Bangs hairstyles are having a major revival! What are bangs? They are also called fringes and are simply strands or locks of hair that have been cut in a way to make them fall in front of the hairline. They’ve been around forever but really became popular around the 1930s, when movie actress Louise Brooks got a sleek short bob with bangs to match.
Nowadays, fringes are coveted by stars like Reese Witherspoon, Selena Gomez and Rihanna, to name just a few. If you’re questioning if you should get them or are wondering what different types of fringes there are, you’ve come to the right place.
Luckily for you, we’re jumping in to save the day with our edit of all the best fringe hair ideas to try in 2021, plus which face types they suit best and how to style them. Read on to get inspired and also discover our guide to getting bangs, below.
What Different Types of Fringes are There?
This French girl-approved fringe style is flattering on all face shapes (and suitable for all ages), plus you don’t need to have thick locks to pull off this look, as a wispy finish is key. Credit: @beautyspock
Editor’s tip: Wispy types of bangs, like this one, require some added texture to give them that beautifully nonchalant vibe. So, we suggest you give the TRESemmé Day 2 Volumising Dry Shampoo a go!
Not only is this fringe-helper great for giving your mane a lived-in effect, but it can also help to freshen up your fringe and soak up any oil between washes.
2021 is all about experimenting with daring and dramatic looks! The best way to start? By getting micro bangs (AKA baby bangs), which celebrities like Emma Watson and Bella Hadid have both been flaunting.
Since micro bangs can be rocked wispy, choppy or blunt, they can be tailored to suit all face shapes. However, it is particularly flattering on those with heart-shaped faces, as it has a balancing effect that draws attention down and towards the eyes. Credit: @kimcamjones
Unlike Bardot bangs, these Jane Birkin-inspired bangs are left straight and layered, giving them an authentic ’70s cool-girl feel. And seeing how this Insta-babe slays them, they’re sure to get you into the groove.
While you may not be able to get your hands on a Birkin Bag, those with square or long face shapes can count on this eye-grazing style to add softness and create width, rather than elongating your look further. Credit: @montanalower
Wispy Full Fringe
Not quite as daring or high-maintenance as other types of bangs, wispy bangs are delicate and piecey, see-through and practically made for fringe newbies. Plus, these wispy bangs are perfect for bang newbies. Credit: @taylorlashae
Side Swept Fringe
Though there are many different types of bangs being talked about at the moment, we always go back to the OG of bang hairstyles: side-swept bangs.
Side bangs work well on both long and short haircuts, providing the hair with more shape and definition. It’s also the one fringe hairstyle that requires the least commitment, too! This fringe hairstyle works a treat on all face shapes, though we have to say, it’s especially effective for those with round faces. Why? Because it’ll help counteract the circular look of a round face, drawing attention to all the right angles. Credit: @maceyslife
Back in the day, dramatic swoop bangs were all anyone wanted. But, we’ve spotted a few members of the glitterati rocking them recently (we’re looking at you, Reese Witherspoon!), meaning they’re a fringe style to watch.
Unlike side bangs, these types of bangs are much longer and perfect for those of you who want a voluminous look. Since this fringe cut is swept over to a side of your choice, its another type of bang that can flatter all face types and hair textures. Credit: @ashleapenfold
Editor’s tip: Swoop bangs like this call for a lot of volume, which is why we suggest you use the TRESemmé Collagen+ Fullness Thickening Balm. Apply it through damp hair before blow drying to give your hair texture and make it feel thicker.
Full Blunt Bangs
If you want to give off high-fashion vibes, this polished and pristine fringe style is all you need.
These blunt and bold bangs are not made for the faint-hearted! With that in mind, we do think it’s a mesmerising style that can work for ladies with oval face shapes, who are able and lucky enough to pull off anything. Credit: @inherentlyqueer
Editor’s tip: Straight types of bangs, like this one, need the TRESemmé Botanique Natural Hold Hairspray to get them right. This hairspray is ideal for smoothing down any flyaways or cowlicks to give you a super sleek finish, without leaving your hair feeling crispy.
Curls of all shapes and sizes are being celebrated (as they should be!), so it makes sense for curly bangs to take centre stage, too. Need more convincing? Check out this Insta-babe’s gorgeously feminine fringe + curls combo.
Again, like micro bangs, these types of bangs can be tailored to match any face shape, but it also depends on what sort of finish you’re aiming for. If you’re still struggling to figure it out, finding a stylist who understands how to cut and style curly hair will help you out. Credit: @brittsully
Choppy bangs great way to instantly revamp your look and transform your mane. These type of bangs can work on all face types and hair textures! Credit: @thy.time
Pixie Cut Bangs
With all your favourite celebs going shorter, it’s no surprise pixie cuts are becoming the trend du jour. Now, if you really want yours to stand out, you’ll need to team it with French girl-approved bangs like these ones pictured above. Credit: @ursulolita
When it comes to bangs, the best ones help you embrace your texture. Enter: wavy bangs! They are perfect for those with Type 2 wavy hair, or those who don’t mind achieving them with the help of styling tools. Credit: @mermaidjxde
You can’t ever go wrong with long, face-framing bangs. Whether it’s long side-swept bangs or thick long ones, these types of bangs are an easy way to refresh your look.
Long bangs will work perfectly for those who want to make a small change with maximum impact. Also, if you’ve got an angular face shape that needs softening, these bangs will do the trick. Credit: @glendalesalonspa
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 TIGI Bed Head Oh Bee Hive! 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
Team a chic, cheek-length bob with a piecey fringe to emulate this classic Parisian style. Credit: @taylorlashae
Editor’s tip: Use a bit of the VO5 Invisibly Light Hair Oil, to create a glossy finish with this chic style.
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.
Editor’s tip: 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 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.
What Type of Fringe is Best for Your Face Shape?
Not sure which types of bangs will suit you best? The best way to decide is to find one which flatters your face shape perfectly. If you’re not sure what your face shape is, check out our handy graphic below and see which one most closely resembles yours.
If your face is round, you can create definition and add the illusion of angles with side-swept fringes, choppy fringes and rounded blunt bangs.
Try a long fringe, tousled sides fringes and piece-y bangs. These types of fringes will do a great job of softening up your angular features.
Oval Face Shapes
Lucky enough to have an oval face? You can try any of the fringes mentioned, as you have the most balanced face shape.
Heart Face Shapes
If you have a heart-shaped face, you’ll need to pick fringe types that can help balance out your features. You can opt for a choppy fringe, wispy ones or keep this simple with some side bangs.
Want to make your long face appear shorter? Stick to long, heavy fringes. Swoop bangs or Birkin style fringes are our favourites for this face shape.
Diamond Face Shapes
Trying to create the illusion of an oval shape with your diamond face? Opt for long, side-swept bangs to highlight your cheekbones. Or, get a Bardot-esque fringe that is fuller on the side and softer in the middle.
‘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!).
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 fringe hairstyles.
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.
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 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.