Cutting bangs might be a little less dramatic than chopping off a lot of length, but they can change your look entirely. It’s also a quick way to give your hairstyle a fresh new look (especially after a breakup) while keeping your hair short or long and straight or curly.
Bangs work best when you find the style that flatters your face shape, and fortunately, there are so many types to choose from like blunt, side-swept, and wispy, to name a few. Moreover, the way bangs are styled can give off a sultry, flirty, or chic look.
It's no secret that celebrities are chameleons. They’re spotted with different hairstyles, and bangs never go out of style. Some celebrities got bangs because they wanted a change or for their role; some have been rocking the look throughout their career that it’s hard to imagine them without their signature bangs. Bangs also make some of these celebrities look a decade younger! Either way, they all look beautiful with and without bangs, but some actresses have mentioned that bangs nearly ruined their career!
If you’re looking to changing up your style this fall season or for the new year, then take a look at these celebrity transformations for fringe-spiration. Go out with a bang (or not)!
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20 Zooey Deschanel Looks Like A Different Person Without Her Signature Style
New Girl actress Zooey Deschanel might be known for her big blue eyes and gorgeous brunette locks, but she’s almost unrecognizable without her signature bangs. Zooey once told Allure, “I’m bangs and eyes. It’s who I am.” She also told Glamour, “I really don’t feel like myself without [bangs]. When I first got into acting, I was a bit of a chameleon and just wasn't recognizable. So I used my look to help create an identity. Now people know me as the girl with bangs.” When Zooey ditched her bangs at the 2013 Met Gala, people were like, "Who's that girl?" Although she looked different, she still looked beautiful.
19 Taylor Swift Might Change Her Hairstyle With Every Album But Bangs Tend To Stay
Getting a dramatic haircut is one of the best ways to get over a breakup, and Taylor Swift knows this the best. The singer gets a new hairstyle right before she drops an album about her exes. Curly? Straight? Short? Long? She’s tried them all, but she's rarely spotted without one thing. The old Taylor might be dead but not her bangs-- they’re just as famous as her music. She’s been rocking them since she was a teen country singer playing guitar, but over the years, her bangs got an upgrade. They look fierce with her trademark red lipstick. Basically, she's not Tay without her stylish bangs.
18 Dakota Johnson Makes Fringe More Appealing On-Screen & Off-Screen
Dakota Johnson comes from Hollywood royalty, but she made a name for herself as an actress through her famous character Anastasia Steele. Anastasia’s brown hair and bangs give us serious envy, and we love it when Dakota rocks them off-screen. Celebrity stylist Mark Townsend gave the deets on how he styles her perfect bangs; he told W Magazine, “Dakota does have a cowlick, so I always start with the bangs while they’re wet and blowdry them into the direction I want them to go.” He added that he finishes the look with a dry shampoo because it “keeps the volume and freshness, and the bangs can still move.”
17 Katy Perry Loves To Experiment With Her Hair And She Knows How To Work A Fringe
Hair chameleon Katy Perry gives us major hair inspiration. She’s changed her looks many times over the years like dye her hair pink and get a bold pixie-cut, to name a few. Bangs might not be for everyone, but she knows how to work them in her favor. She’s also experimented her hair with different styles of bangs instead of sticking with just one type, and she looked so good in all. They add edginess to her look and draw attention to her blue eyes. It’s no wonder she goes back and forth with bangs. Katy still looks stunning without them but bangs suit her quirky personality.
16 Hilary Duff Looks Absolutely Stunning With These Face-Framing Wispy Bangs
Anyone who’s been following Hilary Duff during her Lizzie McGuire days knows that she’s been rocking her signature blonde locks with bangs throughout her teen years. The former Disney star still wears bangs here and there, and we’re obsessed because they make her look sophisticated and super chic. At the Golden Globes 2017, Hilary tied her hair in a ponytail and showed off her wispy bangs that framed her face beautifully. She makes us want to run to the salon! There’s no doubt that Hilary looks lovely with or without bangs, but if we had to choose one style for her, we’d choose the former.
15 Emma Stone Has Been Rocking Different Types Of Bangs With Dyed Hair For Years
Some people might not recognize Emma Stone with her natural blonde hair, because she’s known for her fiery red strands, but bangs are also a part of her signature look. She had them in many of her movies--her breakthrough role in Superbad, House Bunny, Easy A, etc. That said, it’s hard to imagine her without bangs. Emma usually wears side-swept bangs, but she looked stunning with blunt ones in The Amazing Spider-Man for her character, Gwen Stacy. Another time she gave us serious bang envy was when she rocked them with a short lob. It’s clear that she makes bangs look amazing with any 'do.
