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30 Types of Fringe You Can Use to Restyle a Stale Look

Jan 02, 2022Scott Peers

If you're perplexed by the fringes on hair salon Instagram pages, you are not alone.

It can be hard to know exactly what to ask for when restyling a fringe at a hair salon, but it's time to make the process easier.

The Ultimate Cutting Secrets for Common Types of Fringe

Showing a picture is the simplest way to tell a hairdresser what you want. However, a little hairstylist lingo won't hurt either. You can earn extra points as a client that knows what they want.

If you're a hairdresser, working out what clients mean when they're describing fringes can be a challenge. Therefore, mastering bangs is among the coolest skills you can present as an expert. 

Diagram showing 6 different types of bangs

Let's take a look at common types of bangs that are often found on many wish lists. We will also discuss the benefits of different fringe styles and types of bangs. 

1. Curtain fringe

This relaxed bangs hairstyle consists of bangs parted in the middle that are longer at the ends. This recreates drapes and curtains that frame your face.

Curtain bangs suit most face shapes and are easy to grow and style in several different ways including styling curtain bangs with a hair straightener.


2. Wispy bangs

Unlike blunt bangs that cover most of your forehead, wispy bangs provide a partial cover. The wispy type of fringe suits thin hair and is an easy choice for first-timers in the fringe arena. Read on for more specific options with wispy bangs.

They are typically on the longer side and cover the eyebrows, giving a soft, romantic vibe.


3. Arched bangs

Arched bangs are a type of blunt bangs. However, instead of being cut flat across the forehead, they are shaped like a curve that follows the natural curve of the face.

They are not as dramatic as the classic blunt fringe and work best on clients with thick hair:


4. Braided bangs

Most braided bangs are not "real" bangs. At least, not as real as those types of fringes that require a haircut. You can pull off a braided fringe even if you don't have a shorter section in the front.

The looks you can achieve range from a hippie boho queen to an Amazon or African queen, depending on the braiding type.


5. Baby bangs

Baby bangs are shorter, somewhat irregularly chopped bangs that come to the middle horizontal point of your forehead.

They are not only practical for providing clear eyesight but are also super cute and great for accentuating beautiful eyes.


6. Textured fringe

A good texture is the best friend of many haircuts and even a best friend of fringes. By playing with texture, you can get the most personalised type of fringe.

A useful benefit of textured bangs is that they don't require too much of a styling hassle, but you do need a good styling wax like RedOne Matte Hair Wax Full Force Keratin.


7. V-shaped bangs

Not among the types of fringe that are frequently sought, V-shaped bangs are a unique and quirky hairstyle that will suit oval or heart-shaped faces.

If you want to really draw attention to your eyes and brows, then this is the type of fringe for you.


8. Blunt bangs

If you are already cutting bangs, why not do it properly? The blunt way is the conventional way and an all-time classic that still works for those that like a simple change.

Blunt bangs are an exciting way to spruce up a textured bob and avoid looking like everyone else.


9. Choppy bangs

Choppy bangs are a subtype of textured bangs. The only difference is that they have more texture and uneven layers with different lengths that are more noticeable.

Since you can style choppy bangs to both sides and to the front, they are one of the most flattering hairstyles for hair with volume and a laidback style.


10. Asymmetrical bangs

Asymmetrical bangs are produced by cutting your hair in a diagonal line across your forehead. In this way, your newly cut fringe will resemble side bangs but without the layers. Asymmetrically cut bangs are like blunt side bangs and are the most stunning when mixed with vibrant hair colours.


11. Pin-up fringe

If you are all in for a high-maintenance hairstyle, updos with pin-up bangs are perfect.

Make sure you have all the right equipment to carry this type of fringe like a star, including hot rollers, hair clips, and a hair spray such as a volumising hair spray used to create and set the look in place.


12. Dreadlocks bangs

Dreadlocks often look strange and unflattering if the bangs are not included - few people can make that work. To rock the dreadlock hairstyle, ask your hairdresser to cut your bangs longer than usual so that you have enough length to produce the messy, nonchalant hairstyle.


13. Wavy or curly bangs

You can achieve the curly shag that dominates hairstyling trends this year by cutting off wavy or curly bangs. Depending on the size of your curls, these types of fringes can vary in length, texture, and thickness.

