40 Best Medium Length Hairstyles With Bangs To Try In 2023
Embrace the modern look with some trendy and chic bangs to transform your look!
Sometimes short hair seems too short for comfort, and long hair seems like too much of a hassle to manage daily. And that is why shoulder-level hair is the best hair length. If you want to jump on this bandwagon, we suggest starting with medium-length hairstyles with bangs. Hair that reaches the shoulder level or 3-4 inches below is called medium-range hair. Medium-length hair allows you to change your look and accentuate your facial features with layers, feathered ends, or wispy tips. But adding in bangs transforms your look completely. Bangs can take you from plain Jane to sexy Norah in a matter of minutes. Keep reading to learn how to select the best bangs for your face shape. Then, scroll down for some creative suggestions to style your medium-length hair with bangs.
- Get your bangs trimmed every two to three weeks to maintain their length and fresh look.
- Messy looks need to look voluminous. So, if you have thin or fine hair, you can apply some dry shampoo to your scalp before doing these hairstyles.
- Doing your parting on the same side of your scalp every time may weaken the roots in the parted section of the hair. Therefore, make sure to keep switching the sides of side-swept bangs regularly.
In This Article
How To Choose Bangs According To The Shape Of Your Face
- Round Face
If your face is circular and the fullest parts of your face are the cheeks, you have a round face. Most women with a round face, have small faces because the width of their cheeks is longer than the length of their face. If you have a round face, an arching straight full fringe that falls just below the eyebrows adds softness and complements the face structure. Deep side bangs also work.
Celebrity hair expert and beauty entrepreneur Richard Morrill suggests, “Add a little texture to the bang via thinning shears or a little pomade.”
- Square Face
If your jawline and cheekbones are equal in width while your forehead is narrow, you have a square face. Your jawline will be box-ish. The width and length of your face are equal.
Keep your bangs straight and just below the eyebrows. Straight bangs that are feathered in the center create an even look and accentuate your face. Find a stylist that you can book every 3 weeks to keep them perfect.
- Diamond Face
If your jawline is pointy, you have a diamond face. Your cheeks are the fullest part of your face while your forehead and jawline are narrow and almost similar in width. Long side-swept bangs go well with this face shape.
Richard Morrill adds “If you have a forward growing hair pattern use a little spray underneath the bang to elevate it away from your eyes.”
- Oval Face
This face shape is almost egg-like. The face is long, but the cheeks are the widest parts. The jawline and forehead are the narrowest parts of the face. All bangs look great on an oval face.
- Heart-Shaped Face
Though the forehead is the fullest part of this face shape, it narrows towards the top. This face shape also gradually tapers as it reaches the chin. Arched side-swept bangs that are longer at the sides look amazing on heart-shaped faces.
- Inverted Triangle Face
The forehead is the widest part of this face shape. Side-swept bangs, side bangs, feathered front bangs, and deep side-swept bangs look great on this face shape. Blunt or baby bangs might not go well with it. Especially the ones that have a widow’s peak or a dominant cowlick.
- Triangle Face
The jawline is the widest part of this face shape while the forehead narrows near the hairline. You need to focus on softening the jawline and drawing attention to the forehead. Layered bobs, fringed bangs, choppy layers, and long hair with layers beginning at the temples are the most flattering styles. The whole point is to make your cheeks and forehead appear wider to make your facial structure look more balanced.
- Long Face
The length of this face shape is greater than its width, which means that the jaw and the forehead are long. If you have a long face, short bangs are a no-no as they will draw attention to your forehead. Try long bangs with either a full center or swept to one side, and we promise you will look amazing.
“Try not to wear your bangs puffy with a longer face. Remember you’re trying to minimize the length of your face,” Richard Morrill advises.
- Large Forehead
If you have a high forehead, full side-swept bangs are the way to go. Let the bangs start near your eyebrows and taper as they reach the sides of your face. To finish the look, put a little hairspray on your finger tips and glide the hair over your eye socket to help the hair stay styled back.
