One of the simplest ways to refresh and update your haircut is with bangs. Fringes instantly change your look, and there are endless varieties of options to suit every face shape and hair type. From a blunt fringe to curtain bangs and wispy, face-framing styles, there’s one to suit you. So, if you’re considering getting the chop, keep reading to discover the coolest hairstyles with bangs right now.
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1. Long Hairstyle + Bangs
Super classic and feminine, a long hairstyle with bangs is one of the easiest ways to embrace a fringe if you’ve never had one before. The aim is to create a beautiful frame for your face and bring out your best features, such as your eyes or cheekbones. For an on-trend look, try curtain bangs or another center-parted style.
2. Short Hairstyle + Bangs
Short hair looks just as good with bangs as long hair, and bangs can make short, fine hair look thicker and fuller. For the bolder types, a shag or even a mullet with side-swept bangs is an on-trend option. An even shorter and sharper choice is an asymmetric pixie cut. Style your short bangs hairstyle wet for extra cool points.
3. Medium Shoulder Length Hairstyle + Bangs
Shoulder length hair is one of the most versatile lengths, as it suits women of all ages and hair types. Bangs are a natural pairing with shoulder-length hair as they add a fresh new twist and help balance your features. For that laidback, cool-girl look, try pairing wavy shoulder-length hair with wispy bangs – also known as ‘piece-y’ bangs. Soft and pretty, yet effortlessly chic, it’ll give you that ‘model-off-duty’ look in no time.
4. Bob Hairstyle + Bangs
The iconic bob hairstyle is a classic for a reason. It always looks fresh and on-trend yet is versatile enough to style in many different ways. For a cool yet sophisticated look, you can’t go past the bob hairstyle with bangs. For a bold and graphic finish that draws attention to your eyes and cheekbones, add a blunt fringe to a sleek, straight bob or inverted bob. Alternatively, try feathery or piece-y bangs and tuck your hair behind your ears for a more casual finish.
5. Curly Hairstyle + Bangs
Fringes aren’t just for the straight-haired ladies! Curly hair is a perfect partner for bangs because it already has plenty of volume and bounce, so your fringe will never fall flat and limp. Try adding bangs to shoulder-length curly hair for a pretty and contemporary look, or a messy curly bob for an effortlessly cool, cute, and fresh vibe.
6. Long Layered Hairstyle + Bangs
Long layers are a great way to frame your face and stop thick hair from looking boring and heavy. Simultaneously, the right bangs can help give your hair some much-needed structure and draw more attention to your face. Ask your stylist to blend subtle side bangs into your long-layered hairstyle for a supremely flattering final result – particularly if you have a square face shape.
7. Layered Medium Hairstyle + Bangs
Medium, or mid-length, hair is neither too long nor too short. Instead, this ideal in-between cut is the perfect all-rounder that suits straight, wavy, curly, or natural hair. Even better, medium hairstyles look great with a variety of different fringes, so you can adapt the cut to suit you. Blunt bangs with medium hair are one of the most popular combinations for its ‘French chic’ look. Plus, it can easily disguise a large forehead and also makes you look younger.
8. Layered Short Hairstyle + Bangs
Layering short hair helps give it more texture and movement for that perfect ‘just got out of bed’ finish. Messy bangs add to the fresh, cool, and understated vibe of this haircut. At the same time, they can make your short hair more flattering. Because they have a deliberately wavy, undefined look, messy bangs soften sharp and angular features. Meanwhile, side-swept bangs work well on round faces as they draw the eye diagonally down the face, making it look slimmer and more balanced.
9. Textured Bangs Hairstyle
Textured bangs – that is, feathery, layered, and deliberately messy – have an undeniable cool factor. Relaxed, mysterious, and flattering, they are the perfect partner for a wavy, choppy hairstyle, whether long, short, or medium length. They are also ideal for fine hair types, as they don’t require as much hair to create as other types of bangs.
10. Curtain-Parted Bangs
Curtain-parted bangs were everywhere in 2021. Inspired by the ’90s trend, these bangs are defined by a heavy center part with a curved shape. The good news is that not only do curtain bangs look cool, but they are also flattering on most face shapes. The smooth, ‘swooping’ look of curtain bangs draws attention to the cheekbones and balances out a wide forehead or strong jaw.
