Fringe Up Your Look: 16 Sexy Hairstyles With Side Bangs

Is your hair fringe-tastic? Opting for a fringed look is a great way to completely change up your style. It’s also a super sly way to alter your face shape without going under the knife. Your face shape will determine which fringe styles suit you best. If this is your first time for side bangs, take it easy! Ask your stylist to snip the length so it falls somewhere between your cheekbones and chin then adjust it as needed.

The best way to promote movement within a shorter fringe is to have it cut in an inverted ‘V’ shape so you can wear it to either side. Longer fringes can be cut at a diagonal for a softer effect. Keep your look easy and maintain it with frequent trims. The best part of all is that a side-swept fringe is universally flattering. Get inspired with these sexy hairstyles with side bangs that will keep you looking good all year round.

Long Side-Swept Bang

Q&A with style creator, Katrice Condon
Stylist @ The Clip Joint Salon in Fayetteville, NC

How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a long layered haircut with a long side-swept bang.

My favorite thing about this look is that it gives the hair lots of movement and the bang creates lift and softness around the face so the hair is not laying flat to the head.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I used Oribe Volumista which is a great root lifting product to help give volume from the scalp. I also used Oribe Straight Away on the mid shaft to ends to create this smooth blowout without weighing the hair down. To finish it off, I used Oribe Superfine Hairspray to help hold the style.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is very versatile, especially for those who want a bang but still need to be able to pull their hair back. This look can go with most face shapes because it creates softness and is not a harsh bang.

This client has very naturally curly hair, so it helps create volume when she wears her hair natural. This look can go with most hair textures as well.

Collar-Length Layers

Collar-Length Layers hairstyleInstagram @ramseytobey

Q&A with style creator, Ramsey Tobey
Hairstylist @ Beauty Bar Boutique in Wilmington, NC


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look lives right below the collarbone and has side-swept bangs that blend seamlessly with lots of face framing layers.

My favorite part about this haircut is that the layers are tapered down toward the back, so while it still has lots of texture and movement, she hasn’t lost her density in the back.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

This look was created using R+Co’s Chiffon Mousse, one of my favorites. It’s lightweight, but still gives tons of memory and shine. I finished this look by using a bit of R+Co’s Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste at the root for some extra lift.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This client came in with long, one-length hair. She has an oval shaped face with striking cheekbones and her haircut was doing nothing for her. She’s a mom, so she still needs to be able to wear ponytails. That’s why I decided to do this haircut for her. It highlights her amazing facial features and gives her hair lots of interest while keeping it versatile for non-work days.

Feminine Layers

Q&A with style creator, Michaela O’Keefe
Hair Colorist @ Revive Salon & Spa in San Diego, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a very soft and feminine style. Her layers and fringe flow nicely together and the color ties it all in because it is more of a sunkissed and very natural look.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

To maintain and recreate this look, I would use something that gives volume and smoothes at the same time to reduce frizz. I like L’Oreal professional Liss & Pump. It gives that needed volume and smoothes at the same time.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This cut is ideal for thicker hair because the layering takes out the weight. Because of how much hair she has, you can really see the definition and pieceiness in her hair. Less dense of hair wouldn’t have this same effect.

As for the color this was created by using a balayage technique which is suitable for everyone.

Balayage With Side Fringe

Balayage With Side Fringe hairstyleInstagram @jemhair

Q&A with style creator, Jenna Erin Murray
Hair Artist @ Salon Edge of Yorba Linda in Yorba Linda, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is a balayage with a side fringe. What I love most about it is that it is blended to perfection and the side fringe sits right along her eye area.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I definitely recommend a leave-in conditioner like 7 Seconds by UNITE.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

All hair types are suitable for this look except really curly hair. All face shapes and lifestyles can wear it as well.

