Rachel Scott
Updated on December 29, 2023

It practically goes without saying that Brigitte Bardot is a pop-culture icon. The French actress, singer, and sex symbol became popular in America in the 1950s and 1960s, and while her style and toothy smile are iconic, it’s perhaps those Bardot bangs that are the most recognizable trait. Lately, tons of celebrities are rocking Bardot bangs either quite literally or in their own interpretation.

The Original Bardot Bangs

Trends have come and gone over the years, but Brigitte Bardot bangs have remained timeless and sexy. Characterized by an effortless, unkempt look that is shorter in the front and longer at the temples, the Bardot bang is most often parted above the center of the face, making it instantly recognizable and always sexy.

When seen on Bardot below, it’s obvious why this flirty curtain bang is back and with a vengeance in 2024.

Celebrity Inspiration

Another iconic wearer of the chunky, parted bang is timeless blonde, Goldie Hawn. The side-swept look has been an essential part of her effortless and lovable look as much as her personality. It’s important to note that, like Bardot, Hawn’s bangs are shorter in the front and gradually become longer on the sides.

The beauty of the Bardot bang is it’s ability to suit every face shape, whether you have a long face, diamond face, or even a square face. For a long face, ask your hair dresser to widen your bangs around the temple to open it up.

If you have a round face, the Bardot bang is a dreamy option. Parting bangs in the middle breaks up a wide cheek making it appear more structured. Actress Chloe Moretz knows exactly how to pull off the look.

If you have a long face with high cheekbones, consider messy Bardot-inspired bangs to emphasize your feminine features and romantic mood. Alexa Chung wears such fringes very often because she knows how cute they look!

One of the most noted celebrity bang wearers of all time, Zooey Deschanel, knows how to pull off Bardot bangs with her oval face shape. She usually wears them thick and relatively straight across, but knows the beauty of opening them up in the middle for a sexy, wide-eyed look.

Even celebrities with a heart-shaped face or a square-shaped face, like Georgia Jagger, can pull off Bardot bangs. The daughter of two icons, Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, Georgia knows how to make the sexy bang a little edgier.

Get The Look

Wondering how to cut Bardot bangs for yourself? Follow this easy tutorial. While cutting your own bangs can be tricky, this style is not known for its razor-sharp edges or perfection. If you mess it up, it won’t be so noticeable.

Now that you have your Bardot bangs, here’s how to style them. If you’re lucky enough to have great hair when rolling out of bed, you won’t need to do much. For the rest of us, whether you have super-fine, curly, or frizzy hair, here are a few quick and easy styling tips.

To keep it looking natural, blow dry your bangs without a brush. Your fingertips are all you need to help separate the hair. Finish off with a round brush to help curl them under and add a little oomph. You may need to hit them with a straightener and a serum first if your texture is particularly difficult.

Instagram Inspiration

It’s not just celebrities that are rocking one of the most famous fringes of all time, the style has been creeping up on some of the most beloved faces on Instagram as well.

While Bardot’s bangs are famous for being longer on the sides, she was also known to rock them straight across from time-to-time. This can be especially helpful to those with a larger forehead and a longer face shape. Heart-shaped faces look great with the straighter version of the Bardot bang to help balance a more pointed chin.

You don’t have to have Bardot’s long, cascading locks to pull off these sexy bangs. A short crop like a bob can add a totally fresh and updated edge to the ’60s look.

It’s true that you definitely don’t have to be a blonde to channel the sex appeal of Brigitte Bardot and her bangs. Add a red lip to mimic her unmistakable pout.

Regardless of your hair color or face shape, these long, side-swept bangs are ideal for everyone. Wearing Bardot bangs has the same effect, whether cropped short in the center of your forehead or kept long and parted simply.

The charm and sexiness of the Brigitte Bardot bang has endured through the ages. Celebrities like Goldie Hawn, Chloe Moretz, and even Zooey Deschanel are wearing the bangs in an age when anything goes, as long as it works. Regardless of your face shape, you can try out Brigitte Bardot bangs for yourself. What do you think of this fresh and updated look?

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