In Defense of Side Bangs: Here's Photographic Evidence the Style Isn't Dead

Courtney Higgs
·3 min read

Leave it to the internet to wage war on our most beloved beauty trends. First, Tik Tok declared the good ol' concealer triangle completely uncool. (In all fairness, we're ready to let that go, too.) But then, side parts came under fire, and with them, our beloved side bangs. How can this be? Side bangs are widely accepted as the most flattering style for every face shape and forehead length, not to mention their uncanny ability to conceal overgrown roots and scraggly lengths. To put it plainly, side bangs aren't just pretty, they're useful, too.

In return for their decades of loyal service, it's only right that we step in to defend them now and take a firm stance on this polarizing subject. We're pro-side bangs in this house! And we're not just being stubborn, either. We actually believe the classic style still has legs. But don't just take our word for it. Ahead, find 25 of our favorite examples of side bangs in all their glory. Scroll on to see the proof and prepare to re-commit.

Zoë Kravitz

Zoë's micro-bangs look so chic all the time, but especially when pushed to the side.

Lupita Nyong'o

The subtle side part in Lupita's curly coif make for the perfect, subtle bangs.

Lily Collins

These bangs have a slight bend in them so they look even better swept to the side.

Camila Morrone

There's nothing like a loosely curled tendril to add the most elegant touch to any hairstyle.

Kris Jenner

Kris is the queen of the power pixie and always finishes her hair with piecey side bangs. Iconic.


This smooth side bang is giving major '90s vibes.

Get the look:

Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer ($28)

Dua Lipa

So much yes to Dua Lipa's pseudo side bangs. Just flip your bob to one side and you can get the look, too.

Tessa Thompson

Tessa demonstrates how to get a similar look with box braids. Just gorgeous.

Kerry Washington

The only thing better than coily bangs are coily, side-swept bangs like Kerry's.

Kate Mara

Kate's new haircut is really doing it for us, especially those built-in bangs.

Rowan Blanchard

Rowan's shaggy bangs are so perfect, even when pinned back with dainty hair clips.

Get the look:

Tasha Imitation Pearl & Crystal Hair Clips ($26)

Emily Ratajkowski

These vintage-looking bangs may or may not be clip-ins, but either way, they're so good.

Bella Hadid

These tousled bangs give Bella's cropped wig some serious edge.

Cindy Crawford

These long, layered bangs are timeless.

Jasmine Sanders

Loose, cascading curls are so pretty, too.

Vanessa Hudgens

Here, Vanessa demonstrates how to up the ante on a sleek side bang moment with a face-hugging bump.

Lili Reinhart

These side bangs plus all that volume are a recipe for success.

Get the look:

R+Co Balloon Dry Volume Spray ($18)

Ashley Graham

We're living for this retro-inspired high-ponytail and smooth swoop, courtesy of our girl Ashley.

Michelle Williams

Side-swept beach waves are always a vibe.

Jenna Dewan

Even with eye-brow grazing bangs, a side-swept moment coupled with beachy waves just never gets old.

Yara Shahidi

Curly bangs give us life, especially when they lean to one side like Yara's.

Get the look:

Oribe Curl Gelée ($44)

Kristen Stewart

Still recovering from Kristen's undone, textured bangs. From cut to color, it's all working.


Riri got it right with this mod look, complete with a flip and side-swoop.

Megan Thee Stallion

See? Side bangs are hot girl-approved.

Miley Cyrus

Miley's edgy texture is so cool, right down to the effortless sweep of her fringe.

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