Side-Swept Bob

Side-Swept Bob hairstyleInstagram @theresaprzybyla

Q&A with style creator, Theresa
Hairstylist/Makeup Artist/Creative Director @ Jose Luis Salon in Austin, TX


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a blunt bob with internal texture and a long, side-swept fringe. The bob is a classic look for all face shapes and hair textures.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

This side-swept detail is best achieved with a pea-sized amount of Oribe Gel Serum. This product provides a flexible hold. It can be applied throughout the entire head from roots to ends for an effortless style.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I love that she can wear this look with minimal styling and still put it up in a ponytail if needed. This client is a busy mother of two and wanted a fresh style without the hassle. This cut can be worn straight, curled or air dried. Versatility is key!

Modern Day Layers

Modern Day Layers hairstyleInstagram @emanuelrodhair

Q&A with style creator, Emanuel
Specialist Hairdreams Extensions/Calligraphycut/Color Expert/Celebrity Hairstylist @ Color Salon in Las Vegas, NV


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is a modern day “Farrah Fawcett.” It’s sexy, feminine and super versatile. The long layers showcase the angles in the front which give the option to play with different looks when styling.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I’m in love with the Perfect Hair Day line by Living Proof. I use it for volume, texture, and shine. I also use the hairspray by Living Proof. Of course, a large round brush is a must when creating this look.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This style works best for anyone with normal to thick hair due to their natural ability to achieve more volume. The cut itself is universal however, because it’s flattering for all face shapes and lifestyles. It’s effortlessly chic and perfect to go from the boardroom to the bar for happy hour or for the stylish busy mom on the go.

Face Framing Long Layers

Face Framing Long Layers hairstyleInstagram @thehairtamer

Q&A with style creator, Valeria Valerio
Hairstylist / Makeup Artist in Miami, FL


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a long layered haircut with angled, face-framing layers and a side-swept long bangs. What I love the most about this look is how well it transitions through the grow-out phase. My client lives out of state and was unable to come back for eight months. Obviously, this not the ideal situation for maintenance. I recommend one to three months, depending on hair color and cut.

When she finally came in her haircut was grown out and her hair color had faded considerably. However, she was still receiving compliments on both. This makes me so happy and it is my goal for all my clients and new guests.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

Red hair color tends to fade fast. To avoid most of the color fading away in the first wash, I always suggest that my clients DO NOT wash their hair 24 to 36 hours after their color service. This allows the color pigments to settle deep into the hair shaft, preventing premature fading. This is especially important for those colors that tend to fade quickly.

I recommend using a shampoo and conditioner that are free of sulfates and parabens. Renpure has a great line of hair care products that is virtually free of all additives and is cruelty-free. I also encourage my clients to use Gem Lites shampoo at least one to two times per week to refresh their color at home between color services. For the auburn shade featured, use Fire Opal Copper.

Also, lower the temperature of all your styling tools including flat and curling irons. 85% of all fading begins with heat. That being said, I highly recommend Aveda’s Damage Control spray before you blow dry to avoid heat damage caused by all thermal styling appliances. I used Aveda’s Volumizing Tonic on her roots prior to blow drying for volume and to set her style. I find the Volumizing Tonic prevents roots from becoming oily as quickly, so it’s a go-to for my fine haired clients who suffer from oily scalp.

I also used Aveda’s Hang Straight before the blow out to prevent frizz and promote shine. Finally, after we dried and flat ironed her hair, I used Aveda’s Light Elements finishing fluid for shine without the oily feeling. It’s designed specifically for finer hair types, but I’m obsessed with it and use it for all my clients!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This style is ideal for anyone with a round, square or oval face. The angled face-framing layers give round faces a more oval shape and square faces a more rounded appearance. It is a universally flattering haircut. The balanced and blended layers are ideal for clients with a lot of volume and weight in their hair because they remove weight.

This look is polished and also ideal for clients who tend to have a straighter hair texture. This is simply because it makes achieving this look a lot easier and cuts your blow drying time. This is only if your natural hair texture tends to be more straight with little or no frizz. The client who wears this style should have some experience styling their own hair. I suggest a wrap dry (blow drying method following the rounds of the head) with a flat or paddle brush.

This look is very versatile. It may be worn without drying at all with the help of a leave-in conditioner like Aveda’s Elixir and a light gel-like Aveda’s Retexturizing Gel. Use two parts Elixir one part Gel to help keep the texture and curl without the frizz. You may choose to air or diffuse dry your hair after. I prefer air drying. Most of my clients have minimal time before work to get ready and go, so a lot of them just blow dry their fringe (or bangs) and let the rest air dry. At the end of the day, the best haircuts and styles are the ones we can recreate ourselves at home!

