Should I Get Bangs? Things To Consider And Styling Tips

Keep your face shape and natural hair parting in mind while getting those playful bangs.

Reviewed by Meredith BoydMeredith Boyd, Licensed Cosmetologist
By Anjali SayeeAnjali Sayee  • 

At some point in your life you will ponder, “Should I get bangs?” Well, the answer to this question is complicated.

Going in for the gusto and getting bangs is a big decision. Bangs can change how you look completely. For example, just google Zooey Deschanel and Jada Pinkett Smith with and without bangs to see what we are talking about. They can frame and add definition to your face. However, it’s not as simple as it looks. Bangs are like that gorgeous girl you like, but she’s high maintenance…a.k.a. a lot of work. So, to keep her happy, you have to treat her like a queen.

“Bangs have a mind of their own sometimes,” says Meredith Boyd, Licensed Cosmetologist. “The key is to not over style them so that you can anchor them down ever so carefully and have that effortless look all day. A secret when you’re blow drying is to brush them from side to side, with the direction of the heat going down to seal the hair shaft. That will create shine and soft movability in your style.”

Read on to know what it takes to have bangs and figure out if you want to take on the challenge.

protip_icon Before You Get Started
  • There are bangs out there that will fit you just right. Consider your face shape when choosing a bang for yourself:

       Round: Side-swept or curtain bangs for an elongating and framed effect.
       Square: Light, side-swept fringes to round out the sharp edges of the face.
       Heart: Side-swept or curtain bangs with longish sides to cover the wide cheekbones.
       Oval: Except for curtain bangs with center-part, all bangs will suit this face.
       Oblong: Heavy blunt bangs that just touch the eyebrow.

  • Baby bangs only suit small-sized oval faces.
  • Bangs need to be washed daily as it gets greasy from the scalp as well as face oils. It also needs a trim every 2-3 weeks for maintenance.
  • You cannot leave the house without styling your bangs. Those with fine hair can use a texturizing product to keep the bangs bouncy. Thick hair needs a holding product that keeps the hair together. For dry and curly hair types, anti-frizz products are a must.

What To Consider When Getting Bangs

Face Shape And Types Of Bangs

There’s a reason this is listed first. I cannot stress enough how important your face shape is when it comes to bangs. Check out this article to figure out which type of bangs will suit your face.


Maintenance of getting bangs

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Your bangs get oily quickly. Therefore, you need to wash them more often than the rest of your hair. You’ll also need to trim your bangs to ensure your hairdo is on point. When you apply skin care products to your face, make sure they don’t come in contact with your bangs. These products have chemicals that are not suitable for your hair.

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As bangs lie on the forehead, the oil from the hair may transfer to the skin and increase the chance of getting acne. It is, therefore, important to thoroughly cleanse the face and the bangs regularly to minimize excess oiliness.


Curly bangs do not suit everyone. You need to be very aware of which hair type suits you – wavy, curly, or straight. Another thing to remember is that your bangs are shorter than the rest of your hair. So, be careful when heat styling tools on them. When straightening or curling your hair, keep your bangs in the heating tool for a shorter period. Use a blow dryer on a low setting when drying them.

You will also need to set your bangs every day and fiddle with them a few times during the day. Yes, it’s work, but it totally pays off!

Be Gentle

When combing your bangs, be gentle. Don’t brush them too hard. Brushing your bangs roughly can lead to hair loss and damage. Always be gentle when combing or brushing your locks.

Natural Parting

Your natural parting is key to giving you a perfect fringe and a voluminous look. When you wake up, how is your hair naturally parted? Mine is always in the middle, which makes my hair look flat. So, I opt for a side-swept fringe as it adds volume and flatters my overall look best.

Weather Change

Yes, a change in the weather can affect your bangs. Humidity can make your bangs go frizzy. You need to be prepared for this. I have thin hair, so my locks are always greasy after it rains. I dab a little bit of sanitizer with a tissue on my fringe to keep it in place. It really helps.

Now that you know you want bangs, let’s play a game of With or Without: Bangs Edition!

Celebrities With And Without Bangs

1. Jenna Ortega

Jenna Ortega

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Who isn’t obsessed with Jenna Ortega’s Wednesday Addams dance routine as well as hair from the Netflix series Wednesday? She is surely a talented actress, but it is her sharp appearance that has made a lasting impression worldwide, and the bangs are a part of it. Did you find a single TikTok creator that did not copy her bangs while they sported her costume? Yeah, thought so! If you have a proportionate oval face like her, any style will look great on you.

2. Zendaya


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The most recent Golden Ratio Of Beauty Phi analysis lists Zendaya as the second most beautiful face in the world. It’s no surprise that both styles look great on her despite her square-ish face. But, there is a stark contrast in the vibes. While she looks sharp and formidable without the bangs, her long fringe gives her a soft and dreamy look. If you have an oval face with sharp facial features, you can make a choice based on the vibe you are going for.

3. Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift looks stunning both with and without bangs. She looks younger with bangs, and more mature without bangs. The bangs draw attention to her perfect jawline. Layers and bangs work really well together irrespective of the length of your hair. If you have a round face, bangs and layers will add some nice definition to your facial structure.

4. Selena Gomez

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Selena Gomez is a stunner in any hairstyle she tries. But, for me, the bangs are a total win. Deep side-swept bangs are a great way to cover up a large forehead. If you have an inverted triangle or heart face shape (where your forehead is wider than your cheeks and jawline), side-swept bangs are the way to go.

5. Demi Lovato

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Okay, not to digress from the topic, but Demi Lovato looks stunning with blonde hair. Again, I side with bangs. When you have a wide forehead, slicked back hairdo might over-pronounce and make it look bigger. Adding bangs can slim down your face and give it a fuller look.

