Without a doubt, short hair is the length of the moment. It has been steadily gaining popularity lately and has now peaked in popularity. Models, actresses, singers and “It girls” have all taken the plunge and debuted fabulous new short length hairstyles. Whether the look is a sleek bob with thick front bangs, like Taylor Swift’s recent hairstyle for the Grammys, or a messy undercut and side swept bangs, a la Rachel McAdams, this is the perfect hairstyle. Here are our best short hairstyles with bangs that will inspire you to drastically change the way you do it. Call your hairdresser now, chop-chop!
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1. Side bangs
Side bangs are a softer, more feminine way to approach this trend and as such should be paired with an appropriate hairstyle. Stay away from sharp, short bobs and opt instead for a lob that sits on the collarbone. It adds just enough length to your hair to keep it super feminine while still looking fresh and trendy. It also makes it easier to gradually merge the length of your bangs with the rest of your hair.
How to style side bangs
2. Short bangs
Short bangs grow quickly but can be a bit tricky to pull off. Short bangs make a big statement and pack a lot of attitude, so your hairstyle should match to achieve an overall balanced look. Style short bangs with messy, choppy locks, and don’t be afraid to cut your hair short to your chin or above. Now is not the time to be shy around scissors! Confidence is the key to pulling off this short hair style with short bangs.
How to style short bangs
3. Thick bangs
Thick bangs can look quite heavy on the face, so going for a shorter length is a good idea. It helps balance the look and keep it from looking bulky and dull. Keep the lengths at or above the collarbone to look more glamorous than gothic. For a super sleek look with thick bangs, a chic bob is definitely the way to go. Channel Taylor Swift or Rose Byrne and part your hair off center to keep the look fresh and current.
How to style thick bangs
4. Straight on the bangs
Straight bangs may remind you of your early school days, but they’re back and chicer than ever. This style is ideal for those with rounder faces, like Jessie J, or super defined cheekbones, like Karlie Kloss. The best style to suit straight bangs is a bob. Shoulder length, chin length or a flapper girl, cheek length, straight bangs and bob are meant to be. Ask your stylist to cut your bangs just below your eyebrows to keep the look polished and sultry.
How to style straight bangs
5. Curly bangs
Do you have naturally curly hair? Next time you step into the hairdresser channel, a little Baby from Dirty Dancing and cut your hair to include curly bangs. Curly bangs are one of the coolest trends of the season and pack a lot of attitude in one go. Perfect for lengths that just skim the shoulders when dry, curly bangs pair perfectly with voluminous, bouncy curls. Whether your bangs are long, short, or parted to the side, let the styling tools rest for now and embrace your natural curl.
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6. Curtain Fringe
Bridgette Bardot’s signature curtain fringe is back in style. And thanks to “It” girls like Alexa Chung and Jennifer Lawrence, we now know how to wear them. Curtain bangs are the perfect look to try with adult bangs. This simple style is sexy and sweet at the same time. It can also be used to soften a harsh looking midsection.
How to Style Curtain Fringe
7. Eye-skimming bangs
Eye-skimming bangs can create a sexy look and suit most face shapes. Ask your barber to cut yours in an “M” shape to keep hair out of your eyes. Also, regular trims are a must for this style. Instead of cutting your bangs straight, ask your stylist to let the sides gradually taper to keep the look soft and feminine. And the perfect hairstyle to match that sweet bangs? It’s a feminine layered lob of course.
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8. Backwards bangs
If you have long side bangs, sweeping them back instead of styling them forward can create a fresh look. Also, if you have started growing out your bangs, this is also the perfect style for you. Swept up bangs look great with lobs, bobs, and even grown-up pixie cuts. They strike the perfect balance between chic and carefree. For a more subtle version, wear your side-swept bangs like Rachel McAdams, or for a bolder look, pair it with a close shave on the side, like Miley.
How to style swept back bangs
9. Blunt bangs
Like straight bangs, blunt bangs can create quite a severe look. But if drama is what you’re looking for, then these are the fringes for you. Shoulder-length lobes and chin-length bobs are perfect for this style. A bob haircut adds to the theatrical style of the bangs while a lob softens it. Blunt bangs should be cut thick and heavy without thinning. Ask your stylist to taper at the sides to gently frame the face and offset the harshness of this style.
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How to style blunt bangs
10. Thin bangs
If you have thin hair, you might think bangs won’t suit you, but you’d be wrong. Thin, piecey bangs have never been more popular than they are right now. So there’s never been a better time to have bangs if you have fine hair. Cut your hair to just below chin length and add side bangs. Although you may think your bangs look weird, they are actually perfect for your look. Thin bangs create space and open up the face more. This is especially useful for those with small oval faces.
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How many types of bangs are there?
There are ten main types of bangs. These are side bangs, short, thick, straight, curly, curtain, eye skimming, swept back, blunt and thin.
Do bangs look good with short hair?
Bangs look amazing with short hair. It’s a great way to add extra dimension and shape to cropped locks, and it draws attention to your eyes and cheekbones.
How do I know if bangs are right for me?
Anyone can wear bangs; just choose a type that suits your face shape and meet the styling requirements. The best way to decide if bangs are the right choice is to determine your face shape. The options are rectangle, oval, square, heart, triangle, round and diamond. Once you figure that out, you’ll be able to figure out which style of bangs looks best on you. Alternatively, you can always consult your hairstylist for professional advice on what will work best.
Does bangs make you look fatter?
Some bangs can make your face look rounder, especially if you already have a round or square face. As such, it’s all about choosing the right type of bangs for your look. The more blunt the bangs, the more they draw the eyes to the face, which has a widening effect. To counter this, choose something longer and more framed like curtain bangs. This will elongate your face for a slimming effect.
Does bangs make you look younger?
Bangs can make you look younger, as long as you choose the right style. They make your face look smaller and can hide fine lines while drawing attention to your eyes. Choose a longer length around your eyebrows, as too short can draw attention to the wrong places, and too long will cover your eyes.
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