How Bangs Trends Have Evolved Through The Decades

Think curtain, fringe, and everything in between.

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Every decade, hairstyle trends evolve, and that includes bangs. If you’re eager to know how bangs have changed from the 1960s until today — along with some of the most iconic women who helped to make them popular — click away.

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Short & Sweet

In addition to her breakout roles, Audrey Hepburn was known for her pixie cut and shorts bangs in the 1950s. During the decade, other celebrities like model Bettie Page and actor Natalie Wood co-signed the trend.

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To The Side

In the 1960s, Diana Ross put long, side-swept bangs on the map. As it turns out, the trend continued through the decade, as proven by singer Marianne Faithfull who sported bangs that went past her eyebrows in the late ‘60s.

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Piecey bangs were one of the it looks of the ‘70s, according to hair icon Jane Birkin. This was one of the more pared-back looks during the decade.

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Feathery Curtain Bangs

Proof that hairstyles always make a return: the curtain bangs trend of the ‘70s. Championed by Farrah Fawcett back in the day, the style has recently been recreated on celebrities like Billie Eilish and Hailee Steinfeld.

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Lots Of Fringe

Tina Turner’s fringey, somewhat messy bangs in the ‘80s were very on-trend for the decade.

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Poofy To The Max

In the ‘90s, the poofier you could make your bangs, the better. For further evidence, look at Paula Abdul’s teased ‘do at the 32nd Annual Grammy Awards in 1990 (or DJ Tanner on Full House).

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Side Bangs

Raise your hair if you rocked side bangs in the early 2000s. It was perhaps the most popular bangs style through the early aughts.

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Stick Straight

Ahh, who could forget flat ironing their bangs in the early 2000s? As it turns out, Rihanna was a fan of the stick-straight style.

Keep It Even

Things got a bit more polished in 2010, as shown on Naomi Campbell. The model arrived at a Roberto Cavalli event with silky blunt bangs — and looked ever so sophisticated with the hairstyle.

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Baby Bangs

According to Emma Watson, baby bangs were the trendy length to get behind in 2018. The style continued to be popular through the next year when Kaia Gerber rocked itty bitty bangs on the runway for Miu Miu’s Spring/Summer 2019 show.

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Modern Curtain Bangs

The most current bangs trend that celebrities are rocking is — drumroll, please — curtain bangs. But, this time around, it’s not quite as feathery as it was in the ‘70s.


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