Face-framing bangs are pieces of the hair in front that boost women’s facial features. Known as curtain bangs, these also add movement to hair and softness to the style.
Tiffani Bogacki is a hair artist and salon owner in Mooresville, NC. She agrees that any lady can benefit from this fringe style. “It helps to slim the face and add texture and volume to tresses,” she states.
It’s paramount to do your research first before opting for bangs. There are different face shapes, and you must identify yours to ensure you wear the bangs that suit you best.
A face-framing fringe looks great on straight to wavy hair types. Bogacki reassures that “this cut could be great for curly hair, too!”
According to Bogacki, this trendy haircut could be a drawback for some ladies. She advises avoiding a fringe if you have thin, frizzy, or damaged hair and couldn’t commit to ironing the bangs daily.
When consulting your stylist, ask about the maintenance. Talk about the recommended products to use for your hair type and texture. Don’t forget to also ask for styling techniques.
Now’s the time to spice up your look. Here are inspiring images of the trendiest styles for face-framing bangs!
#1: Shaggy Bob with Bangs for Thick Hair
A shaggy bob with bangs for thick hair can diffuse the weight of hair while providing texture at the crown for overall body and lift. A twist like this for bangs hairstyle can elevate the look over the season for longer wear.
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#2: Medium Layered Cut with a Face Frame
A medium layered cut with a face frame diffuses the weight of hair while providing texture and body. Face-framing layers with bangs add a personal flair to over lived-in style. Wavy to curly texture can wear this style best and straight hair can create this look with the use of curling wands. Rule of thumb: the bigger the barrel, the looser the style.
#3: Face-Framing Straight Shag with Bangs
A face-framing straight shag with bangs breathes a cross of retro rocker and boho to a guest’s personal style. Color blocking can evolve the style over the course of salon visits. Maintenance of style can vary between 4 weeks for fringe and 12 weeks for the overall cut. The use of a paddle brush or large-barrel round brush while blow-drying will polish the locs for smooth wear.
#4: Face-Framing Layers and Bangs with Highlights
Face-framing layers and bangs with highlights will elevate one’s personal style to evolve over time. Adding a money piece to the hair with bangs is a great way to boldly accent the fringe and colors can vary from natural to fashion hues. A collection of inspiration photos brought to the next salon visit, can help to curate the best fit for your look.
#5: Choppy Layers and Bangs for Straight Hair
Choppy layers and bangs for straight hair are a fun way to debulk weight from hair while elevating the style. Face-framing layers with fringe add versatility when styling the hair to get longevity in the wear. A smoothing iron can polish the style whereas styling aids like Kristin Ess Hair “Fragrance Free Texturizing Paste,” can add texture to the wear to give it a boost and lift.
#6: Face-Framing Fringe on Long Textured Hair
Face-framing fringe on long textured hair can breathe a fresh low-maintenance style for the cool chick on the go. A fresh blowout can prep for longer wear and when paired with a 1”-1 1/2” it will give the locs a polished finish. Bumble and Bumble’s Bb. “Thickening Dryspun Texture Spray,” is great styling aid to lock in this undone style.
#7: Curtain Bangs on Long Thin Hair
Curtain bangs on long thin hair gives a style boost to the daily wear that otherwise may lay limp. Face-framing bangs for long hair also gives the style variation if left down or style up and away. Fringe can be refreshed daily with use of a blow dryer or hot tools. Styling aids like Drybar’s Detox Dry Shampoo absorbs oils and adds lift at the roots for longer wear.
#8: Face-Framing Bangs and Layers on Curly Hair
Face-framing bangs and layers on curly hair give a boost to the silhouette and add body and volume for medium to thick density. Face-framing bangs for curly hair gives variation when styling and can frame or camouflage the guest’s features while showcasing the curls.
#9: Textured Shaggy Lob with Framing Bangs
A textured shaggy lob with framing bangs is an ultra-cool, undone style. This look can be accomplished with styling aids like “Big Time” mousse by IGK which provides volume and thickness for a textured style. Once dried, styling paste or dry shampoo, rubbed at the root, can add hold for a lasting style. To refresh a 1”-1 1/2” curling barrel can also be used to provide longevity.
#10: Top Knot with Long Curtain Bangs
A top knot with long curtain bangs is a great example of how versatile this fringe hairstyle can be. Best suited for straight to wavy texture for low-maintenance upkeep. Hair can have longevity if worn down and over the course of days styled half up and then end with a top knot.
#11: Shaggy Layers with Bangs for Wavy Hair
Shaggy layers with bangs for wavy hair is an alternative look for women over 50 that embrace a youthful style while benefiting of camouflaging maturing features. Varying colors from natural or fashion can add a personal flair to the hairstyle with bangs and help to give it longer wears over the seasons.
#12: Face-Framing Haircut for Oval Faces
A face-framing haircut for oval faces is like contouring but with the use of angles to draw attention away from or towards the facial features. The addition of a fringe cut for face-framing aids in styling for the guest if they choose to wear their up or down. Bangs can be added to any variety of lengths but best fit a straight to wavy texture for a low-maintenance style.