Blunt Bob With Side-Swept Bangs

Blunt Bob With Side-Swept Bangs hairstyleInstagram @vivvavoom

Q&A with style creator, Viv Sullivan
Hairstylist @ Hairroin Salon in Los Angeles, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I love this cut on my client! She came in with hair down to her waist, grown out heavy bangs, and wanting a change. I first created a blunt bob, then layered about two inches from the perimeter all the way around, slightly texturizing for added movement. I incorporated her fringe into the cut by removing the corner, creating a short to long angle and removing weight so it would blend and continue to grow out nicely.

Since we removed so much length, I cut her hair first before balayaging. Balayage is my favorite because it is so low maintenance and can be super soft and subtle or really bold and dramatic. Balayage is a great option for clients who want dimension and an easy grow out.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

For this look, a 1-inch curling iron was used after blowing out the hair smooth. I always recommend a leave-in conditioner prior to styling products.  A thermal protectant is highly recommended for all hair types before blow drying and before any heat styling (curling iron, flat iron, etc.).

Depending on hair texture, the client may need to layer a smoothing cream, and/or holding spray to maintain the curl or wave. If the section is too curly after curling, a trick I have found is that if you tug on it while still hot and let it cool for a second, the curl will loosen up to give you that gorgeous wave. Also, try leaving your ends out of the iron for a looser curled look.

My favorite smoothing thermal protectant is the Moisturizing Relaxing Fluid by Davines. It’s light without weighing the hair down, helps against humidity, and a little goes a long way.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

The bob haircut is timeless. I believe anyone can wear it, but length, layers and texture all play an important role in determining which look will best suit the client and be easiest to maintain. This client’s hair is finer, of medium density and with a slight body. I wanted her hair to look full and have movement, hence the longer layers and slight texturizing.

Believe it or not, short hair can sometimes be more maintenance, but with the right cut, it can be a great change. For those growing out their fringe or wanting face framing layers, getting that angle right and removing weight accordingly can accent and highlight those facial features.

Short Textured Bob

Short Textured Bob hairstyleInstagram @amy_mangorva

Q&A with style creator, Amy Wiggins
Stylist / Innovator @ Mango Salon in Richmond, VA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as a short textured bob. My favorite thing about it would be how easily it styles. You can wear it straight or curly!

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I recommend Aveda Smooth Infusion shampoo and conditioner, then styling with Smooth Infusion Style Prep, Texture Tonic, and Control Paste.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This haircut would would be great on someone with a heart shaped face. It would work best on fine to medium hair. If you are looking for a quick and easy hairstyle, this is the cut for you!

Short, Layered & Texturized

Short, Layered & Texturized hairstyleInstagram @erincoyle1763

Q&A with style creator, Erin Coyle
Hairdresser / Colorist @ Salon Salvatore Christian in Chalfont, PA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I describe this look as a short layered hairstyle that’s texturized. My favorite thing about this look is that it looks like a razored cut, but I used my favorite texturizing shears on it and no razor at all. This is mainly because her hair type would appear damaged if I used the razor on it.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I used all Keune products on her hair: Vital Nutrition shampoo and conditioner from their Care line, Straight Cream, Keratin Smoothing Phase 2 Spray, Molding Mud, Forte Hairspray and Gloss Spray.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This hair type is great for someone who wants a fun and funky style that can also be tamed down for the professional hairstyle look. It is great for any age and most face shapes. Thick, medium and thin hair all works with this style.

Warm Rooted Shag

Q&A with style creator, Emily Cooper Tonner
Owner / Stylist / Colorist @ Salon Bugatti., LLC in Woodlands, TX


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I love this modern take on the classic shag haircut. It features a warm rooted base with blonde balayage. Her side-swept fringe draws attention to her eyes and cheekbones.

