If you don’t have bangs, chances are you contemplate cutting fringe at least once a month. The grass is always greener, right? If, however, you’ve finally decided to take the plunge, don’t glance at a pair of scissors until you’ve found your bang inspiration. To give you said inspo, we combed through some of our favorite celebrity hairstyles where bangs take center stage (in the best way).
"So many haircuts can look amazing with a fringe," says Alissa Jones, salon stylist at Parlor in Brooklyn, New York. "A fringe can make a woman look more youthful, hide unnecessary insecurities like forehead wrinkles or a high forehead." We asked Jones and fellow stylists Ashley Streicher and Adam Livermore for their tips on styling bangs.
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Check out 25 of our favorite fringe-accompanied hairstyles below.
Layered and Structured Bangs
Got thin hair? Bangs are a great way to add the illusion of more volume and structure to your mane, à la Rashida Jones. "There's a way for almost anyone to wear bangs, but it can be easier for some," notes Livermore. "If your front hairline has cowlicks or grows back away from your face, you're in for more of a commitment to daily styling. However, it can be worth it because bangs can totally change the geometry of a face."
Kelly Rowland makes bangs look effortlessly cool by rocking barely-there bends with a blunt fringe.
Ask your stylist to have bangs taper slightly at the ends, which will add softness.
Beachy Wave With Bangs
Alexa Chung knows how to make bangs work, no matter the style. Here, she models a classic lob, but with a bit beachier of a wave and a part in her fringe. To get these textured waves, try scrunching Oribe Curl Jelée ($44) into wet hair, or wrap hair loosely around a large curling iron, being sure to leave the ends out, and spritzing a texture spray throughout before tousling.
Pixie With Bangs
Michelle Williams's Mia Farrow–inspired chop looks both precious and edgy with asymmetric bangs that gradually go longer. "If you have a smaller forehead, long bangs can make it appear longer," says Livermore.
Halle Berry's asymmetric bangs pair perfectly with her long hair and give off a bit more of a relaxed feel than a straight-across chop would. Streicher turns to R+Co.'s Zig Zag Root Teasing + Texture Spray ($32) for easy, on-the-go styling like Berry's. "It is the perfect pocket bang spray and great to have on hand for volume and stay ability for bangs to keep from separating or getting too flat," she says.
Thick and Swept-to-the-Side Bangs
If you have thick hair, bangs aren't your enemy—we promise. But if you're not loving the look of blunt bangs, try growing them a bit longer and sweeping them to the side like Jennifer Hudson.
Blunt Bangs With Wavy Bob
Kerry Washington's sleek bob with blunt bangs seems to be everywhere these days, and we completely understand why. It looks great on and off the red carpet, with minimal fuss required. Smooth your strands with Ghd's Classic One-Inch Flat Iron ($149).
Braid With Bangs
We also love the way fringe looks when the rest of the hair is styled. This low side braid showcases Lea Michele's bangs, which we think adds a certain element of glam to the 'do.
Half-Up, Half-Down With Bangs
Another great style that works beautifully with bangs is this half-up '60s-era style, as seen here on Zooey Deschanel. To mimic the look, simply twist back the front in one-inch sections that frame your face and secure with a hair clip.
Sleek Bob With Bangs
"If you add bangs to a sleek, classic bob, it makes it all the more elegant and sophisticated," says Jones. "Remember Mia from Pulp Fiction?" Rumer Willis kicks it up a notch by adding incredibly blunt ends to the 'do.
Jameela Jamil's heavy curtain bangs are feathered and roughly parted in the middle. For a similar look, try blow-drying the bangs while using a round brush. But be sure to protect them from the heat. "Bangs are usually more delicate and fragile than hair on other parts of your head and they usually take the most styling because they frame your face," says Livermore.
As seen here on Sofia Boutella, textured, piecey bangs add edge. Invest in a good texturizing spray and you'll have model-off-duty bedhead for days.
Laura Harrier's Audrey Hepburn-esque 'do helps frame her angelic face well. "If you want to highlight your eyes, shorter bangs will showcase them," says Livermore.
Bangs with Bouffant
Another throwback style, this look seen on Lizzo pairs a retro bouffant with a thick and sleek bang. To get a similar look, take a cue from Streicher. "R+Co. Balloon Dry Volume Spray ($18) is the ultimate bang spray," says Streicher. "It keeps them with fluffy volume and absorbs any oils from your forehead that could possibly cause separation."
Angled bangs work to accentuate your cheekbones or lips.
"I'm obsessed with Rooney Mara's fringe," says Jones, and we couldn't agree more. Mara's baby bangs look especially sweet when paired with a pixie, held in place by a headband.
Winnie Harlow's rounded bangs look especially retro when paired with long, half-up, half-down locks. As Jones notes, it's important to lay out your options before committing to a fringe. "You should consider asking your stylist these questions when making the decision to get fringe: Will I have to style them? How should I style them? How often do I need to get my fringe trimmed? Will a fringe look best with my style/face shape?" says Jones.
"Bella Hadid shows off how effortlessly cool a fringe can look," says Jones, of the model's slightly curved-under lob with heavy, brow-grazing bangs. This look is ideal for those with stick-straight hair.
Side Swept Bangs
"Lily Collins draws attention to her beautiful hazel eyes with this cut," says Jones. For a similar look, tease the hair at the crown and spray on a shine spray such as Aveda Brilliant Spray-on Shine ($31).
Shag With Bangs
"For those looking for something a little more tousled and edgy, a modern-day shag with choppy bangs is a look that'll add attitude to every outfit," says Jones. "Mica Argañaraz is a great example. "
Heidi Klum's vintage bangs are bombshell through and through. Here, the bangs are heavy and parted to either side, with the rest of her hair in a classic half-up, half-down style.
Full Bangs With an Updo
Taylor Swift's full bangs are left tousled with her updo getting a similarly textured treatment. To replicate this look, use a prouct such as Eleven Dry Finish Texture Spray ($25).
Shag With Bangs
Ciara's chic shag looks especially sophisticated with the addition of bangs, which help highlight her face along with her rounded layers.
Ask your stylist to utilize a razor to create thin bangs à la Constance Wu. To style the look, try using a small flat iron at the root, to rid hair of frizz and ensure it stays sleek.
Afro With Bangs
As Logan Browning demonstrates, a short afro with bangs is both classic and still contemporary. Turn to a product that will help smooth (we like John Frieda’s Frizz-Ease Extra Strength 6 Effects Serum, $10) and fluff with an afro pick for added volume.