- Short Forehead
If you have a short forehead, consider getting a sloped fringe that is longer on one side. It is a deeply swept side fringe. Make sure to keep a minimal amount of bangs, maybe of ½ inch width (12mm).
Having bangs is not a joke. You have to take the commitment seriously if you want them looking lively at all times. Here are a few tips to get your fringe game on.
How To Decide If You Want To Get Bangs
If you’re in two minds about getting bangs, here are a few tips to help you:
- You’ll need to style your bangs every morning. Bangs that are not styled right can look bad.
- They need to be trimmed every 2-3 weeks.
- Be aware of your hair texture as it will help you understand what kind of bangs you want.
- You will need to wash your bangs every alternate day.
Now that you’re ready to commit to bangs, here are the different types you can choose from.
Different Types Of Bangs
- Blunt Bangs
These are thick front bangs that are cut in one length. They look great on oval and oblong faces. The best length for these bangs is just grazing the eyebrows.
You need to keep in mind that blunt bangs are high maintenance. Richard Morrill, a cosmetologist who started the first line of biodegradable hair care products, offers his expert tip on this, “Blow dry straight down, only turn the end with a round brush when you need your bangs re-cut. Looks more modern without the bend.”
- Tapered Bangs
These are bangs that vary in length. If you have front bangs, they can be short at the center and gradually increase in length on the sides. They can also be choppy, like a mix of short and long.
- Side-Swept Bangs
Side-swept bangs are bangs that are all swept to one side. These bangs look amazing with short curly hair. If you are considering a pixie haircut, try this hairstyle. If you have a round or heart-shaped face, this is the style for you.
- Side Bangs
These are bangs that loosely drop to the sides. They help in making a face appear slim. If you have a round face, these are a good option for you. Side bangs are also great plan B, if you don’t like straight across bangs.
While not many women go for curly bangs, they are incredible and the best way to show off your curls. If you have a broad forehead or a round face, consider these bangs. The coils make your face look slim and conceal the complete length of your forehead. These bangs look great on square faces as well.
For all the women out there who love to do things on their own, here are a few methods to cut your own bangs. The first time might not deliver the best results, but remember – practice makes perfect.
How To Cut Your Bangs
Before we start, here’s a helpful tip – never cut bangs when your hair is wet. Wet hair is longer than dry hair. So, when you cut your hair wet, you might miscalculate the length and end up with shorter bangs. Therefore, cut your bangs when your hair is dry and then wet it before you style it. Make sure you keep your eyebrows relaxed to calculate the length correctly.
The primary difference between cutting side and front bangs is the angle at which you cut your hair and how you shape your hair.
- Bangs Cut At An Angle
Comb the front part of your hair outwards and cut it diagonally from inside to the outside. This will bevel the ends as well.
- Bangs Cut Straight
This is pretty simple. Comb your hair and then cut it straight across.
There are quite a few ways that you can cut your bangs like a pro. Here are a few of them!
How To Cut Your Bangs
Things You Will Need
- A rat tail comb
- A pair of hair cutting scissors
- Elastic bands
For Straight Bangs
If you want a full center bang, pick up a triangular section from the front portion of your hair using a rat tail comb. Cut it evenly. If you want them tapered, cut the section just below your eyebrows and increase the length as you reach your ears. If you have a larger head don’t section too far back towards the crown. You can always add more.
For Side Bangs
The best way to create a side parting is to make sure its aligned with your eyebrow. That way, when you cut your hair, it is adequately cut and not messy and all over the place. Once you’ve created the parting, begin cutting the rest of the fringe a little longer, giving it a tapered look.
If you don’t want to cut your lovely locks but still want to try bangs, don’t worry! You have two good options.
With the entrance of hair extensions comes the entry of the bang extensions. These are basically clip-on bangs.
All you have to do is simply clip the bang extensions into your hair.
Richard Morrill adds, “A helpful tip is to spray or tease the section you’re going to clip the bang to. Hate to see your bangs fall out during dinner.”
Don’t feel like cutting your hair but want bangs?
