Bangs (also known as a fringe) are strands of hair cut to stylishly cover the forehead. Typically, fringes fall just above or below the eyebrow and there are many types of bangs out there to try. From classic side fringes to on-trend curtain bangs or even French girl ones, your options are endless — but the most important thing is to pick one that can work with your face shape.
Luckily for you, we’re jumping in to save the day with our edit of the best fringe hair ideas to try in 2021. Read on to get inspired and also discover our guide to getting bangs, below.
This classic style is always on-trend, plus it’s flattering on all face types.
Curtain bangs parted down the middle give off effortless ’70s vibes, especially when teamed with some bedhead waves.
Fine hair? Wispy bangs are destined for your mane and perfect for fringe newbies.
Editor’s tip: Want to give your bangs a voluminous lift? Simply spray the TRESemmé Day 2 Volumising Dry Shampoo on your mane and roots before styling. Et voilà! Instant lift and body.
Want to give your thick hair a refresh? Try getting this choppy fringe haircut done! it’ll help you make the most out of your mane texture and garner you some serious compliments.
If you live for sleek and glossy looks, this straight fringe style is all you need to refer to.
Short Hair With Side Fringe
Side bangs feature a side part (hence their name!) and are the most universally flattering fringe haircut you can covet. They suit all face types, hair lengths and texture, too.
Do you want bangs that will instantly add dimension to your face? Ask for a face-framing cut, like this one, and you’ll be all set.
Thanks to Miley Cyrus, mullets are slowly making a comeback. If you’re feeling brave, you can get one yourself and rock this textured, edgy bangs cut.
Adding some colour to your bangs will take your look to the next level. This e-girl inspired hairstyle is great for aspiring TikTokers.
It’s official, fringes are back and this time, they’re not going anywhere. Classic full fringes can totally transform any cut and this street styler’s mahogany tips give the look a fresh update.
Fringe on Natural Hair
If you thought that hairstyles with bangs were strictly reserved for those with straight hair, think again. Adding a fringe is a flattering way of adding more shape to your coils and taking away some of the weight.
Curly Fringe Hairstyle
if you’re wondering how to style a curly fringe, just take inspiration from this gorgeous, curly updo with bangs.
Fringes look good on any hair colour but when there are hues as pretty as this, how could we resist?
Eyelash Skimming Fringe
If the fear of going too short is what’s putting you off, you can opt for longer, eyelash-skimming fringe styles that you’ll be able to pin back if you have a change of heart.
Blunt Cut Bangs
Pair your blunt bob with an equally sharp straight-across fringe for an easy statement style.
Using a hairdryer and a round brush to style your bangs will make sure there’s no chance of your fringe ever looking flat.
Style ’90s face-framing strands with a flicked-out high pony for a Bella Hadid and Ariana Grande inspired night-out look.
Taylor Swift wears her soft, feathered fringe in a subtle side part with stunning side-swept waves.
With its gorgeously messy texture and casual full fringe, it’s no wonder the shag cut is having a resurgence.
French Bob With a Fringe
Editor’s tip: Use a bit of the VO5 Invisibly Light Hair Oil, to create a glossy finish.
Tumbling waves and a boho fringe give Taylor Hill’s style a distinctively ’70s vibe.
Selena Gomez’ long parted fringe and cute top knot combo works perfectly with her face shape. Plus, it’s a style that can easily take you from day to night.
Proving that sometimes less really is more, Saoirse Ronan’s cropped fringe stole the show at the 2020 Oscars.
Balance out the look of a longer forehead with a long fringe and layers.
Audrey Hepburn Bangs
Soften the look of an edgier short fringe by wearing it parted gently to one side.
Dakota Johnson’s tapered fringe is longer at the sides and shorter in the middle, perfectly framing her heart-shaped face.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
The micro fringe (AKA baby bangs) is seriously cool right now, offering an edgy take on the classic full fringe.
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.
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!
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.
Natural Hair With Bangs
Don’t be fooled into thinking that natural and curly-haired girls can’t rock bangs. Credit: @laurissawillems
Curly Hair With Fringe
Just remember to get a curly hair specialist to cut your hair into a fringe!
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.
Short Layered Hair With Fringe
This short layered look is great for those looking for more volume.
‘Can I Pull off Bangs?’ and Other Frequently Asked Questions
To fringe or not to fringe… that is the question! Over time, we’ve all faced many a fringe-hair dilemma; wondering what fringe hairstyle to try and whether or not it will suit us.
Can I Pull Off Bangs?
Of course! The great thing about fringes and bangs is that there are 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 cut (lucky!).
How Do You Manage Fringe Hair?
Managing a fringe doesn’t have to be difficult. As they’re constantly touching our face, fringes tend to get greasy more quickly, so washing just your fringe will help with this.
How Do You Know If a Fringe Would Suit You?
Try a 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.