Short Bangs: 18 Trendy Ways to Wear This Edgy Style

Miriam Herst | 11 March 2019

Sporting short haircuts with bangs is the perfect new-season look.

If you’re in a season of experimenting with your style and you’re considering trying something new, then you’ve come to the right place. Today we’re making a case for short bangs. This fresh new take on a fringe makes for a bold and edgy look that will help you make a major statement with your strands.

One of our favorite parts about short bangs hairstyles is that they’re relatively low impact in terms of commitment. Sure, they’re a bold and edgy look, but before you know it they’ll grow out into a longer set of full bangs and if you’re so inclined, you can then start growing them out for good. Also, this fringe maintains a chunky, edgy feel at first, and can grow into something more softer over time. Most noteworthy is that fact that they grow out fairly quickly, so if you’re liking your style, regular maintenance is definitely necessary.

If the low-commitment nature of this style coupled with our general excitement both haven’t convinced you to give short hair bangs a try, then one of these inspiration styles definitely will:

1. Wavy Brunette

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One of our favorite ways to wear wavy hair with a fringe.

Almost all short styles are complemented by a wavy texture. Use a 1-inch curling wand to create small waves all throughout your hair. The key to nailing this look is leaving the last half-inch of each strand off of the wand to maintain the straight edge. Leave your fringe straight in contrast, and finish off the look with a mist of TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hair Spray Extend Hold Level 4 for a long-lasting style.


2. Cropped All Around

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Keep it short all around.

Consider an ultra short style to go with your ultra short fringe for an overall cropped look that makes a bold statement.

3. Thick Brown Bob

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A solution for thick-haired girls.

Cut your thick hair into a collarbone-grazing straight-edged bob and pair it with a thick set of straight edged fringe to match.

4. Teased Volume

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Keep up with major volume.

Work some texture into your fringe and your hair in general by spraying your strands with Love Beauty and Planet Coconut Milk & White Jasmine Salt Spritz Texture Spray and letting them air-dry. Use a fine-toothed comb to backcomb your fringe for an extra touch of volume.


5. Straight Across

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A classic and favorite style.

Consider a classic set of straight-across bangs that will frame your face beautifully.

6. Soft Texture

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Soft and romantic waves.

Soften your look with easy and romantic waves. Not all short bangs are edgy and bold: Some are soft and feathered for a super feminine and laid-back look. We love how this soft texture looks in contrast with edgier bangs.

7. Sleek Bob

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Play with different angles.

Consider pairing a sleek bob with a full set of edgy bangs. Combing a dime-sized amount of Nexxus Humectress Encapsulate Serum through your bob will give it an added dose of shine.


8. Swept to the Side

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Side bangs count, too.

Sweep a set of thin side bangs to the side for a more low-key way to give this look a try.

9. Relaxed and Straight

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Try pairing bangs with your relaxed hair.

Consider asking your stylist to cut a set of short feathered bangs into your relaxed hair to take your style to the next level.

10. Blunt Edges

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Double up on different blunt styles.

These super bold eyebrow-grazing bangs are the ultimate example of blunt-edged bangs.

11. Long and Straight

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Try for some length.

Play with drastically different lengths by cutting short fringe into your classic long, straight style.

12. A Colorless Statement

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Go for bold bangs if you’re preserving your hair color.

If you’re determined to maintain your status as a color virgin but still want to find a way to make a statement, then this is the look for you. A thick set of full bangs will give you a bold edge without forcing you to dip into bleached hair territory.

13. Highlighted Layers

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Opt for side bangs that flow into a layered look.

Pairing a choppy layered lob with a set of wispy bangs and adding all-over light blonde highlights is the ideal recipe for a beautifully cohesive look. We love the way these highlights look in contrast with a dark base.

14. Subtle Side Bangs

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A thin layer of side bangs make a subtle statement.

Make a subtle statement by letting your short side bangs peek out of your winter hat.

15. Cropped

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Go for the micro bang.

Go all in with the micro bang. This is one of our favorite examples short bangs and we love when it’s paired with longer contrasting styles.

16. Blown Out

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Learn how to style your bangs yourself.

If you decide to pair your fringe with a short haircut, then you’ll want to learn the art of the at-home blowout. You’ll be amazed by how quickly you can dry your hair while it’s on the shorter side, and you’ll fall in love with the results.

17. Bleached Blunt Bangs

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Go for a thick set of bleached blunt bangs.

Consider asking your stylist to incorporate just a bit more hair than is usually included in your bangs. This extra-thick set of bangs is an eye-catching way to make a chic statement.

18. Angled Bangs

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An unexpected and bold face-framing style.

Finally, consider cutting your fringe into an angled style for an unexpectedly cool and bold style.

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