We have got the perfect solution for you! You can use extensions or merely try faux bangs.
- You’ll need elastic bands, pins or clips, and (depending on how you want the bangs to look) a curler.
- First, tie your hair in a high ponytail.
- Pull the top section of the ponytail (one-third of the ponytail that will make the bangs) towards your forehead and use some pins to fix it in position. This is the point in the style where you can make your bangs long or shorter.
- Roll the remainder of the ponytail into a messy or sleek bun.
- Fluff up your front hair to give it the perfect faux bang look.
The key to having good bangs is to take good care of them. Yes, just like the rest of your hair, your bangs need to be maintained. Here are the best tips to maintain your bangs so they look flawless.
How To Maintain Bangs
- Wash your bangs regularly. You don’t have to wash your entire hair when doing so. Your bangs can collect dirt and become greasy faster than the rest of your hair. Wash them every alternate day with a shampoo that works well for your hair.
- Trim your bangs regularly to keep them looking great.
- Watch your bangs when you moisturize your face. Make sure you don’t get any cream on your hair. The ingredients you use to moisturize your face might not be suitable for your hair. They can also make your bangs get greasy faster.
- Always remember that the best bangs in town start with them completely wet.
Now that you know how to choose, cut, and maintain your bangs, here are 40 wonderful medium length hairstyles with bangs. Read on to pick your favorites!
40 Incredible Medium Length Hairstyles With Bangs
1. Loose Curls Lob With Side-Swept Bangs
When in doubt, always opt for side-swept bangs no matter your face shape. The bangs here have been side-swept and the ends have been combed backward to frame the face. Style your hair in loose big curls to add volume, and you are good to go! If you want to add a spice of color to your locks, a light brown shade like caramel is perfect.
2. Side-Swept Bangs With Straight Hair
A neat hairstyle for the ones who detest their fringe grazing over their eyes. Apply a bit of hairstyling foam to your fringe and comb them to the side. Blow dry your bangs to secure the look. The side-swept bangs with straight hair and ends combed in, exude a gentle poise look perfect for formal gatherings. The inward layers and ends accentuate the jawline and neck.
3. Baby Bangs With Wavy Hair
The baby bangs slightly conceal a large or wide forehead. This hairstyle complements heart and diamond face shapes the most as it helps divert attention from the forehead and sharp jawline. It also suits oblong faces as it takes away from length from your face. You can add subtle yet shiny dirty blonde highlights to bring out a playful and bohemian look.
4. Choppy Bangs With High Ponytail
Choppy bangs with layers and a high ponytail can be your new hairstyle if you love a casual yet chic look. This is a modern Westernized take on hime bangs. It is ideal for sharp face shapes like square and diamond as it softens any harsh lines and features like a pointed jawline or boxed cheekbones. The messy strands create a nonchalant look that you can bookmark for casual occasions.
5. Fringe With Side Bangs And Low Ponytail
The low ponytail with layers and choppy bangs is an elegant and sophisticated hairstyle for formal events. A great hairdo if you have high cheekbones and a sharp jawline, it helps soften the bold features and create a smooth balance. The blonde balayage blends smoothly, giving off a girl-next-door vibe.
6. Curtain Bangs With Layers
A fail-proof hairstyle to opt for this season. The haircut carries a sophisticated and chic look that goes with any season or occasion. It is a humble hairstyle that never goes wrong or out of style. Curtain bangs are a godsend for with wide foreheads and cheeks.
7. Curls With Curtain Side Bangs
Blonde tresses with long curtain bangs are one stunning face-framing hairstyle that you can don no matter your face shape. A smooth balayage styled in big loose curls gives a voluminous and lush look.
8. Half Updo With Wispy Bangs
This half updo hairstyle, along with the wispy bangs, creates a soft aesthetic that is ideal for casual gatherings. This look can be achieved in a few minutes. The subtle bangs help partially conceal a wide forehead, and the long straight strands further elongate the face.