All wavy types of fringe have one thing in common - a carefree, badass attitude that reminds us of 80s dance music and loose tops over the shoulder. What's not to like?


14. Spiky bangs

Spiky bangs are appropriate for the shortest of short haircuts. For example, punk hair or a mohawk.

Although you can carry a longer spiky fringe partially covering your forehead, the true nature of the mischievous hairstyle comes to fruition on spikes popping out and pointing to the sky.


Wispy Bangs: Inspiration To Suit All Face Types

If you want to soften out the edges of flat bangs or play with proportions on long oval face shapes. Wispy bangs can give you that careless and sexy side-swept look on longer hair. If you have long thick hair and don’t want to go for a full blunt fringe, then layered bangs are an excellent choice.

The good thing about bangs is that they gradually feather around your face. They can be shaped in dozens of different forms to flatter your best facial features. If there is one hair look that can dramatically change how other people perceive you, that’s wispy fringe. Take a look at the example below to note the difference. 

Wispy Bangs for All Face Shapes and Hair Types

You can find wispy bangs under a variety of other names, including textured bangs, choppy bangs, or curtain bangs. But despite the similarities in these types of fringe, they all have specifics. Therefore, when you discuss the change with your hairdresser, make sure you are a bit more detailed in your description.

Textured bangs may be more thinned than choppy bangs, while curtain bangs will usually be longer and with even layers of length.

How to Choose Wispy Bangs

If you are convinced that when you schedule your next haircut, you should go for light, feathery bangs, consider the quality of your hair. Your face shape is also important. Here are several choices that could inspire you to take the plunge in the right direction:

15. Textured bob with straight wispy bangs

Make one small change and see the best of your face come to light – this is it!

Without going overboard with a radical change, take your textured bob to the next season by cutting a straight wispy fringe.


16. Softly layered bangs around the face

A wispy cut can layer around your face and transform a loose ponytail or a reverse French braid into something more relaxed and casual.

Ask your, hairdresser, to cut a few layers across your cheeks and neck shorter for this romantic hairstyle. You’ll then be able to style your hair at home using electrical tools and hairspray.


17. Full fringe with textured bangs

Nothing says big bright eyes as wispy bangs that cover your eyebrows and frame high cheekbones.

If you have that grateful bone structure, make the most of it by rewarding it with a full wispy fringe.


18. Curtain bangs for oval faces

If you decide to be a celebrity copycat, make sure you are following the star whose face shape resembles your own. Check the example below! In that way, even if you undertake the cut yourself, the experiment won’t end up in a tragic disaster.

Keep in mind that nicely shaped wispy bangs are a tricky cut. Just a few poorly cut layers can make a lot of difference. Therefore, it’s best to entrust the change to a professional.


19. Face-framing layers

For very long hair, cutting wispy bangs can take place below the cheek line, all the way to the chin or that spot on your cheeks that is just the right height to emphasise more volume without sacrificing a lot of the side hair.

The few shorter pieces are still kept in the middle part of the forehead for a playful appearance.


20. Middle-parted wispy bangs

By gradually chopping and thinning the hair on both sides, your hairdresser can save you a lot of blowdrying trouble for your choppy bob. These wispy bangs melt into the rest of the hair and will revamp a profile with a bit of sex appeal in no time.

Great for round faces, as it elongates the top-to-bottom vs. the side-to-side face proportions. Furthermore, it looks extra textured when the hair is lightly curled and styled using a smoothing cream.


21. Balayage curtain bangs

These are true curtain bangs that will ask for plenty of hair to be removed from your crown. But considering the effect, especially when combined with a balayage, we don’t think you will be sorry. Swipe the image below to check the thinning layers at the back of the head that mimics a true boho style.


22. Versatile choppy bangs

Versatility is possible. Try chopping the fringe around your face so that you can wear the shorter layers split in the middle, swept to the side, or pulled up with a hair clip.

In this case, avoid too much definition in any particular direction as it will hamper your ability to style the bangs in any way you like.


Short Hair with Fringe

Short hair and bangs? Bring it on!

This is a hairstyle hairdressers love to work on. It is an opportunity to showcase their haircutting mastery to the maximum. Short hair with bangs can help you:

  • Make a bold change from long hair
  • Revamp a stale short cut with some fab fringe
  • Get some extra plus points in your hairdresser's golden book.

