16 Gorgeous Hairstyles With Bangs

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Fringe We Fell For

gorgeous fringe bangs. Photo from http://motherdenim.com

Bangs are a great way to freshen up your hairstyle and they can take five years off your face. If you've been thinking about getting bangs cut into your style, these photos will make you want to take the plunge even more.

The right bangs for your face shape can make your eyes pop, show off your amazing cheekbones, or help hide a high forehead. Today's freshest looks show off many different types of bangs: side-swept bangs, 70s fringe (seen here on a model from the fantastic denim shop, Mother), brow-skimming heavy bangs, and even short bangs.

Once you get the perfect cut, you need to make sure you know how to properly blow dry your bangs. You can avoid a "bubble bang" look by simply putting down the round brush and use a flat or paddle brush instead. This will create sleeker and more modern bangs.

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Bangs for Straight Hair

Naomi Campbell's Blunt Bangs
Naomi Campbell. Rabbani and Solimene // Getty

Naomi Campbell shows off a beautiful set of bangs that work best on straight hair. They do take regular maintenance, though. With blunt and brow-skimming bangs, you'll have to get trims every couple weeks or so. 

When considering bangs, your hair texture will be a factor. If you have super thick, wavy hair or curly hair, bangs may not be your best option. They can frizz up when you blow dry them straight. While flat-ironing may work, the minute any moisture hits the air, there's a good chance that your fabulous fringe will just frizz up again. Ask your stylist for an opinion before committing to the cut.

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Bangs for a Pixie Haircut

Great Bangs for a Pixie Haircut
Actress Ginnifer Goodwin. Getty Images left by Michael Buckner, right by Frederick M. Brown

These thick, side-swept bangs are great for a pixie haircut. Sometimes pixie cuts can be too boyish and unoriginal, but great bangs can make a pixie hairstyle fabulous and feminine. These rock 'n roll bangs on actress Ginnifer Goodwin are proof that even short hair can be extremely sexy.

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Bangs That Grow Out Great

Agyness Deyn's Side-swept Bangs
Agyness Deyn. Jamie McCarthy // Getty

Long, side-swept bangs are by far the easiest bangs to get. They are less of a commitment than blunt bangs and they flatter every face shape.

These bangs on model Agyness Deyn are a great example of side-swept bangs that are super long. You can either go in for trims every couple weeks or just let them grow out with your haircut. They can easily look great up for about three months.

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Bangs for a Formal Style

Julie Benz's side-swept bangs
Julie Benz. Frazer Harrison // Getty Images


Side-swept bangs look good when you pull your hair back and it can work for formal looks, as we see on actress Julie Benz. Basically, you still have something going on in the front even when most of your hair is hiding away. As you can see, bangs are also a great choice for women with high hairlines.

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Bangs Go Chic

Erin O'Connor's Blunt Bangs
Erin O'Connor. Dave M. Benett // Getty Images

Model Erin O'Connor shows off super blunt bangs that are utlra chic. They do an amazing job at completing her retro style here and beautifully accent her charcoal black bob. If you go with this style, be prepared to get your bangs trimmed every few weeks.

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Bang for a Funky, Cool Look

Viola Davis and Her Funky Bangs
Viola Davis. Frazer Harrison // Getty Images

This is a super cool look on actress Viola Davis and her bangs draw attention right to her eyes and beautiful face. While it seems as if it might drive you crazy having bangs in your eyes all day, that's an easy fix.

Whenever they bother you, simply push them off to the side and they'll still look great. The versatility is part of the beauty when you go a little longer.

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Bangs With Long Hair

Beth Behrs Fringe Bangs
Actress Beth Behrs. Alberto E. Rodriguez for Getty

Long hair is fantastic with a blunt bang. Actress Beth Behrs wears them beautifully along with her gorgeous blonde waves.

If you love your long locks, adding bangs can instantly freshen up your look. Should you grow tired of them, they grow out nicely into side-swept bangs, then into your regular length, so the transition is easy.

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Bangs for Thick Hair

Florence Welch thick bangs
Florence Welch. Ian Gavan // Getty Images

How can you not fall in love with this cool red hairstyle on singer Florence Welch? These blunt bangs match her long, thick hair perfectly and they have a great "U" shape that frames her face. 

To get this look, ask your stylist to cut your bangs thick. The middle part of the blunt bang should fall at your brow or just below it. The sides of the blunt bangs should be longer, forming an upside down "U." This cut grows out better than a blunt bang.

Remember that when hair is cut wet, it will dry shorter. Be sure to tell your stylist where you want your bangs to fall when it's dry.

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Bangs for Thin Hair

Ireland Baldwin shows off her blunt bangs
Ireland Baldwin shows off her blunt bangs. Ireland Baldwin // Instagram

Soft, wispy bangs are often best with thin, straight hair. Model Ireland Baldwin has a beautiful cut for her blonde tresses and it adds to her stylish, chic look. What really makes this work is that the thinner, fringe bangs are paired with front layers. This shaping instantly draws the eye to her gorgeous, long face.

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Bangs With a Ponytail

Brow-skimming Bangs With a Ponytail
Sharni Vinson. Frazer Harrison

Model Sharni Vinson looks fabulous with and without bangs. This look pairs a shaped bang with a long, straight ponytail and adds a fun but classy touch to her look. You'll also notice that she went with a little dip-dye color on the tips to match her dress. The look definitely has a playful feel.

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Bangs for Everyday

Reese Witherspoon's Brow-Skimming Bangs
Reese Witherspoon. Frederick M. Brown // Getty Images

Reese Witherspoon is a favorite to watch for eye-catching hairstyles and she's always showing us something new. In this look, the bangs just barely skim her brow and it works great with the ponytail.

This is one of the more timeless cuts for bangs. It can work well with nearly any hair color, type, or texture. It's a great everyday look that requires very little maintenance and just a trim here and there to maintain.

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Bangs for an Eye-Pop

Taraji Henson With Bangs
Actress Taraji Henson attends the 59th Annual ACE Eddie Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 15, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Bangs are great for bringing attention to your eyes, according to stylist Tommy Buckett in Glamour magazine. "They're a quick change without a full-on cut," he says. This look on actress Taraji Henson proves the point and shows it off in elegant style.

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Bangs for a Pompadour

Brigitte Nielsen's Pompadour Bangs
Brigitte Nielsen. Andreas Rentz

Pompadour hairstyles are flashy and fun. While they tend to be trendy, this look comes back often and is perfect for a platinum blonde like Brigitte Nielsen. It's funky, edgy, and rock 'n' roll all rolled up into one simple hairstyle that's been sprayed up to be absolutely gorgeous.

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Bangs for Short Cuts

Paris Hilton with bangs
Paris Hilton. Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for IMG

Paris Hilton's classy side-swept bangs are left long and look fabulous with her short bob. It's a gorgeous and fresh look that never goes out of style. It is also quite lovely with longer hair.

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Bangs Cut at Home

Kate Moss Fringe Bangs
Kate Moss. Getty Images

This picture of model Kate Moss was taken in 2010 when it was reported she cut her own bangs. There is nothing wrong with it and many women do the same thing. After all, if you want to keep your bangs at a particular length, you could spend a small fortune getting regular trims at the salon.

If you're going to trim your bangs at home, be sure to get a few tips first. Go slow and remember to always cut when they're dry.