This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
Around the end of every year, a sudden twinge of urgency boils in the pit of our stomachs for something new. This is perhaps why so many people set resolutions on December 31 to pick up a new hobby, try new cuisines, travel somewhere new… you get the point. Still, research shows that no matter how eager we are to make a change in our lives, only about 8% of us actually achieve our long-term goals. Luckily, there’s a quicker (and more affordable!) way to scratch that itch than buying a plane ticket or becoming a plant lady: bangs.
“There’s never a wrong time to get bangs,” celebrity hairstylist Mark Townsend tells Refinery29. Nothing should stop you — not the weather outside, your face shape, or even your hair type. Argue all you want about the maintenance and awkward grow-out phase, but Townsend says bangs are timeless because they’re so surprisingly flattering. Regardless, it’s the right move to make when you’re looking to break out of a hair rut.
Still, there’s no one-size-fits-all bang haircut. Just like any other hair appointment, a little bit of research is required before taking the plunge. Thankfully, we did all the heavy lifting for you and rounded up the best celebrity bang haircuts as of late to spark inspiration. Wait until January or go ahead and call your hairstylist today, either way, we promise this will be the best decision you’ll make all year.
What To Ask For: Micro-Bangs
What It Is: Roughly-chopped bangs that sit an inch, or higher, above the eyebrows
Despite how edgy we find them in 2018, micro-bangs (a.k.a. baby bangs) are more retro than you think. Ever since stars like Bettie Page and Audrey Hepburn made the risky cut trendy in the ’50s, it’s been the bang hairstyle that it girls and fashion muses turn to for added cool factor. Emma Watson first debuted her choppy set in 2018 on the Vanity Fair red carpet post-Oscars and helped catapult the look back into the zeitgeist.
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The best part about a super-short trim like this is that it really does complement every hair length and texture. Zendaya’s Joan of Arc-inspired, sci-fi bob at the 2018 Met Gala took a modern twist on the style.
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Celebrity hairstylist Vernon François recently gave Lupita Nyong’o a pompadour style that gave the appearance of micro-bangs from the front view — busting the myth that only pin-straight hair can make fringe work.
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Not comfortable with commitment? Hairstylist Jen Atkin once told us that clip-in bangs (and wigs!) are the easiest way to try bangs while bypassing the risk of hating them tomorrow morning. Ariana Grande doesn’t try the trend often, but back when she had platinum hair she was a fan.
What To Ask For: Wispy Bangs
What It Is: Long, piece-y, face-framing bangs
Often trimmed dry and vertically, a wispy set of fringe like Halle Berry’s looks good on everyone who wants to make a small change with maximum impact.
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Wispier fringe also allows for minimal dedication, meaning you won’t have to commit to styling appointments every three weeks.
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Someone like Jennifer Lopez — square-faced with a sharp jawline — looks best in thicker bangs that sort of cascade down her cheeks at an angle.
Kehlani’s air-dried look proves that you don’t need a blowdryer and round brush to look good in bangs.
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