#13: Shoulder-Length Shag with Wavy Bangs
A shoulder-length shag with wavy bangs is a retro look that is coming back around. These hairstyles with face-framing bangs can be customized to the guest’s preference and are best worn on a wavy texture. The stylist may use a variation of tools like razors to thinning shears to create texture on the canvas.
#14: Heavily Layered Hair with Straight Bangs
Heavily layered hair with straight bangs is a great way to remove weight off the head without debulking too much from the overall style. Hairstyles with face-framing fringe are best suited for hair density that is thick to medium and great for those that live in warmer climates.
#15: Face-Framing Wolf Cut
A face-framing wolf cut is a modern twist to the retro mullet style. Adding curtain bangs with face-framing layers aids in the wearability of a shag haircut, which gives it a modern feel. When prepped with styling aids like mousse, this hairstyle with bangs can be worn over time, adding to a lived-in feel. Hot tools like a smoothing iron can help polish the style or can be used to add a tousle.
#16: Shaggy Mullet Bob for Short Hair
A shaggy mullet bob for short hair adds a personal flair to this face-frame haircut with bangs. Bleached-out color breathes a retro rocker style like Miley Cyrus has been known to wear. This haircut is often accomplished with a razor by a professional, and can be maintained in 6-12 week salon visits depending on the guest’s preference.
#17: Face-Framing Side Bangs
Face-framing side bangs can be added to any length for a style refresh. A face-framing haircut with bangs is great for straight to wavy textures as the style will require low-maintenance on such textures. Hair can be worn down or swept up and fringe can be refreshed daily with hot tools like a blow dryer, smoothing iron or curling iron always pair with a heat protectant like IGK “Good Behavior,” for healthier wear.
#18: Medium Hair with Brow-Length Bangs
Medium hair with brow-length bangs is a “boho meets artsy” cross that looks amazing on guests with naturally wavy hair. Cuts with face-framing bangs create a ready-made style that can be worn both down or styled up and away. The bangs style pairs well with a big body blowout using a large round brush or enhanced with a large curling wand.
#19: Curtain Fringe on Long Copper Hair
Curtain fringe on long copper hair is an ultra edgy style to mix up a dull look. Long hair paired with curtain fringe will accent the facial features while still maintaining length for density. Copper hair can vary in preference or shade matching the complexion.
#20: Messy Shag with Short Bangs
A messy shag with short bangs is an artsy style choice for straight to wavy hair and wears best on elongated face shapes. Fringe can be refreshed daily while the rest of the locs can be left to evolve over time or touched up with a curling iron for a lived-in style.
#21: Shaggy Bangs on a Wavy Bob Cut
Shaggy bangs on a wavy bob cut are a modern twist to a classic style. Women over 60 can benefit from a fringe to camouflage maturing features, while the wavy bob can add a youthful touch to one’s personal style. Varying colors from natural to fashion can further evolve the haircut for a change in season.
#22: Wispy Bangs for Mid-Length Layered Hair
Mid-length layered hair with wispy bangs adds a soft touch to a face-framing hairstyle. Often accomplished with the use of a razor, the stylist can customize the length of the fringe and add pieces on the side to leave out when hair is swept away. Fringe maintenance can range from 2-6 weeks depending on the guest’s preference in length.
#23: Beach Waves with Piece-y Bangs
Beach waves with piece-y bangs can last for days when prepped with the right products. Redken “Big Blowout,” is a heat-activated blowout jelly that leaves the hair feeling bouncy and frizz resistant. Followed by Paul Mitchell’s “Hot off the press” and a 1”-1 1/2” barrel curling wand, alternating pieces for an effortless style. Once cooled down run a finger through the curls to complete the look.
#24: Wavy Layered Hair with Heavy Bangs
Wavy layered hair with heavy bangs is the ideal haircut for the current trend of a “90s blowout,” which breaths effortless volume. After a blowout has been lived in over the course of days a 1 1/2”- 2” barrel can help perk up the style for extended wear.
#25: Long Layers with Face-Framing Bangs
Long layers with face-framing bangs can be a fresh way to switch up a style each season. It also creates an alternative style when hair is styled swept up and away like in a half-up style, ponytail, or bun. Face-framing pieces can be maintained with a quick visit to the salon while the overall maintenance can be spaced out over the course of weeks.
#26: Long Middle Part Bangs for Round Faces
Long middle part bangs for round faces are like contouring in haircutting. Styling, for example, on round face shapes can help draw attention towards or away from facial features. Bringing in some photos of inspiration can help during a consultation to curate the best style for you.
#27: Choppy Bangs and Wispy Face-Framing Layers
Choppy bangs and wispy face-framing layers are an effortless and sultry look. Best worn on straight to wavy texture for a lived-in and low-maintenance upkeep. Salon maintenance can be broken up from fringe touch-ups to the overall haircut. Your stylist can help in teaching how to recreate the face-framing style.