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20 Best Types Of Bangs For Every Hair Texture And Length

These styles are worth the upkeep.
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Hot take: The biggest mistake when it comes to getting bangs has nothing to do with getting bangs in the first place (and, yes, that includes post-breakup bangs and quarter-life crisis bangs). Nope, IMHO, the reason bangs often get a bad rap is because most people don't know what type of bangs they should get. There's definitely no one-size-fits-all when it comes to bangs—even if those itty-bitty baby bangs look sick on Dua Lipa, you might do better with Camila Cabello's curtain bangs. So, to help you find your match, I went ahead and put together the ultimate guide to bangs. Ahead, 20 (yes, 20) bang hairstyles to consider ASAP.

  1. Layered Bangs

    If getting blunt, straight-across bangs feels a liiiiittle intimidating, opt for something thick and layered like Camila Cabello's. Part your bangs in the middle to channel the singer, or brush 'em to the side—the longer your layers are, the more styling options you'll have.

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  2. Eye-Skimming Bangs

    Like, fine, eye-skimming bangs aren't the most practical of styles, but there's just something so effing pretty about long, fringey pieces. Prepare to play up your texture and volume with this look (texturizing spray is your best friend here).

  3. Braided Bangs with Beads

    Leave it to Yara Shahidi to make braided bangs look so damn cool. Have your stylist cut a few long, face-framing pieces on either side of your bangs for a little dimension (and a few chunky beads won't hurt, either).

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  4. Wavy Bangs

    Gone are the days of straightening just your bangs (TBT to my emo, flat-ironed bangs). Whatever your natural texture, feel free to embrace it all over, like this perfectly wavy option.

  5. Shaggy Bangs

    Note: A shag haircut doesn't mean short. Adding lots of layers to both your bangs and the rest of your hair allows you to get in on the choppy trend without sacrificing much length.

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  6. Clip-In Bangs

    Not totally ready to cut your hair? Experiment with the bang type with some cute and convincing clip-in bangs. Make sure they blend seamlessly with your hair color for a natural vibe.

  7. Curtain Bangs

    Brigitte Bardot was known for having mussed-up curtain bangs (i.e. feathered and roughly parted in the middle) paired with long hair. Try this style if you want something a little more effortless and a little less perfect.

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  8. Blunt Bangs

    Unlike the blunt bangs from your elementary school days, this brow-grazing type is edgy and sleek—perfect for anyone with stick-straight hair or an affinity for flat irons.

  9. Long Curly Bangs

    No matter your curl pattern, even a few shorter curls that hit below your brows can make a noticeable difference in your overall hairstyle.

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  10. Face-Framing Bangs

    Not only do face-framing bangs look so damn good, but the cut also works as a trick for transitioning from bangs to no bangs during the inevitable grow-out stage.

  11. Feathered Bangs

    A modern take on the quintessential '70s look, this longer type of curtain bangs blend nicely into the rest of your hair. This style versatile enough to be worn pushed over to the side or parted down the middle.

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  12. Baby Bangs

    No bang look is as classic and classy as these short, choppy ones, which were a favorite of Audrey Hepburn. They might require frequent trims, but they're totally worth it.

  13. Wispy Bangs

    If you have fine hair and want some extra oomph, try getting very light, wispy bangs to give the illusion of height and volume in the rest of your hair.

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  14. Long Side Bangs

    If your hair spends most of its time in an updo, try the type of bangs that fall just below your cheekbones. You'll automatically have soft, face-framing layers when you put your hair up, and long bangs when you take your hair down.

  15. Voluminous Bangs

    If you're really leaning into the '90s trend, this voluminous, blown-out type of bangs is for you. To keep it elevated and modern, ditch the hairspray to give your hair a little more movement.

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  16. Micro Bangs

    This tiny-bangs type stops an inch short of your eyebrows, giving you a look that's both retro and modern, all at the same time. It's even more striking when contrasted with extra-long hair.

  17. Side-Swept Bangs

    Side-swept bangs are the gateway bangs. Before going all out with a bold, blunt-cut bang (especially if it's your first time), first test the type with this long, layered version that's super easy to grow out if you hate it.

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  18. Arched Bangs

    Just like its name implies, this type of bangs is cut in the shape of an arch, with the shortest lengths skimming your eyebrows, and the longest layers curving around the edges of your jaw. The result? A beautifully flattering frame of your face.

  19. Thick, Parted Bangs

    This polished style can be worn blunt and straight across, but these thick bangs look especially chic when slightly parted in the middle.

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  20. Piecey Bangs

    Instead of worrying about piecey bangs looking greasy, embrace the look by raking a styling cream through your bangs and ends for a wet-looking finish. It's an easy way to cut down on washing your fringe, while still looking stylish.


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