Odds are you've already figured out that getting bangs requires some level of commitment, even if you're one of the lucky ones with generally well behaved hair. However, just because a fringe can take a bit of work, doesn't mean you shouldn't get, and love, a great set of bangs! Below, we've selected no less than fifteen gorgeous hairstyles with bangs that are totally worth the effort.
1. Short, layered hair with bangs
Layered hair has a lot of movement, so wavy or slightly undone bangs won't look out of place. In fact, that natural, air-dried look with a little bit of texture actually works better! Just make sure you keep the bangs fairly long so they have room to bend.
Use a small amount of flexible hold product like Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Deconstructing Gum to hone the texture and keep your bangs right where you want them.
2. Messy, windswept bangs
If perfectly imperfect hairstyles are your jam, these windswept bangs could be exactly what you're looking for. As fringes go, this disheveled look can pass for most professional situations, but remains understated enough for off-duty chic, too.
With day two hair, spritz the roots with dry shampoo to absorb any excess oil, but more importantly to add texture. The powdery formula of products like Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Longwear Spray helps the strands to bind together, creating a matte, piecey look.
3. Pixie with sideswept bangs
With a pixie cut like this one, sideswept bangs help to frame the face which makes it seem less exposed. That said, you can always get them cut shorter or sweep them back if you decide you're ready to bare your forehead! Short haircuts like this one also look great with a more textured, messy finish.
Use a really small amount of matte gum to sweep the bangs over to one side. Use only the bare minimum to avoid overloading your hair and creating unwanted buildup.
4. Soo Joo Park's sideswept bangs
Layered hairstyles also pair really well with longer, sideswept bangs, as demonstrated by model Soo Joo Park. The style has plenty of texture and the length of the bangs leaves tons of room for different styling options- you can change the part, pin them back, sweep them to the other side or even tuck them behind you ears if you leave them long enough.
With longer bangs, you can hold them in place with your hands, rather than using a brush, while blow-drying them.
5. Short bob with blunt baby bangs
Baby bangs can be hard to tame, but with a mini flat iron and a little product, you can have them sitting pretty in no time! They look gorgeous with any hairstyle, but we think they look especially cool with a bob.
Blow-dry your bangs straight down, then use a flat iron to finish styling your bangs when they're completely dry.
6. Choppy pixie cut with messy bangs
If you really want to whip up a storm with your hair, try a choppy pixie with piecey bangs. It's perfect for creating messy, textured styles, but you can keep it smooth when you need to. Again, if the bangs are kept fairly long, you can slick them back or pin them up into a pomp.
To build some extra height on top, use your fingertips to massage the roots after applying a flexible hold product. This will give the texture a light, airy feel.
7. Freida Pinto's long beachy bangs
Long bangs like Freida Pinto's are perfect for creating texture, but they can also be tucked back behind your ears when you want them out of your face. The length ensures they'll behave more or less like the rest of your hair, and they shape the pieces around your face.
Use a texturizing product like Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Tousle Waves Spray to create a beachy look. Scrunch it through dry hair, then use a curling iron to create a few large waves.
8. Short bob with long, straight bangs
This short, platinum bob hairstyle wouldn't be nearly as impressive without the long, peekaboo bangs in front. The overall look is whimsical and kind of edgy, and that color is stunning. If you're ok with making a big hairstyle commitment, this short cut could be your new signature look!
Both long bangs and short haircuts require regular trims to keep them looking awesome. On average, hair only grows at a rate of half an inch per month, but that can make a huge difference to the general shape of your style, and how much you can actually see with a cut like this. So, don't skip your next salon appointment!
9. Long, sideswept bangs
Voluminous, piecey hair looks so effortlessly cool when flipped to one side. It's the ultimate in 'devil may care' nonchalance, but looks styled enough to keep your boss happy. Thanks to the subtle drama all that sideswept volume creates, this style requires little embellishment. You can team it with a bright lip color or keep it pared down for a more fresh faced look.
When blow-drying your hair, skip the brush and use your hands to sweep your hair over to your preferred side. This will help to keep your locks where you want them while creating a natural looking, undone texture.
10. Long French girl bangs
Long, undone peekaboo bangs are perfect for anyone who wants to channel their inner French girl, especially with a long bob. This kind of cut lends itself perfectly to the messy-chic texture that has made 'French girl hair' one of the most covetable looks on the planet.
Apply a smoothing product like Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Frizz Vanisher Cream to damp hair, then leave it to air dry naturally. This will create a slightly undone texture while smoothing the cuticle as the hair dries for a frizz-free finish.
11. Messy, wavy bangs
Short, wavy hair has a really summery vibe that looks great all year round, especially when there are some wavy bangs involved! It's a lightweight, carefree look with a ton of movement.
To air dry this look, twist the bangs out to one side and tuck your hair behind your ears, then don't touch it at all while it dries. To speed things up, you can rough-dry with your blow-dryer until the hair is halfway dry, then twist and tuck.
12. Long side split bangs
Long hair and lengthy bangs create a very pretty look (Zooey Deschanel, anyone?) that frames the face beautifully. It's both sultry and playful, especially when the bangs split to one side. Throw in a few layers through the ends and you've got yourself a classic, full-bodied hairstyle!
Try to avoid touching your bangs as much as possible as the oil from your fingertips can transfer to your strands and make them look greasy.
13. Soft, long bangs
With an almost mohair like finish, this soft, bohemian bob looks beautiful with some airy bangs to match. It's a dreamy look that works really well with undone waves, but it would look just as good with a more polished blowout for any formal situations.
Apply a volumizing hairspray to dry hair and muss all over with your hands. This will lift the hair and help to create a casual, boho texture.
14. Choppy asymmetrical bangs
If you think symmetry is overrated, these choppy bangs could be your spirit hairstyle. This asymmetrical fringe adds some edge to absolutely any haircut and, as you can see, it does a great job of framing some top notch power brows!
When doing your makeup, keep your bangs off your forehead with a headband, and leave your moisturizer at least ten minutes to absorb before letting your hair anywhere near it. This will help to prevent build up which can make your bangs look dirtier than they are.
15. Long, middle parted bangs
Though technically too long to see through when left to fall straight down, these long, thick bangs are actually pretty wearable when parted in the middle. With a little product, they'll stay put without looking too deliberate.
Keep frizz at bay with a high shine finishing spray like Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Strand Smoother Serum Spray.