Bangs are a super important part of any hairstyle. They frame the face and can play up your good features while minimizing the not-so-good ones. However, there are many different types of bangs, and it’s important to know what type you should get and how to communicate it to your hairstylist.
Oh… and I’m just gonna throw out there that some people find the term, “bangs” to be offensive and “fringe” is becoming more of the norm.
The Most Common Types of Bangs
1. Side-Swept Bangs
For side-swept bangs, you should part your hair on one side or the other. The bangs should softly “sweep” to the other side of the face and might angle down toward the cheek. It is important that they are soft and textured.
These types of bangs were really popular a few years ago but are slowly starting to phase out. I still wear side-swept bangs because they work well with my heart-shaped face and rounder faces.
Additionally, side bangs can soften up square or rectangular faces; they are generally flattering on most people.
2. Scene Bangs
Scene bangs were extremely popular during the “emo kid” era and were a staple of any scene girl’s hairstyle.
They are pretty similar to side-swept bangs, but with a lot more texture. Plus, they are also much thicker, start higher up on the head, and a lot choppier than side bangs.
3. Blunt Bangs
I like to think of blunt bangs as “Lady Gaga bangs” since that was her claim-to-fame in the olden days.
These types of bangs remind me of when I was six-years-old and my mom cut my bangs at home with kitchen scissors. However, truth is that these are actually quite fashionable these days, and have been steadily growing in popularity!
Be careful, though, because blunt bangs create a hard line on the face, which could be unflattering to some people. Some people can pull them off, and others can’t; I recommend point-cutting the bottom, to soften up the line a little bit.
4. Zooey Deschanel Bangs
These are similar to the Lady Gaga bangs but a lot more textured and fringy. They are a lot softer on the face and more flattering on most people.
5. Wispy Bangs
I think these types of bangs will ALWAYS be popular! They are very thin, very texturized bangs that soften up anyone’s face!
6. Pixie Bangs
I’m not a HUGE fan of these types of bangs, although they look pretty good on people with short hair… particularly pixie haircuts. Most people disagree with me, but I was never a fan of Emma Watson’s pixie haircut
7. Asymmetrical Bangs
These bangs only look good, if they are done right, like the girl in the picture above. They blend down to the rest of her hair and are very flattering.
Asymmetry in haircuts is actually pretty common right now. But like with other types of bangs, they could be unflattering on certain faces.
8. Curved Bangs
I always get people asking for these curved bangs. These types of bangs frame the face and soften it up, which is flattering on almost everyone.
A cool trick I learned to cutting curved bangs is to pull all of the hair to the middle of the face, pinch it, and cut. When you let the hair fall back to where it will lay, the bangs will be curved.
9. Pin-Up Girl Bangs
I guess in the simplest terms, these are just bangs that are curled with a roller and hair-sprayed to all heck. The pin-up girl look is hot right now, so I’d say go for it!
10. Bangs of the Past
Please don’t ever do this to yourself. Ever. Unless you’re Gwen Stefani… and maybe not even then…
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With an extensive knowledge of hair color science and over 12 years as a licensed cosmetologist working in the hair industry, Hollee feels the need to share her passion for beauty with the world. She specializes in hair color science, hairstyles, hair hacks, hair knowledge, and how things work in the hair industry. She enjoys sharing her expertise and helping people achieve their personal hair goals.