14 Olivia Pope Doesn't Have Bangs, But Kerry Washington Looks So Good With Them
It’s no secret that bangs can dramatically change your entire look. They can also frame your face and make you look younger. Kerry Washington tried different styles of bangs with her hair down and up, and they make her look playful or elegant as opposed to her alter-ego Olivia Pope, who doesn't have bangs. We still admire Olivia and her perfect, powerful hairstyle though. The actress also gives us lob inspiration--a popular hairstyle that flatters all hair types. The long lob with wavy ends and eye-grazing bangs look stunning on her. It’s effortlessly chic and perfect for the fall season that we want to steal her style!
13 Vanessa Hudgens Can Pull Off Both Looks But Hopefully She Brings Back The Bangs
There are celebrities who have had the same hairstyle for many years, but Vanessa Hudgens loves to experiment. Her style has evolved over the years since she rose to fame playing Gabrielle Montez in High School Musical series. We loved her long wavy hair, but we also loved her other styles like when she chopped off her hair, dyed it platinum blonde, and got bangs. She looked cute with bangs in High School Musical, but she looked sophisticated when she wore heavy bangs with a short lob at the Stella McCartney Autumn 2018 Collection Launch. The Queen of Coachella's boho-chic outfits are inspiring, but so are her bangs.
12 Lea Michele's Known For Her Bangs - It's Hard To Imagine Her Without Them
Bangs or no bangs? Lea Michele starred in Glee as Rachel Berry in 2009, and she started rocking bangs on-screen in 2010. Celebrity hairstylist Mark Townsend shared with Stylecaster that the actress couldn't get real bangs because of her show so she wore clip-in bangs off-screen; however, Ryan Murphy later said, "I love you with the bangs, let’s wear them next season." It became her signature look. She’s styled them with an elegant updo, braided ponytail, etc--her bangs are never boring. She also likes to wear a smokey eye with the look. There's no doubt that Lea looks good without bangs, but some people are meant to have them.
11 Reese Witherspoon Looks Beautiful In Every Fringe Hairstyle She’s Tried
Reese Witherspoon is one of the most versatile celebrities when it comes to hairstyles. The blonde bombshell even looks good with brown hair! Anyway, Reese has been going back and forth with bangs for years, and we’re not complaining--she looks gorgeous in every type. She rocked an updo with side-swept bangs for an elegant vibe and wavy hair with straight-across bangs for a laid-back look. Bangs can make people look younger, and although Reese already looks younger than her age, the style makes her look like she could be twins with her daughter. Overall, Reese has amazing hairstyles, but we especially love her with bangs.
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10 Kaley Cuoco Once Said "[Bangs] Almost Ruined My Entire Career"
The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco was spotted with unflattering bangs at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in January 2013. Fortunately, they were fake. Her stylists told her not to wear them, but she wanted to cover up a black eye and six stitches which resulted from an on-set prank. She said on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, “I decided to wear these [fake] bangs... because it covered my eye and I was really insecure about this huge black eye.” Kaley then confessed, “These bangs, who I've named Bev, almost ruined my entire career." Real bangs look so much better on her, but she looks stunning without them.
9 Emma Watson Tried These Itty Bitty Bangs And She Looks More Mature Without Them
After years of playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series, Emma Watson's been trying on different hairstyles. We still admire Hermione’s long curly hair, but we're enjoying Emma's dramatic hair changes. She once surprised everyone with a pixie cut. She told Metro News (via Us Weekly), “I didn’t get to experiment with dyeing and chopping off my hair like most teenagers.” She also said she chopped off her hair to mark the end of Harry Potter. This past January, she was spotted with itty bitty bangs. The style is adorable, but we miss her sleek updos, side-swept curls, and other styles that make her look more mature.
8 Lily Collins Should Never Get A Haircut That Covers Her Gorgeous Eyebrows
Lily Collins once “hacked off” her eyebrows before she embraced them after her mother said (via Teen Vogue), “You need to accept the quirky things that make you different and what make you beautiful.” Lily's a beautiful woman with gorgeous eyebrows. She should never get bangs. There are celebrities who look like a different person without their signature bangs, but Lily is almost unrecognizable with bangs because they cover her signature eyebrows. Bangs are a quick way to change up your hairstyle, and the actress looked good when she tried on different types of bangs even clip-in ones; however, she gives us serious brow envy.
