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 22 different types of bangs to try for 2022. 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.
Are bangs in style for 2022?
Absolutely! Bangs may have once been a rash decision born out of lockdown-era boredom, but they have since become a major player in all sorts of haircuts. While it doesn’t look like the fringe trend will lose steam anytime soon, consider heading to a seasoned pro to cut them this time around instead of breaking out your kitchen scissors!
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.
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 2022, 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.
What face shape looks good with bangs?
Again, chatting with your stylist is the best way to help you find the best bangs for your face shape and hair texture. Depending on your face shape, different types of bangs work wonders to create the illusion of a slimmer face, a stronger or softer jawline, a more narrow forehead, and so much more. Bangs are super versatile, so it’s not about what face shape looks best in them, but rather about what style bangs will best flatter your unique face shape.
22 Different Types of Bangs to Try
Ready to rock hair with bangs? We’re showcasing our favorite styles to try this spring and summer.
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 Matrix Miss Mess Dry Texturizing Spray. This aerosol dry texturizing spray provides hair with light hold with volume and gritty 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 Mizani 25 Miracle Milk Leave-In Conditioner 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 2022’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 L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Volume Envy Extra Mousse. This creamy foam adds fullness and lasting body throughout your hair.
Wispy Curly Bangs
A sister to the beloved curtain bangs, bottleneck bangs are slimmer near the roots and then fan out at the sides, seamlessly transitioning into a longer fringe.
Rather than being cut flat across the forehead, arch bangs follow the natural curve of the face for a slightly rounded appearance.
Faux Side-Swept Bangs
Test the waters of a side fringe before going in for the big cut by styling hair into a dramatic swoop! To recreate the look, make a deep side part and then use a round brush to dry hair, up and over one side of the face. Lock the swoop into place by spritzing on Matrix Vavoom Extra Full Freezing Spray, a finishing hairspray that also works as a dry shampoo and texturizing spray.
Overgrown bangs that fall into our eyes are just a right of passage on our fringe journey, but fastening them into a tendril-hugging side braid is a chic way to rein them in.
Soft Wispy Bangs with Long Hair
Feather-light wisps that delicately skim the brow bone are a perfect way to add balance to princess-length hair. To keep these bangs super piece-y, pinch small sections of hair together with a texturizing paste like Pureology Style + Protect Mess It Up Texture Paste.
Interested in trying bangs for spring and summer? Hair.com has all of the salon-recommend products you need to style your stunning new look.