26 Perfectly Swoopy Side Bangs That Are Worth the Extra Maintenance

All the better for hair flipping.

If the idea of chopping a section of your locks for floppy bangs makes you go "nah, not worth the extra effort" to avoid them hanging limp in front of your face, there's plenty of inspiration ahead to change your mind. Behold 26 angelic swoopy side bangs from celebrities—thanks to a little round-brush and flat iron magic.

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Alison Brie's Wispy Sides

One way to wrangle long and loose side bits is simply to let them take center stage. Pull the rest of your hair back in a bun, add a little flick at the ends with a hot tool, and let them do all the talking.

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Kerry Washington's Teased Out Tendrils

Washington usually wears her bangs slicked back, parted in the middle, and to the sides, but this curtaining effect with a teased and slicked-over section of hair is equally stunning. 

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Michelle Williams' Piece-y Pixie

Even though she's working with super cropped lengths, Michelle Williams always knows how to keep her super short pixie cuts looking enviably chic. Some expert layering (angled from shortest to longest), a flat iron, and a deep side part are the secrets to this style. 

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Paula Abdul's Wavy Ends

We can think of no better way to style grown-out bangs than this look that has you wave them out ever-so-slightly and part them in the center for a face framing effect. 

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Angelina Jolie's Bedhead Bangs

Though she's having a bit of a sweaty hair moment here #summer, Angelina Jolie knows how to work it without giving in to the heat. The rounded bangs and the windswept "long hair, don't care" vibes are perfection. 

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Blake Lively's Long Sloping Strands

Further proof that Blake Lively can do no wrong in the hair department: here she tackles long grown out bangs like it's nothing by letting them hang loose for a face framing moment. 

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Jennifer Aniston's Perfectly Piece-y Bangs

Whatever hair magic she's using here, we'd love to borrow some of it on our next night out. 

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Sandra Bullock's Short and Sweet Tendrils

The look of a woman who knows her ever-so-slightly-wavy bangs deserve a golden trophy. 

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Olivia Wilde's Eye-Skimmers

The blonde hair and the side bangs are double surprises for the typically brunette, fringe-free actress.

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Rosario Dawson's Bardot Hair

Hair piled on top of your head in a mini-beehive + thick, side-swept bangs = iconic. 

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Zooey Deschanel's Double Side Bangs

Because two is just better than one, no?

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Jennifer Lawrence's Wispy Pixie Strands

The more "bedhead"-y, the better. Let the wind and some texturing paste do their thing. 

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Taylor Swift's Pin-Curled Fringe

Leave it up to the pros for a manicured pin-curl look like the one Swift wore to the Met Gala a few years back. 

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Kate Middleton's Satiny Wing

Did an angel give her this perfect blowout? Asking for a friend here. Best of luck coaxing straight strands to hold this wavy swoop without some black magic/serious hair spray in the mix. 

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Scarlett Johansson's Edgy Platinum Pixie

Can you even remember what she looked like with long locks? Only ScarJo could make what's essentially a platinum comb-over look cool. 

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Reese Witherspoon's Feathery Fringe

Who better to look to for bangs advice than the star who rocked the piece-y side bangs for years? 

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Penelope Cruz's Va-Va-Voom Volume

No words for this "Charlie's Angels" volume that has Cruz's locks freeze-framing the way your hair looks you wished your hair looked when it's windswept. 

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Kate Hudson's Rounded Style

Hudson's giving off goddess vibes with these golden, rounded bangs (and the perfect braid) to match. Bookmark it when you're looking for festival hair ideas. 

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Jennifer Goodwin's Shorn Fringe

We can't tell what we love more: the jet black dye job that match her cat-eye wings or the super short angled bangs. 

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Hillary Duff's Separated Strands

#TBT to this subtle, yet flawlessly pulled-off hairstyle from Hilary Duff way back when. 

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Selena Gomez's Romantic Wisps

When you want side bangs that look like those a Renaissance heroine would wear, add some tendrils that frame your face and wave them with a curling wand.

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Nicole Richie's Angled Fringe

Have your stylist angle your bangs from your part if you want to copy Richie's style. Then round brush it out in the mornings and blow dry it from beneath for some added volume. 

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Hailee Steinfeld's Ultra-Shiny Locks

In which Steinfeld looks like a straight up hair model with those unbelievably shiny locks. For a polished updo like hers, make sure not to skip out on your shine-enhancing conditioner on your next shower, pull your hair back (try one of our 10 second hair hacks), and flat iron any rogue fly-aways. 

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Emma Stone's Multi-Tonal Highlights

The best way to show off killer highlights like Stone's? A wave of hair by your eye-line that's a show-and-tell for your colorist's skills. 

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Karlie Kloss' Round-Brushed Flick

If you have shorter hair, buy a thin, teeny round brush for blow drying so you can pull off this French girl flick.

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Laura Dern's Gravity-Defying Swoosh

Saved the best for last: behold the swoopiest of swoopy bangs. Flick your hair back from your face when you're blow drying and then spritz with some hair spray for this gravity-defying hair.

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