How to Get Side Bangs, Plus an Inspiring Gallery

All Things Hair | 16 May 2017

Take your hair to the side with this chic option for your bangs.

The change of the seasons have long been considered an ideal time to embrace the magic of a hair makeover. However, we get that a drastic haircut isn’t for everyone where you might want to consider something a little more subtle like scoring side bangs. As one of the easiest ways to try out a new look without making too drastic of a change, light wispy side bang hairstyles can be super flattering as you enhance your frame. Plus, we just love how subtle changes can be major game changer, helping you to rock a new hairstyle without having to do all that much (#lazygirlsdream). Or, maybe you already have full bangs and want to make the transition to take things to side. That’s cool, too! In our comprehensive guide to everything side bangs, we are covering how to cut them, how to transition from full to side bang styles and featuring an inspiring gallery to get you motivated to rock this side. Read on:

How to Cut Your Own Side Bangs Hair

take your hair to the side with side bangs
Side bangs are super versatile for all hair types.

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 headstart but check out this article for more tips on how to style your side bangs and for some more inspiration.

2. Talk it out.

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.

3. Before you cut.

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 is 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 but you can’t magically grow your hair. (Sigh, if only.)

4. Time to cut!

Section of a thin layer of hair at your hairline that measures about two-three inches. 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. 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.

5. Take care of your bangs.

Bangs tend to get a little bit more oily than the rest of your hair as they’re sitting on your face all day and you may be touching them more than you touch the rest of your strands. Find a dry shampoo, like Dove Refresh + Care Volume and Fullness Dry Shampoo, to refresh your hair.

6. Maintain your bangs.

While everyone’s hair grows at a different pace, it’s much more noticeable when side bangs start to grow out than it is with the rest of your hair. You’ll probably find that you need to trim them every two to three weeks.

Growing out full bangs isn’t always easy. Hair tends to grow at a rate of half an inch per month. So, depending on how long your hair is (and if you want all of your hair the same length) it could take some time to completely grow out full bangs! As far as we’re concerned, after you get past jaw-length bangs, you’ll be open up to more hairstyling ideas from ponytails to face framing layers. Until you get there, you can go from full bangs into cool side bangs in just a few easy steps. Read on to learn more about how to transition your full bangs into stylish side bangs.

Full Bangs to Side Bangs: Making the Transition

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

1. Let your bangs grow.

If you have bangs that rest above your eyebrows, let them grow until they get to the length of your eyebrows, at least. Having long bangs can give you a little more wiggle room to both style your hair and correct the shape to make side bangs. So, if you’ve been rocking the micro bangs look, give them month (or so) to grow out and then start with your full bangs to side bangs transition.

2. Change the part of bangs.

First, before doing any crafty cutting, 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 if you choose a side part to wear with side bangs. Depending on your haircut, changing parts may make your ends off kilter. If that is the case, head over to your local  hair salon for an angled trim. This will enable your new bangs to take shape as you get rid of any dead ends.

3. Trim your hair.

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 to get the perfect side bangs shape. 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 bangs (not on the side of your part) the longest.

side bangs on long hair
Side bang perfection.

4. Go in the right direction.

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

5. Have hair products on hand.

When blowdrying your bangs you’ll need to have a few hair care products on hand. One of our must-have’s is heat protectant like the TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray. This formula works to protect your hair from frying, while also making it shiny and soft. Another handy tool for your bangs is the Ibiza B5 Round Hair Brush that can help you get the rounded side bangs look. You’ll also need to have some more dry shampoo to help refresh those second-day bangs.

Inspiring Side Bangs to Try

side bangs on a pixie cut
Enhance your pixie with a side bang. Photo credit:

1. Side Bangs Short with a Pixie

We love all of the variations that we’ve been seeing of the classic pixie. From spiky to a shaved undercut, there are tons of modern ways to rock this short cut. Another fun option is playing with some length by going for a side bang that covers your forehead. Place it on your preferred side and clip it back with some bobby pins if you want a fringe break.

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A dramatic side bang with an equally dramatic hair flip. Photo credit:

2. Side Bangs with Long Hair

Long hair and bangs are a pretty cool combo that you can take up a notch up flipping your side bang style. Use your curling iron to flip your hair upwards, creating this fierce yet dramatic style.

side bangs to try
Power to the lob with a side bang!

3. Side Bangs on Medium Hair

Lob power forever, right!? Well, 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 the side bang style can frame your face, accentuating your features, while you still maintain this cool-girl look.

side bangs in a half-up hairstyle
Side bangs can easily be incorporated into your hairstyling routine. Photo credit:

4. Faux Side Bangs

Or maybe you’re not ready to commit but want to test out the waters with a side bang. You can easily incorporate this into your look by brushing the top part of your hair and swooping it to the side. Pin it back into your half-updo or ponytail for a dip into the side bang life.

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

5. Subtle Side Bangs

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

Looking for even more info on side bangs? Check out our article on how to braid bangs that includes five braided looks for fringe

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