Throughout the year, Bella Hadid has been ahead of the trend curve, experimenting with parting her hair to the side after a long period of center part dominance. From her signature sweeping up-dos to off-center face-framing pieces, her transition from a middle part has been sporadic and subtle so far. But for her 26th birthday celebration on Sunday, Oct. 9, a surprise dinner at Lucali in Brooklyn with friends (including sister Gigi Hadid), Bella showed full commitment to the 2000s-era side bang. Spotted in a lace dress, oversized jacket and tinted glasses, the model wore her hair in a bouncy blowout with a full, heavy side fringe.
Bella cut her bangs in June this year and has since worn the long face-framing style in a variety of ways. Sometimes she wears them in the front for a full, thick look, and other times she chooses to grow them out and sweep them to the sides like tendrils. Her big birthday bang moment marks a combination of both, ushering Bella into a new era of sweeping, statement Tumblr-era side bangs.
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#1 Bella Hadid’s heavy 2000s side bangs
Heavy bangs had a major moment in the 2000s with icons like Rihanna, Avril Lavigne and Selena Gomez sporting them at the time. For the past few years, however, Gen Z had considered the side part a “millennial” hairstyle (despite celebrities like Megan Thee Stallion making the controversial part look good all the time). Now, Dua Lipa and Kim Kardashian have jumped back on the sweeping side bang train recently. Even Selena Gomez has returned to her signature Wizards of Waverly Place look, which means the days are numbered for TikTok’s favorite hairstyle, the middle part.
#2 Heavy side bangs
Despite what the Gen Z creators on TikTok said, side parts and side bangs were never “out,” but the middle part definitely held the spotlight for the past few years. With Bella Hadid’s new stamp of approval, that’s bound to change. Luckily, if you want to jump on the bandwagon, there’s so much inspiration to choose from—from emo and scene kids from 2000s Tumblr to Y2K R&B icons like Aaliyah.