Should You Get Bangs? The Truth!

Written by Anjali Sayee

Bangs are complicated!

Getting bangs is a big decision. They can change how you look completely. Just google Zooey Deschanel and Jada Pinkett Smith with and without bangs to see what I’m talking about. They can frame and add definition to your face. But it’s not as simple as it looks. Bangs are like that gorgeous girl you like, but she’s high maintenance. So, to keep her happy, you have to treat her like a queen.

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

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.



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.


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 using heat styling ing 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 side-swept fringes as they add volume and cover up my greasy hair.

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! You can comment and let me know what you preferred.

Celebrities With And Without Bangs

1. Taylor Swift


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.

2. Selena Gomez


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.

3. Demi Lovato


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.

4. Jada Pinkett Smith


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.

5. Kerry Washington


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.

6. Emma Stone


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!

7. Jennifer Lawrence


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.

8. Jennifer Garner


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.

9. Blake Lively


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.

10. Zooey Deschanel


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!

11. Kristen Wiig


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.

12. Scarlett Johansson


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.

13. Reese Witherspoon


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.

14. Charlize Theron


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.

15. Margot Robbie


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.

16. Brie Larson


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.

17. Aubrey Plaza


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.

18. Amanda Seyfried


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.

19. Emilia Clarke


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.

20. Jennifer Lopez


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 showcase her nourished locks. The side bangs cover the length of her forehead without hiding it completely.

There you have it, ladies! Which celebs did you like with and without bangs? Also, how do you like to style your bangs? I like deep side-swept fringe as it covers my wide cheeks. Comment below and let me know!

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Anjali Sayee is a writer and an introvert. From studying Aeronautical Engineering and wanting to design her own airplane to writing articles on hairstyles, she has been on quite a journey. She believes that hair is one of the key factors that define a woman’s personality. To quote her, “What’s the first thing they do in the movies to show a personality change? Change the hair – because it has a life of its own.” She’s here to help you find the hairstyle you need. This bookworm is a self-professed Wholocker, a talented drummer, and an amateur photographer.