25 Cool Celebrity-Inspired Hairstyles With Bangs

Jessica Biel

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Bangs have a bad rap for being an irrational move when we're going through a new phase in life or are craving change. Understandably, they’re a quick and easy way to switch up your look, but there's a very rational argument for why bangs—when cut correctly—can elevate your style entirely.

"I think the great thing about a fringe is that you can use it to really change up any haircut," says Ashley Streicher, a celebrity hairstylist. "Long, layered, bobbed, and shaggy can all add to a fringe to really change the look. It's like an added accessory."

Unlike a traditional bang, 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. 

Meet the Expert

Ashley Streicher is a celebrity hairstylist, co-founder of Beverly Hills salon Striiike, and R+Co Collective member.

• Alisha Leela is a Canadian hairstylist who works at Bob + Paige Salon in Toronto.

We’ve rounded up a solid group of 25 fringe bang photos for you to browse through, with expert tips from Streicher and Leela on how to achieve the look.

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Curly Crop With Bangs

Halle Berry

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Halle Berry's short curly crop is well-rounded with a bit of fringe grazing her forehead. Here, bangs help pull this style together entirely.

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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 smoky eye helps keep her eyes from being overshadowed.

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Natural Part

Alexa Chung

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Alexa Chung has always had bangs to lust over. Here, she lets a side part 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. We like Harry Josh Pro Tools Pro Makeup & Wave Setting Clips ($18).

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Feathered Fringe

Freida Pinto

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Freida Pinto’s feathered fringe lends itself to effortless movement. 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 your stylist to give you a quick, dry cut and provide the immediate gratification you’re looking for.

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Short and Piece-y

Sophia Amoruso

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Sophia Amoruso traded in her famous micro-bangs for a bit of a (semi) longer fringe. For a similar look, Leela says to ensure the cut and length of fringe frames your face well. "The best cut with a fringe is something that harmoniously blends the cut and fringe together," she says. "Stay away from solely asking for a fringe without cutting the rest of the hair, as the stylist will not have the opportunity to marry the two."

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Feather-Light Bangs

Constance Wu

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If you have thicker, heavier hair like Constance Wu, ask your stylist to cut into your bangs for a lighter, piece-y look. Mist with a product like Aveda Brilliant Damage Control ($23) to keep hair shiny.

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Wavy Bob With Bangs

Carey Mulligan

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As if this texture wasn’t already something we’d want to replicate on its own, the addition of these long textured bangs on Carey Mulligan have us swooning, too.

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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Voluminous Waves With Soft Bangs

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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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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'60s Lob With Bangs

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. It's a statement look, though, so if you're looking to replicate something similar, there are some things to keep in mind. "Important things to ask your stylist or keep in mind are things like: Do you wear glasses, and where should they sit with frames on?" says Leela. "How much maintenance is involved and how to style it? What products will I need? Which length is suitable for my face shape?"

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Mod Fringe

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. When you go see your stylist and request a fringe like the one seen here, be sure to wear your hair in its 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.

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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. 

To keep it styled throughout the day, keep a bottle of texturizing bang spray handy. "It’s great to have on hand for volume and stay ability—for bangs to keep from separating or getting too flat," says Streicher.

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Face-Framing Fringe

Kelly Rowland chin-length wavy bob with bangs

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Kelly Rowland's short bob creates a focal point on her beautiful face with the help of full, eyebrow-obscuring bangs.

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Tousled Fine Hair With Bangs

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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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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A-Frame Bangs With Ponytail

Zendaya ponytail and bangs

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Style queen Zendaya's high ponytail is perfectly complemented by these soft, full bangs, bookended by longer, face-framing pieces on the side.

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Long and Straight

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. For straight and shiny hair like Olsen's use a product such as AG Hair Smooth Set It Straight Argan Straightening Lotion ($20).

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Curly Shag

Gabrielle Union curly shag and bangs

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The only thing we love more than a messy, curly shag is a messy, curly shag with accompanying curly bangs. Gabrielle Union's version is giving us serious disco feelings.

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Half-Up

Zooey Deschanel

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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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Baby Bangs

Keke Palmer pixie with baby bangs

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Keke Palmer keeps things neat and petite with this chic pixie. Because the bangs are proportionate to the length of the cut, they look more sophisticated and less third-grade-bowl-cut.

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Ballerina Bun

Shailene Woodley

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Shailene Woodley keeps her fringe prim and proper with this ballerina bun. To style this look, try dry shampoo rather than washing hair from scratch. "Dry shampoo and texture sprays will definitely be your friend," says Streicher. "Because bangs lay on the forehead, which tends to be oily, you will want to keep this hair as oil-free as possible." Streicher recommends R+Co Balloon Dry Volume Spray ($32), which she says keeps bangs "full with fluffy volume and absorbs any oils from your forehead that could possibly cause separation."

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Sweeping Shag

Jennifer Lopez shag with curtain bangs

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There's not a hairstyle on J.Lo's head that we haven't seen and immediately wanted on our own. This shag with swooping curtain bangs is certainly no exception.

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Messy-on-Purpose Updo

Dakota Johnson

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"I think Dakota Johnson is a perfect example of how bangs accentuate and balance the face," says Leela. The actress wears her fringe au natural, allowing her bangs to naturally cinch just above the brow line.

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Waved Long Fringe

Gemma Chan

 

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Gemma Chan's side-parted style is great for those wanting to try curtain bangs or even grow out their current 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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