30+ Cutest Wispy Bangs & How to Match to Your Face Shape

Best wispy bangs

In my experience as a hairstylist, wispy bangs mean thinner, lighter bangs. This is achieved by adding layers that remove weight. They’re a great option if you have fine hair and can’t pull off a thick, full fringe.

Key Things to Know

  • Any type of bangs are a commitment. They require more time to style and you’ll visit the salon more often for a trim.
  • Ask your hairstylist to slowly cut into your bangs to determine how wispy you want them. They’ll likely use thinning shears towards the end to remove the weight.
  • Invest in a quality round brush and lots of hair clips to pin your bangs back during physical activity.
  • I’ve had wispy bangs before and trust me, you’ll have frustrating days where your bangs won’t cooperate. You’re better off accepting this going into it.

Here are pictures of some of the best hairstyles with wispy bangs. Save your top 3 and show them to your hairdresser and talk through which one would work best for you.

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#1: Cutting Edge Lob

Wispy bangs are a great way to make thin or fine hair look fuller. This look is contemporary, sleek, stylish, and cutting-edge. My favorite thing about it is that it’s not your typical lob hairstyle. It’s something different for a change. It’s a hairstyle that once achieved on the right candidate, will frame and highlight the most beautiful features. Straight hair and wispy bangs are back!

Long Hair with Brown Balayage and Wispy Bangs
Instagram @soubecas

#2: Long Hair with Brown Balayage

One great thing is that wispy bangs can be customized to suit any hair length. You can wear them dramatically short, down to your nose, or anywhere in between. Upgrade your long hair with a brown balayage to add dimension and texture. If you’re not sure exactly how close to the root or how much or what shade of brown to get, one of the best ways is to allow your stylist to explain all the achievable options and what will suit you the most.

Modern Copper Wolf Cut with Wispy Bangs
Instagram @893hairstyles

#3: Modern Copper Wolf Cut with Wispy Bangs

#4: Pixie Bob with a Wispy Bang

Go for a pixie bob with a wispy bang. It’s undercut in the back like a pixie to accentuate her head shape and show off her beautiful neck. My favorite things about this look are the fringe to softly frame her face and the shape of the cut. This youthful cut allows her the option of air drying for a very stylish look that is easy every day.

#5: Cute See-Through Bangs

#6: Dark Red Shaggy Cut with See-Through Fringe

It’s important to know that wispy bangs look best when matched to the rest of your haircut. Simple touches like wispy face framing can add tons of effortless polish and style. A dark red color with a shaggy cut and with a see-through fringe is a fun way to enhance your look. If you decide to go with a wispy fringe you will want to add texture to your haircut. Having your fringe cut at a longer length will give you flexibility if you need to wear them up and out of your face. Great for someone who likes to style their hair in different ways.

Wispy Long Bangs
Instagram @salsalhair

#7: Wispy Long Bangs

Wispy long bangs are the best to try if you’ve never had bangs before. A middle part and a quick lesson on how to style them at home is a must. If you want your hair to look like this photo, you must put effort into styling them.

#8: Medium Brunette Curled Ends with Wispy Fringe

One thing to be aware of is that wispy bangs might be challenging to style if you have a strong cowlick in your front hairline. You may need to wet down your fringe and blow-dry it daily with a round brush to get it looking like the photo above. This flirty fringe is just what you need to spice up your look. My advice is you’ll want to leave the fringe cut just long enough that it dusts your eyelashes. That will give you the playful, sultry effect. You will need to come in for regular fringe trims.

Golden Blonde Rounded Bob with Wispy Fringe
Instagram @emanuelrodhair

#9: Golden Blonde Rounded Bob

Adding wispy bangs to your bob is a great way to freshen up your current cut and look younger. This combination is especially flattering if you’re 50 or older. Having hair that frames your face can be very flattering. Start with just a few light pieces of hair instead of a heavy, blunt bang as a subtle way to transition into them. Softer fringe looks great with a cut such as this rounded bob.

