Give your long haircut movement and sophistication with side-swept bangs.
A long hairstyle with side bangs has just the right combination of classic and unexpected elements to make it chic and streetwise. Whether on long or mid-length hair, side bangs can completely change the shape of your face. Let's take a look at some of our favourite long haircuts with side bangs and decide if this is a must-try style for the next season.
What are side bangs?
Instead of being parted in the middle, side bangs involve a side part (roughly in line with one of your eyes) and a sweeping section of hair that covers a large part of the forehead, usually skimming the brows. Side bangs, aka side fringe, can be cut thick or thin depending on your hair type and face shape.
Will side bangs look good on me?
First up, if you have rebellious, flyaway or curly hair, any kind of bangs – while not impossible – are going to add styling time in the morning. Another aspect to consider is your face shape. Luckily, there is a version of side bangs to suit every shape! Here are some examples...
Long, layered haircuts with side bangs
. Tapered long side bangs: Square-shaped faces look great with long bangs that gradually lengthen down the sides, subtly blending into a long layered haircut. This style is also very easy to grow out, if you ever feel like trying something new.
. Thick side bangs and full waves: Thick side bangs are great for round-shaped faces, especially when cut at a sharp angle, as they give the face a more angular look. They can also help shorten the appearance of a long-shaped face.
. Faux side bangs with layers: You don't actually have to have your hair cut into bangs to work the side-bangs look. Fake it by taking a front section of hair, positioning it as if it were a side bang, across the face, tucking and pinning it under the rest of the hair.
. Updo with layered side bangs: Think long, wispy bangs that frame your face while the rest of your hair is styled into an elegant updo, or even a chic low ponytail.
Long bob haircuts with side bangs
. Cute feathered side bangs: Do you have a heart-shaped face? A long bob with soft, feathery side bangs will reduce the appearance of your forehead and balance the face's overall proportions.
. Layered side bangs and bob: A voluminous tousled bob with layered side bangs is an ultra modern, laid back and easy to manage style. Just a small amount of the Tecni.ART Architexture paste will give the hair lasting yet reworkable texture and body.
. Side bangs or sideswept? Another "cheat" technique for side bangs with a bob is to simply sweep the hair forward and across the face, setting in place with a natural-feel hairspray like the Infinium 3 hairspray and a hairclip or two.
. Super sleek bangs or comb-over: Ultra-glossy hair is having a revival at the moment. Show you're on track with hairstyle trends by combing your side bangs/front section of hair into a polished, frizz-free style (top tip: wet look gel works wonders).
How to care for side bangs
Once you've found the ideal length and thickness for your side bangs, you'll have to make regular visits (every 2-4 weeks) to get them trimmed.
Aside from that, avoid over-washing which can lead to hair becoming more greasy and sticking to your forehead. Instead, use a dry shampoo (which also gives great volume) or – if oil from your skin means your bangs get greasy quickly - simply wash your bangs separately in a sink and dry with a round barrel brush.
Side bangs; a simple but effective way to give yourself a whole new look!