Turns out it doesn’t matter what season it is, bangs are always the easiest (and chicest!) way to transform your look. Need some fringe-spo? Hair stylist Kristan Serafino weighs in on some of the hottest celebs with bangs, why they work, and how to snag their sexy styles.
Why It Works: Gigi’s fringe rounds off at the corners, framing and accentuating her eyes and high cheekbones beautifully.
Styling Secret: Use the heat from a hair dryer and a small, oval-shaped brush to give your fringe a slight bend. Using a round brush often gives you too much of a rounded finish aka bouncy bangs.
Why It Works: Model Soo Joo Park’s endless layers help her bangs blend into the rest of her hair, while the side pieces around her face are wispy, not blunt, and help frame her face.
Styling Secret: While the slightly messy ‘do appears effortless and undone, you’re going to need the help of a mini flat iron to get your fringe to lay a little flatter. But before you turn on your hot tool, be sure to spritz on a heat-protective spray to prevent scorching your bangs.
Why It Works: If your bangs act like little arrows that point toward your eyes, Rihanna’s cut hits the bull’s-eye. Snipped just below the brow, this style immediately directs all attention to her eyes.
Styling Secret: After blowing out your bangs with a blow-dryer and a small oval-shaped paddle brush, use some pomade to create a piece-y effect like RiRi’s rocking here.
Why It Works: Zooey Deschanel’s fringe gets gradually longer on either side of her face, which not only draws mega attention to her big, blue eyes, it also allows the New Girl‘s naturally wavy texture to do its thing. Plus, because her bangs start far back from her hairline, it makes her fringe long enough that she can still secure the rest of the length into a low, pulled-back updo and it stays put.
Styling Secret: Coat your bangs and hair with a small amount of mousse to add texture and tame frizz. With a medium-size boar bristle round brush, give your bangs a slight bend at the ends while you’re blow-drying for that flipped-under effect.
Why It Works: If you’re growing out your bangs — or just want to steal Emma Stone’s look for a night without committing to a cut — a severe side sweep like this A-lister’s will do the trick.
Styling Secret: With these severe bangs, always wear your hair up. Once you create a deep side part, you’ll hardly have any left on that side to wear it down. After you section off your hair to one side, pull your hair into a low pony or a bun, like Emma’s. (If your layers are on the shorter side, tuck any stray strands behind your ear.) Next, simply hold your hair in place with a few spritzes of a medium-strength workable hair spray.
Why It Works: Anne Hathaway’s feminine crop is textured and has soft edges all over, so it steers clear of boyish territory. Plus, the wispy edges just happen naturally from the cut and aren’t forced, giving it that Audrey Hepburn look inBreakfast at Tiffany’s.
Styling Secret: Add a small amount of a styling paste into your palms and soften the wax by rubbing your hands together. Then, pull on the ends of some of the face-framing pieces and allow them to fall wherever they want to naturally.
Why It Works: Jessica Biel’s heavy fringe has a major ’60s Vidal Jessica? This style is for you.
Styling Secret: Even naturally straight hair needs some help to secure its stellar smooth shape, essential for this look. To get that straight-on-top, textured-on-the ends effect, grab a flat iron and quickly run it along dry hair from the roots to the mid-shaft. Then, as you get to the tips, allow your hair to fall out of the iron, letting your natural texture show.
Why It Works: Jennifer Hudson’s ultra-short cut has classic rigid lines along the edges and sides, but on top has a softer side, which allows her to pull her ends forward onto her forehead, creating a subtle fringe.
Styling Secret: If your hair is naturally textured, like Jennifer’s, be sure to use a mini flat iron on your hair first to smooth the cuticle and erase any wave and frizz. Then, use a gel-cream combo to define face-framing pieces.
Why It Works: Jennifer Lawrence can still play with her naturally wavy texture and center part. Her unstructured cut and slightly longer-than-usual length allows her to part her bangs to either side of her face and have just a few pieces hug her eyes.
Styling Secret: Style wavy hair as you normally do (let it air dry or lightly blow-dry it by scrunching up sections with your hands). Then, on your bangs only, flat iron your hair from roots to mid-shaft to nix frizz and keep your hair from poufing up. Finish with a touch of hair spray (spritz fingertips then rub over your hair).
Why It Works: Lea Michele has the best of both great hair worlds: a trendy, heavy fringe and voluminous waves all over. The length of her bangs — right above her eyebrow — also prevents her hair from taking over, allowing you to still see her gorgeous face.
Styling Secret: The same big, round brush you use to create bouncy waves can be used on your bangs while you blow-dry. Place its bristles underneath your fringe and gently pull the brush head toward the ends as you aim the blow-dryer (on the low heat and power setting so it doesn’t ruffle hair everywhere) directly at your bangs. Finally, add a touch of a moisturizing styling cream when your hair is dry to smooth flyaways.