Believe us when we say that if you’re yet to discover the wonders of side bangs, you’re seriously missing out. Incorporating a fringe into your hairstyle can automatically overhaul your entire look, giving you an on-trend, seasonal update, all without having to do anything too dramatic to your hair.
Regardless of whether you’ve got short, long, curly or poker straight strands, bangs are pretty much universally flattering. And with stars like Reese Witherspoon and Penelope Cruz flying the flag for side-swept bangs, you know it’s worth trying!
So whether you’re a recent convert yourself or you’re still in need of a tad more convincing, click through our gallery of A-list looks, now. Who knows, you might just discover your next style!
1. Reese Witherspoon’s layered look
Reese Witherspoon is one of the first people to come to mind when we think of side fringe bangs, as she’s been living the side-swept life since before her Legally Blonde days.
2. Shailene Woodley’s feminine pixie
Everyone and their mum seems to be going for the chop right now (we blame Cara and Kristen) but if you’re paranoid about looking too boyish, long side bangs are the perfect way to add a feminine twist to shorter cuts.
The Fault in our Stars‘ Shailene Woodley looks radiant with her cropped pixie cut, finishing off her style with one side tucked behind her ear and the other sweeping across her face. This typically androgynous cut has an undeniably feminine edge, which suits the star to a T!
Editor’s tip: If you’re rocking a pixie like Shailene, and want to give side fringe bangs a try, a wax product like the VO5 Soft Moulding Wax will be key. This will help you to work your strands into your desired position and ensure it stays put all day.
3. Keira Knightley’s short side bangs
If low-maintenance is what you’re after, take your style inspo from Kiera Knightley, who pulls off short side bangs like nobody else.
Unlike longer side-swept fringe styles – which can require styling and may need to be touched up throughout the day – Kiera’s cute little fringe looks great just as it is, making this the ultimate carefree style.
4. Cameron Diaz’ long side bangs
By allowing her golden-blonde, long side bangs to hang freely, they add a lived-in, windswept effect to her neat braid and in turn giving the illusion of fuller locks.
5. Penelope Cruz’ flicked-out bangs
There’s nothing better than that fresh-out-the-salon blowdry swishiness, so how would you feel if we told you you could have that everyday? Sounds dreamy, right?
Well, simply take a leaf out of Penelope Cruz’s style files and book yourself in for some flicked-out side bangs. Long hair works great with this style as it emphasises and accentuates the face, but even if you’re rocking a shorter style, it’s a great way to liven up your look and add interest to simple cuts.
This product is particularly good as it contains 24-hour humidity protection, which will work to stop any frizz or flyaways from destroying your blowout.
6. Sarah Hyland’s side-parted bangs
Even if you’re someone who goes back to the same old hairstyles time and time again, side-swept bangs are still worth considering.
7. Gemma Arterton’s beehive side bangs
For a style that transcends the seasons, why not try out an Audrey Hepburn-inspired ’60s style? Bond girl Gemma Arterton added a modern day twist to her baby beehive with a side parting and complimentary side bangs, and it’s safe to say she totally pulled it off.
8. Emma Stone’s Hollywood waves with side bangs
Hollywood waves and long side bangs are one of the most well-loved hairstyle combos of all time. As you can see from Emma Stone‘s look, above, you don’t necessarily have to have long hair in order to pull off the look, just sultry side-sweeping bangs and some glossy, sculpted waves. Who’s ready to hit the red carpet?
Editor’s tip: For hair like a true Hollywood screen siren, treat your mane to an allover spritz of the Toni&Guy Finishing Shine Spray. This will give your strands some serious shine, while also taming any rogue flyaways for a picture-perfect finish.