Your Ultimate Guide to Bangs

All Things Hair | 21 June 2017

Everything you need to know about bangs.

No matter if your hair length is long or short, bangs allow you to change up your style and make a statement without having to go for the full chop. Whether you opt for a full, straight-across bang or go for something cut off the side, it’s hard to deny that these styles brings undeniable sex appeal to any look. But like any new hairstyle, you’ll want to do your research to know what bang hairstyle to get to best suit your lifestyle, face type and even level of commitment (alas, this is part of the bang lifestyle!). To help you out, we’ve included tons of bang inspiration, tips for cutting bangs, types of bangs, bangs for your face type and even transitional looks to try when you want to grow out your hair bangs.

Ready to make the cut? Read on for everything you need to know about the beloved fringe:

37 Hairstyles with Bangs to Inspire, Plus the Best Types of Bangs for Your Face

Full fringe bangs are one of the sexiest fresh bang hairstyles
Full fringe bangs appear polished and chic. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

1. Full Fringe Bangs

We love nothing more than eyelash-sweeping fall fringes. Having long, full bangs gives you so many options: You can wear them down and straight, or with a few mere sweeps of a brush, turn them into side bangs or curtain bangs. Let your bangs grow out just a bit more than usual and see how many ways you can style them.

Side bangs are one of the most gorgeous fresh bang hairstyles
Choppy side bangs below the eye look edgy. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

2. Side Fringe Bang

If full bangs require too much commitment, fringed bangs that are swept off to one side is a lighter second choice. While this looks stunning on longer lengths, side bangs that are cut blunt and choppy look equally amazing on shorter hairstyles. To pump up your pixie, lob or bob, ask your stylist for a  fringed bang that falls just below the eye.

Baby bangs are one of the trendiest fresh bang hairstyles
Baby bangs, going strong! Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

3. Micro Bangs

As far as fall fringes go, we love micro bangs because they show off gorgeous features! These bangs are best suited to oval-shaped or long faces, as they bisect a high forehead. In fall and winter, micro bangs also look extra cute with a beanie hat. To keep your bangs at just the right length, micro bangs may need to be trimmed more often, so be ready to log in the upkeep (or just use hair extensions if you’re not up for the commitment!).

Curly Shag Bangs are one of the more natural fresh bang hairstyles
Texturized curly shag bangs look natural and feminine. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

4. Curly Shag Bangs

Having curly hair doesn’t mean you need to straighten your bangs everyday! We love the look of curly bangs matched with a modern shag haircut. These types of bangs show off your natural hair texture in a chic, effortless way. To make sure your curly bangs stay soft and manageable, use a hydrating shampoo and conditioner combo to keep your curls from being weighted down.

Flicked side bangs are one of the more practical fresh bang hairstyles
Flicked side bangs pump up all your hair looks. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

5. Flicked Side Fringe Bangs

Fringed side bangs also perk up ponytails, buns and updos, so if you have side bangs don’t be afraid to flick them off to the side for a playful vibe. To achieve those flirty flicks, use a molding paste to mold your bangs into place.

Curtain fringe bangs are one of the most timeless fresh bang hairstyles
Curtain fringe bangs never go out of style! Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

6. Curtain Fringe Bangs

Dramatic curtain fringe bangs give hair a French girl appeal that’s completely timeless. This vintage style usually looks better on longer lengths: It looks elegant and well balanced on hair just below the shoulder or longer. And while it never hurts to wear this style wavy, we’ll admit this is one look straighter textures have to try.

Layered bangs are one of the most versatile fresh bang hairstyles
Use gel to play up your layered bang look.

7. Layered Bangs

Shaggy layered bangs can also look trendy, especially when they are worn on medium lengths. Feel free to wear this style straight and polished, but also be encouraged to use some gel to create an edgy bang style.

red wavy hair with bangs
A dramatic hairstyle is perfect for a night on Broadway or at the opera. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

8. Texturized Bangs

What better night to style your hair in the most dramatic way than when taking in a show? When it comes to big-night hairstyles, bangs, especially an airy fringe with lots of movement and texture, is fit for a night at the opera. To give your hair a touch of body, use Bed Head by TIGI Superstar Queen For A Day Thickening Spray throughout the mid-lengths to ends of your hair. Pair your look with a formal gown and you’re good to go.

