The lob-with-fringe combo is a modern classic. A mid-length cut is super flattering, and a fringe can also add some much-needed face-framing structure. The specific mid-length style (to layer or not to layer?) is up to you; for this, we recommend seeking out a hairdresser you trust. As for the fringe, you can opt for a soft side sweep like Emma Stone's, a piecey full fringe like Mila Kunis's or something wispy and barely there like Rihanna's.
The great thing about having mid-length hair with a fringe is that you can find a cut that suits any hair type, from fine to full to curly. Don't believe us? Just ask stylists Marcus Francis, Kim Kimble, and Anastasia Stylianou and check out our gallery of 20 oh-so-different fringe-adorned mid-length haircuts for all the proof you need.
Keep scrolling for our favorite celeb-inspired mid-length hair with fringe combos to show your hairdresser.
Meet the Expert
- Marcus Francis is a celebrity hairstylist. His clients include Julianne Moore, Emma Roberts, and Olivia Colman.
- Kim Kimble is a stylist to the stars: Beyoncé, Shakira, and Zendaya, among others. She is also the owner and creator of her eponymous haircare brand.
- Anastasia Stylianou is an internationally acclaimed hairstylist and creative and artistic director of Umberto Giannini. She is the founder of Rehab Styling and is a specialist in curly hair.
This blunt shoulder-skimming haircut complete with piecey full fringe on Mila Kunis is all kinds of wonderful. "Long bangs and side-swept bangs look great on mid-length cuts because they add an element of fun and youthfulness," says Kimble. Re-create that wave with a medium-barrel tong like the T3 Whirl Trio Interchangeable Styling Wand ($300).
How cool does Rihanna's modern mullet look? A piecey fringe like this one here is seriously chic and pretty low maintenance. Texture spray combined with leave-in conditioner achieve texture and polish while adding long-lasting styling to this look. "The hydration is key with curly hair, which you get from the leave-in," notes Francis. "Apply on damp hair and comb through the hair. Dry with a diffuser and use a small curling iron if needed to add any additional more defined curls," he instructs.
No matter your texture—curly hair included—there is a fringe for you. According to Stylianou, "Curly bangs totally work. They're great if you prefer a little softness around the face, or you like to wear your hair up and you still want to keep it interesting."
A long side fringe like Emma Stone's is seriously versatile; you can wear it swept to the side or parted down the center if you want to disguise it. Francis instructs applying a shine glaze (we're fans of Vivid by Oscar Blandi, $12) on wet hair mixed with Better Natured Heat Styling Lotion ($22) before blowdrying. This will lend a beautiful finish with plenty of fullness and piecey-ness, he notes.
Actress Hannah Britland shows how great this hair length looks on curly hair. We're totally into the barely-there fringe too. According to Kimble, "Curly hair tends to shrink up so keep hair and layers longer and avoid short and choppy layers to keep the hair looking flowy. These longer layers work best for anyone with 4a to 4c curls."
Tracee Ellis Ross
Pattern beauty founder Tracee Ellis Ross knows what's best for curly natural hair. In fact, she is living proof. According to Francis, "Texture and sexiness are the epitome of effortless sexy hair. The curly bangs seal the deal. Oval-, heart-, and square-shaped faces can wear this look that is great for thick or fine curly hair."
When it comes to wearing a curly fringe, Stylianou cautions, "Don’t go wild. You only need to trim, say, five curls. The last thing you need is a thick curly block across your forehead, so make sure you keep it random and different lengths."
Sandra Oh proves that even those with the straightest of strands can achieve beautiful curls. And when it comes to curling bangs, Stylianou dishes out some advice: "I recommend keeping each curl refined on your bangs, apply something with a little thicker consistency, Bouclème Curl Cream ($30) is perfect for this. It’s natural lightweight ingredients will sit well on those curls around your face and overall on the hair."
Alexa Chung is the queen of the mid-length haircut with fringe. The lash-grazing length of her fringe accentuates her eyes while face-framing highlights brighten her complexion.
Just like Kerry Washington, Nicole Richie makes a strong case for the textured full fringe. We're crushing on this bronze hair color too. "The tousled texture with brow-grazing bangs [adds] a polished yet undone sexiness to this look. It works for fine and thick hair textures since the layers are kept long and the bangs blend into the layers and hair so effortlessly," comments Francis.
Natasha Lyonne's fiery red hair and alabaster skin are the perfect combo, just like her mid-length hair and fringe. When it comes to cutting and styling, Kimble says, "A mid-length haircut looks best with full, healthy ends, making the hair appear thick and healthy. You can add layers, body, and even bangs to really flatter the face."
Rita Ora's platinum tresses with slightly grown-out dark roots makes a statement. Her choppy ends and long, piecey side-swept bangs complete her cool-girl grunge look. Get her smooth finish with Cloud Nine The Touch Iron ($285) or Kim Kimble 1.5” Vibrating Straightener ($80). Then simply tuck hair behind your ears or pin back with your favorite accessory.
An eyelash skimming fringe is seriously sultry. Ramp up the shine like Kerry Washington has by misting your styled hair with shine spray. Kimble adds, "Use a light holding spray, like my Premium Styling Hairspray ($24) before flat-ironing to add control to the bangs."
When trying to decide what kind of bang will work best for you, Kimble advises, people with smaller faces tend to look good with shorter bangs while long bangs are better suited for those with longer faces.
Jennifer Lopez's sultry side-swept bangs cascade into loose waves that radiate sexiness. To enhance texture and movement, ask your stylist for long layers and your colorist for honey blonde highlights.
Jessica Alba shows there's still a place for curtains in the world-worn sleek with a neat mid-length haircut, that's where. Francis recommends styling by first prepping damp hair with a heat protectant before blowdrying with a medium-size round brush. "Add a dab of the Shine Glaze ($22) at ends for a polished finish," he says.
Zendaya shows us the ultimate way to wear curls is with all-over volume and luster—bangs included. To maintain the shape of her curly mane and to keep her thick strands from feeling too heavy, her cut incorporates long layers.
We love how waves and soft fringe bring out the lowlights in Alexis Bledel's hair. Kimble agrees: "Waves in a mid-length haircut give a lot of body and texture to the hair and adds a lot of style." Long layers and a bit of product like Kim Kimble Sea Spray ($32) will add a bit of texture and body to hair.