How bangs became an iconic hairstyle that took over the world

Business Insider | 4/5/2018 | Graham Flanagan, Emily Christian
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Bangs or "fringe," as it's known pretty much everywhere except the United States, has been an iconic hairstyle for centuries. We examine the origins of bangs, and talk to real women who reveal how high-maintenance the look really is. And we took a trip to Préma Hair in Manhattan's lower east side to get a tutorial on the process behind the look. Following is a transcript of the video.

Narrator: It's one of the most iconic hairstyles of all time: bangs. Also known as fringe. But we'll get to that later. Bangs have been immortalized by countless movie stars and cultural icons. So, where did bangs come from? How does one cut them? And what does having bangs say about the women bold enough to wear them?

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This is how bangs took over the world. Bangs date all the way back to the 8th century. People often credit the Egyptian queen Cleopatra for bringing them into style. But that's just a myth.

Historians say the credit should go to this guy. His name was Zuriab, an Iraqi Renaissance man known to have started the trend. Which, as this painting shows, was also adopted by his female fans. Over the next thousand years, bangs became an institution evident in countless paintings of European women in the 18th and 19th centuries.

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With the dawn of motion pictures, silent film stars like Louise Brooks made bangs an iconic style of the Roaring Twenties. Then came the era of the pinup girl. Pioneered by the notorious Betty Page. Europe moved back into the spotlight in the swinging 60s with iconic looks by model Peggy Moffitt and singer Jane Birkin.

Only in Europe, they don't call them bangs. They call it fringe. Which is what the style is known as pretty much everywhere except the US. So fringe continued to...
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