A Visual Comparison Between French vs. Korean Bangs

In 2022, it’s no longer a question of whether you should get bangs and more so a question of which kind of bangs to get. After spending an inordinate amount of time looking at different options, we’ve concluded that when it comes to bangs, the French and Koreans do it best. Alas, the two aesthetics are very different. We’ll show you what we mean ahead.

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The classic French fringe has three main characteristics: they’re thick, they’re on the longer side (grazing your eyebrows or a little longer), and they lay against your forehead just so.

One of the most popular styles in South Korea is the air bang, also referred to as “see-through bangs” for their wispiness and the way they show glimpses of your forehead.

Even with curly or wavy hair, the French tend to keep their bangs on the fuller side.

Whereas in Korea, a softer, face-framing fringe is usually preferred.

Where the two trendsetting countries agree is the curtain bang. Cut intentionally longer and split open to either side of your face, this style has universal appeal because it can work on any hair texture and it flatters all face shapes.

But if we had to pinpoint one key difference in how the two countries approach curtain bangs, we’d say the Koreans go for a bouncier, blown out style, whereas the French opt for a more mussed up texture.

In conclusion:

Like all haircuts, it will all come down to personal preference, but if you're truly torn between the two distinct styles (because same), we'd point out that on the whole, Korean bangs tend to require more washing and styling to keep them buoyant and fresh as intended. If you prefer a daily shampoo anyway or have naturally finer strands that need a boost of volume, proceed. And if you prefer less upkeep, do as the French do and opt for a shaggier, fuller fringe that can get away with a little less handling.

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Jenny Jin is PureWow’s Beauty Director and is currently based in Los Angeles. Since beginning her journalism career at Real Simple magazine, she has become a human encyclopedia of...