#10: Wispy Bangs With Natural Texture

Who says you can’t rock your natural texture? Wispy bangs are perfect for showing off a stunningly sexy style.

Creamy Blonde Beach Waves and Wispy Bangs
Instagram @lois.k_hair_

#11: Creamy Blonde Beach Waves and Bangs

Try the sexy style of a creamy blonde with beach waves and bangs. The curtain bangs accent this style beautifully, framing the face. You might want to round-brush your fringe under lightly, for a bit of lift. Medium layers added to longer hair will give you shagginess and movement. These layers look great curled with a 1-inch iron or wand.

Medium-Length Blonde Hair with Wispy Fringe
Instagram @fringe_chloe

#12: Medium-Length Blonde Hair with Wispy Fringe

Blonde hair with wispy fringe is a natural tousled look that you will love. A mid-length cut is very flattering and wispy bangs will give you some volume. Curl your tresses and you will be beach ready!

#13: Chic Pixie Cut with Wispy Fringe

A pixie cut pairs well with a feathery wispy fringe, especially if there’s more texture around your face and structure in the back. Adding layers will add natural-looking volume. To style, do a quick blow dry with your fingers and finish with a pomade or paste to enhance the texture.

Cute Bob With Pixie Wisps
Instagram @yukistylist

#14: Cute Bob With Pixie Wisps

A cute bob with pixie wisps is the ideal haircut for ladies with thick hair. It requires several layers to create the perfect amount of volume and bounce. This graduated cut looks best on ladies with oval-shaped faces.

Peek a Boo Wispy Bangs
Instagram @flaxen.and.ash

#15: Peek a Boo Wispy Bangs

Peekaboo wispy bangs are soft and lightly feathered off making them a good choice for women with fine hair textures. To add, they flatter ladies with longer face shapes, as they shorten your facial features. Wispy bangs can be styled on straight, curly, wavy hair types and will leave you feeling fabulous.

Related: See more feather cut hairstyle ideas.

#16: Long Sexy Side-Swept Fringe

Long sexy side-swept fringe is the perfect haircut for ladies looking for added volume, bounce, and life in their cropped strands. Wispy bangs look sexy on all face shapes, but especially on round faces and square face shapes with high cheekbones. For fine hair textures, one idea is to ask your hairstylist for lightweight hair products, along with a texturizing spray.

rock and roll wispy bangs for long hair
Instagram @nothingobvious

#17: Rock’n Roll Wispy Bangs for Long Hair

These lash-grazing, rock ‘n roll-inspired wispy feathered bangs are super sexy and oh-so-chic on this long hair. It’s important to ask your stylist about styling tips when you want wispy bangs. You don’t have to put much effort into styling the piecey bangs, but the rest of your hair may look different depending on how you style them.

Related: Best ways to pair long hair with wispy bangs.

#18: Lovely Wispy Bangs for Thin Hair

Haircuts with wispy bangs for thin hair that are long and end just above the eyes suit faces with a lengthy forehead. Although it needs frequent visits to the salon if you want to maintain its length.

#19: Elegant Updo with Side-Swept Wispy Bangs

Of all bang ideas, a simple yet sophisticated and lovely look will go great for any event! This loosely braided crown will leave you feeling young and super beautiful all day long!

waves and wispy bangs
Instagram @nikcabral

#20: Waves & Wisps

Easy choppy waves paired with wispy bangs elevate this short-length look from basic to bombshell.

cute short bob with wisps
Instagram @hair.helga

#21: Cute Short Bob with Wisps

Opt for a gorgeous chin-length short bob with wispy bangs that was dry cut. Dry-cutting gives us the ability to create unique textures and shapes to personalize our haircuts. The greatest thing about this romantic haircut is the volume and tizz! You can never have enough volume, right?! Plus, the wispy bangs add to the airy and light feeling of the overall cut.

