From shaggy curls to long, loosely textured waves, ’70s style hair is having a big comeback moment. Maybe we’re still in shock with Daisy Jones and the Sixes, or maybe it’s just another example of the trend cycle in action, but there’s something about these edgy, laid-back hairstyles that definitely feel trendy.
As for the latest revival style, we’re all about the cascading fringe, the tousled ’70s style fringe on the curtain. And we are not alone: everyone from Gigi Hadid and Rihanna to Anne Hathaway and Yara Shahidi have been tested. Ready to try it yourself? Read on for everything you need to know about waterfall bangs.
What is a waterfall bang?
“Cascading bangs are a cross between side bangs and straight bangs,” explains Jenna Spino, stylist at Maxine Salon. “The bangs come in different lengths, the longest around the cheekbone, smoothly turning into the hair on the sides.” They are shortened in the middle, allowing you to style them in straight, shaggy bangs, and longer on the sides to blend in with the rest of your hair. And, importantly, the cascading bangs aren’t blunted, but have a more subtle textured look that’s reminiscent of the ’70s.
The main attraction of cascading bangs is that they are versatile – the style suits almost all hair types and face shapes. According to Spino, cascading bangs are so layered and textured that they are easy to customize. In addition, the falling-in parts and thin bangs subtly frame the face for an incredibly flattering look.
“On thinner hair, they can add volume because the layers can create more volume in the front,” she explains. “On thicker hair, they can take some of the weight off the front end. Straight, wavy, curly, they all work and you end up with a slightly different look.
What to ask the hairdresser
Spino suggests doing some research before making a big hype. Be sure to look for images of cascading bangs on people with similar hair textures and styles. Because waterfall bangs can vary greatly in length, it’s important to be specific. Take your favorite inspirational photos to your stylist and remember: the more photos you bring, the better.
Also, just ask your stylist for tousled, textured bangs that round off at the center and face-framing layers that blend into the hair on the side.
How to style cascading bangs
The good news: Cascading bangs are pretty easy, low maintenance, and look just as good on naturally curly hair as they do when styled. If you choose to style them, Spino recommends using a round brush or rollers to add volume. For those on the go or short on styling tools, you can simply blow the bangs out and out of the face for an extra look.
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