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BED HEAD BY TIGI SUPERSTAR QUEEN FOR A DAY THICKENING SPRAY

wispy updo with bangs
Edgy hairstyles with bangs can be transformed into a girly look. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

9. Wispy Updo with Bangs

What’s a normally-rock-chic girl to do when she has to attend a super girly, elegant wedding? Embrace a look that still stays true to her, that’s what! Complement your edgy personality with a set of wispy bangs. To get the super defined, piecey effect, use Bed Head by TIGI Manipulator Cream to create a separated and textured look with a matte finish.

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BED HEAD BY TIGI MANIPULATOR CREAM

blunt flipped bangs
Use blunt bangs to your advantage: Make a statement with your look with minimal effort. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

10. Flipped Blunt Fringe

Whether attending with a date or hosting your own event, tap into your artsy personality by wearing a bold fringe to an art opening. Opt for a more undone finish with a slight reversed bend at the ends of your hair. To achieve, prep your hair with TRESemmé Get Sleek Heat Protection Spray, flat iron your hair straight and flip the ends outward.

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TRESemmé GET SLEEK HEAT PROTECTION SPRAY

see-through bangs
Wear them open or closed. See-through bangs offer you the ability to switch up your style. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

11. See-Through Bangs

What makes these bangs so versatile? You can wear them opened or closed. To get a fringe like this, ask your stylist for a light fringe that’s long enough to be split down the center and worn with a middle part. When the weather gets hot and you want some air in your hair, use your fingers to separate your bangs to create this wispy effect.

side-swept bangs
Update your look with the season with an easy-to-style side-swept fringe.

12. Side-Swept Bangs with Long Hair

If you’re a gal that loves a side part but also wants to try your hand at a fresh fringe with little change to your length, side-swept bangs might be the look for you. This style can be paired with a long, flowing style or you can pull it up into a chic topknot when you’re out and about on the weekends.

kinky bangs
Freestyle your bangs for the warmer seasons. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

13. Kinky Bangs

For women with naturally curly and wavy hair, the warmer months call for embracing their natural texture (less fuss straightening and more time out having fun!). In terms of versatility with this style, you can switch up the look by playing with different curl or wave options: One day you may want a tight curl or wave, and one day you may opt for a looser version. For a tighter curl, use some gel, like TRESemmé Flawless Curls Defining Gelto style your hair but skip the stretching method. Smooth the product throughout your hair and allow your curls to dry naturally.

fake bangs
Now you see it, now you don’t! Fake bangs are a super easy and stylish option for the warmer seasons. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

14. Fake Bangs

When all else fails, a temporary fix always comes to the rescue. This is especially great if you’re not sure about getting bangs for the warmer months. For this look, opt for clip-on or a fake bang if you really want a truly versatile ’do. When you’re in the mood for hair with bangs, clip ’em on, and try your hand at our easy faux bang tutorial.

blunt fringe bangs
A blunt fringe is dramatic and high fashion. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

15. Blunt Fringe

For an ultra sleek look, try stick-straight, blunt bangs. These cute bangs require a precise cut, so see your favorite salon for a trim. When you style bangs this straight, you’ll need the help of a good flat iron for a truly flawless look. And since all that heat concentrated on your bangs is a literal hot bed for damage, make sure you protect your hair with TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray before styling.