#22: Adorable Long Wispy Bangs

The wispy fringe is my favorite part of this popular hairstyle because it gives a new spin on a classic look! I also love how low maintenance it is.

Try blow drying at least the fringe with a round brush every day to ensure it lays nicely throughout the day. Always use a heat protectant while styling to prevent heat damage, too. A few favorites are Redken Pillow Proof Primer Spray and Pureology Smooth Perfection Lightweight Smoothing Lotion!

Wonderfully Wispy Side Bangs
Instagram @morgan.magic

#23: Wonderfully Wispy Side Bangs

This soft, long-layered haircut with wispy side bangs creates movement and extra volume. I love the charming face-framing detail. Soft waves accentuate the layers nicely. For this look, the side bangs require styling, either by round-brushing or straightening. I recommend this haircut/style if you desire more volume around your face.

#24: Nice and Soft Bangs

Opt for a modern take on a classic bob! Wispy bangs have a way of bringing attention to the eyes. It’s such a versatile wispy fringe style, and its soft layers go great in a classy smooth-styled bob. It can also transform into something sassy with some textured waves.

mid-length cut with wispy bangs
Instagram @yukistylist

#25: Adorable Mid-Length with Wispy Fringe

One downside is that wispy bangs don’t normally look great when you first wake up. You’ll want to spend a moment shaping them each day with a curling iron, flat iron, or blow-dryer to achieve the look pictured above. It’s great if you’re looking for a modern version of a shoulder-length shag haircut. The layers aren’t quite as short but the shape is there and you can’t ever go wrong with a wispy fringe. The wispy bangs are a great option for women with smaller facial features instead of a full fringe because it doesn’t give such a harsh block and makes the face look smaller.

#26: Bold Yet Soft

Opt for a hairstyle that’s bold yet soft. The wispy fringe softens the harsh look of bronde hair colors but also makes a statement of its own. Women with a small forehead or smaller head, in general, could potentially feel too closed in with such a full fringe. Ask for a fringe if you have a decent-sized forehead for your hair to lay over.

barely there bangs
Instagram @yukistylist

#27: Barely There Bangs

Try this light wispy bang. The rest of your hair will look great in messy waves, or even straight. My favorite thing about these bangs is that they are so light and easy to work with, especially if you have never had bangs before. This look allows you to see how you like having bangs. If you don’t end up liking bangs, these wispy bangs are super easy to grow out or simply push to the side. Use a smaller brush for more volume because the bangs will drop, and we don’t want our bangs too flat!

trendy short bob with light wispy bangs
Instagram @yukistylist

#28: Trendy Short Bob with Light Bangs

A short bob with light bangs is cut with a soft blunt edge but also has some over-directed texture through the front to lighten all around the bangs. They look good on so many women and just need a quick blow-dry! To style, use Kevin Murphy Hair.Resort spray to give some extra texture to the ends. A quick blow dry and some sort of texture is really all this cut needs!

Soft Fringe with Long Layers hairstyle
Instagram @hairbyolgie

#29: Soft Fringe with Long Layers

Styling wispy bangs is usually quick compared to other types. Achieving an effortless appearance doesn’t require more than a moment with your blow-dryer or hot tool of choice. Consider a soft fringe with pretty long layers like the photo above. It’s cut to frame your face and long enough so you can get some styling versatility. You can sweep the bangs to either side and in a few weeks, grow them into a nice a-line fringe. I recommend a heat protectant if flat ironing is required, or a volumizer for that extra lift and bounce in a fringe. I don’t normally recommend a fringe if you have a smaller forehead or low hairline because you tend to have the most cowlicks or whirls which can be a big pain to try and work with on an everyday basis.

