22 fringe hairstyles and haircuts to suit just about anyone

All Things Hair | 01 March 2019
Long fringe - fringe hair

The best fringe hairstyles around with styling tips and tricks. 

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

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The centre part never looked so good! Credit: indigitalimages.com

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

long layered haircut on brown hair with bangs
Be on trend with a set on long bangs. Credit: indigitalimages.com

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

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A long fringe, hair you’ll want to try. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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

woman on the runway with a long fringe hairstyle wearing a pastel pink outfit
Graze those eyes with a long fringe. Credit: indigtalimage.com

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.

VO5 Flexible Hold Hairspray

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

Alexandra Burke with a brow grazing fringe and a high bun
Alexandra Burke rocks this look with a laid back bun. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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

model with platinum blonde hair cut into a short shag haircut and blunt bangs, wearing dark red lipstick
Shag cut + blunt bangs = hair goals! Credit: indigitalimages.com

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

close up of street style model with short hair with fringe, wearing red scarf
Think short hair with a fringe won’t work? This gorgeous look will make you think again. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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

Pixie cut and fringe hair
The ultimate style statement – fringe hair with a difference! Credit: indigitalimages.com

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

Jennifer Hudson - 2017 - Dark pixie cut and fringe hair
Jennifer Hudson rocking the dark pixie hair and graphic fringe combo.Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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

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Rock the side fringe for a sultry twist on the look. Credit: indigitalimages.com

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

Reese Witherspoon with side fringe wearing yellow strapless dress
Side fringes look fab on heart-shaped faces. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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

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A blunt fringe for a bold look. Credit: indigitalimages.com

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

Lea Michele with full fringe wearing purple glittery dress
Any fringe goes with oval face shapes! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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

actress shailene woodley with soft brunette swoop bangs in an updo
Sweeping styles can really dress up an updo. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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

strawberry blonde hair - micro bangs - short hair - fashion show
Micro bangs are our latest hair obsession. Credit: indigitalimages.com

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

a female model with long blonde hair with bangs
Ever wondered if you cut your bangs too short? Not with this look! Credit: indigitalimages.com

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

singer camila cabello with long dark brunette hair and grown out bangs
Growing out your bangs doesn’t have to be a painful process. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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

Micro fringe: Imogen Poots with wavy dirty blonde hair and micro fringe styles in a messy bun smiling.
Give your everyday style an overhaul. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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

blonde natural haired woman with a full fringe wearing a denim jacket and striped tshirt
Bangs aren’t off limits to curly girls. Credit: Instagram.com/laurissawillems

Don’t be fooled into thinking that natural and curly haired girls can’t rock bangs. Credit: @laurissawillems

20. Curly hair with fringe

girl with red ginger curly hair and fringe
Girls with curls and waves can join the fringe gang too. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Just remember to get a curly hair specialist to cut your hair into a fringe because shrinkage is a real thing!

21. Fake bangs

a girl with faux bangs hair smiling outside
Fake it till you make it! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

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

Blonde woman with short hair and wipsy fringe hair cut looking to her right
Should you get bangs if you have short hair? Credit: indigitalimages.com

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

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Trust us: almost anyone can pull off a fringe hairstyle.

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!).

Micro fringes work well with glasses but if you have a fuller face shape you might want to consider a soft wispy fringe or side-swept bangs.

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.

Then use dry shampoo to refresh your hair in between washes and keep grease at bay.  And finally, blow dry your fringe to give it body and fullness and try using rollers to fight a flat fringe!

How do you know if a fringe would suit you?

Try fake fringe before you take the plunge and cut your hair! It’s a great way to figure out if you’re ready to cut your hair without actually cutting it and read our ‘should I get bangs?’ guide too.