It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from: we’ve all thought about trying on bangs. Some of us have actually taken the plunge, some don’t know any other way of life, and others have merely contemplated the idea. If you’re considering trying a new set of bangs—even if it’s just a switch up from your current style—we’re sure you’ll find some inspiration here.
From wispy bangs to curtain bangs to side bangs, we’re showcasing 17 different types of bangs to try for fall 2021. We’re also walking you through some important info, like figuring out whether a haircut with bangs will suit you and your natural hair texture and which types of bangs are currently in style.
How do I know if bangs will suit me?
There are many different bang styles. It’s less an issue of whether bangs will suit you at all, and more about finding the types of bangs that flatter you best. If you’re nervous to take the plunge before knowing how bangs will look on you, there are different apps you can try and even clip-in bangs that’ll give you a better idea. Also, we recommend speaking with your stylist, who can help you find the best bangs for your face shape and hair texture.
What haircut goes well with bangs?
Lots of different haircuts go well with bangs. You can wear bangs on short hair, rock a pixie cut with bangs, or even have super long hair with bangs. Again, we recommend speaking with your hairstylist about this, who will help determine the best cut and style for you.
What types of bangs are in style?
For fall 2021, we're seeing a lot of loose and tousled looks, choppy layers, and face-framing cuts. The bangs that pair with these hairstyles follow suit. Think textured fringe, curtain bangs, and wispy pieces that perfectly complement your face.
17 Different Types of Bangs to Try
Ready to rock hair with bangs? We’re showcasing our favorite styles to try this fall.
Bangs on Curly Hair
If you have a heart-shaped face, avoid blunt bangs that can make your forehead and cheekbones appear wider. Instead, ask your stylist for piece-y bangs with layers that can help to soften your features.
If you’re not ready to commit to a full-on fringe, don’t worry! That’s what side bangs are for. Side-swept bangs can softly frame your heart-shaped face and take the focus off of your forehead.
Side-Swept Pixie Bangs
Your high cheekbones are your most defining feature, and a pixie cut is the perfect way to show them off! A pixie cut with a soft side-swept fringe can delicately frame your best features and help to make your forehead appear narrower.
Barely-There Pixie Bangs
Pixie cuts are perfect if you’re comfortable showing off your round face—and why shouldn’t you be? If you want to make your face appear more angular, however, pair your pixie cut with subtle micro fringe.
Curtain bangs are one of the few looks that flatter all face shapes—but we especially love how they frame and accentuate the soft features of round faces!
Talk about a serious dose of nostalgia! If you’re ready to take on a more dramatic fringe look, micro bangs are perfect for you. Pair micro bangs with a bright hair color to give this ‘90s-inspired fringe new life.
Looking to give your fringe a bit of edge? There’s no better time to experiment with color! Opt for a half-and-half hair color for a look that’s truly eye-catching. If you commit to a bold new hue, be sure to use a shampoo and conditioner formulated for high-maintenance hair color like the Matrix Total Results Keep Me Vivid system.
These asymmetrical bangs not only make a striking visual impact, but they also create the illusion of a softer face. They’re also an unexpected, low-commitment twist that you can chop in a month or two (should you wish)!
Can’t get enough of texture? Neither can we! Textured, full bangs can even out a long face shape, making it appear shorter. Amp up your texture with a texturizing spray like Redken Triple Dry 15 Dry Texture Finishing Spray. This aerosol dry texturizing spray provides hair with airy volume and beachy texture.
If you’re looking to soften the edges of your sharp jawline, you can’t go wrong with soft, tousled bangs. The best part? Tousled bangs require little styling commitment!
Long Blended Bangs
If you want all the perks of having bangs without the constant styling, opt for long, blended bangs that fall to one side of your face.
Bowl Cut Bangs
Bowl cuts might sound scary, but hear us out! This mushroom-inspired chop with straight, full bangs is a modern take on the ‘80s throwback cut (and can seriously accentuate your long face shape). To keep your hair sleek, spritz Matrix Total Results Mega Sleek Iron Smoother Leave-In Spray before heat styling. It tames frizz while doubling as a heat protectant.
If you’re hoping to create the illusion of a shorter face while accentuating your cheekbones, thick blunt bangs will do the trick.
Flipped Out Bangs
We’ve been loving flipped out ends, and we’re even more obsessed with flippy bangs! Grab a round brush, a blowdryer, and an anti-frizz spray like Kérastase Fluidissime Anti Frizz Spray to achieve flippy bangs with a sleek, polished finish.
Wolf Cut with Bangs
The wolf cut is one of fall 2021’s hottest styles, and it fully embraces bangs! This style works with all sorts of hair types and focuses on maximizing face-framing texture. For that tousled, big-hair look, try Redken Full Frame 07 All-Over Volumizing Mousse. This moisture-rich foam adds body throughout your hair.
Wispy Curly Bangs
Interested in trying bangs for fall? Use our salon locator to book an appointment at a salon near you.