The new year is quickly approaching, which means you’re gonna wanna switch up your hair—IDK why, maybe it’s the long-ass winters—but before you reach for a bottle of dye, why not consider a pretty crop of bangs instead? My rationale: They frame your face, work on every texture, and, contrary to anxious beliefs, they do actually grow out. Eventually.
Need some fringe-spo to convince you? See below for 15 bang hairstyles guaranteed to look good on everyone. Chop, chop, folks!
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Why It Works: You can wear a mussed up bang like this with a ripped tee or a gorgeous gown, like Taylor’s wearing here.
Styling Tip: Tousled bangs are all about the low-maintenance vibes, so touch them up with only a few flat-iron passes and a light mist of medium-hold hairspray to avoid annoying flyaways. Want more texture? Hit them with texture spray 0r dry shampoo and mess them up with your fingertips.
Why It Works: If you have a thick bang, like Jameela Jamil’s, a split at the center is a good option to just styling them all down—plus, creating an “A-shape” in the middle helps train your bangs if you actually want to grow them out.
Styling Tip: Use an oval brush to blowout your bangs, create the separation in the center, and then finish with a strong hold hairspray to keep everything in place.
“Breakfast at Tiffany’s”-Like Bangs
Why It Works: Emily channels Audrey Hepburn with bangs that hit right above her brows, pointing all the attention to her eyes, while the longer pieces perfectly frame her cheekbones.
Styling Tip: Use a flat iron and feed sections of your bangs in between its plates in an “S” formation—this will give your fringe that slight cool-girl bend.
Cute Curtain Bang
Why It Works: Parting long bangs down the middle and curling the edges away from your face, like Camila Cabello’s, gives you the style payoff of a heavy fringe, without all the annoyances of having them fall in your eyes during the day.
Styling Tip: Style your hair as usual, then, on just your bangs, flat-iron your hair from the roots to mid-shaft to nix frizz and keep them from poufing up. Finish with a touch of hairspray (spritz fingertips then rub over your hair).
Why It Works: Yara Shahidi didn’t allow her natural texture to prevent her from trying coiled bangs, and why should she? Deep-parted fringe adds an extra element of dimension to curls.
Styling Tip: When it comes to curls, the less you touch your hair, the better the final outcome. Allow hair to air-dry almost completely before smoothing on a curl-defining product, like a mousse, serum, or leave-in conditioner.
Chic Long Bangs
Why It Works: Ashley Olsen’s long bangs round off at the corners, allowing them to perfectly frame and accentuate her eyes and high cheekbones.
Styling Tip: Using a round brush to blow-dry your bangs can leave them looking too ’80s-level curled, so instead, dry them with an oval-shaped paddle brush to get a subtle, natural-looking bend.
Why It Works: It feels like micro-fringe, aka baby bangs, are basically popping up everywhere this year. Emma Watson must have ESP, because she kicked off the trend in early 2018—and hasn’t looked back since.
Styling Tip: Your bangs’ secret weapon (and new BFF) will come in the form of a mini flat-iron—especially if your hair isn’t naturally straight. Smooth on a lightweight serum after styling to give your hair a pretty, not greasy, sheen.
Softened Blunt Bangs
Why It Works: Blunt, thick bangs, like Naomi Campbell’s, help add dimension to the face—and, if you already have high cheekbones and a sweetheart chin, you can pull them off without your face getting swallowed by hair.
Styling Tip: To get that straight-on-top, textured-on-the ends effect, grab a flat-iron and quickly run it along dry bangs from your roots to your tips, slightly bending the iron under as you reach the ends of your hair.
Why It Works: Snipped just below the brow, Rihanna’s bangs immediately direct all attention to her eyes, like little arrows.
Styling Tip: After blowing out your bangs with a blow-dryer and a small, oval-shaped paddle brush, smooth the tiniest dab of pomade between your fingers and rake the residue through your bangs to create a piece-y effect.
Why It Works: Model Soo Joo Park’s endless layers help her bangs blend seamlessly into the rest of her hair, while the side pieces around her face help highlight her bone structure.
Styling Tip: While the slightly messy ‘do appears effortless and undone, you’re going to need the help of a one-inch flat iron to get your bangs to lie a little flatter. But before you turn on your hot tool, be sure to spritz on a heat-protectant spray to prevent scorching your bangs.
Why It Works: If you’re growing out your bangs—or just want to steal Emma Stone’s look for a night without committing to a cut—a classic side sweep like this A-lister’s will do the trick.
Styling Tip: After you section off your hair to one side, pull your hair into a low pony or a bun, like Emma’s. (If your layers are on the shorter side, tuck any stray strands behind your ear.) Next, simply hold your hair in place with a few spritzes of a medium-strength workable hair spray.
Why It Works: Anne Hathaway’s short crop is highly layered and textured, giving it a soft, feminine vibe. And whereas some pixie cuts can make you feel naked, this one has shaggy bangs that cover just enough of the forehead to feel a bit more lengthy.
Styling Tip: Rub a small amount of a styling paste between your hands, then gently pull and twist some of the face-framing pieces for a choppy finish.
Why It Works: Since Zooey Deschanel’s fringe gets gradually longer on either side of her face, it not only draws mega attention to her eyes, but it also allows her naturally wavy texture to do its thing without needing to be flat-ironed.
Styling Tip: Coat your bangs and hair with a small amount of mousse to add texture and tame frizz. With a medium-size round brush, give your bangs a slight bend just at the ends while you’re blow-drying for that flipped-under effect.
Pixie Cut Bangs
Why It Works: Jennifer Hudson’s ultra-short cut has bangs by default (err, it is a pixie), but is also pretty versatile, thanks to its longer length. She can wear it swooped across her eyes, or curled and pinned off her face, depending on her mood.
Styling Tip: If your hair is naturally curly, you’ll have to use heat to achieve this ultra-sleek style. To minimize excess styling, opt for a wrap set under a hooded dryer, followed by a strategic flat-iron session (confused? Try this DIY pixie-styling how-to).
Why It Works: Lea Michele has the best of both great hair worlds: a trendy, heavy fringe, and voluminous waves all over. The combination helps balance one another out, giving her face a perfect framing of hair.
Styling Tips: The same big, round brush you used to create bouncy waves can be used on your bangs while you blow-dry. Place its bristles underneath your fringe and gently pull the brush head toward the ends as you aim the blow-dryer (on low heat, so it doesn’t ruffle hair everywhere) downwards on your bangs.
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