11. Retro Bangs
Who doesn’t love a retro look? Vintage pin-up hair will always make you stand out from the crowd, and retro bangs are a key part of this look. Whether you opt for rockabilly-style blunt baby bangs with Victory rolls or a bombshell fringe inspired by the screen sirens of the 1960s, your hairstyle is the perfect finishing touch when it comes to creating an eye-catching retro aesthetic.
12. Feathered Bangs
Soft and fluffy, feathered bangs have plenty of movement and bounce and create a laidback and cool 1970s vibe. They get their texture and shape by being cut vertically, which gives them a thinned out, wispy appearance that blends in seamlessly with the rest of your hair, whether wavy or straight. Those with fine hair should also consider feathered bangs, as they are best suited to this hair type.
13. Hairstyle + Side Bangs
Side bangs are one of the best fringe options for those with round faces. The asymmetric look of side bangs – especially when combined with a deep side part and waves – creates an ultra-flattering look as it creates a diagonal ‘slice’ effect. This makes a round face look both longer and slimmer at the same time. However, side bangs aren’t just for those with rounder features! Square and heart-shaped faces also benefit from this look.
14. Wispy Fringe Hairstyle
Soft and light, a wispy fringe is a great option if you’re not ready to get full, heavy bangs – or if you have naturally fine hair. Sexy and feminine, wispy bangs look fantastic when styled with an updo. Alternatively, wear them with any textured, deliberately ‘undone’ hairstyle such as a low ponytail or braid for a chic bohemian finish.
15. Faux Bangs Hairstyle
Cheat your way to a cute fringe with the faux bangs hairstyle! This genius updo creates the illusion of bangs without picking up a pair of scissors and works on curly and straight hair. Pull your hair up into a high ponytail, then divide it into a front and back section. Position the front section so that it falls across your forehead, mimicking the look of bangs. Secure it in place with bobby pins, then twist the ponytail’s back section around to create a bun effect that hides the pins. Add a headscarf for extra style – and to make sure your faux bangs look even more convincing!
16. Weave Ponytail + Bangs
A weave is a great way to experiment with different hairstyles, including straight bangs and long, sleek ponytails without the need for chemical relaxers. While glamorous enough to wear for a date or night out partying, the weave ponytail with bangs can also be dressed down for school, work, or a casual brunch with friends. However, like any weave, it’s important to make sure you don’t leave it in longer than six to eight weeks, or you will risk damaging your natural hair.
17. Fine Hair Medium Length Hairstyle + Bangs
When choosing a hairstyle for your fine hair, it’s important to select a look that adds texture and movement and creates the illusion of more volume and thickness. That is because fine hair tends to fall flat and can look limp and lifeless as a result. Bangs are a great way to add some much-needed structure to fine hair, while a choppy, wavy medium-length cut creates more dimension and makes the hair seem fuller. A combination of highlights and lowlights is the perfect finishing touch.
18. Messy Fringe Hairstyle
Nothing says cool like a messy fringe. Effortlessly chic, a messy fringe works with many different hairstyles – from a pixie cut to a lob, long hair, or a mid-length look. One flattering and on-trend option is a messy fringe with a half-up, half-down hairstyle. Ideal for both day and night, this style has an understated feminine elegance and is also the perfect partner for statement earrings or a bold lip.
19. Wedding Hairstyle + Bangs
When it comes to your wedding day, the perfect bridal hairstyle is at the top of everyone’s list. If you have bangs, there are a wide variety of options to choose from, including a chignon, updo, or braid. One of the most popular hairstyles is a loosely curled side-swept look for those with a thicker, fuller fringe. When selecting your wedding hairstyle with bangs, consider your jewelry, veil, and the neckline of your outfit, as well as the overall feel of your wedding – whether it be modern, vintage, bohemian, or classic.
20. Shag Hairstyle + Bangs
The iconic shag hairstyle is cool again, and it looks great when paired with bangs. These choppy styles flatter nearly all face shapes and create a laidback rock’n’roll vibe. Depending on the type of shag you have, you can choose full, wispy, side-swept, or even baby bangs – however, they will be more textured and uneven to blend them in with the rest of your hair.
21. Small Baby Bangs Hairstyle
Small baby bangs – also known as micro bangs – are a statement-making style that always attracts attention. Perfect for those who have an artistic, quirky, or off-beat aesthetic, micro bangs draw the focus to your eyes and face, meaning they look great paired with bold, graphic make-up. However, micro bangs don’t suit everyone. They are most flattering on long and oval faces, as they can make round and square faces look extra round and emphasize a larger forehead.