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TRESemmé THERMAL CREATIONS HEAT TAMER SPRAY

medium fringe bangs
A medium fringe gives your cut a grungey vibe. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

16. Medium Fringe Bangs

Fringed short bangs were one of the biggest styles on the runways this year, as they gave bobs and pixie cuts some extra depth and definition. To get the look, ask your stylist to cut your bangs into a fringed and layered style. This helps frame the face and gives your overall look a rocker-chic vibe. Styling these bangs is fairly easy, but if you want to style them straight, using a good styling product that stands tall against humidity and flyways is always recommended. TRESemme Keratin Smooth Serum helps keep frizz at bay.

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TRESemmé KERATIN SMOOTH SHINE SERUM

 

 

 

 

long side bangs
A long, sweeping side bang is great for straight hair. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

17. Long Side Bang

Great for straighter hair types, a long, sweeping side bang can help give your hair a more free-flowing, tousled effect. To get that bohemian vibe, ask your stylist to keep your layers long, wispy and off to the side. To style, simply use a great straightening cream on clean and damp hair to give your fringe a bit of structure.

graphic bowlcut bangs
A graphic bang helps enhance a trendy bowlcut. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

18. Graphic Bowlcut Bangs

Like a micro fringe, bowlcut bangs are definitely on-trend. To get this look, you’ll definitely want your bangs to sit above the brow. This helps your shorter layers pop in the back.

wispy and loose bangs
Leave some long tendrils out for a romantic look. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

19. Wispy and Loose

Maybe you want bangs, but don’t want the full short chop. In this situation, go for extra long side bangs. You can leave your long layers straight for a sleek look, or curl them for a more romantic effect when paired with a chic updo.

french braid with bangs
The braid and bang combo will never go out of style. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

20. French Braid with Bangs

We love how edgy this braid-and-bang combo works on rooty blonde hair. A simple braided style may not seem directional, but paired with some cool side-swept bangs, and the style goes from sweet to downright exciting. Increase the contrast of this look by braiding your hair as tightly as possible.

dreadlock beehive with bangs
Wear a bold hairstyle with your fringe. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

21. Dreadlock Beehive with Bangs

We know that a big beehive isn’t your standard day-to-day look. But for when the occasion permits, pairing a bold style (like this rope-twisted/dreadlocked version, above) with elegant swooping bangs will give you the perfect combination of vintage and modern. Still not convinced? You can lessen the height of your beehive as desired.

side bangs with turban
A chic accessory is always a fun way to accentuate your bangs.

22. Side Bangs and Turban

Bangs look super cute when paired with a headband. Try out a fun turban style headband for a bold look that transitions from season to season.

razored bangs
Razored bangs have a sexy retro feel. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

23. Razored Bangs

Hair that’s a bit laid-back and tousled is our new favorite style. Follow our step-by-step tutorial to try Model Off Duty hair and pair it with razored bangs. This look, which was big in the 1970s, can be achieved by cutting the center shorter than the temples using a razor.

side bangs on long hair
A dramatic side bang with an equally dramatic hair flip. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

24. Side Bangs with Long Hair

Long hair and bangs are a pretty cool combo, and is one that you can take up a notch. Use your curling iron to flip your hair upwards, creating this dramatic swoop.

side bangs to try
More power to the lob with a side bang!

25. Side Bangs on Medium Hair

Lob power forever, right? If you want to mix up this beloved style without going for a big chop, the side bang might be perfect for you. We love how this look accentuates your features, while still remaining on-trend.

subtle side bangs
Sometimes a subtle side bang is all you need. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

37. Blown-Out

Maybe there are some days when you want bangs, and others where you could do without them. Enter: the subtle blown-out fringe, a best-of-both worlds option that allows you to mix up your style as needed. We suggest to start out with a full bang then shift it to the side every now and again.

How to Trim Your Bangs

how to trim your bangs
Using the right tools is key to trimming your own bangs.

1. Find some inspiration.

One of the most important steps in this process is finding the right inspiration. Choosing a realistic model that has both a similar bone structure and hair type as you is key in finding a look that is guaranteed to suit you. We’ve scattered a few inspiration photos throughout this article to give you a head start!

