See-through bangs are a fine, wispy type of fringe that creates softness on any haircut. They may even out your face shape and help you conceal forehead imperfections.
I’ve discussed this chic hair trend with Theodor Hatzichristodoulou, an international freelance hair artist. His tips and ideas are summed up below.
💡 Key Things to Know First
- This style is ideal for bold, creative ladies who aren’t afraid to show off their inner depth.
- The bangs require proper and careful styling to “sit” in the right place.
- Apply mousse or styling cream, then style your hair after towel drying.
- Women with a small forehead and curly or wavy hair may find it more challenging to wear and maintain.
- Questions to ask an expert:
- Will it fit, serve and improve my image in my work and everyday life?
- Can you recommend products and styles for these bangs?
Featured in this gallery are photos of various stunning hairstyles with see-through bangs. Time to chop off some hair, get that youthful and feminine look, and take ten years off your age!
#1: Jet Black Blunt Cut Bob with Thin Bangs
Go for a classic look with an edgy twist. A jet black blunt cut bob with thin see-through bangs and lived-in texture is perfect. This style has a balance between traditional and modern. It’s versatile for any occasion. If you need that extra oomph to make your face pop, I suggest adding subtle highlights to your hair. Get this look right. Ensure your complexion can support jet-black hair without washing you out.
#2: Beautiful Long Thick Hair with Fringe
If you have beautiful long thick hair with fringe, consider a soft textured haircut. This look is perfect for those with coarse hair textures. However, it can be customized for finer hair types as well. To style this look, you will want to use a heat protectant and curling iron to create soft waves. For extra hold, consider using a lightweight hairspray like Living Proof Style Lab Flex Hairspray. It won’t weigh down your style or dull the shine of your strands. When discussing this cut with your stylist, make sure they know how much fringe you’ll want. And, how short the layering will be in order to provide texture and movement.
#3: Light Brown Mid-Length Cut with See-Through Fringe
A light brown mid-length cut with a see-through fringe is a perfect style. It’s best for anyone who wants all the attention on their face shape. Tell your stylist that you would like minimal layering in the long hair. You’ll maintain a smooth cut and a curtain-shaped light fringe. A bang that brushes over the cheek is flattering for all face shapes. To prevent split ends, get your hair trimmed often and use a heat protectant when blowing out your style.
#4: Wispy Middle Part Bangs with Long Hair
If you have long hair but want to try something with flair, wispy bangs give your hair a soft, youthful look. Best worn on smooth to wavy texture for ease.
#5: Long Subtle Layers and See-Through Full Bangs
Long subtle layers are great for ladies with thick, high-density hair types. Wispy bangs help frame your face, specifically see-through bangs for oval face shapes. Layered hair helps keep the weight off while maintaining the overall length.
#6: Chic One-Length Bob Cut with Wispy Fringe
Need some new ideas for a bob? Check out this chic one-length bob cut with a wispy fringe. As your hair ages, shorter styles are easier to maintain. And breaking up this blunt haircut with a wispy fringe helps a haircut like this appear much softer.
#7: Golden Blonde Long Hair with Thin Bangs
Golden blonde long hair with thin bangs can be enjoyed any time of year! If you love volume then I suggest some heavy layering throughout your locks. Flip your hair out with a round brush while blow-drying to achieve the blowout look.
#8: High Layers and See-Through Bangs
These high layers and see-through bangs are a refreshing break from a chunky, blunt fringe. They’re truly one of the best trends in the curtain bang family over the last year. If your hair is finer, give yourself a quick, messy blow-dry. Finish with a curling iron for fullness that will last you until your next wash!
#9: Medium Shag and Face-Framing Bangs for Small Forehead
A medium shag and face-framing bangs are a fun flirty take on a traditional shag. Try a curtain bang with less weight and a more wispy effect. It will complement a smaller forehead. The best part of a shag is the flexibility with styling. You can air dry or add a little extra texture with a soft beachy curl.
#10: Blonde Layered Medium Hair with Soft, Wispy Bangs
A youthful look for blondes is layered, medium-length hair. Soft, wispy bangs are your choice. Growing from fringe to curtain bangs, they can evolve with the style. This will extend the wear.
#11: Long Hair with Soft Shaggy Layers and Wispy Bangs
Working with such long lengths can begin to drag down a client’s look. In my opinion, the best solution is airy layers and a see-through fringe that give life and movement to your hair. Adding shorter lengths can be so useful. For example, by highlighting cheekbones or using them to disguise a big forehead. The options are limitless. I would suggest always dry cutting these areas for the most precision as it will be the feature of the style.
#12: Textured Shag with a See-Through Fringe
Wear a textured shag with a see-through fringe and freshen up your style. A wispy fringe will accent your eyes and hide your forehead. It’s also a great addition to your shag haircut. If you’re not sure about bangs, a see-through fringe is easy to grow out because it’s so minimal. A shag and a fringe pair well. And they give you a textured shape.
#13: Straight Hair with Thin Layers and Bangs
Straight hair with thin layers and bangs is a beautiful face-framing shape. Give your long hair some style with soft pieces around your face. The thin layers are also perfect for balancing out round face shapes. And, they’re stylish. Try blow drying with a large round brush. Use Olaplex #6 for incredible shine and control.
#14: Copper Mullet with Very Thin Bangs
A copper mullet with very thin bangs is here to stay. If you’re unsure about this look and have thinner or fine hair, this layered cut and color bring out the edge. Amped up with copper tones, ask your stylist to paint on a bit of extra hair color right over your brows. It will really give you the full effect. Have them give you a soft, see-through bang for softness around your jawline.
