessed a whimsical story of a charismatic and imaginative heroine who positively  changed the lives of people around her while dealing with her own isolation. The plot of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Amélie effortlessly captured the heart of its audiences, while the visual cues earned admiration for its take on color tones and cinematography. Of course, the film’s strong beauty direction can’t be left unnoticed, and Amélie, who was played by Audrey Tautou, is known for her cheekbone-skimming bob. The standout detail? Her signature micro bangs. Since then, the character’s unconventional signature look is etched as a perennial inspiration in the hair department.

Jean Pierre Jeunet’s Amelie Micro Bangs

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The hair edit is ubiquitous with actresses and personalities like Chantal Goya, Elizabeth Taylor, Natalie Portman, and Audrey Hepburn. But who can blame them? The highbrow profile cut is an unrivaled statement hairdo. It’s unconventional. It’s creative. And most importantly, it adds the right character and mystery to its wearer. 

The influence

Like any other fringe, micro bangs make a yearly resurgence and are reintroduced in a more modern format. Its presence in pop culture moments is hard to miss, too. In recent times, the gamine-chic cut made its red carpet return with Florence Pugh, Ana de Armas, and Alexa Demie. It’s also a signature formerly embraced by local stars like Angelica Panganiban and Anne Curtis. Meanwhile, the unconventional fringe reclaims its editorial status with BLACKPINK’s Jennie and Jisoo donning the haircut in fashion campaigns. 

Florence Pugh Micro Bangs

Micro fringes are often described as super short bangs that reach an inch or two down your forehead. Its standard length is meant to expose the eyebrows, which adds a bold, fun, and statement piece to a haircut. Moreover, the unconventional cut comes in different iterations to flatter a range of types, textures, or styles, and can be easily personalized to flatter a certain face shape. It’s the perfect segue for anyone who craves a new hair edit that focuses on the collective creative energy it radiates to—the exact reason why it’s considered the cool girl fringe. 

The case of the right cut

It’s undeniable that it embody a creative, unconventional, and editorial appeal. Yes, it can be daunting, but the case of the right cut can make it work for anyone. The highbrow profile cut is mainly ideal for oval and round-shaped faces. However, a side-swept iteration suits a square and diamond face shape better. Micro bangs can also be done in a choppy, angled, or blunt style that complements a variety of hair lengths.  

BLACKPINK Jennie Micro Bangs

And while it’s easy to cut a fringe at home, it is still recommended to consult with a trusted hair expert. Ask for a style that flatters your face frame and personality the best. Or better yet, show a hair moodboard to get the best result.

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