This trendy and versatile haircut can be worn smooth and sleek for an edgier feel, curled and tousled (as shown here), or even naturally and undone.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

For her blowout, I applied Oribe Featherbalm and Maximista and round brushed until smooth. I then lightly sprayed Oribe Soft Lacquer.

For the waves I used a Hot Tools 1 1/4-inch curling iron, taking small sections and alternating directions. We set the style with Oribe Superfine hairspray and finished with Oribe Thick Dry texturizing spray.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This can truly be worn on anyone with all different hair types. The adaptability with this cut to be edgy, surfer chic, natural, night out or runway ready is easy for all hair types. It’s the perfect haircut for either the low maintenance client or the client who likes to have fun styling their hair all different ways.

Voluminous Shag

Q&A with style creator, Teddy Baker
Owner / Operator @ Sola Salon Studios in Murray Hill, NY


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This voluminous medium shag haircut is great for the low maintenance wash-and-wear client because it works well with natural textures.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

The trick to recreating this look is to focus your fringe and shortest layers to the cheekbone. The loose bang can be worn down or swept aside for two different looks. In this shot, we blew out the fringe and shortest layers with a round brush and rough dried the rest while scrunching in the waves.

Product choice is key to maintaining the texture and volume. Here, we used Kevin Murphy Bedroom.Hair inside and out for hold, then, scrunched in Shimmer.Shine to pop her new fall hue. Voilà!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

My favorite thing about shag layers is that they work on almost every face shape!

Edgy Asymmetric Haircut

Q&A with style creator, Brittany Mcgowan
Hairstylist @ Festoon Salon in Berkeley, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as an edgy asymmetric haircut. It has lots of texture, a cool shaved side, short bangs and a little punk rock. Super fun!

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

To bring the texture out, I recommend using Oribe’s Dry Texture Spray, as well as a sticky styling cream or pomade to really piece it out.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This cut is good for someone who has really thick hair that isn’t afraid to be edgy and expose their face. It’s also a haircut where you can just wake up and go! It is super low maintenance.

Updated Shag with Blended Layers

Q&A with style creator, Chrissy Osbourne
Master Designer @ Regeneration Salon & Spa in Columbia, MO


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is an updated shag with blended layers. This client plays sports and needs a style to easily pull back.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I used a mousse with salt minerals (Matrix Airy Builder Dry Foam). Salt sprays are always a favorite for me as well.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This style works great on medium to thick hair. Her face shape is rounder, so we pulled the fringe to the side. A few accent highlights really make the cut pop!

BOMBSHELL BEAUTY

Voluminous curls balance a face with larger features. If you need to ‘hide’ a large or high forehead, go with a heavy fringe.

Voluminous Beauty Full Style with Side Fringe

How To Style:

1. Prep damp hair with a light volumizing mousse.

2. Blow dry hair with a round brush for a major volume.

3. Create a deep side parting. Curl hair using a medium barrel curling iron in alternating directions to enhance body and volume. Rake fingers through hair to create light separation.

4. Smooth the fringe down over to one side. Curl ends lightly so they tuck under for a controlled finish.

5. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Oribe APRES BEACH for touchable waves with beautiful shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for oval, round or heart-shaped faces. This style works best on medium hair.

Tip:

Accent these romantic curls with a beautiful flower.

FRINGE DELIGHT

Fine hair needs an extra boost. Opt for a layered cut with soft side bangs that caress your cheekbones.

Fringe Delight Layered Cut for Fine Hair with a Fringe

How To Style:

1. Prep damp hair with a light volumizing mousse.

2. Blow dry hair with a round brush for a voluminous finish.

3. Create a soft, messy side part. Lightly curl hair using a medium barrel curling iron.

4. Curl hair in alternating directions (towards the face and away from the face) for extra movement.

5. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy SESSION.SPRAY for flexible hold with anti-humidity protection.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for oval, square or round shaped faces. This style works best on fine hair.

Tip:

Sweep hair back into a soft, messy chignon.

Any way you choose to style it, a fringe is a great accent to any face. It offers instant framing and delicately highlights your eyes and cheekbones. This minor change is a super way to freshen up your entire look. Call your stylist today and get a new set of side bangs snipped!