9. Dual Tone Bangs
A great hairdo if you love experimenting with different styles and like to go beyond the conventional. This half-and-half toned feathered bangs complement warm undertones and is ideal for anyone who is looking to revamp their usual haircut.
10. 70s Blonde Hair With Bangs
If you are someone who loves staying true to their old soul, then this vintage hairdo is perfect for you. The platinum blonde hue with uneven bangs and layers creates a stunning voluminous look that complements most face shapes. In addition, the ends brushed inwards accentuate the jawline and neck.
11. Feathered Bangs With Pigtails
Time to bring out your cutesy personality! These humble pigtails with feathered bangs are one of the most suitable hairstyles for all face shapes. It helps create a symmetrical appearance that draws attention to your facial features and jawline while softening the facial curves. Emulate the quick hairstyle by braiding the hair in two equal sections and gently ruffling the bangs to create a disheveled casual look.
12. Blunt Bangs With High Bun
Bring a little color to your hair and life (pun intended) with this vibrant red top knot with blunt bangs. It is an easy and fun way to upgrade your style quotient without going overboard. The red shade is best suited for pale skin tones, and the high bun adds height to your face shape, making it ideal for small or wide face shapes.
13. Long Curtain Bangs With Subtle Waves
A minimalist hairstyle that speaks confidence, long curtain bangs with subtle waves are such a statement look. It definitely makes heads turn. Whether you belong to the soft girl aesthetic or want to showcase a dark feminine energy, this hairstyle will do justice to all your personas.
14. Curtain Fringe With Half Updo
An elegant yet girly hairdo, this curtain fringe, half updo hairstyle looks gorgeous on an oval face shape and can cover a broad forehead. Recreate this stunning red carpet look by backcombing the crown with a subtle pouf, gently parting the bangs, and clipping hair in the back.
15. Hippie Hair With Bangs
Time to bring back the hair trend that took the 70s by storm. Instantly level up your hairstyle with a sequined headband to your grown out medium hair. This gives you a hippie, boho vibe that screams laid back. The headband and curtain bangs come together to accentuate your facial features.
16. Blunt Bangs With Shaggy Hair
The shag haircut paired with blunt bangs create a wonderful voluminous look. This modish hairstyle guarantees to bring a youthful charm to the table and is one that is suitable for the majority of age groups. Slightly ruffle the strands and use a texturizing spray to further empathize the look.
17. Front Bangs With Prominent Curls
Time to switch from minimalist hairstyles to prominent heavy curls with front bangs that speak louder than bombs. The voluminous hairdo in itself is an accessory to flaunt and ensure you make a statement no matter where you go.
18. Side-Swept Bangs With Beehive Hairstyle
A stunning hairstyle that adds height to your profile, making it ideal for round faces. The beehive hairdo with deep side-swept bangs and combed crown adds dimension to the face and creates a slim illusion. Oozing sophistication and poise, you can mimic this look for formal nights and instantly impress the audience.
19. Deep Side-Swept Bangs With High Ponytail
Pinned side-swept bangs with high ponytail and subtle curls at the bottom – nothing speaks barbiecore more than this hairdo. The hair strands cascade in a gentle manner and accentuate the long neckline, while the high ponytail adds height to the face to support an oval or round face shape.
20. Thick Curtain Bangs With Half Updo
Never miss the chance to have your own princess moment and that is the exact energy this look exudes. Style your thick curtain bangs with a half updo for a muted, elegant hairstyle, which hits just the right notes. The soft hairdo draws attention to the slim neckline while the slightly parted bangs ensure to cover a wide forehead to create balance.
21. Messy Wavy Hair With Bangs
Messy wavy hair looks incredible. It is perfect for those hot summer days. The lightly feathered bangs along with wavy hair draw the attention to your eyes. They cover your forehead and cheekbones, making your face look smaller than it is. If you have a round or heart-shaped face, these bangs will look great on you. The light color tones at the ends lend it a sunkissed look and make the jawline look slim.
