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20 Ways to Style Bangs, Because They’re More Versatile Than You Thought


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Who else exists in a flux of wanting bangs, getting bangs, waiting for bangs to grow out, then repeat? Me, for one—and maybe you. But whether you're having second thoughts or are crazy in love enough but currently too nervous to do anything other than finger-brushing, we've got you with these 20 styling ideas.

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Rooney Mara's Side-Parted Blunt Bangs

To do this in as orderly a fashion as possible, we've tried to follow The Natural Progression of Bangs, a documentary. So here, at the figurative beginning, we've got some just-cut fringe parted on the side for a bit of a change from being worn straight down.

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Carey Mulligan's Deeper, Side-Swept Bangs

And as they grow out more, you could deepen the side parting to accommodate for length.

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Pixie Geldof's Center-Parted Pins

But even if you're still at the scissor-fresh stage, you could get them off your face with a bobby pin or two. Cute in a schoolgirl-y, Prada-y way.

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Bella Hadid's 'Clueless' Allusion

Same deal, different feel with those swingy, bouncy, Cher Horowitz lengths.

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Pixie Geldof's Hair Jewelry

See how the placement affects the look? So too does the choice of accessory, which here, match her earrings for a full, thought-out set.

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Alexa Chung's Root Lift

When they've grown out enough for a trim but you're like "nah" to booking an appointment/fed up with bang maintenance already, you can do some camouflage by injecting volume at the roots for height—and to get the ends out of your eyes.

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Chloë Grace Moretz's Curtain Bangs

And when they've gone well past the point of clear vision, create a middle part, then smoosh (technical term) toward the middle of the face as you hold onto the ends. That gives the most flattering, not-Alfalfa-ish shape.

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Olivia Palermo's Slick Headband

Or you could imagine a life unbound by bangs simply by ignoring them. With enough gel, you could incorporate the bangs into the rest of the hair, so it's like they're not even there. Top with a satin headband.

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Rihanna's Piled-On Pins

Like a more editorial look where pins create an allover helmet, RiRi's look is still plenty runway, just concentrated along the hairline.

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Chloë Grace Moretz's '90s Clips

Along with scrunchies and their ilk, those snappy little clips are back. Tuck a few along the hairline for a cheeky reference.

Claire's, $4.50


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Alison Brie's Pull-and-Twist

Apparently, there's a ton you can do with one pin. Here, take a section near the hairline, twist loosely, and insert pin bumpy side down for extra grip. Good for lightening up a grownup outfit.

Hot Tools, $3


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Sienna Miller's Glammed-Up Pull-and-Twist

For evening, why use a plain-jane bobby pin when you could use a bejeweled clip?

Urban Outfitters, $10


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Kate Hudson's Tiny Braid

At the beginning, this will really depend on your braiding skills to make sure there aren't hairs sticking out everywhere, but it'll get easier (and less bristly) as time passes.

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Kate Bosworth's Other Braid

Experiment with over/under too, and how much/little non-bang hair you bring into the plait.

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Carey Mulligan's Woven Twist

Or, if you have no braiding skills at all, simply twist, leaving some pieces out as you move toward the back of the head.

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Emma Stone's Bobby-Pin Thatch

More bobby pins! Here, they've been formed into some mathematical thingy you calculate the area for (probably), but you could do a hashtag. Because millennials.

Sta-Rite, $5


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Soko's Wet Look

Quick detour to offer this idea for bangs at pretty much any length: Wet 'em for a cool effect that pairs perfectly with evening looks.

Garnier, $3


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Soko's Greased Pompadour

Ditto, but then lift the front for a girl-boy, Outsiders vibe.

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Rooney Mara's Tiny Hair Hat!

Almost there. When your bangs are long enough to bend evenly without random hairs breaking formation, smooth everything out, fashion a curve, then glue in place with loads of hairspray.

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Sienna Miller's Crown Braids

Again, braiding skills, but maybe recruit a friend?

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