A fringe immediately changes the whole dimension of a face, not only helping to better frame your features but also offering a more directional look. But while you might think fringe is only right for those who have long, straight hair, think again. There are plenty of hairstyles that prove bangs are suitable for any type of hair texture and any face shape.
From those super-short bangs that really make a statement to the long grown-out fringe that A-list hairstylist George Northwood calls a "gringe," these fringe styles will instantly transform your face. And that's exactly why we love the haircut so much: A fringe will give you a fresh look without having to drastically cut all your hair. If we've convinced you to go for a chop, we suggest you take a look through our gallery of fringe styles to show to your hairstylist.
It's safe to say Camille Charrière already had great hair, but adding a fringe to the mix has elevated her look to a whole new level. Her centre-parted bangs (cut by Josh Wood) create that effortless "I just got out of bed look"—perfect for anyone trying to nail the whole French-girl vibe.
There's something very Margot Tenenbaum about Bella Hadid's sleek curled-under bob and slightly split fringe. All she needs now is a hair slide or two.
This teeny-tiny choppy fringe gives Emma Watson's look a little more edge.
And while we're on the subject—short, choppy, micro fringes look especially great with cropped hair.
Not ready to go for the chop? Simply fake a fringe by pulling the front section of your hair over your forehead and tucking behind the ear.
This sort of fringe was standard issue for any straight-haired school girls. Its triangular shape and the way it's brought forward from the centre of the scalp gives it weight, but only ask for this if you have enough hair to sacrifice from the main body.
Afro-textured coils look great pulled down over the forehead in a loose fringe and can give hair extra height.
You know the way hair goes after you've done a little light exercise? A little ruffled and a little sticky but in a totally good way. Well, invest in a texture spray and you needn't wear the Lycra just to achieve it.
This is the classic fringe look that can be achieved if you have long, straight hair. And if you don't? Simply investing in a decent pair of hair straighteners will sort that out.
A shaggy fringe over the eyes is one of our favourite looks. Celebrity hairdresser George Northwood calls it the "gringe" and recommends getting it to soften the face and hide imperfections around the eyes.
Perhaps one of the more modern and exciting fringe styles is this curly lob-and-fringe combo. Proof that you don't have to do have straight bangs to look incredible.
The messy hair with a deep fringe is ideal for those who want to do that bedhead hairstyle. Bonus tip: Dry your fringe straight, and then leave the rest of your hair to dry naturally while scrunching in some texturising spray.
Natural afro-textured hair totally suits a fringe—we love Lesley's piecey bangs that frame her face so beautifully.
When Karlie Kloss first wore this side-swept fringe, it looked totally fresh thanks to the chic lob she had cut in at the same time. Speaking about the side-swept fringe, hairstylist Luke Hersheson says that this is the easiest of all: "It's the perfect first step if you're unsure about making the chop," he notes.
A real statement, the blunt fringe is one of our favourite looks.
Longer at the back and shorter at the front—a truly brave hairstyle, but one that looks incredible with a heavy fringe.
Much loved during the '90s, short fringes have been making a comeback.
As George Northwood advises, it's always important to find the right fringe for your face shape, recommending that "if you have softer features, you'll be able to carry off a wider range of fringe styles."
Short at the front but choppy all over, this dark cut is what we imagine Bella Hadid might go for if she ever went for a short hairstyle.
Short and spiky all over isn't for everyone, but it can highlight bold brows.
Another one for the curly-haired people. Keep the hair long and the bangs oversized.
While we might all be past our "emo" phases, this dark side-swept fringe still looks pretty cool.
To get blunt bangs such as these, the best idea is to keep the outside edges soft, so says celebrity hairstylist Paul Norton. To ensure they keep this straight, Norton recommends giving "them a slight roundness in the middle with [a straightener]. Then slightly drag the edges to the side, which will give them movement and softness."
Have a fringe and want to grow it out? Push it to the side, and then tie up your hair in a low pony.
Who knew there were that many ways to wear a fringe? Any of these styles will amp up your look with little to no effort.
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