20 Flattering Hairstyles with Side Bangs for Every Face Shape & Length

Hairstyles with side bangs

Getting side bangs is a great way to completely change up your style! Plus, it’s a super sly way to alter your face shape without going under the knife.

Some tips and things to consider:

  • Your face shape will determine which side if your face your bangs will suit you best.
  • 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 shorter bangs is to have it cut in an inverted ‘V’ shape so you can wear it to either side.
  • Longer bangs 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 these looks are universally flattering.

Any way you choose to style it, side fringe hairstyles are a great accent to any face. It offers instant framing and delicately highlights your eyes and cheekbones. It’s a small way to freshen up your entire look.

Get inspired by these super stylish hairstyles with side bangs that will keep you looking good all year round!

Perfect for Thick Hair

perfect for Thick Hair
Instagram @beautybyaudreyy

We’re loving this simple, natural long hairstyle that proves what keeping your hair healthy and shiny can do to your whole look. Some layers and side bangs would flatter a length like this.

Sweet for Fine Hair

for Fine Hair
Instagram @onaresalon

Ditch your long hair with this wonderfully made layered jaw-length bob ideal for thin hair. The wispy side fringe only makes the whole look gorgeous with how it frames her face and enhances the eyes.

Modern Long Bob Swept to the Side

Modern Long Bob
Instagram @meltedbymiranda

This glossy trendy lob for women paired with a side fringe is totally on-point! You can add texture even to smooth hair like this for more structure and depth.

Sweet Fringe for Fine Hair

Sweet Fringe for Fine Hair
Instagram @louiblunthair

Q&A with style creator, Loui Blunt
Stylist / Colorist / Blonde Specialist @ Mie Mani in London, UK

How would you describe this look?

It’s like a funky pixie perfect for a heart face shape. It is cheeky and a non-rules, the perfect bedhead, and these are what make it special. Smooth or wavy hair will express themselves freely.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This style is suitable for thick hair types, as the top is disconnected from underneath, showing an undercut. The layers were created with a razor. If hair is thin then it would be possible to design something similar but texturize the hair rather than doing layers.

I like to style it using some cream or serum for definition and drying the hair forward. When it’s dry, define some hair strands with curling tongs then apply some sea salt spray and shake it. If it gets messed up, it will always look amazing with this cut.

Asymmetric Bob

Q&A with style creator, Eduardo Neves
Hairstylist @ Mie Mani Hairdressing in London, UK


How would you describe this look?

I love this asymmetrical bob that’s full of texture. It’s this texture actually that makes this haircut look modern, soft, and “alive”. The asymmetry paired with that splash of color popping in gives it personality and makes it fun.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This haircut is very versatile. Even in curly hair, it would look nice because it has some layers and lots of texture. Then every haircut has to be done considering the hair type, the texture, the volume, and so on. But this one especially is a versatile one and very easy to style with the right products, of course. It can be straight, wavy, or even rough dried and it looks always nice.

To consider this color, clients must do a color touch up because the color starts to fade and do some regular treatments to keep the hair healthy and with a bright and vivid color always. Be sure you want a commitment with green.

Blunt Bob with Blunt Bangs

Q&A with style creator, Ellie George
Junior Stylist @ Hope Hairdressing in Fife, Scotland


How would you describe this look?

This is a timeless cut with a fiery edge. A classic haircut that can be made unique with the help of this vibrant copper color.  My favorite thing about it is the graduated bangs, as I think they add a modern, contemporary feel to the classic bob.

Any advice for someone considering it?

A client considering this look should invest in a good color saving shampoo and conditioner as copper tends to fade faster than other colors. We use Davines Alchemic Shampoo in red and the associated conditioner to keep color vibrant. This style is also a great option for clients with fine hair, the length, and shape of the cut gives the appearance of thicker hair.

Medium Hair with Layers

Q&A with style creator, Nichole Olmstead
Cosmetology Student @ Avalon School of Cosmetology in Phoenix, AZ


How would you describe this look?

This is a classic and elegant look. My best thing about it is you can use different products to add texture and make it chunky for an alternative look or wear it soft for a more glam look. You can also do a cute twist and pin it back when needed. This look is very versatile.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This style is great for someone who is thinking about getting bangs but is afraid of a full heavy bangs look. This look can be easily placed behind the ear or pinned back. It also creates a softer look to girls who wants to add some softness around their forehead or accentuate their eyes.

This look adds some glam to a basic pony and would look sweet on someone with curly hair as well for a soft look. This is easy to style with a flat brush and blow dryer or a quick run through with a flat iron for a sleek look.

Fab & Angled

Fab and Angled Cut
Instagram @excellencebbb

Q&A with style creator, Excelsior Cerezo
Licensed Barber @ Bedlam Beauty & Barber in San Jose, CA


How would you describe this look?

What I love about this look is that it’s very glamorous, sexy, and fun. I love how the layers frames her face and the added side bangs are just another great feature. Even if they were long it still would look amazing.

Bangs give the haircut more of a pop. This kind of haircut will look great on any girl with that sleek hair who is looking for something fun for the summer or any season!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Remember that having bangs require you to style them i.e. blow dry them. If they aren’t styled then it just sits there waiting for something to happen to them. Also, if you tie the hair in a pony you can create a different look as well like a sleek ponytail with nice side bangs.

The products I used to style this haircut were Bumble and Bumble products. These products were applied while the hair is still damp. I used their thickening spray for volume and hold along with their straight blow dry cream mixed with their hairdressers invisible oil serum. What that does is tame frizz, add shine, and really smooth out the hair when it’s blow dried. I used a big boar hair round brush.

If you’re an air dry type that’s totally fine. You can use the Bumble and Bumble “don’t blow it” air dry cream. It’s a great product since, and they have it for thick or fine hair. You just towel dry the hair really well, part to the desired side, and then use about a nickel to quarter size amount and run it through mids to ends. You smooth it or scrunch it through to add some more texture. Whatever you choose just know you have styling options. It’s a versatile haircut.

Long Bangs

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 long side bangs for women. (See more long layered haircuts with bangs here)

My favorite thing about this look is that it gives the locks lots of movement and the bangs 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 bangs 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.

Collarbone-Length Layers

Collarbone-Length Layers
Instagram @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 bangs to the sides 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.

Lovely Balayage

Lovely Balayage
Instagram @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 it sits right along with 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.

Cute Swept Bob

Cute Swept Bob
Instagram @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 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 look 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. Versatility is key!

Modern Day Layers

Modern layers
Instagram @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.

Blunt Bob

Blunt Bob
Instagram @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 hair into the hair 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 locks 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 Pixie Cut

Short Pixie Cut
Instagram @themonniker

Sport this edgy androgynous style! Add some punk rock into it by coloring your hair purple and frosted pastel pink tips.

Short, Layered

Short, Layered
Instagram @hair_by_katie

Stylist Katie made sure to chop towards the back and leave full, long strands towards the front for a sassier pixie cut.

Pretty Deep Side Part 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 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 girls 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 bangs 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, cool shaved sides, 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.