In case you don't know where to start with a hair change, a short hair fringe cut may be just the right indicator for the direction you need to take. We don't think you'll need any more proof than these crisp short bangs that we have just noticed on Instagram

23. Choppy hair bangs with a peekaboo undercut

To keep the length of your locks at least partially, you can add an undercut to longer top layers. Undercuts create unexpected three-dimensionality.

Add short hair bangs for a new level of quirkiness and you have made your point. You are cute, sexy, and have twinkles in your eyes - we get it!


24. Textured curtain fringe

Textured curtain fringe is versatile and resourceful. Your hairdresser can adapt it to all hair lengths. From a voluminous side curved fringe such as this mesmerising blond blow-dry to cutting it in the middle to emphasise lovely eyes and a perky nose, you can't go wrong with curtain bangs.

Short curtain bangs have another advantage: they don't lose shape quickly as they grow up so you won't stress out about needing to schedule biweekly trims to the minute. 


25. Classic side-swept bob

Say hi to one of the most practical, low-maintenance, and timeless hairstyles. It is no wonder that the super-short bob never goes out of style because it is super-sweet.

Wonder how to keep it up-to-date? An ugly Christmas sweater like on this image might just do the trick - it's not mandatory, only optional!

This bob is classy. It goes well with an array of trendy and classic personal outfit styles, not to mention the carefree hair routine that won't take you hours to complete!


26. Messy pixie

Short hair bangs don't necessarily need to take the front of your face or cover the forehead. Your hairdresser can make a gradual transition from the bangs to textured layers across your face and the back of your head.

Here is how that looks on a messy pixie cut that is at its most striking with blonde hair: 


27. Smooth and subtle lob fringe

Not so sure about full-on bangs? The invisible subtle bangs on medium-long hair will create just enough difference to bring about a new look without you losing your mind over the new hairstyle. don't let anyone call you boring and predictable!

With such glossy, wavy strands, it's just hair envy!


28. Face-free asymmetrical bangs

For face shapes that don't look their best when covered in fringe, this short asymmetrical wave pulled away from the face will create wonders. It has the wow effect without overwhelming delicate facial features.

You can make it work for you in summer when hair bangs are quite demanding amidst the countless hot weather hair challenges.


29. Long bob middle bangs

Middle bangs can take the curtain shape as shown above. But if you have cut your hair short with even shorter bangs, middle bangs can be an excellent choice to grow your hair back. They wrap nicely around rectangular or oblong face shapes.

Furthermore, you can make a colour statement as you let your balayage grow at the ends and keep the dark bangs colour-free.


30. Sleek concave bob with a thick fringe

From messy, we go to smooth. Now, if you could get away with a few strands out of place in messier, choppy looks, this one needs a precise cut. It also requires a professional blowdry to look at its best. With the popularity of curls nowadays, straight hair usually takes second place.

However, you don't need to follow the crowd if you don't want to over-style your sleek hair with curling products. Do the best with what you have.

This haircut perfection is one way to achieve individuality with short bangs on straight hair. The concave bob shape suits almost any type of face. The thick, straight fringe adds a bit of panache you don't see so often.


There are so many ways to cut short hair with bangs that the above options are just the tip of the iceberg. Short fringe draws attention to facial features, especially the eyes, enabling not only hair but also makeup revamping. When your hair is long, you have so many options to restyle it.

With medium-length and short hair, drastic changes in length are limited. Cutting short bangs may be the ultimate option to tell people that you mean transformation business.

Maintaining Your Bangs

Having bangs is a long-term relationship that will ask you to style your hair every other day - if not every day.

One part of regular maintenance is going to the hairdresser more often, as well as daily blow-dries. This is because any bangs quickly lose their shape.

Check with your salon whether you can schedule fringe trims in-between major haircutting sessions. Many salons are willing to provide that service with discount prices. That will be a simple way to care for your new looks without doubling your periodical haircut budget.

A Fringe For Every Face Shape – Find the Best Style of Hair Bangs To Suit You

Hair bangs are a haircut that helps you keep the length and still make a dramatic change to how you look. Cutting bangs can completely transform your face and emphasise your features. There are so many different fringe hairstyles that it is easy to get confused about which face shape suits which fringe.

When you choose what hair bangs you want to see on your face, it’s important to leave room for all of them. Don’t be a slave to a particular style. A good hairstylist will be able to play with bold, long-and layered, and side-swept fringe. They can be easily adjusted to your face shape.

