If we’re honest, we can’t remember when side-swept bangs weren’t a thing. This style of bangs is ultra-flattering, which is probably why it’s consistently been one of the most popular haircut options over the years. After all, side bangs help to frame your face and highlight your facial features without the awkward grow-out phase that comes with straight-across bangs. That said, as with any hairstyle that’s been around for what seems like forever, figuring out new ways to upgrade the look can be tricky. To help you make side-swept bangs current, we’ve rounded up eight ideas, from pinned-back to long side-swept bangs. Be prepared to get swept away.
1. Side-Swept Bangs With Long Hair
Why we love it: One of the most classic takes on this cut is side-swept bangs with long hair. In our opinion, the perfect way to add a current twist to this pairing is by rocking deep-parted, long side-swept bangs that will complement your length.
How to get the look: Use the end of a rattail comb to part your hair toward the side with your bangs. You can use the arch of your eyebrow as a guideline for where to create the deep part. To keep it in place, mist your hair with the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hairspray.
2. Lifted Side-Swept Bangs
Why we love it: We’ll always be a fan of adding volume to our hair. By lifting the root of your side-swept bangs, it will create the illusion of a more voluminous mane.
How to get the look: Spritz the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT High Lift Creation Spray onto the roots of your side bangs for instant lift.
3. Layers With Side-Swept Bangs
Why we love it: As we mentioned, side bangs alone help to highlight your facial features, but adding layers into the mix will emphasize them even more.
How to get the look: Ask your stylist for a layered haircut (and side-swept bangs) that will flatter your face shape.
4. Pinned-Back Side-Swept Bangs
Why we love it: If you want your hair out of your face, a pinned-back hairstyle is just what you need. This is an effective way to style long side-swept bangs in a pinch.
How to get the look: Pin your bangs behind your ear with a bobby pin or trendy hair clip.
5. Bob With Side-Swept Bangs
Why we love it: Short hair can often seem limiting since you don’t have as much hair to work with. That said, side-swept bangs with short hair are the perfect way to add a bit of texture to a bob haircut without resorting to ultra-short layers.
How to get the look: Turn to your hairdresser for this one. You can ask for longer side-swept bangs that blend into the length of your bob cut or opt for shorter strands.
6. Sleek Side-Swept Bangs
Why we love it: This slick look is edgy and super polished. Not to mention, it’ll help keep your side bangs from straying midday (or night).
How to get the look: Straighten your mane with a flat iron. Then, squeeze a small amount of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Clean Style Gel onto your fingertips. Apply the gel to your side bangs, slicking them backward and tucking them behind your ear. Add more gel as necessary to finish your sleek look.
7. Braided Side-Swept Bangs
Why we love it: Not only will braiding your side bangs keep them out of your face, but it’ll also create a super cute boho look. This hairstyle gives us groovy ‘70s hair vibes.
How to get the look: Split your side bangs into three equal strands. Then, either French or Dutch braid your bangs along your hairline, stopping just behind your ear. Secure the braid with bobby pins.
Next up: If side-swept bangs aren’t your thing, we have another option that’s hot off the presses. Click over to our article, Hairstyle Trend Alert: Curtain Bangs.