Bangs (also known as a fringe) are strands of hair cut to stylishly cover the forehead. Typically, bangs or fringes fall just above or below the eyebrows, but there are many styles of bangs out there.
But luckily for you, we’re jumping in to save the day (and your hair). So, instead of laying waste to all your well-intended hair efforts and pouring over endless pictures of hairstyles with bangs, just sit back, relax and read through our guide to bangs.
1. Fringe for fine hair
Love the idea of a dramatic full fringe, but don’t want the feeling of having most of your face covered all the time? Adding a small twist, like a centre parting, can tone down the harshness of some fringes, while bringing a touch of sweetness and femininity to your style.
2. Long hair with fringe
Typically characterised by a strong and wide jaw, those with square face shapes can draw upon the power of bangs hairstyles to softly counteract their powerful features.
3. Short hair and long fringe
Long and piecey is the fringe style that works best for square face types, instantly refreshing your whole look by adding a more delicate finish – just like it has for Nicole Richie!
4. Medium-length hair with fringe
Start by keeping your fringe hair smooth and sleek, and avoid the dreaded fringe frizz, by using a specially designed wash and care duo to keep frizzy locks at bay. We love the TONI&GUY Damage Repair Shampoo and Conditioner, which will leave hair looking beautiful and feeling silky smooth.
Then control your fringe but still retain some flex with the VO5 Flexible Hold Hairspray. It’ll give you touchable hold, as well as ensuring that your fringe is looking on-point all day long!
5. Black hair with fringe
For a low maintenance way to work hairstyles with bangs, we suggest opting for a length that is just below the brow, and asking your stylist to feather in the centre section so that it feels light above your eyes.
6. Blonde hair with fringe
Short hairstyles can look just as good with a fringe hair, and this pixie cut – complete with a full blunt fringe – just proves it!
7. Short hair with full fringe
Of course, deciding to take the plunge and going for short hair and bangs like this French girl-inspired hairstyle is a brave move – but we’re confident that this bold, sophisticated and super stylish look will help inspire you.
8. Short hair with fringe
The trick to nailing a fringe when you have a round face, is to opt for a daring, graphic look. Note that this fringe haircut works especially well for thick hair, as it will appear less wispy and more structured.
9. Short hair and graphic fringe
If you share the same face shape as The Voice UK judge Jennifer Hudson, take a leaf out of her book and work graphic bangs that serves as a talking point – for all the right reasons, of course.
10. Shoulder-length hair with side fringe
To get a lovely, soft finish to your hair, bangs can be swept to the side for a sultry, yet pretty way to rock the look! This is an elegant and flirty way to experiment with fringes and, if kept long enough, can even clip it back when you want to.
11. Side fringe hair
Psst: A side-swept fringe works amazingly well for all hair lengths, whether you have ultra-lengthy locks, medium tresses or even a cropped pixie!
12. Long layered hair with fringe
This fringe hair look is often much easier to maintain than a full, blunt fringe, as it doesn’t need to be super smooth or sleek to look great!
13. Full fringe with long hair
If you’re blessed with an oval face, you can feel safe knowing that every single fringe type will not only serve to freshen your style, but will also flatter your face! But why not try opting for a fringe like Lea Michele? Because it hangs just below the brow, you can wear it straight with a middle parting, or swept to the side whenever the mood takes you!
14. Romantic side fringe
Looking to grow out your fringe or not sure if you’re ready for bangs? A feathery, swooping, side fringe is a natural way to transition or to experiment idea of a fringe.
15. Micro bangs
The micro fringe (AKA baby bangs) is seriously cool right now, offering an edgy take on the classic full fringe.
16. Short fringe with long hair
This short fringe with long hair looks perfectly laid-back. In our opinion, the beachy waves with a just-above-the-brow, full baby bangs just ooze effortless, cool-girl vibes.
17. Wavy hair with fringe
Whether it’s a new fringe you’re after or you’re battling hair boredom, this long fringe look is sure to shake things up for your style!
18. Hair up with fringe
Messy textures are great for giving off cool-girl-vibes. It works so well with a cute micro fringe and face-framing tendrils like Imogen Poots proves.
19. Natural hair with bangs
Don’t be fooled into thinking that natural and curly haired girls can’t rock bangs. Credit: @laurissawillems
20. Curly hair with fringe
Just remember to get a curly hair specialist to cut your hair into a fringe because shrinkage is a real thing!
21. Fake bangs
Loving these fringe ideas? Still not sure if you’re willing to part with your hair? Bangs needn’t be scary because you can simply fake it ’til you make it with this easy, faux fringe.
Just create a high ponytail and flip your hair forward to create the illusion of a fringe. Then tie a bandana or scarf to finish off the look.
22. Short layered hair with fringe
Thinking about if you can get a fringe with short hair? We think that this short layered hairstyle
‘Can I pull off bangs?’ and other frequently asked questions
To fringe or not to fringe… that is question! Over time, we’ve all faced many a fringe-hair dilemma; wondering what bangs hair look to try and whether or not it will suit us. It’s certainly not a choice to be taken lightly, so doing some thorough research is highly advised.
Can I pull off bangs?
Of course! The great thing about fringes and bangs is that there just so many different styles available that almost anyone can pull off bangs.
What kind of bangs should I get?
Blunt fringes look great with heart-shaped faces, while oval faces can pretty much wear any style of fringe (lucky!).
How do you manage fringe hair?
Managing a fringe doesn’t have to be difficult. You’ll find that all the brushing will make your fringe get greasy quickly so washing just your fringe will help with this.
How do you know if a fringe would suit you?