Bangs (also known as a fringe) are strands or locks of hair long enough to fall over the scalp’s front hairline to cover the forehead, usually just above the eyebrows, though sometimes they can even cover the eyes. While most people cut their bangs straight, they may also shape them in an arc, leave them ragged or ruffled, or give them other shapes.
Bangs occur naturally in many styles of short hair-cuts.
Hairstyles that feature bangs have come and gone out of fashion as frequently as other hairstyles, and they can be worn in any number of ways. Influential people with bangs in modern times have included silent movie actress Louise Brooks, 1950s glamor model Bettie Page, the Beatles, and actress Elizabeth Taylor in the role of Cleopatra.
In the 1970s, English actress and singer Jane Birkin helped establish the iconic look of brow-length bangs combined with overall long hair.
In the 1980s and early 1990s, curly, teased bangs were in fashion, often held high in place with copious amounts of hair spray.
In 2007, bangs saw another massive revival as a hair trend, this time thick, deep and blunt-cut. In October 2007, style icon and model Kate Moss changed her hairstyle to have bangs, signalling the continuation of the trend into 2008.