Summer is here, and it’s time to flaunt short hair. And what’s the best way to style short hair? With bangs, of course! After all, we all fell in love with the idea of short hair with bangs when we saw “The Rachel.”
The way you style your bangs depends on your face shape. To help you figure out which bangs will look amazing on you, here are a few pointers.
If you have a square face, keep your bangs straight and just below the eyebrows. A straight fringe that’s feathered in the center creates a symmetrical look. Tapered bangs leading into a layered lob will look stunning on a square face.
An arching straight full fringe that ends just below the eyebrows complements round faces. Deep side bangs also work. Since your face is circular, a short haircut might accentuate the shape more. So, make sure you pick the right haircut. Try a bob or a pixie cut with a long side fringe or feathered side bangs. Choose a side parting over the middle parting. This step will go a long way in framing your face.
Arched side swept bangs that are longer on the sides look amazing on heart-shaped faces.
If you have an oval-shaped face, consider yourself blessed! Any type of bangs will look great on you. So, try them all! Heavy or blunt bangs look especially cool on oval faces.
Feathered side bangs, deep side swept bangs, and tapered frontal bangs look beautiful on rectangular faces. These help in framing your face, making it look slim and angular.
If your jaw is the fullest part of your face, and your forehead is the narrowest, you have a triangular face. Asymmetrical bangs and side swept bangs look great on this face shape.
The type of bangs that suit your face also depends on whether you have a high or short forehead. The way to check that is to see if your forehead is smaller or larger than your nose. If your nose and forehead are the same length, you can try out any of these styles, and they’ll look incredible on you.
Short bangs are a strict no-no if you have a long face as they will accentuate your forehead. Try long bangs with either a full center or that are side swept as they will draw attention away from the length of your face. Voluminous short wavy hair will look gorgeous on a long face.
If you have a short forehead, consider a sloped fringe that is longer on one side. It looks like a deep swept side fringe.
If you have a high forehead, full side swept bangs are the way to go. Let the bangs start near your eyebrow and taper along as they reach the sides of your face.
Now that you’ve figured out exactly what shape your face is, it’s time you chopped your own bangs! Here are 2 simple methods that you can use to give yourself the bangs of your dreams.
How To Cut Your Own Bangs
The Twist Method
The is the simplest method for cutting bangs. You’ll need a pair of scissors, a water spray bottle, a rat tail comb, an elastic band, and a hair dryer.
- Using the rat tail comb, create a triangular parting where you want your bangs to be.
- Clip off the rest of your hair.
- Let the triangular section of hair fall on your face.
- Twist it together and use the scissors to cut it straight across.
- Dampen the bangs and use a hair dryer and comb to style them the way you want.
The Upward Cut Method
You’ll need a pair of scissors, a water spray bottle, a rat-tailed comb, an elastic band, and a hair dryer.
- Separate the section of hair that you will use to make your bangs and let it fall on your face.
- Clip off the rest of your hair.
- Comb the hair making sure to remove any tangles.
- Usually, most women use their eyebrows as reference and cut a straight line across to create their bangs. Don’t do that! Use your index and middle fingers to hold your hair out in front of your face. Place the scissors underneath your hair so that it points diagonally outwards (and upwards). Gradually start cutting your bangs, using your eye line as a reference.
- Style the bangs as needed.
Wasn’t that easy? Now that your bangs are in place, let’s look at all the gorgeous ways that you can style them with short hair to create some awesome hair looks.
20 Incredible Short Hairstyles With Bangs
1. Wavy Side Bangs
Cate Blanchett looks stunning with a wavy side fringe. This hairstyle is perfect for those hot summer days.
2. The One Swoop Fringe
This Atomic Blonde looks like a deity with this curly lob hairstyle. If you have curly hair, instead of straightening your bangs, try a one swoop (or wave) fringe. These bangs accentuate your eyes.