2. Get the right tools.

You’ll need a couple of tools on hand before you begin. First is a pair of hair cutting shears, which are smaller, thinner and sharper than the average pair of scissors you may have at home. Use these scissors when you trim so you don’t accidentally cut off more than you would have hoped (RIP, 1st grade yearbook picture!) You’ll also need a comb, your normal bang styling tools (like a blowdryer or hair straightener), and a hair tie if you have longer hair.

3. Before you cut:

Employ your best friends and run the idea by them. While everyone’s taste is different, your friends will ensure that you don’t remember 2017 as the year of the bad bangs! Believe us, we’ve been there.

Once you’ve found an inspiration photo that matches your hair type and texture, it’s time to start cutting. While we always suggest leaving all hair cutting and dyeing to the pros, it’s possible to score the look you want at home. We would strongly emphasize that less is more when it comes to cutting your hair, and we urge you to remember that you can always cut more if needed.

4. Create your sections; DO NOT WET HAIR.

Use your fine-toothed comb to detangle and section a thin layer of hair at your hairline, measuring about two to three inches wide. You’ll also need the rest of your hair out of the way, so for longer-haired gals, tie all the rest of your hair back with a hair tie or pin back any hair you don’t want to cut. Do NOT wet your hair before cutting, as hair shrinks when it’s dry and you might end up with a length shorter than intended.

5. Time to cut!

Hold your fingers in a mock scissor shape at a diagonal angle an inch or two lower than where you think you want your bangs to fall (again, this bears repeating, they will shrink when completely dry). Cut just below your fingers. To take away the blunt edge you’ll be left with, hold the scissors vertically and cut into the bottom of your bangs. This will leave you with a soft feathered edge.

6. Style your new fringe.

Shake out your hair (it’s the best part of getting new bangs) and get to styling! Prep with a thermal protector, like TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray, then blow-dry them into your preferred style (we personally like a slightly tousled look, so maybe rough-dry hair with your hands instead of a round brush).

7. Dry shampoo is your friend.

Bangs tend to get oilier than the rest of your hair since they’re sitting on your face all day. You might also be touching them more than you do the rest of your hair. A dry shampoo, like Dove Refresh+Care Volume and Fullness Dry Shampoo, is ideal to have on hand so you can refresh your scalp and sop up any excess grease that can be weighing down your fringe.

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DOVE REFRESH+CARE VOLUME AND FULLNESS DRY SHAMPOO

 

6. Maintain your trim.

While everyone’s hair grows at a different pace, it’s much more noticeable when bangs start to grow out than it is with the rest of your hair (as in, they’ll literally be in front of your eyes). You’ll probably find that you need to trim them every three to four weeks.

Full Bangs to Side-Swept Bangs: How to Make the Transition

going from full bangs to side bangs
These bangs? Not quite ready to cut.

1. Let them grow.

If you have bangs that rest above your eyebrows, let them grow until they touch your brows, at least. Having long bangs can give you a little more wiggle room to both style your hair and correct the shape. If you’ve been rocking the micro bangs look, give them month or so to grow.

2. Change your part.

Before doing any crafty cutting, first play around with the shape of your bangs a bit by shifting them to the side. If you have a center part, it will look much smoother (and your cowlick will lay flatter) if you choose a side part to wear with side-swept bangs. Depending on your haircut, changing parts may make your ends off kilter. In that case, head over to your local hair salon for an angled trim. This will enable your new bangs to take shape while you get rid of any dead ends.

3. Trim your fringe.

We know what you’re thinking: what is the point of trimming full bangs if the goal is to grow them out? Trust us, a few little snips will help you get the perfect side-swept look you crave. Starting with the hair nearest your part, cut it ever so slightly shorter. Angle downwards towards the rest of your hair. The goal is to have the other end of your partline longer, so you can tuck this behind your ear if desired.

4. Go in the right direction.

To style your once-full bangs into a side-swept look, you’ll need some help from your awesome blowdryer. Since your bangs are used to going straight down (and not to the side), you’ll need to direct them by blow-drying your hair at an angle and in the direction you’d like your bangs to lie.

