What are Birkin bangs?
Birkin bangs are a style of French Bangs popularised by Jane Birkin in the 60s. Characterised by their eyebrow grazing length and lightness, a Birkin fringe is the perfect way to add a touch of Parisian chic to any look. Jane Birkin was the ultimate icon for her 60s bangs hair style and fashion sense, and to this day she continues to be a style influencer. The Parisienne model, muse and singer was the face - and hairdo - of a generation. Here's why we're still in love with her signature French bangs - and why you'll love it too.
La Brit attitude
We all know French women have a certain 'je ne sais quoi' when it comes to effortless style and Jane Birkin is the embodiment of this French flair – particularly in the hairstyle department. A pioneer of the easy chic movement, her effortless fringe set the bar for generations to come. In the world of endless options like baby bangs and long straight fringes, what sets her iconic French fringe apart from other bangs? Long but not too lengthy, piecey but not overworked and highlighted while still natural. However, did you know that Jane Birkin is actually an adopted Parisian, originally hailing from the United Kingdom? Looks like it was an English rose that's responsible for the ultimate French bangs and style!
The Jane Birkin hair legacy
Jane Birkin's two daughters are modern day French style icons – and they both rock their own trademark fringe! Jane's actress and singer daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg is renowned for her classic long bob and French fringe. Jane's other daughter Lou Doillon, is a French fashion icon and designer who also rocks a laid-back 60s bangs hair style. It seems that a Jane Birkin hair do is as timeless as the Birkin bag!
Whether you're a fan of the fringe or not, there's no denying that fringes are here to stay. The main gripe people often have with fringes is that they require some ongoing maintenance. (And they can be a pain to grow out!) However, if you do commit to a fringe, the best way to ensure it continually looks fabulous is to be vigilant about keeping your hair healthy, booking in for regular trims and embracing fringe shaping products. For instance, a quick spritz of L'Oréal Professionnel Infinium will tame any rebel flyaways and give your fringe a natural looking hold. Complete the look with a touch of L'Oréal Professionnel Texturising Salt Spray to the rest of your locks for your perfect French Girl Hair.
Not sure about whether a Jane Birkin hair style is the right look for you? Find a salon and check in with your L'Oréal Professionnel stylist for advice about what style will best suit your face shape.
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