The smallest detail can catapult a conservative haircut from casually cool to an unstoppable rockstar. A stylish component like an angular fringe is exactly the answer you may need to take your look over the finishing line.
What is an Angular Fringe?
Traditional bangs aren’t necessarily a fad of the past, but angular fringes are certainly blazing a new trial. While the sides and back of your hair are relatively short, medium length hair from the side or center-part juts forward to create asymmetrical bangs at an angle, wave, or distinctive curl.
The elephant trunk, a high and deep wave of hair that curls toward the forehead, is a prominent feature of a pompadour. Not only did it provide decades of inspiration for throwback looks since the 1950s, but it also transformed old-fashioned bangs into a modern hairstyling asset. Angular fringes took the foundation of an elephant trunk style and fused into other styles like the undercut or buzz cut. It ultimately allows men to add variety with more imaginative and contemporary details with their hair.
How to Style an Angular Fringe?
The main characteristics of this hairstyle are to keep the sides and back as sleek and trim as possible. It’ll be best for the bangs to rest over for your forehead, but not far enough to obscure your vision. The recommended length for overgrown bangs is about 2-5 inches long, while the rest of your hair is approximately an inch or even less from the scalp.
Ideally, you’ll want to grow out your hair to medium length, and then ask a barber to section your hair into a fringe that works best for your face shape. Sharp angles might emphasize your face shape in ways you don’t expect. A barber can help you decide what type of fringe works for you and how to shape it.
How to Maintain an Angular Fringe?
Maintaining abstract bangs will be a part of your daily grooming routine, especially if you want it to enhance your wardrobe. Here are some of the key tricks you can apply to make the most of your fringe.
- Add a supplementary product like pomade, wax, or clay for texture or to create a shine. A small dab will do the trick if you run it through your hair, or use a blow dryer to shape the fringe.
- Minimize cowlicks by using more conditioner than shampoo. The latter adds weight to prevent your hair from straying and sticking out.
#1 Long Disconnected Fringe
If you follow the punk subculture, an edgy fringe makes the perfect statement for non-conformity. Use your fringe to go against the grain against traditional bangs but also the hairline. Tack a low fade on the side and flip the fringe towards your forehead for a stark contrast between the short and long lengths.
#2 Curly Long Fringe
An angular fringe doesn’t need to flow freely to the front to be effective. Instead, curl your hair for a side-part with a round brush and blow-dryer. Add texturizing clay or curling pomade to create waves for higher definition. Highlights will sprinkle your hairdo with a touch of eye-catching color.
#3 Choppy Pointed Angular Fringe
The fringe’s length is only slightly longer than the undercut underneath. Both sides cut in a soft line of loose bangs with a pointed shape on the forehead. The clean trim of the fringe and a tousle on top fuses the style between smooth and choppy.
#4 Platinum Fringe
Asymmetry is the go-to source of inspiration for an angular fringe. This style emphasizes the right side with the angle of the cut. A gradient strip of platinum dye and a slight faux hawk further enhances the sightline. All of these elements make this look fitting for someone who wants to steal the spotlight.
#5 Angular Fringe with Low Fade
This hairstyle takes some notes from the haircut above. By parting the hair from the left to the right, and ignoring a faux hawk, the angle of the point trim is subtler. The hair pushes outwards in the back but comes together in a sweeping cone towards the forehead and short bangs.
#6 Pompadour Fringe
This unconventional fringe breaks down the traditional side-part of a pompadour hairstyle into two parts. A section of shorter hair parts towards the right, while longer hair from the back brushes towards the front to create the elongated curl. His look caps off with a debonair dye of pure ginger-colored dye.
#7 Avant-Garde Angular Fringe
Cowlicks are a common nuisance for polished hairstyles. However, this hairdo makes it work in his favor. The avant-garde haircut combines chopped bangs at an extreme angle towards the left. The cowlick acts as a parallel spike to the pointed edge in the front. Hair tousles forward to create equal volume.
#8 Low-key Fringe with Fade
A fringe can be just as casual as it can be audacious. Here’s an example of the former, where subtle layers of the hair push forwards for a distinctive curl along the forehead. The shadow fade maintains the fringe’s visual impact and compliments the rugged beard.
#9 Side Swept Fringe with Undercut
Not much planning or meticulous styling goes into this disconnected version. The hair ranges from medium-length to shorter in a variety of layers from front to back. It flips towards the side for a dramatic part as well as a carefree fringe. Pomade maintains a strong-hold on the messy texture.
#10 Contemporary Brush Forward Fringe
Even young men can rock a dapper comb-over and make it more contemporary. Similar to a pompadour brushed to the side, this haircut pushes the hair forward into a soft pointed tip. Instead of a streamlined trim on the sides, the hairbrushes back to complete this discreet rockabilly-inspired take.