The fringe style for when you’re not sure if you want to commit
Entry-level bangs that are low maintenance and low commitment
Beauty Crew Contributing Editor / December 13 2022
Fringes are game-changers. They can completely overhaul your look. But sometimes they’re not always kind - the wrong fringe style for your face shape may end up drawing attention to features you’d rather not accentuate; some bangs hairstyles are super high maintenance and require more primping every morning than you have time for; and others simply don’t play nice with certain hair types (fine hair and curly hair, you guys have it the toughest).
Thankfully, side-swept bangs come with none of the aforementioned issues. Great for softening features, a side fringe is often longer and thicker, which makes them far less intimidating than a choppy, micro or blunt fringe. It’s the one fringe style anyone can pull off - and it’s so versatile. These celebrities are all the inspiration you need on how to style bangs in a side-swept, carefree way.
Fringe beginners, take note! Super thick, gently tousled and falling below Emma Stone’s jawline, this is the least scary fringe style for those wanting to ease into bangs.
Pony-polishing side bangs
Ah, a side fringe at its nostalgic finest! Hudgens' side-swept bangs are (fittingly) giving 'Gabriella Montez from High School Musical' and we swear we mean that as the highest compliment.
Got wavy hair? This fringe style is a winner. As Taylor Swift proves, texture and a side-swept fringe make the perfect pair. This look could work on a curly fringe, too.
The straight side sweep
Before you even make a trip to your hairdresser to get a side fringe cut, try it on for size à la Karlie Kloss by parting your medium hair deep on one side and tucking it behind your ear on the opposite side. Voila! Instant (faux) fringe!
Parted micro fringe
Lily Collins has been embracing a chic set of baby bangs for a minute now, but she switched things up by sweeping her micro fringe across to one side. Very Emily in Paris, right?!
Another way to try-before-you-buy is with this wispy fringe style that Rita Ora has. Just brush your layers forwards and to the side (start with wet hair and use a hairdryer to help set the hair in the right direction). Let sections of long layered hair flick around your jawline for a carefree ‘I woke up like this’ vibe. The dishevelled movement is great if you have light bangs and need to create the illusion of fullness.
The bob fringe
We love the well-placed little kink in Reese Witherspoon’s grown-out side fringe, which falls right at her cheekbones. If you have a round face shape, this trick will help soften your facial curves. It’s also an easy way to shake up your short hair.
Asymmetrical curtain bangs
You don’t need to style your entire fringe to the one side. Alison Brie’s asymmetric side fringe is super soft and pretty. Simply style the majority of your fringe to the one side and leave a small section of hair on the other side to frame the face.
Side-swinging ‘60s fringe
Suki Waterhouse’s side fringe is tapered so it naturally blends into her face-framing layers. We love the lift she’s given her fringe at the roots for a ‘60s vibe.
Long side-swept bangs
If you have long hair like Olivia Wilde, a side fringe that falls around ear height can help prevent your lengths from looking flat while also creating definition (without the need for layers).
If you’re feeling a little more brave, get your hairdresser to create an eye-grazing side fringe with plenty of thickness like Keira Knightley. This fringe style looks especially great when you have thick hair.
The tousled side flick
Want to get fancy? Add blonde or brunette highlights throughout your bangs like Chrissy Teigen to give your fringe hairstyle dimension. The effect looks amazing on choppy haircuts like this.
Chelsea is BEAUTYcrew’s Contributing Editor. She has a sweet spot for anything that claims to make skin glow and won’t leave the house without a slick of mascara. Chelsea has 10 years of experience as a beauty editor and her words can be found on BEAUTYcrew, Women’s Health, Daily Addict, The Joye and Primped.