Don’t limit yourself by thinking that only one style can work for you. Bangs for an oval face with closely set eyes will differ from those for an oval face with big eyes or prominent eyebrows, for example.

But if you want to bring attention to what you think are your best features, consider shaping your bangs to focus on a specific part of your face. Whether you are in love with your cheekbones, your eyes, or your cleanly shaped brows, you can perk them even more by choosing the appropriate fringe.

Round Face Shapes: Full Side and Cropped Hair Bangs

If you want to elongate a round face which usually has soft lines, go for side bangs.

Side bangs are a winner. They suit almost everyone. The side-swept fringe can be modified by length and thickness with gradual thinning. It doesn’t require as much upkeep as bolder fringe haircuts do. The contrast between the sharp angle of the bangs and the wider cheeks will change your face proportions.

Micro bangs, cropped bangs or side bangs are also an option. Ask for graduated thinning at the end to avoid the dollish, unnatural look. Unless that’s exactly what you are aiming for. Emma Watson made sort of a trademark style from micro bangs.

How to Cut the Fringe for Square-shaped and Oblong Faces

Hair bangs are in most cases the best friend of strong features. They tend to take the edge off most of them. To create the illusion of softness for square and oblong faces, choose A-shaped bangs.

A-shaped bangs are shorter in the middle and longer at the ends. But this transition needs to be gradual. Your stylist can taper them at the ends to soften a strong jawline or forehead. With a square face shape, it is all about the eyes. They will really pop out with professionally tapered hair bangs.

Long layered bangs are the second option for oblong and square faces. Layered bangs also have the A-shape but also a 70s, boho feel. They can be straight or slightly curly, covering a part of the eyes and the brows.

Despite their messy look, long layered or curtain hair bangs require frequent styling. Yup, that under-the-fringe look is sexy. But you don’t want to blind yourself for style. You’ll have to schedule haircuts at two or three weeks tops to keep clear eyesight.

Another way to pull people’s attention from angular features is to cut diagonally angled bangs. Sweep them to the side to make our eyes or mouth the centre of attention. Angled bangs can be worn when grown out, but not too much. On the maintenance difficulty scale, they are somewhere in between bluntly cut fringe and long, thinned, loose hair bangs. They are perfect for asymmetrical bobs.

Crescent Hair Bangs for Heart-Shaped Faces

For a heart face, you will need to ask your stylist to cut your fringe shorter in the middle and longer on the ends. This way, your new fringe will recreate the ratio between the wider top section and the cute pointy chin. Unlike the A-shaped fringe, crescent bangs tend to be more voluminous to embody the slight semi-circular curve from which it got its name. Many heart-shaped faced women don’t go for a fringe, but when they do, the change is noteworthy. Take a look at Reese Witherspoon, for example. Reese carries many styles with confidence and doesn’t care about her heart face too much.

She rocks the bob now, but a while ago, she had bangs cut sectionally, to play by pulling them away from the face:

And at the start of her career, she kept it safe with crescent, chopped bangs:

Baby bangs or a blunt fringe with a lesser dramatic straight cut will also suit a heart-shaped face. This is a fun choice to ease down on the straight bold fringe cut or extend micro bangs. Miley Cyrus had cut her hair with baby bangs earlier this year. She is an example that when styled right, they don’t look at all baby-ish.

If cutting bangs makes a notable difference for long hair, then short-hair bangs can truly transform how you present yourself. Short bangs can blend with the rest of the hair or tell a story of their own for a personal stamp hairstyle. Short hair with bangs gives the impression that you are over mainstream haircuts.

You have gone beyond blindly following trends. And now you want something that's totally you - fuss-free and playful. Is cutting bangs on shorter hair an act of rebellion? It can be, just enough to mimic the careless attitude of a style rebel.

However, short bangs can also be sophisticated, mirroring that 1920s diva look:


Time to Get Creative With Your Look

We hope you find this hair bangs guide helpful.

Don’t follow rules blindly and adapt them to your personal style. Remember, there is a fringe haircut that works for everyone, so don’t hesitate to go where you haven’t gone before with a fringe haircut update.

Armed with newfound enthusiasm and optimism for getting the most suitable bangs, we foresee an imminent salon visit. We look forward to the results! 

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