If you’re toying with the idea of making the ultimate hair chop and cutting some bangs, we’re here to assure you that the commitment doesn’t have to be daunting. From wispy, low-maintenance side swept styles to blunt-cuts with bobs, there are so many hairstyles for bangs that will flatter any face shape and hair texture.
“It's not a one size fits all situation," Louis Driver, an NYC-based hairstylist at Fox and Jane Salon tells Landcruisers. "Any good stylist can come up with bangs that suit you, your face and your personal style. Just make sure you give it some real thought. Bangs aren't for life but when you make the cut you are in it for the long haul as they can take a while to grow out.”
Check out some of our favorite celeb hairstyles with bangs and get all the inspiration you need for your next cut.
Zooey Deschanel is the queen of full, eyelash-skimming bangs. A voluminous blowout shows off her thick, healthy locks and draws attention to her eyes. Finish the look off with a fine mist shine spray.
Try: Garnier Fructis Brilliantine Shine Spray ($3, Amazon)
Your bangs take center stage when the rest of your hair is pulled back. Leave some face-faming pieces down and use a flexible-hold hairspray for an effortless updo that still has lots of movement.
Try: Frizz Ease KeraFlex Flexible Hold Hairspray ($9, Amazon)
Super sleek bangs that hit right on your brow bone actually open up your face, rather than detract from it. In Jessica Biel's case, it gives her longer face the illusion of some width, while lighter ends give the whole look loads of depth. Use a tiny round brush give your hair a little bend.
Try: Conair Quick Blow Dry Pro Small Round Brush ($18, Amazon)
Way above-the-brow bangs have been sported by several celebs recently. An uneven cut like this paired with an updo lets your face shine. Spritz them with a little water in the morning and add a finishing cream to re-style daily.
Try: Ouai Finshing Crème ($24, Sephora)
Not ready to commit to the chop? Driver suggests convincing clip-in options like these seen on Gigi Hadid. They give you an idea of what you might look like before taking the plunge.
Try: Reecho One Piece Clip in Bangs ($6, Amazon)
Ask your stylist to keep your bangs long enough to part them in the middle, allowing your forehead to breathe a little. Blow them dry with a boar bristle brush and leave sans-product to have them seamlessly blend with the rest of your luscious hair.
Try: Boar Bristle Round Styling Hair Brush ($10, Amazon)
Long, rounded bangs are a soft way to frame your face without committing to the style upkeep that comes with full forehead bangs. Keep a dry shampoo in your bag in case they get oily or weighed down throughout the day.
Try: Batiste Dry Shampoo ($16 for 3, Amazon)
You can ask your stylist to take the bulk out of your bangs after he cuts them, giving you a wispy curtain rather than a heavy one. Just keep them clean, as they're more likely to get oily quickly after sitting on your forehead all day.
Try: Herbal Essences Birch Bark Shampoo ($15, Amazon)
Adding a little flip to the longer bangs looks extra elegant when paired with a voluminous half-updo. Flip the bangs using a straightener, then spray with a little hairstyle and clip back with bobby pins for extra hold.
Try: CHI Original Ceramic Flat Iron ($80, Amazon)
Dare to chop it all of with a pixie cut that shows off your face and cheekbones. Just use a texturizing spray or pomade so it doesn't fall flat.
Try: Garnier Fructis Style Pixie Play Crafting Cream ($2, Amazon)
Bangs can be curly, too. "In this instance just make sure the stylist has experience with your hair type," says Driver. Show off your natural texture with short ringlets that are full of texture.
Try: DevaCurl SuperCream ($15, Amazon)
These piece-y, effortless bangs look amazing with a low-key, wavy style. Use a sea salt spray to get that just-stepped-off-the-beach look.
Try: Organix Moroccan Sea Salt Spray ($9, Amazon)
A shoulder sweeping bob and straight-across bangs are a bold choice that's sure to make you feel gorgeous and confident. Apply a smoothing cream pre- and post-blow dry to keep flyaways at bay.
Try: L'Oreal Paris Thermal Smoother Cream ($4, Amazon)
If you have long or medium-length locks, step outside of your comfort zone by chopping some wispy side bangs. Reese's versatile style looks great with soft, textured curls.
Try: It's a 10 Haircare Miracle Whipped Styling Balm ($15, Amazon)
Even with your hair gathered in an updo, these long, side-swept bangs will give you the freedom to wear them pushed aside or parted down the center.
Try: TRESemme Keratin Smooth Shine Serum ($15, Amazon)
Choppy, uneven bangs are less blunt than traditional straight-cut bangs, but plenty trendy. This style looks best with just a bit of texture on the ends and is perfectly paired with a wavy bob.
Try: amika Un.done Volume & Texture Spray ($25, Amazon)