#15: Short Blonde Bob with a Wispy Fringe
A short blonde bob with wispy fringe works well if you have a relatively small forehead and round face. Instead of curtain bangs, ask your stylist to cut see-through bangs for round face balance. The bob itself will create the illusion of a narrower face.
#16: Medium Curly Hairstyle with Light Bangs
As trends make their way back around, the medium curly hairstyle with light bangs was a staple. The inspired Korean see-through bangs allow for a polished yet laid-back look. Very popular in the early 2000s, and I can’t wait to start seeing more in my chair.
#17: Light Bangs and Subtle Layers for Short Hair
The light bangs and subtle layers work great for your short hair, especially if it’s on the finer side. Having see-through bangs for short hair that’s straight, creates volume and movement. You might have to visit the salon every 2-3 weeks for a quick fringe trim.
#18: Soft Fringe and Light Wispy Layers for Oval Face Shapes
A soft fringe and light wispy layers look work great for oval face shapes and long straight hair. The layers can be styled with a bit of a flick to create more body if you want. Or wear your hair all up in a ponytail leaving the soft curved fringe and wispy sides out to form a beautiful frame.
#19: Collarbone-Length Cut with Piece-y Bangs for Fine Hair
Make the most of your fine hair in a collarbone-length cut with piece-y bangs. Medium hair is a great length choice to make your strands appear thicker. You might need to add a bit more hair to see through bangs for square face shapes, balancing out your features. Light bangs compliment heart faces and are a great way to try a fringe because they will grow out easily.
#20: See-Through Fringe and Textured Waves
Get a see-through fringe with textured waves. If you have fine and limp hair, adding a fringe will give you body around your face. Try blow drying your bang under with a medium round brush to add lift. Keep in mind, you’ll want to avoid making them too round and outdated. You’ll want to curl your textured layers with a 3/4 inch iron for the most volume.
#21: Curled Medium Hairstyle with Textured Bangs
A curled medium hairstyle with textured bangs is the perfect cut to rid your hair of split ends. In my opinion, medium-length hairstyles are the best choice to preserve length. And, you’ll have healthier and easier hair. Adding a textured bang will make your medium cut even better. Have your stylist cut into your fringe to make them light and airy.
#22: Mid Back-Length Layered Cut with a Soft Fringe
Low maintenance and chic? A mid-back-length layered cut with a soft fringe is an airy style that is elegant. The side bangs, for example, add a touch of a difference when evolving the style over seasons.
#23: Airy Bob Style with Bangs and Layers
From my experience, when you’re looking for a drastic change in a style, one thing to try is a fringe. A favorite is airy see-through curtain bangs that will frame the face beautifully. Plus, you can customize the length for every face shape. In styling, I suggest lots of movement with the layers and curling the front fringe back out of your face.
#24: Long Beach Wavy Hair with Straight Bangs
Creating long beach wavy hair with straight bangs can be done on air-dried or blow-dried hair. The difference is thermal or heatless curls. When styling see-through side bangs, ideally a round brush and blow dryer help set the style. And, this style is worth considering when factoring in maintenance.
#25: Thin Bangs and Soft Waves on Medium-Length Hair
Try a medium-length style with thin bangs and a soft wave. It’s a low-maintenance cut that hits past the shoulders with no layers added. One-length haircuts will keep the length looking full and compliments finer hair textures. Longer wispy bangs give you just enough around your face to create a beautiful shape. And, they are easily turned into a side-swept bang in between bang trims.
#26: Messy Curls and Thin Brow-Length Bangs for Big Forehead
A medium-length beachy textured cut with thin bangs will compliment a broad forehead. Curly hair is forgiving with a finer texture, giving fullness to your hair. Brow-length wispy bangs help balance a face shape that has a larger forehead.
#27: Rooted Blonde Lob with See-Through Bangs for Square Face Shapes
See-through, thin bangs and a shoulder-length bob is a stunning style on square face shapes. Ladies looking for a subtle change in color, but don’t want the upkeep that comes with blonde, try a rooted blonde. It will help blend your natural color into the blonde better. Ask your stylist to keep it natural while adding the change you desire.
#28: Shoulder-Length Hair with Short Layers and Light Bangs
Shoulder-length bob haircuts pair very well with short layers. These layers add the volume you desire. Pair it with light or full bangs for a beautiful style. This also helps blend the shorter layers around your head.
#29: Sleek Black Hair with Wispy Bangs for Round Face Shapes
When looking for a new style you must take into account your face shape and what would be a good fit. Long hair paired with a round face shape can be unflattering, so I suggest adding a fringe to soften your look. I would also suggest using only dry shampoo underneath the fringe. You have natural oils coming off your forehead so adding too much product will create a greasy look.
#30: Curtain Bangs and Wavy Blonde Balayage Hair
One of the biggest trends right now is wispy, see-through bangs for wavy hair. This trend looks good on virtually everyone because the bangs are kept very light. The best way to keep these bangs in place is to warm up a bit of wax with the heat of your hands.
#31: Long Arched Bangs on Wavy Mid-Length Hair
Growing out your hair can feel drab. But with your mid-length hair, you can add styles like long-arched bangs. They give you a low-commitment look that evolves by your next salon visit for the next look! This style looks great on wavy textures for a lived-in feel.