3. Long Side Bangs
ScarJo is the queen of short hair. If you love short hair but have a round or heavy-set face, try long side bangs. These bangs frame your face perfectly, adding focus to your cheekbones and eyes.
4. Sleek Side Bangs With A Pixie Cut
Is there any hairstyle that Halle Berry can’t pull off? This short bob with long and sleek deep swept bangs looks incredible on oval and heart-shaped faces.
5. The Blonde Pixie
No one sports the pixie as gracefully as Michelle Williams does. This silky blonde side swept bangs hairstyle works wonders for women with round faces.
6. Deep Wave Bangs
Elsa Pataky looks stunning with this boy cut hairdo. The deep wave side bangs bring a lateral focus to her face and draw attention to her eyes.
7. Unkempt Side Bangs
These unkempt side bangs add height to your face and make you look chic. If you have a square, round, or heart-shaped face, sport these bangs the way Tilda Swinton does.
8. Short Tapered Bangs
Short tapered bangs look incredible on women with round faces. When coupled with a pixie cut, these short bangs draw attention towards your eyes and jawline.
9. A Textured Bob
A long textured bob is one of the most sought-after hairstyles right now, all thanks to Victoria Beckham. The long side bangs help add sharp definition to her face. If you have a round face, this is the hairstyle for you!
10. Front Bangs With Wavy Ends
Have an oval face and love short hair? Then try this hairstyle. The thick front bangs with wavy ends draw attention to your eyes and define your cheekbones. This short hairstyle works well for high foreheads too.
11. Deep Side Swept Bangs
If you have a diamond-shaped face, you have something in common with Rihanna. Deep side swept bangs with a short bob is the way to go. Brush your hair outwards while blow drying it to get those voluptuous upturned ends.
12. The Diamond Lob
If your jaw is the broadest part of your face, this short hairstyle is here to save the day. This textured lob with long face-framing bangs covers the width of your jawline, giving your face a more oval look.
13. Layered Bangs
This Top Model turned a lot of heads with this short hairdo, and it’s obvious why. Front layered bangs upturned at the ends look incredible. Try this hairstyle if you have an oblong face.
14. One Side Bangs
You don’t need to be as edgy as Katy Perry to sport this look. Shave off the hair on one side of your head and brush all your hair towards the other side. Try this hairstyle if you have an oval face.
15. Front Bangs
The first time we saw Taylor Swift sporting this hairstyle, we loved it! The thick front bangs taper towards her eyes, making them the center of attention.
16. Feathered Bangs
Feathered bangs look incredible on all face shapes. Paired with a long bob, they define your jawline and make it look more angular. If you have a rectangular or square face, this hairstyle will do you wonders.
17. Retro Waves With Deep Side Swept Fringe
The wavy lob makes Emma Stone look like a classic vintage starlet. Additionally, the thick side swept bangs conceal the length of her forehead.
18. Thick Straight Bangs
If you have a diamond-shaped face, consider this hairstyle. While Zendaya is known for her on-fleek eyebrows, this hairstyle covers them up, centering the focus on her beautiful eyes.
19. Wavy Lob
Brittany Snow’s blond wavy hair flatters her heart-shaped face perfectly. Her side swept bangs add to the elegance of her look.
20. The Vintage Look
Emma Watson looks absolutely incredible in this vintage hairstyle. Right from the dramatic deep swept bangs at the top to the curls at the ends, there is nothing we don’t love about this look.
There you go! That’s our rundown of the 20 best short hairstyles with bangs. Try them out and comment below to let us know which ones you fell in love with.
Anjali Sayee is a writer and an introvert. From studying Aeronautical Engineering and wanting to design her own airplane to writing articles on hairstyles, she has been on quite a journey. She believes that hair is one of the key factors that define a woman’s personality. To quote her, “What’s the first thing they do in the movies to show a personality change? Change the hair – because it has a life of its own.” She’s here to help you find the hairstyle you need. This bookworm is a self-professed Wholocker, a talented drummer, and an amateur photographer.