22. Big Waves With Front Bangs
Wavy hair looks voluminous and luscious. The ashy colors in this hairstyle also make it look full and lush. The frontal bangs cover the height of the forehead, while the split in the center shows just enough of the forehead to make it appear wide instead of large. The dark to light ombre is the best for framing the face. Pay close attention to the taper of the edge of the bang over the outer eye socket. This transition piece makes for a versatile bang.
23. Long Side-Swept Bangs
This hairstyle is simple but classic. Long side-swept bangs with medium length hair look good on all face shapes. If you have a broad forehead or wide cheeks, the long side bangs can cover them up, giving your face a slim look. Adding lighter colors to your darker hair (and vice versa) is a great way to showcase your natural hair and also give definition to your facial features. This is a great style when you have to wear your hair in a pony a lot.
24. The Emo Look With Deep Side-Swept Bangs
This grunge hairdo works the best for teens and young adults. The deep side bangs and straight layers make this hairstyle the perfect emo look for blonde locks. Deep side bangs make the cheeks appear smaller than they are, while the layers soften and elongate the jawline. The dark, smokey eyeshadow totally ups the dramatic effect. This bang also works well on a tiny forehead.
25. Side-Swept Bangs With A Long Bob
The lob is one of the most highly coveted hairstyles of this day and age. But if you have a circular or large face, consider getting bangs with this hairdo. Deep side-swept bangs help make your face look slender and long. They also draw attention to your eyes. This bang is considered very low maintenance which is a big draw to this beautiful look.
26. Feathered Bangs With Straight Hair
Eye-grazing front bangs are the best. These bangs make a long face look small and proportionate, and keep the focus on the eyes, cheekbones, and mouth. Straight hair accentuates the face-framing effect of these bangs. If you have a chiseled jawline, this hairstyle will showcase it well.
27. Side Bangs With A Low Bun
This low bun with side bangs is perfect for formal events. Detangle your hair entirely and tie it in a low ponytail, leaving the side bangs to fall freely. Using a curling iron or a straightener, curl your hair (bangs included). You want the curls to be light curls and not tight ringlets. Place a chignon bun maker just above the ponytail and start pinning sections of hair over it. Make sure the bun maker is the same color as your hair. If you have a round or heart-shaped face, the side bangs will slim your face down, and if you have a square or rectangular face, the side bangs soften the lines of the face.
28. Asymmetrical Hair
This textured haircut is all the rage right now. One side of your hair is cut shorter than the other. You can decide how short and how long you want your hair to be. This hairstyle adds dimension to your face. The long natural side-swept bangs slim down the face and bring lateral attention to the face, focusing on the eyes, eyebrows, and mouth. The height added by the hair at the top of your head makes your face look longer.
29. Side Bangs With A High Bun
A high bun updo and simple side bangs come together to create a lovely look. Roll your hair into a high bun or try an exquisite bun updo to amp up this look. The side bangs frame the face well and soften a harsh facial outline. This hairstyle makes your forehead appear small and keeps the focus on your eyes. Add tendrils to this style by pulling small pieces of hair out from around your ear, softening the face even more.
30. Front Bangs With A Half Ponytail
This hairstyle is easy to do. Comb some hair from the front and sides, hold it at the center of your head, and push it up and pin it in place. When you push it up, the hair on top creates a slight pouf, which adds length to your face. The front eyebrow-grazing bangs with long sides frame the face well by drawing attention to the eyes and jawline.
31. Half Top-Knot With Center Bangs
If you are tired of your front bangs simply falling on your forehead, try parting the bangs at the center to make them look like side front bangs. The half top-knot is a perfect ready-for-work hairstyle that is suitable for all face shapes. A textured ombre can give this style an earthy feel of elegance.
32. Fishtail Braid With Curled Bangs
Bangs aren’t limited to the straight kind alone. Play around with them. These side-swept bangs curled at the end are a perfect example of how to style your bangs. If you have a diamond or square face, make sure your side-swept bangs are long so that the curls fall near the jawline. Instead of a regular braid, try this fantastic fishtail braid that is easier to do than it looks.
