Love the see-through bangs you see on actresses in your favourite Korean dramas? So do we. But before you try replicating them on your own do, read on to see if they're really suitable for you.
If you don't yet know what Korean see-through bangs are, observe them being kindly modelled by the celebrities below.
Actress Han Hyo Joo
Actress and model Lee Sung Kyung
Actress Park Shin Hye
Actress Han Hyo Joo
Actress Song Hye Kyo
Unlike the denser bangs more prevalent in traditional cuts, Korean see-through bangs are wispier, allowing others glimpses of your beautiful forehead. This has the dual benefits of framing your features (as bangs do), but also creating an effect of slenderness because it doesn't chop off part of your face.
Cut and colour by Chester from Be Salon @ Millenia Walk
They are generally worn longer at the edges and shorter in the middle for added contouring effect. Want to switch things up on certain days? This versatile fringe design can also be swept to the side for a quick transformation.
And for girls who love to play up their femininity, these transluscent, diaphanous bangs channel softness and delicacy.
Haircut by Jenny from LeeKaJa Korean Hair & Beauty Salon @ Mandarin Gallery
On the flip side, beauty sometimes means hard work, as see-through bangs are a perfect example of. For them to fall nicely, they need to be both neat and slightly puffed out away from your forehead. Trust us, that doesn't happen naturally, and Korean celebrities rely on stylists blow-drying their bangs perfectly AND putting in those fringe rollers to deceive us into thinking their style is effortless.
Don't have a personal stylist? Then that job will fall on you, every morning.
Haircut by Asako from Flamingo Hair Studio @ Tiong Bahru
Don't want that to be your life? Consider a fringe perm, which will set those tresses in place. Of course, the perm will only last till your next fringe haircut, which is generally every few weeks.
See-through bangs can devolve into an unruly mess if every lock doesn't hang neatly and evenly, meaning that natural curls - which love expressing their independence - can sabotage your desired look.
This doesn't mean the rest of your hair can't be wavy. In fact, swirls at your hair ends complete the overall soft, girlish look. The fringe itself, though, needs to be straight, so if you have natural curls but want see-through bangs, you might have to rebond that front bit of your tresses, or straighten your fringe every morning.
Standard bangs are an opaque curtain of hair that can be decisively managed. See-through bangs however, are like an unpredictable crew of flyaways that, past a certain length, may launch guerilla assaults on your eyes from unpredictable directions. And yes, this style is by default supposed to be worn at a length pretty close to your peepers, meaning that thse ocular attacks might occur pretty quickly after your cut. You can experiment with see-through micro-bangs, but we can't say that's actually a thing at the moment. TLDR: This style might not be the best choice if you really don't like your hair in your face.
Cut and colour by Preston from Mode Studio @ Wheelock Place
As we mentioned, the optimum length for these length is pretty close to your eyes. This means you'll have at most a few weeks after getting them before you might need hairdressing help again, so set aside a budget for regular fringe cuts.
Cut and perm by BE U Hair Design @ The Centrepoint
Bangs are generally more suited for those with tall foreheads, and for those of us with five-heads especially, they're a great cheat to balance your face out. But if you already have a small or narrow forehead, see through bangs might minimise it even further and shorten your entire face to give you a slightly babyish appearance. Honestly though, if that's the look you're going for, why not? This is a great way to get it.
Cut and colour by Veyond from Chez Vous Hair Salon @ Ngee Ann City Takashimaya
Because of point 4, you might be tempted to DIY your own see-through bangs. How hard can it be, right? The answer is: Very. The style is meant to end just slightly and symmetrically past the arch of your brows, being the widest point of your face, and taper subtly from the outside in to work its contouring and slenderising magic. Get that wrong, and your bangs might end up too short or thick, making your face look chubbier than it has to, and possibly leaving you with no choice but to wait for them to grow out.
Why not save yourself some heartache by paying $10 to $20 to get your fringe cut by a professional? Here are some salons that offer value-for-money fringe cuts.
If you are still unsure about getting bangs, check out this article to see what fringe type will suit you.