Sultry Shag with wispy bangs
Instagram @kelledoeshair

#30: Sultry Shag

Go for wispy bangs that are sultry, but young and flirty. For women considering this edgy look, be ready to style! The bangs can be low-maintenance, but this look works best if you are ready to work with them. When styling, try sweeping the bangs section back and forth with a round or flat brush to defeat any hard part, then styling them under as usual. Talking to your stylist is key because sectioning matters a lot for these. Start with a smaller section because more hair can be added if they aren’t thick enough.

light and textured wispy bangs
Instagram @olivejoos

#31: Light and Textured Bangs

This effortless look features a soft wispy bang that is trendy and fun! I love that these bangs are light and textured which makes styling easier. You have the option to push them away because they are so light, and that makes them versatile for more active lifestyles. This wispy bang is a great style for fine to medium textured hair that is not too coarse or curly for easier maintenance. I would avoid this style if strong cowlicks or a widow’s peak are present.

Wispy & Texturized hairstyle with wispy bangs
Instagram @meg_meads

#32: Wispy & Texturized

Go for a textured medium haircut with lots of movement and face-framing layers to help the bangs blend in. The bangs are blunt, but wispy and texturized to give volume to your fine hair. Face-framing wispy bangs will help you completely change your look, as well as amplify a regular style into a glamorous hairdo! If you like a “wash and wear” look, then bangs probably aren’t for you.

#33: Versatile Wispy Bangs

Wispy bangs are a versatile way to change your look because they are long enough to wear as side bangs or full bangs. My favorite thing about this look is that it’s a zero commitment style that grows out very nicely if you don’t want to wear bangs anymore. You can blow-dry your hair for volume and use a flat iron to give it a textured look. No product is needed! This look is ideal for straight hair or if you are looking for a subtle change. It works for any face shape!

#34: Cool Textured Full Fringe

Wispy bangs are the perfect way to enjoy bangs without frequent maintenance. The softer ends grow out more naturally, allowing you to go longer between trims. You can recreate the cool cut pictured above with a lengthy fringe, which complements all face types other than a round one. It’s a great look when you’re the type who doesn’t wanna put much effort into styling your hair every day yet still look mesmerizing! This look is a textured take on the classic full fringe. I love the versatility of a soft frame, and because it’s light and wispy, the commitment level is low! This face-hugging fringe can be adjusted to work well on most face shapes by broadening or narrowing the center/horizontal line of the fringe. A fine or medium hair type suits this style best, and the denser your hair, the fuller these bangs will start to feel.

#35: Auburn Brown Short Bangs

When it comes to bangs, wispy bangs offer a less severe, more lived-in look than blunt or side bangs. They also look great on a lot of different hair types! I recommend using a little bit of root lift right at the base of the bangs and blow-drying them with a small round brush for your desired look. I also like to give them a little shake with my fingers for that messy yet on-purpose look.

#36: Playful Wispy Full Fringe

Take note that wispy bangs often need a bit of fine-tuning at first. For example, you’ll need them trimmed once a month when cut just past your eyebrows like in the photo above. But pairing long and wispy full fringe with a long bob really spices up your everyday look! When cut correctly, it adds a lot of character and drama to a haircut. Fine/medium textures tend to be more low maintenance than coarse hair, but it all boils down to how long your hair needs to be for the natural bend of your hair to come into play and how thick of a section you’re taking out for your fringe.

Stunning Red Hair With Long Wispy Bangs
Instagram @anthonydavid_

#37: Stunning Red Hair With Long Wispy Bangs

Wispy bangs are a great choice if you have a heart-shaped face. The textured ends will add softness and balance to your facial features. Red hair with a brow-grazing wispy fringe is the perfect hairstyle if you also have a warm complexion. For blended bangs, you should ask your hairstylist for precisely cut or eyebrow-skimming bangs that taper off.

full side-swept pixie with wispy bangs
Instagram @insta_b.allen

#38: Full Side-Swept Pixie Bangs

I love the fact that wispy bangs will make you look younger because they can take years off your face’s appearance. This type of fringe can make your hair look fuller and flirtier. Get an epic transformation when you add a side fringe into a cute short cut like this. It’s an excellent way to balance a long or oval face.

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