The No-Fringe Fringe: A Low-Commitment Way to Do Bangs

Updated 10/02/18

Long before "curtain fringe" were trending on Pinterest, Dakota Johnson was nailing the hairstyle. The thing is, you can totally tell she has a fringe, but it doesn't scream "Bangs!" as much as a full fringe would. A bit of beauty investigation later, and it appears the actress is the queen of the low-commitment fringe. The longer length means that Johnson can part it any which way she likes or disguise it almost entirely (she basically has a whole wardrobe of hairstyles can she can pull from). It's kind of like the hair equivalent of the no-makeup makeup look, and we're coining it the "no-fringe fringe." You heard it here first, people.

Keep scrolling to see how Dakota styles her no-fringe fringe. We defy you not to want to book a hair appointment instantly.

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Here, Dakota has centre-parted her fringe; it's not too neat, which makes it feel really effortless. The no-fringe fringe is a great face framer; it helps balance the face if you have a larger forehead. Get the look by smoothing over a long fringe with the GHD Platinum Styler (£165); the curved edges and heat sensors mean you can get a little bend in the ends. You don't want your fringe stick-straight!

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The no-fringe fringe is the same, but the slightly warmer tone to Dakota's hair adds a point of difference. Secure a bouncy ponytail like this with a ponytail holder like the ASOS Leaf Design Hair Clip (£6) so it sits out from the head for optimum swish.

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A different event, a different look: This time Dakota has opted for a side part that gives a more retro glam feel when paired with the bold red lips.

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A slightly fuller-looking fringe here, the no-fringe fringe looks more like a traditional full fringe, but it's still not requiring the same level of commitment that a full fringe would. We're digging the waves through her mid-lengths and ends too, which makes her hair look thicker. Re-create these waves with the Babyliss Curling Wand Pro (£22) and finish with a mist of Ouai Haircare Volumizing Hair Spray (£22).

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You'd be forgiven for thinking Dakota didn't even have a fringe here! If you have a few layers in your hair you can easily disguise a longer fringe; you'll just need to lightly mist with hair spray like L'Oréal Elnett Flexible Hold Hairspray (£7) to hold in place.

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Slightly fuller and thicker looking, Dakota's fringe looks perfect here with her longer length hair. The extra weight and fullness in her fringe helps frame her face, and keeps the rest of her hair from weighing down her face. 

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Even though Dakota's fringe is slightly shorter here, she's still been able to blend it seamlessly for a no-fringe fringe effect.

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A quick sneak peek at the side and we're totally in love with her hun. That's our weekend hair inspiration sorted. Thanks, Dakota.

Are you tempted by a no-fringe fringe? Let us know over at The British Beauty Line.

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