Bangs vs. Fringe: Hair Terminology Divide

woman with brunette hair color and fringe or bangs
Woman with fringe or bangs.

Bangs, also known as fringe in certain parts of the world, refer to the strands of hair that are cut and styled to fall over the forehead. The term “bangs” is predominantly used in the United States, while “fringe” is more commonly used in the United Kingdom and other English-speaking countries like Australia and New Zealand. The difference in terminology reflects regional variations in language usage.

The origins of the term “bangs” can be traced back to the mid-19th century in America. It is believed to have derived from the word “bangtail,” which referred to a horse’s tail that was cut straight across. Over time, this term was adopted to describe the hairstyle where the hair is cut straight across the forehead.

On the other hand, the term “fringe” has its roots in British English. It comes from the Middle French word “frenge,” which means fringe or border. The use of the term “fringe” to describe this hairstyle likely emerged in the UK during the same period when bangs became popular in the US.

Regardless of the terminology, bangs/fringe have been a popular hairstyle for centuries and have seen various trends and adaptations over time.

From the blunt-cut bangs of the 1920’s to the side-swept fringe of the 2000’s, this versatile hairstyle has remained a staple in the world of fashion and beauty, offering individuals a way to frame their face and express their personal style.

If you’re looking for well-done bangs (or fringe if you choose), contact us for a professional bang trim.


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