6. Jada Pinkett Smith

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Mrs. Fresh Prince sure knows how to sizzle. Her soft bangs add flavor and a feminine touch to her edgy bob. If you see a picture of Jada with long hair alongside a pic with short hair, you’ll see how different she looks in both. It’s almost like two different people. It’s the same with her and bangs.

7. Kerry Washington

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Crisis manager Olivia Pope dresses for the job, and it’s no wonder they got Kerry Washington to play her. Kerry Washington has a long forehead that she covers with bangs. The wavy texture makes her hair look more voluminous.

8. Emma Stone

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I think Emma Stone has sported bangs in all her movies, and she looks stunning with them. Whether it’s front and center bangs, side bangs, or side-swept bangs – Emma knows that bangs only enhance her look. Work it, Emma!

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When Emma Stone is not wearing bangs, she has her hair styled in loose curls or simple updos.

9. Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence with and without bangs

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Long side bangs can add a romanticized feel to any updo. They give you that elegant, feminine touch. Notice how the curled bangs accentuate Jennifer Lawrence’s facial features. It’s a clear example of how bangs are a godsend.

10. Jennifer Garner

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A simple U-cut can become so much more with bangs. Again, it’s a win for bangs with Jennifer Garner. I love the blonde highlights that accentuate her hair volume and natural hair color. The thin front bangs accentuate her facial features. They also make her look much younger.

11. Blake Lively

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Braids look way better with bangs when you’re going for the messy, loose braid look. Blake Lively proves my point here. Try side bangs with braids as they slim down your face and draw attention to your braid.

12. Zooey Deschanel

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Ever the poster child for bangs, Zooey Deschanel really knows how to work them. She looks completely different without her signature bangs and dark locks. It’s a win for bangs again. If you have an oval-shaped face, any type of bangs will look great on you. So, go experiment with your hair!

13. Kristen Wiig

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Actress and comedian Kristen Wiig has played the role of a geeky, awkward lady a few times, but she clearly has style. When she cut her locks, it transformed the way she looks, and I support it! Her deep side-swept bangs really work with her pixie cut.

14. Scarlett Johansson

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ScarJo looks great all the time. But, her bangs really enhance her pixie cut. They add volume to her hair. Keeping the roots dark is a great way to add texture and dimension to your locks. I like how her bangs are a stark contrast to her roots.

15. Reese Witherspoon

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From Sweet Home Alabama and Legally Blonde to Big Little Lies, this southern belle has won everyone’s hearts with her blonde hair and accent. It’s clear that her bangs give a youthful touch to her look. They draw focus to her impeccable jawline. The subtle layers at the end make her hair look thicker.

16. Charlize Theron

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Deep side-swept bangs always look incredible on low updos. Just look at Charlize Theron! You can see how her bangs accentuate her flawless cheekbones. She also shows us that bangs can be a great accessory with some light makeup, instead of going overboard with jewelry. This look is perfect for any formal event that requires dressing up.

17. Margot Robbie

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This stunning blonde looks brilliant with and without bangs, but I’m siding with the long side bangs here. They add an elegant and youthful look to her ensemble. The bangs draw the focus to her facial features. They accentuate her eyes, cheekbones, nose, and mouth beautifully. They soften her jawline as well.

18. Brie Larson

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Captain Marvel to the rescue! Brie Larson looks young with bangs. Without the bangs, you can see her scalp clearly, which can sometimes be a sign of hair thinning. Her face appears harsher without the bangs, and softer with bangs.

19. Aubrey Plaza

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Middle parting is always tricky. It can slim down your face or draw attention to all the wrong features. The key is to pair it with bangs. Simple side bangs with layers will make an impact when paired with a middle parting. I love Aubrey Plaza’s bob with bangs. It suits her personality extremely well.

20. Amanda Seyfried

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Going by her roles, Amanda Seyfried clearly loves rom-coms! If you haven’t gotten the memo, long bangs are all the rage. If your cheeks or jawline are too wide, consider getting long bangs. They slim down your face. If you have sharp features, go for long bangs as they soften them.

21. Emilia Clarke

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Emilia Clarke really brought life to the roles of Sarah Connor and Daenerys Targaryen. And, I have to say, her white blonde look is A-W-E-S-O-M-E! The side-swept bangs soften her face and focus on her eyebrows, eyes, and mouth. The subtle bangs cover her forehead, but not entirely.

22. Jennifer Lopez

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With bangs or without bangs, JLo can pull off any hair look. It’s really down to personal preference here. On the one hand, her bangs accentuate her perfect cheekbones, while her flawless jawline is on display without bangs. JLo has thick hair and bangs that showcase her nourished locks. The side bangs cover the length of her forehead without hiding it completely.

Should I cut my bangs?’ is quite a common question. And the confusion and doubt behind it are quite understandable, too. Once you cut your bangs, there is no going back anytime soon. Furthermore, bangs require maintenance. You have to give them time and attention to make them listen to you. So yes, it is a tough choice. But look at the cute options that you have! They are worth trying. From Taylor Swift to Jennifer Lopez, many of your favorites have already flaunted bangs. Take your inspiration from them and rock your look!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do bangs age your face?

The right kind of bangs can help bring a youthful appearance to the face. However, bangs that are too short may accentuate fine lines on the forehead or around the eyes.

Do bangs make you cuter?

Bangs can change the appearance of the face and play with its strengths to make women look cuter, sharper or more youthful, depending on what they want.

Why should I not cut bangs?

You may want to avoid cutting bangs if you do not have the time to maintain them, as bangs require regular trimming and extra care. In addition, bangs may make the forehead greasier, so you may want to avoid them if you have sensitive or extremely oily skin.

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