22. Curly Fringe Hairstyle
Why not add a cute fringe to your curly mane? Bangs can help take some of the weight out of thick, heavy curls, as well as add structure and a flattering ‘frame’ for your face. Experts generally recommend curly bangs to be longer than straight ones, so the naturally voluminous and bouncy hair falls over your face and stays in place when you style it. It’s also important not to cut curly bangs while the hair is wet and avoid cutting in a straight line as curls shrink up to different lengths. A curly fringe hairstyle is a fresh, dynamic, and fun look that will give your hair a whole new vibe.
23. Thick Straight Bangs
If you’re searching for a dramatic hairstyle, thick, straight bangs should be considered. Sharp and super sleek, these bangs should be paired with an equally precise cut like an inverted bob or lob. Thick, straight bangs also look best on rich and deep hair colors such as scarlet, copper, or black. Before you embrace this hairstyle, bear in mind that thick, straight bangs will need to be trimmed regularly to keep them in line.
24. Updo with Bangs
One of the advantages of bangs is versatility. You can style them in a multitude of different ways to suit your mood, your hair type, and your preference. When it comes to an up-do, match the hairstyle to the type of bangs you have. If your fringe is choppy and messy, try pairing it with a topknot. Alternatively, if you have a wispy fringe, delicate side bangs, or a full side-swept fringe, a beautiful hairstyle option is a soft and romantic low bun. It’s understated enough to wear to class, yet sophisticated and feminine enough for a date or a formal event.
25. Bardot Center-Parted Curtain Bangs
One of the world’s most iconic sex symbols, 1960s actress Brigitte Bardot, was famous for her iconic hairstyle. Her center-parted curtain bangs create the ultimate sultry, sexy frame for the face, putting all the focus on the eyes and cheekbones. While Bardot usually paired this fringe with a back-combed beehive or bouffant, you can keep it low-key with simple tousled waves for a more modern take. However, make sure there’s some volume at the crown of your head to balance out the bangs.
What are bangs?
Bangs – also known as a fringe – is the term given to hair that falls across the forehead from the front hairline.
Are bangs in style?
Because there are so many different types of bangs, they never seem to go out of style! However, curtain bangs and wispy bangs have become more popular.
Should I get bangs?
Bangs immediately change your look, so it's important not to make the decision too rashly. If you don't know how bangs will look on you, try a faux bangs hairstyle to test it out. You can also use image-editing apps to visualize how you'd appear with different types of fringes. A celebrity with a similar face shape and features to you can also be a good guide for whether or not you could pull off bangs. If you're still in doubt, consult with a hairdresser.
What face shape looks good with bangs?
Different bangs suit different face shapes. As a general rule, oval faces can wear most types of bangs. Heart-shaped faces suit wispy curtain bangs and baby bangs, while round faces look best with full, side-swept bangs. Those with longer faces should consider straight, blunt bangs, while long-layered bangs are great for square and oblong faces.
Do bangs make you look younger?
Bangs can make you look younger for one simple reason: because they cover your forehead, they disguise wrinkles!
Does anyone look good with bangs?
No single type of bangs looks good on everyone, but everyone can find a type of bangs to suit them. However, some face shapes are better-suited to bangs than others.
How to cut side bangs?
Cutting side bangs is more challenging than straight bangs, so it's usually best to leave it to the professionals. However, if you want to try it at home, begin by wetting your hair, then creating a triangle-part front section as you would with straight bangs. Next, brush the hair in this section opposite to where you want the final bangs to fall. Finally, twist the section toward the back of the head and cut parallel to the hair parting. As a rule, use the tail of your eyebrow as a guide for where to cut your side bangs – don't cut any further up than that.
How to cut bangs?
The technique for cutting bangs depends on whether your hair is straight or curly, thick or fine. It also varies based on the type of bangs you want. For full, straight bangs, locate the starting point for the fringe section, which is where your head begins to round. Section it off in a triangle shape, then work out where you want your bangs to fall. Hold the hair between your fingers to create a guide and begin trimming the section, holding the scissors at a 7 o'clock angle. This will give you a more even result than trying to cut straight across.
How to grow out bangs?
It takes time to grow out your bangs. How long you'll have to wait before they are completely gone depends on how quickly your hair grows. Keep your hair healthy with vitamins and a balanced diet, and use treatments to keep your scalp in tip-top shape. Disguise your bangs while growing them out by using tricks like braids, the 'tuck-and-roll' bobby pin technique, thin headbands, or clip them to the side with on-trend barrettes.
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