5. Have hair products on hand.

When blow-drying your bangs, you’ll need to have a few hair care products on hand. One of our must-haves is a heat protectant. Another handy tool for your bangs is a round brush (we like Nexxus Ibiza B5 Round Hair Brush) that can help you get a full, rounded look. You’ll also need to have some dry shampoo to help refresh those second-day bangs so they don’t get stringy!

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IBIZA B5 ROUND HAIR BRUSH

Fringes for Every Face Type

This is a breakdown of fringes by face shapes, specifically heart-shaped, square, oval, triangle, inverted triangle, long and round. Out of all of these face shapes, people with oval faces can pull off any type of bangs. If you have an oval face and are indecisive about which fringe to get, think about the facial feature you’d want to highlight (or downplay), and go from there.

side swept bangs blonde hair
Soften up strong lines with a side-swept fringe. Photo credit: indigtalimages.com

Side-Swept Bangs

For: square, heart, oval, inverted triangle
Why: Side swept bangs soften the angles and corners, especially those with a square face or an inverted triangle shape. On heart-shaped faces, side-swept bangs with an angled cut on each side removes some of the width around your cheek area and softens up your angles.

blunt fringes
A blunt fringe can add the illusion of length to a full face.

Straight/Blunt Bangs

For: oval, round, heart, long
Why: Blunt bangs add length to your face. For face types that are round or heart-shaped, your cheek area tends to be the fuller part of your face and you want to add length to this area and not width. To take away from your full cheeks , a one-length fringe that’s cut straight across gives the illusion of a lengthened face. Add horizontal lines to a long face with full fringe, as this will also disguise a high forehead.

textured bangs
Girls love curls. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Textured Bangs

For: round, oval, triangle
Why: Especially on curly and wavy hair, textured bangs give your fringe movement. If you have straight hair, the choppy detail on this fringe helps highlight your eyes. We recommend creating a slight angle to your bangs to also highlight your cheekbones, which, in rounder faces, helps it blend in with your hair length. On triangle faces, you can use these stylish bangs to hide certain features of your face; for many, it’s the width of their foreheads.

long brown straight hair
Opt for eye-grazing bangs. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Eye Grazing Bangs

For: square, oval
Why: Eye-grazing bangs are stylish with their long length—but make sure you can see!—and they add softness to the face. Get a fringe just below the brow. On square face shapes, add an off-center part to your bangs to eliminate any hard lines. With these bangs, unless you’re going for a blunt cut, add an angle to the ends so that the bangs can gradually blend into your existing hair length. This makes it look less harsh, especially for square faces with broad foreheads as the longer layers of the bang at the sides soften out the face and conceal the hairline. For oval face shapes, this technique is a great opportunity to draw attention to your eyes.

What’s the Right Bang Length for Me?

thick long bangs
A full, fashion-forward bang worn with curls is up your alley. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

1. Thick, Long Bangs

This look is all about the attention that is going to get drawn to your face. This is a great look to try if you have a long forehead. Bonus: if you don’t love them after a month (or 2 seconds after opting for the chop), they are the easiest fringe to grow out.

bang length above the eyebrows
An elementary-school look is fresh and quirky. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

2. Above the Eyebrows

For those willing to take risks, opt for a haircut that goes right above your eyebrows. Reminiscent of a schoolgirl hairstyle, make sure to get your  fringe cut by a professional or you’ll likely end up with a jagged-looking bang.

bang length micro fringe
Locs + a micro fringe make for an unusual look.

3. Micro Fringe

This look is so hot this year and isn’t going away anytime soon. Shorter than the above-the-eyebrow fringe, this look is all about thick and short bangs, usually cut straight across… just three inches shorter than usual.

natural and wispy bangs
High ponies are a great foil for airy bangs. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

4. Natural and Wispy

Maybe you want a bang length that’s low-commitment? Then this look is for you. This easy, breezy fringe is all about loose, wispy layers that accentuate around your face. Bored of them? Simply place them back with some bobby pins for a whole new look (and you) for the day.

