At any given moment — be it the start of a new year or after a tragic breakup — a sudden twinge of urgency will start to boil in the pit of your stomach for something
new. You ask yourself, "Should I get bangs?" More often than not, you'll hear a resounding "no" in your head and move on, but we're here to convince you otherwise.
"There's never a
wrong time to get bangs," celebrity hairstylist Mark Townsend tells Refinery29. Nothing should stop you — not the weather outside, your face shape, or even your hair type. Argue all you want about the maintenance and awkward grow-out phase, but Townsend says bangs are timeless because they're so surprisingly flattering. Regardless, it's the right move to make when you're looking to break out of a hair rut.
Still, there's no one-size-fits-all bang haircut. Just like any other hair appointment, a little bit of research is required before taking the plunge. Thankfully, we did all the heavy lifting for you and rounded up the best celebrity bang haircuts as of late to spark inspiration. Wait until January or go ahead and call your hairstylist today; either way, we promise this will be the best decision you'll make all year.
What To Ask For: Micro-Bangs
What It Is: Roughly-chopped bangs that sit an inch, or higher, above the eyebrows
Despite how edgy we find them now, micro-bangs (a.k.a.
baby bangs) are more retro than you think. Ever since stars like Bettie Page and Audrey Hepburn made the risky cut trendy in the '50s, it's been the bang hairstyle that it girls and fashion muses turn to for added cool factor. Emma Watson first debuted her choppy set in 2018 on the Vanity Fair red carpet post-Oscars and helped catapult the look back into the zeitgeist. Photo: Taylor Hill/FilmMagic/Getty Images. More
The best part about a super-short trim like this is that it really does complement every hair length and texture. Zendaya's Joan of Arc-inspired
sci-fi bob at the 2018 Met Gala put a modern twist on the style. Photo: ANGELA WEISS/Getty Images. More
Vernon François recently gave Lupita Nyong'o a pompadour style that gave the appearance of micro-bangs from the front view — busting the myth that only pin-straight hair can make the fringe work. Photo: Taylor Hill/WireImage/Getty Images. More
What To Ask For: Wispy Bangs
What It Is: Long, piece-y, face-framing bangs
Often trimmed dry and vertically, a wispy set of fringe like Halle Berry's looks good on everyone who wants to make a small change with maximum impact.
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Wispier fringe also allows for minimal dedication, meaning you won't have to commit to styling appointments every three weeks.
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This isn't Elizabeth Olsen's first time with bangs, but her longer layers are perfect for beginners. Not only does the length help you adjust to the new look, but leaves the option for trimming them even shorter later on.
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Ready to gracefully
grow out your micro-bangs into brow-grazing fringe like Alison Sudol? Townsend says all it takes are regular trims (and by trims he means a hair dusting) and patience. "Wait until your bangs grow out to one, even length that hits just below your eyebrows," he explains. "At that point you can ask your hairstylist to vertically cut a point at the bridge of your nose." This will kickstart a flattering curtain shape. Photo: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images. More
What To Ask For: Curtain Bangs
What It Is: Long, face-framing bangs that separate in the middle
A modern twist on the Brigitte Bardot bang, c
urtain fringe takes center-parted hairstyles to a whole new level. Lightweight, wispy, and split right down the middle, Camila Cabello's signature look is the perfect example of the style. Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage/Getty Images. More
"I think the trend now is all about relaxed elegance," Townsend tells us, specifically referring to his client
Dakota Johnson and her curtain bangs. "If you look closely, you'll see that there are a ton of tiny different lengths in her bangs," he explains. "She can pull her bangs off to either side or part them in the middle and still have them look good because they aren't weighing heavy on her forehead." Photo: Franco Origlia/Getty Images. More
What To Ask For: Side Bangs
What It Is: Long, side-swept layers
According to hairstylist
Christian Wood, sweeping side bangs will be huge in 2019. Yep, the hairstyle that dominated our lives between 2000-2005 is back and chicer than ever. Photo: Stephane Cardinale/Getty Images. More
Expect built-in bangs if you want to go shorter — like
Emilia Clarke short — in 2019. Whether it's a pixie or a choppy bob, bangs that cascade down the cheek are an easy way to add length to a cropped cut. Photo: Rich Fury/Getty Images. More
The last time side bangs were cool they were almost always flat-ironed straight and paired with a Juicy Couture track suit. Now, you can spot a more casual twist on the trend on the heads of
Emma Stone, Dua Lipa, and Amandla Stenberg. Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images. More
What To Ask For: Blunt Bangs
What It Is: Heavy, straight pieces that graze the brows
Blunt bangs might not be for everyone, but even we can't deny they're visibly back
en vogue — just ask Duckie Thot. Sure, bangs that are longer, thicker, and straighter than others are more high-maintenance; but if done right, it's a style that makes even your most haphazard style look sophisticated and put together. Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images. More
What To Ask For: Curly Bangs
What It Is: Choppy, brow-grazing layers
Shai Amiel of Capella Salon recently told us that women in L.A., specifically women with curlier hair, are gravitating towards bangs more than ever. "I like to cut some random shorter pieces around the face instead of a heavy straight-across bang," he says. "It works great with all curl patterns because it creates so much dimension and movement." Tessa Thompson's fringe don't often make an appearance, but when they do we're totally smitten with the sexy shape. Photo: David Becker/Getty Images. More
Hannah Burdy of L.A.'s Mèche Salon recently told us that heavy bangs are best styled with some texture, which is why anyone with curly hair should consider it. Even better, brow-grazing bangs, like Yara Shahidi's, add instant movement and dimension to an old haircut. Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images. More
If you're hoping to copy Sandra Oh's new curly bangs, hairstylist
Ted Gibson suggests trimming them while dry — not wet. This technique helps avoid curly bangs from looking uneven. Photo: John Shearer/Getty Images. More
Shag haircuts and
thick bangs are a match made in heaven. Sal Salcedo of Nova Arts Salon told us that a cut like this looks even between with "squared-off layers." Ask your hairstylist to cut your layers in one uniform length all the around your head et voila your wash-and-go curls are bouncier than ever. Photo: Taylor Hill/Getty Images. More
Kerry Washington's bangs are packed with bounce and healthy volume. Townsend's advice to copy the look involves investing in a diffuser. "The
Dyson [Supersonic Hair Dryer] diffuser attachment wins, every time, hands down," he says. Why? You can adjust the heat and the velocity of the air flow so that it's not as harsh and aggressive on wavy or curly hair. Photo: Lloyd Bishop/Getty Images. More Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here? The Best Heat Protectants For Soft, Healthy Hair Everyone In Hollywood Is Getting This Low-Maintenance Cut "Rooted Citrine Blonde" Is The Breakout Hair-Color Trend Of Fall 2019