7 Queen Bey's Baby Bangs Were Short-Lived After They Caused A Stir On Social Media
Many people didn’t know what to think when Queen Bey got baby bangs. Baby bangs can be hard to pull off. Some wondered if she cut her hair herself or if Blue Ivy did it. Either way, Beyoncé only had them for a week. Celebrity stylist Ursula Stephen told Fashionista, “I feel like when girls want [baby bangs], they don’t anticipate how short the bangs actually are. You see it, you love it, you want it, but when you actually get it… that’s a different story. Seeing it in magazines and on celebrities, you don’t realize those bangs are very, very severe, and there’s no turning back.”
6 Kim Kardashian Has Had Amazing Hairstyles But Fringe-Free Looks Are Slightly Better
Bangs are a big commitment, but they're worth it when you find the right one. According to HollywoodLife.com, shortly after Kim Kardashian got blunt bangs, she posted a photo on social media with her hiding them. She later wrote on her Instagram, “Please grow out bangs! You’re officially bugging me!” It’s no secret that the social media star switches up her hairstyle every now and then--she chopped her hair into a short lob, dyed her hair platinum blonde, to name a few. However, it’s been a while since she tried bangs again. Although Kim rocks every look, we love the way she styles her hair without bangs.
5 Selena Gomez’s Trademark Brunette Tresses Sans Fringe Wins
Selena Gomez has constantly been changing her hair--the color, length, and texture. She surprised fans when she showed off her platinum blonde hair last year because it was the first time she had a dramatic hair color change. She then dyed her hair back to brown and cut her hair into a short lob. Recently, Selena was on the cover of Elle's October 2018 Issue, and she looked beautiful with bangs. She's rocked different types of them over the years like the curtain and the blunt ones. Selena looks good with bangs, but she looks slightly better with her trademark dark tresses and no bangs.
4 Chrissy Teigen Asked Her Followers On Social Media If She Should Get Bangs
Everyone has had bad bangs, even celebrities. Last year, Chrissy Teigen asked her Twitter followers if she should get bangs or not. Her fans voted 40% Bangs (Cute!) (YOLO!) and 60% No Bangs (Instant Regret), but she got them anyway. Chrissy also posted a photo of her with blunt bangs from 2014 Billboard Music Awards, and she wrote, “Ponytail and thick [...] bangs. Big Mistake.” A month before she did the poll, she told Vogue that “fake bangs” are her biggest fashion faux pas. She learned from her mistakes because her new bangs weren't thick or fake. Although they were cute on her, she's stunning without bangs.
3 Emily Ratajkowski Has Had The Same Hairstyle For Years Because It Works For Her
There are celebrities who change their hairstyle every week, but Emily Ratajkowski has rocked the same hairstyle for years. That said, she took us by surprise when she was spotted with bangs. Bangs can change your entire look, and she looked different. It’s unsure if they were real or clip-in bangs, but she still looked gorgeous. However, if we had to choose between her with bangs and without, then we’d choose the latter. Her straight hair parted down the middle is her signature look, and we love it. She also rocks effortless beachy waves we want to copy, and the style looks better without bangs.
2 Carrie Underwood's Soft Blonde Hair With No Fringe Really Opens Up Her Face
It’s been a while since Carrie Underwood styled her hair with bangs, but she looked so good when she wore them with long curly hair and straight hair. She also looks amazing with her signature side-swept hairstyle. Bangs might not be for everyone, but this type of hairstyle looks good on everyone. It’s also easy to create. Carrie gives us major hair inspiration--she styles her beautiful hair in so many different ways. If anyone’s looking for a new hairstyle to rock this fall season, she’s the perfect example. Overall, the country singer can pull off any hairstyle; however, her soft blonde hair without bangs really opens up her face.
1 Mila Kunis Ditched Her Signature Long Dark Hair For A Tousled Lob & Blunt Bangs
Mila Kunis showed up at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards with a dramatic hair change. She doesn't have social media, but her hairstylist Chad Wood posted a photo of her on his Instagram and wrote, “bangs and bobs are this year's theme for sure!" He was right. Many celebrities have been rocking this look. Mila might've ditched her signature dark hair for a tousled bob and added blunt bangs, the actress still kept her smokey eye and nude lips. We love how the bangs draw attention to her eyes and add edginess to her look. We want to steal her new style, but we also miss her signature hair.
References: allure.com, glamour.com, wmagazine.com, stylecaster.com, huffpost.com, usweekly.com, teenvogue.com, fashionista.com