If you are looking for types of bangs or types of fringe you have arrived! Find definitions of each bang type as well as photo examples of each.
What is the difference between bangs and fringe?
Bangs are simply the American word for fringe whereas fringe is the European word for bangs. Think of the American word cookie versus biscuit or French fries versus crisps. Bangs and fringe are the same things.
In other words, all of the styles of bangs on this page are also styles of fringe depending on what country you are from.
Types of Bangs
Straight Across Bangs
Straight across bangs are exactly as they sound, bangs that are cut straight across the forehead above the eyes.
Celebrity Examples of Straight Across Bangs
Linda Cardellini with a long layered hairstyle with straight across bangs.
Blunt bangs is a term sometimes used for straight across bangs that are substantially thicker.
Celebrity Examples of Blunt Bangs
Taylor Swift with a medium-length beach waves hairstyle with blunt cut bangs.
Wispy bangs are straight across bangs that have substantially less hair cut into them creating a see-through look.
Celebrity Examples of Wispy Bangs
Gigi Hadid with a long layered hairstyle with wispy bangs
Side Sweeping Bangs
Side sweeping bangs are longer than straight across bangs and are swept to one side to avoid them covering the eyes.
Celebrity Examples of Side Sweeping Bangs
Kris Jenner with a very short hairstyle with side sweeping bangs.
Again, as the name suggests, curtain bangs are parted down the middle and swept to each side framing the face in the same fashion that a set of curtains frames a window.
Celebrity Examples of Curtain Bangs
Victoria Justice with a long curled hairstyle with curtain bangs.
More Examples of Curtain Bangs
Baby bangs are super short bangs that are cut very high across the forehead.
Celebrity Examples of Baby Bangs
Emma Roberts with a medium-length straight hairstyle with baby bangs.
Arch or rounded bangs are just that – arched or rounded. Rather than cut straight across, these bangs create an arch on the forehead with the highest point in the middle of the forehead while the two sides are the longest sections.
Celebrity Examples of Arch Bangs
Ciara with a long straight ponytail with arch bangs.
Curly bangs are simply bangs that are cut from naturally curly hair.
Celebrity Examples of Curly Bangs
Zendaya with a long curly hairstyle with curly bangs.
Asymmetrical bangs are cut at an angle.
Celebrity Examples of Asymmetrical Bangs
Cush Jumbo with asymmetrical baby bangs.
Spiky bangs start as straight across bangs then tiny sections are scissor-cut at an angle to create subtle spikes.
Celebrity Examples of Spiky Bangs
Jennifer Garner with a long wavy hairstyle with spiky bangs
More Examples of Spiky Bangs
Popularized in the 1940s when the victory roll was in style, bumper bangs are tightly curled into one big barrel curl across the forehead.
More Examples of Bumper Bangs
Peek-a-Boo Bangs also known as brow skimming bangs are straight across bangs that fall well over the brow and spill right above the line of vision.
Celebrity Examples of Peek-a-Boo Bangs
Taylor Swift with a long straight hairstyle with peek-a-boo-bangs
More Examples of Peek-a-Boo Bangs