The Best Baby Bangs in Pop Culture

by Rosie Narasaki

Ah, baby bangs. Not to be confused with bangs for babies (which is apparently a thing), they're hip, they're funky, they're just the right amount of retro. They'll inject a dash of cool to any look. They can make a staid updo fun. They can make long, straight hair look hot-off-the-runway chic. They can take a trendy wavy bob and make it look timeless and Parisian.

Okay, so baby bangs definitely kind of have magic powers. The only problem is they're something of a commitment, since the growing out phase is extensive and can be crazy frustrating. And hey, it can be tough enough to make the chop with regular-length bangs! Even with eyebrow-skimming fringe, it takes some long months of bobby pin explosions to grow them out, and baby bangs will give you at least an inch (which is what — around two or three months?) extra before they get to that coveted ear-tuck length.

Plus, when they're wrong, they're wrong. You could end up looking like that first day of Kindergarten picture you took before you learned to smile right. Or worse, like you just went through a slight nervous breakdown a la Hannah at the end of season 2 of Girls.

But enough devil's advocate. If you're teetering in indecision between no baby bangs and baby bangs, here are a few ladies from pop culture who will help you make up your mind (Miss Horvath notwithstanding).

1. Audrey Tatou in Amelie

She's kind of the end-all, be-all when it comes to baby bangs — in fact, for a movie that's less than 15 years old, her whole hairdo is surprisingly iconic.

2. Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Universal Pictures

Ramona Flowers was divisive when it came to being a compelling romantic lead/problematic MPDG, but there was no denying her hair was flat-out awesome. She rocks pink, blue, and green throughout the movie (and even more colors and cuts in the comics), and this green/aquamarine from the end of the film just might be my favorite.

3. Krysten Ritter in Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23


One part party girl, one part Bettie Page, and one part something else entirely, Krysten Ritter's hair on Don't Trust the B was almost as enviable as her wardrobe. Bonus: This haircut also appears on Breaking Bad's ill-fated Jane Margolis.

4. Rila Fukushima in The Wolverine

Marvel/20th Century Fox

Rila Fukushima kicked a lot of ass in this movie, and she did so with awesome hair — the burgundy hair/super blunt bangs have such an intriguing, counterculture look.

5. Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction

Miramax Films

Um, can you believe Pulp Fiction just had its 20th anniversary (Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman celebrated the milestone in Cannes, sparking dating rumors!)? Well, no matter how old the film gets, Mia Wallace's blunt, jet-black 'do will always be the height of trendiness, especially when paired with Chanel Vamp nail polish and a perfectly oversized white button down.

6. Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face

Paramount Pictures

Audrey Hepburn rocked baby bangs for most of her career, and she makes them look like the epitome of class/the height of gamine chic. And if there was only one person in the world you could take fashion/hair/beauty advice from, you should probably choose Audrey.

Images: IMDb