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Types of Bang Hairstyles

Bangs are definitely a trending item right now. There are a lot of us looking for a change, but not wanting to cut our length. Well, you’re in luck. Bangs are a great way to change up your look without taking drastic measures. Once you make the chop, with a little daily styling, your new style can refresh your look and give you a new hairstyle you love. But with so many options, where do you start? For those thinking of changing it up, here are a few different styles of bangs to give you some hair-spiration.


Are you looking for something a little more daring? Do you want to make a statement with your style? Well, micro bangs may be for you! These very short bangs only cover the very top of your forehead. They can be whispy or blunt and is a great way to add something a little retro into your style. No matter what you choose, you will project a stylish and trendy vibe. However, this style is polarizing. You either love them or loathe them. If you love them, this cut is a perfect way to open your face and add a soft, but edgy, statement.

Find celebrities like Emma Watson, Emma Roberts, Alison Sudol, and Sofia Boutella hitting the scissors and debuting short, choppy, micro bangs this new year.


Looking for something more carefree and laid back? Vintage bangs are a great option but don’t fit every face shape. They are low maintenance, so frequent trimming is a thing of the past. Those who are busy, but looking to channel their inner 70’s chick should give this cut a try. These perfectly imperfect bangs are eyebrow grazing, face-framing, and slightly tapered on the sides. They work with long, medium, or short hair and on a variety of textures.


This cut is razored or cut to create a “lived in” feel. Choppy bangs are a popular option because they look effortless. These bangs normally cover the forehead but are not cut as straight as blunt styles. The choppy cut takes away some of the heaviness from the thick bang. That being said, they still draw attention to the eyes in the same way blunt cuts do.

Choppy bangs can be paired well with curly or textured hair, but also work with straight hair. If you’re looking to update a curly style, this may be what you need. With a frizz control serum, your bangs will look amazing every day. Similarly, if you have thicker hair, a choppy cut can thin your hair out without losing full coverage of your forehead. Look for this cut for a great way to reduce the heaviness of your hair.


Another vintage style that has stood the test of time. This 60’s style is similar to micro bangs but longer and heavier. Most will stop at or around eyebrow length, but some like to keep them longer for a more severe look. Blunt bangs are cut straight across your forehead. They can be worn beveled under or pin straight. You can also wear this style with different lengths of hair or haircut shapes.

Blunt bangs are great for drawing attention to your eyes and framing your face. For thinner hair, your stylist may suggest a wispier blunt bang, which is softer. For thick hair that you don’t want to look too severe, you can ask your stylist to thin out your hair slightly. Curling the bottom can also soften your look and make this style look even more retro.

Side Sweeping

This is the most popular style. Side-swept bangs come from one side of your head and cross your forehead on a diagonal. They can be shorter or longer but still swooped over to emphasize a side part. This style is great for rounder faces because it elongates the face by the diagonal line it creates, especially when worn longer and grazing over the nose and cheekbone. Side-sweeps also work to add some edge to faces that are very symmetrical.

There are few ways to wear this style. Some people want side bangs that thickly over their forehead and also covers one eye. Others have a more subtle style. No matter what, side-swept styles look great with many hairstyles. They look great with thick hair and with thin hair, with wavy hair and with straight hair, and with dyed hair or natural shades.


This style is not as popular as the others, but still very cool. V-shaped bangs are also vintage inspired. In fact, this style is mostly worn by Gothic women and those who have a very retro fashion style. The fringe is literally cut into a v shape, which can be as prominent or as subtle as you like. This cut pairs well with longer or bob style haircuts.

The best thing about this style is that it can open the face and really emphasize the eyes. These bangs highlight your best features. However, be warned. Due to their prominent shape, these bangs require a lot of maintenance.

You’ll never know if bangs are for you until you’ve tried them. At LJ Hair Design, every haircut comes with a free consultation, allowing us to collaborate with you to create individual, modern, wearable hairstyles to fit any lifestyle.