Celebrity Hairstyles Featuring Fringe Bangs

Jessica Biel

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Bangs have a bad rep for being the first (hopefully not of many) irrational moves we make post break up. Understandably, they’re a quick and easy way to switch up your look when you’re craving a major makeover. But there's a very rational argument for why fringe bangs are a smart move when you're looking for a big change.

If it's your first time having bangs, getting a fringe is your best bet. A fringe bang is longer, hitting either right above or along the brow line, and it doesn’t require months of growing out your hair to get them tucked back behind your ears, should you have a change of heart. A couple things for you to consider before you go all in:

When making such major hair changes, you should always put matters in the hands of a professional (at least for starters). When you go see your stylist and request a fringe, be sure to wear your hair in it’s natural state (or, if you’re someone who under no circumstances will leave the house without straightening or blow drying your hair, then so be it). Point being, you want your stylist to see you as you always are. To keep this style from becoming high maintenance, showing up for your appointment with clean, dry hair, styled the way you always style it, will enable he or she to give you a quick, dry cut and provide you with the immediate gratification you’re looking for.

We’ve rounded up a solid group of reference photos for you to browse through. Find the fringe that suits you best and take the photo in to the salon with you when you’re ready to make the leap. Whether you’re fresh out of a break up or just looking for something or someone new, we've got you covered for your first fringe.

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Natural Parting

Alexa Chung

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Alexa Chung has always had bangs to lust over. Here, she lets a side parting naturally peek through her fringe. If this isn't a natural occurrence for you, you can assist your fringe by placing it in the desired position with no-crease clips while wet.

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Textured Bob

Carey Mulligan

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As if this texture wasn’t something we’d want to replicate on its own, Carey Mulligan has us swooning over her long textured bangs.

To help set your bangs, use a wet texture product like surf spray, pin your bangs in the desired position with no crease clips, and very lightly blow dry with a diffuser.

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Soft Blow Out

Penelope Cruz

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Penelope Cruz keeps her fringe soft with a classic blow out. Use a paddle brush to direct your bangs and add soft, touchable volume. When it comes to styling bangs, using a round brush can go wrong very fast.

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Gradual Layers

Kirsten Dunst

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Kirsten Dunst wears her long fringe split down the middle, cascading down gradually into her face framing layers. Check out our guide on how to cut your own hair for a slide cutting technique that can help you get face framing layers from the comfort of your home.

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Mod Mood

Bryce Dallas Howard

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A long fringe looks great with this mod inspired half-up half-down ‘do on Bryce Dallas Howard.

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Side Swoop

Karlie Kloss

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Since a good fringe is long to start with, it can give you more versatility than your average bang. Try pushing them over into a side swoop a la Karlie Kloss when in-between trims.

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Stick Straight

Shay Mitchell

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Shay Mitchell’s fringe lays down stick straight over her brows, but her smokey eye keeps us from noticing her brows are completely covered.

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Feathered Fringe

Frida Pinto

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Frida Pinto’s feathered fringe gives way for effortless movement.

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Face Framing Fringe

Lea Michele

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Lea Michelle’s fringe has more to it than what’s above the brow bone. These bangs blend into a long face framing layer, accentuating her jaw line and cheekbones.

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Fine Hair, Don't Care

Kate Moss

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Even if you have fine hair like Kate Moss, a little fringe and some razor cut layers can really add a lot of body and effortless movement to your strands.

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Keep Things Light

Constance Wu

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If you have thicker, heavier hair same as Constance Wu, ask your stylist to cut into your bangs for a lighter, piece-y look.

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Minor Details

Camila Cabello

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Camila Cabello’s fringe is a minor detail amidst her big, wavy mane. For a similar look, ask your stylist to bring a very small section forward when cutting your new fringe.

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Beachy Bangs

Jessica Biel

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Worn with a heavy set fringe, these beachy waves on Jessica Biel make us want to go running into the nearest ocean (reaching for the salt spray will also do).

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Go Long

Elizabeth Olsen

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Elizabeth Olsen pairs her long locks with a long fringe and it has us wondering if we should be growing out our hair, too.

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Ballerina Bun

Shailene Woodley

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Shailene Woodley keeps her fringe prim and proper with this ballerina bun.

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Girlboss Approved

Sophia Amoroso

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Girlboss Sophia Amoroso traded in her infamous micro bangs for a long fringe.

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Faux Fringe

Kendall Jenner

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If you’re unsure about making the leap and cutting a fresh fringe, try grabbing some clip-ins first. Kendall Jenner’s faux fringe had us fooled.

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New Girl

Zooey Deschanel

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New Girl’s Zooey Deschanel has pledged herself to maintaining good bangs. If you’re hesitant about making the switch, try starting out with a longer fringe as seen here. You’ll be looking like a new girl yourself in no time.

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High Pony

Ariana Grande

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A messy top knot and high pony are two easy hairstyles that pair great with fringe bangs. Even Ariana Grande, the high pony queen, has tried a fringe bang.

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Au Natural

Dakota Johnson

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Dakota Johnson wears her fringe au natural, allowing her bangs to naturally cinch just above the brow line.

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Sleek Bob

Zoe Kazan

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This sleek bob and long fringe might be one of our all-time favorite red carpet looks on Zoe Kazan.

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Wiggin' Out

Bella Hadid

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Maybe this whole fringe thing is inspiring you to chop more than just your bangs. Bella Hadid’s wig at the CFDAs was tempting us to do a total makeover. You can always grab a wig first to let yourself acclimate to the new you in your new 'do before you commit.

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Take the Plunge

Emma Stone

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Of course Emma Stone has taken the plunge for fringe. Is there any look this starlet hasn’t tried with her hair?

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The Lob

Winnie Harlow

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Winnie Harlow’s look was one to watch on the CFDA red carpet, pairing her fringe with a slightly flipped out lob.

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Side Part

Taraji P. Henson

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A good fringe doesn’t have to lay straight down. If you have a natural side part, you can still opt for a fringe that caresses the brow line as seen here on Taraji P. Henson.

The only downside that can come with fringe bangs is the upkeep, which is why we recommend learning how to trim your own bangs.

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