Richard Morrill suggests, “Curl your hair before you finish styling. This will thicken up your fishtail and make it easier to see which pieces of hair to leave down as bangs.”
33. Low Pouf Pony With Swept Bangs
Bangs and low ponytails go very well together. Comb your hair and push it up a little before tying it tightly into a low ponytail. The push creates a pouf at the top, which adds a creative turn to the simple ponytail. The color accentuates the texture of your hair. The side-swept bangs add elegance to the whole look while also focusing on the cheekbones and eyes. You can wrap your own hair around your ponytail holder to make the look a little more dressy.
34. Side Bangs With Layers
If you have high cheekbones, this hairstyle is a great way to flaunt them. The layers soften your face and make it look longer than it is. The light colors add texture to your hair and frame your face nicely. If you’re considering coloring your hair, try two shades lighter or darker than your original hair color as it will make your eye color pop.
[ Read: How To Pick The Right Hair Color For Your Skin Tone ]
35. Side-Swept Bangs With Big Soft Curls
If you’re bored of your shoulder length straight hair, this hairstyle is a great way to spruce things up. It is incredible how some subtle color and curls can add life to your hair. Yes, color your bangs! It will make your eyes pop. That tilt at the end gives this look a whole new vibe. If you have a long face, the deep side-swept bangs will make your face look short and proportioned. Notice this dual toned golden amber. Helps make every curl have a life of its own.
36. Curly Hair And Bangs
Embrace your curls! Curly bangs look great on all face shapes, but fine-textured curly bangs might not look that great on round or large faces. You may want to consider adding more hair to your bangs if your bangs are thin and frizzy. Dont cut them too short as you need the weight to help control the frizz.
37. Blunt Bangs With Layers
Thick blunt bangs falling on your forehead will look great on oval and long faces. If you have a round face or a heart-shaped face, stay away. These thick bangs take the attention away from the forehead and focus on the cheeks. The shag haircut and light ends make your face appear pointy at the jawline, giving it a chiseled look.
38. Deep Side-Swept Bangs With A Textured Cut
If you have straight hair, there are so many ways you can spruce up your look. Deep side-swept bangs are not only simple to do but can also change your look completely. These bangs focus on the eyes and jawline. If you have a long forehead, these bangs will cover it. Blunt haircuts don’t suit round faces, but adding highlights can help in redefining your face. When styling your bangs try curling all your hair in a larger clump. This will help blend any blunt edge.
39. Wavy Bangs With Curly Ends
Nothing adds more pizzazz to bangs than waves. Change your entire look with this lush curly ends hairstyle. It adds volume to your hair, which, in turn, makes your face look smaller than it is. The bangs draw attention to the jawline. This is a great way to soften existing curtain bangs.
40. Colored Bangs With Layers
Adding color to your bangs can help redefine your facial structure. You can go for something simple like a hair color that is two shades lighter or darker than your natural hair color. But if you like bold looks, try this monochrome look. The bangs here are tapered, which attracts focus to the eyes and cheekbones. The colored layers soften the jawline and give it a more squarish appearance. The face framing with the bangs darker than the top really adds a lot of movement and youthful spark.
Infographic: Cool Facts About Bangs
Well, it is indeed amazing to sport medium-length hairstyles with bangs. Not only can you style them in different ways every day, but you can also prevent hair damage. Although bangs demand high maintenance, they are worth the effort. So, if you have made up your mind to sport one of these hairstyles, you will be glad to learn some amazing facts about bangs too.
Check out the infographic below and learn some interesting trivia about bangs!
To perfectly pair your medium-length hair with bangs, you need to consider your face shape. Some bang styles work better with certain face shapes than others. However, if you have an oval face shape, all bang styles suit your face shape. Scroll up to figure out which bangs style suits your face shape, and select your favorite medium-length hairstyle with bangs from the list. And if you really feel adventurous, you can also try cutting your own bangs. But follow the instructions properly to avoid any mishaps. And if you want to try bangs but don’t want to cut your tresses, you can try the faux bangs look. And remember always wet to dry, not damp to dry when blowing your bangs out.