Somewhere along the line, bangs got a bad rap as one of the most difficult hairstyles to maintain. Although fringe can feel like a dramatic alteration, a fresh set of bangs is actually one of the easiest ways to refresh your look (yes, even that haircut you've been rocking since the early aughts). The only requirement? Learning how to style your bangs with ease before you make the chop.
It's true: Bangs aren't exactly a one-size-fits all hairstyle. From long, wispy pieces to micro, choppy lengths, bangs come in every size, shape, and texture. Whether you're looking to upgrade your pixie with a little bit of texture, or add a face-framing component to your voluminous curls, bangs can be as subtle or as daring as you choose.
Before you head to the salon, you'll want to get an idea of which bang hairstyle is right for you. That's why The Zoe Report went ahead and rounded up the best celebrity chops for some much-needed inspiration. Bella Hadid, Mila Kunis, and Yara Shashidi are just a few of the fashion crowd's favorite celebrities who've walked the red carpet with fringe.
Ahead, seven celebrity haircuts that prove bangs should be your next hair transformation. Plus, the exact products you'll need to maintain each style.
Blunt And Thick
Mila Kunis is all too familiar with the most traditional version of bangs: thick, blunt, and perfectly mid-length. When it comes to styling, you'll want to blow them out using a small, round brush and a diffuser. Depending on your natural texture, this style might require a fairly regular heat-tool routine — stay ahead of damage by enlisting the help of a heavy-duty heat protectant.
Alanna Arrington is known for her bouncy bob, and the model typically styles her fringe long, curly, and full of volume. Don't be afraid to opt for a longer style like Arrington — a few eyebrow-grazing pieces will frame your eyes beautifully. Enhance your curls with a lightweight leave-in with plenty of ultra-hydrating ingredients.
Reese Witherspoon has worn bangs on and off for years, and her latest cut may be her best yet. Witherspoon walked the red carpet with a sleek updo, which was complimented by flawlessly side-swept bangs. The subtle layers are just short enough to be noticeable, but still easy to push back without getting in the way.
Yara Shahidi is well versed in the hair world. While she frequently changes her style, one thing always remains — her hair looks extremely healthy. For a recent movie premiere, she styled her hair in a messy bun and let her long, curly bangs sit effortlessly on top of her forehead. Make like Shahidi and add hair-coddling conditioners to your style arsenal.
Kate Hudson's piecey, platinum pixie is one of the easiest — but boldest — ways to enter the bang sphere (think: the shorter your hair is, the less time it takes to style). Better yet, this ultra-tousled look shouldn't require a blow dryer or heat tools. All you'll need is a thick styling paste to add volume and texture.
Although she switches up her look regularly (courtesy of wigs and extensions), Bella Hadid has revisited her lush, full bangs a few times now. The thick cut almost completely covers her forehead, and is the perfect addition to her super-shiny lob. Opt for a glossy look with finishing sprays, hair oils, and more.
Emma Watson elegantly proves that even the shortest baby bangs can make a serious hair statement. The 28-year-old paired the exceptionally choppy fringe with loose, beachy waves for a look that was equal parts edgy and timeless. This look is all about undone texture, so don't be afraid to pile on volumizing formulas.