Why I Got Hair Bangs: One Writer’s Take

I got full bangs! I’m still pretty excited about them. This isn’t my first foray into the world of the fringe. I yo-yoed back and forth between having side bangs and growing them out throughout most of my life. Actually, I did have full hair bangs once before, maybe four or five years ago, but I immediately grew them out because, frankly, I didn’t know how to style them.

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Bangs on Allison. Photo credit: Allison Schmidt

I’ve never been one to have a signature style with my hair. I switch things up a lot because life is way too short to be bored with your hair! Around two-ish years ago I had really long, totally dye-free hair, so I had it lopped off and donated it.

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It was the first time I really liked the look of hair swooping in front of my face instead of having it pulled back most of the time. Before deciding to get the bangs I’ve got now, I toyed back and forth to getting this same asymmetrical cut again. The only reason I decided against it is because winter is coming and this feels like a really summery cut.

So still craving a hair change, I watched way too many how-to style/trim/blow-dry/grow out bangs videos on YouTube and decided to make the cut! I did cut my bangs myself at home with my trusty pair of hair cutting shears, and I’m so happy with how they turned out.

It’s nearly a month on of having bangs and I’m still really pleased with them. I’ve been loving the way that they changed up my look and they add so much more interest to my everyday half-up ponytail. I’m still patting myself on the back for consistently styling them and not just pinning them back. Now that styling my bangs is part of my daily routine, I think I’ll keep them around for a while.

Next hair change? I’m thinking some color; maybe an ombré, maybe I’ll make it pink! Stay tuned!

Growing Bangs Out: Hideaway Hairstyle Ideas to Try

growing bangs twisted updo
Wrap your bangs into a curled twist when you’re growing them out.

1. French Twist Updo

Do you have a formal occasion coming up and need to tuck away your bangs? Try out this elegant French twist updo that combines a vintage hair idea with a modern edge. To get your bangs to stick in this rolled style, make sure to have plenty of small bobby pins and some hairspray. Set your style with this hairspray to ensure that no little pieces of your bangs pop out.

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A half twist is a cool way to push your bangs back. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

2. Half Twists

For a different take on a twisted style, try out these chic half twists. To create this style, simply twist the front section of your hair backwards, starting with your bangs. Pin close to your ears for a low key look. The higher you pin the twisted section (and the more voluminous it is), the more vintagey this style will look.

growing bangs top knot hair
Bring your hair (and bangs) up in a chic top knot as they grow out.

3. Topknot

When you’ve been growing bangs out for a while you’ll finally get to the cheekbone grazing length. Now you’ll be able to get your bangs to fit into a modern topknot! We love wearing topknot hairstyles on second- or third-day hair. Use Bed Head By TIGI Oh Bee Hive! Dry Shampoo to refresh your day-old bangs. Then, pull your hair into a bun right on top of your head. Use some bobby pins for any flyaways.

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BED HEAD BY TIGI OH BEE HIVE! DRY SHAMPOO

growing bangs braids
A modern braided style is a fun way to conceal your bangs.

4. Braided Half-Updo

If your bangs aren’t quite at knot length yet, try this braided half-up variation. This is perfect for when you start growing bangs longer and want them out of the way. The braids will hold the tiny hairs in place so you won’t have any issues with flyaways. Create this style by making three evenly spaced parts in the middle of your head, then braid them back until you reach the crown of your head. When you have the braids completed, wrap the ends into a bun and no one will be the wiser that you even have bangs!

growing bangs braided hairstyle
Add some braids to your hair when you’re growing out your bangs. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

5. Braid Back

For the easiest way to tuck away bangs, try this braided-back hairstyle. Start the braid as low as you can get your bangs to reach to help you create a chic half-up hairstyle.

Want to look into layers? Check out fun ways to wear layers on hair.