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If youre like me, you grew up believing your head of curly hair meant you could never wear bangs. You spent years dreaming of fringe and all the hairstyles youd never get to try. And then, if youre really like me, you cut them yourself and spent two full years growing them back out. Heres the thing: Despite all that, whoever told me curly-haired girls cant get bangs was lying.

In fact, there are so many different (and absolutely rad) ways to wear bangs with curly hair. Think Stevie Nicks, Dilone, and Georgia May Jagger. But the cut will change your styling process, so in order to understand everything you need to know post-chop, we reached out to a few of our hairstylist favorites—Ryan Richman, Justine Marjan, Bryce Scarlett, Laurie Heaps, and Holly Mills.Below, find 38 great, expert-approved styles of curly hair with bangs.

Curly Pixie with Fringe

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This cut breaks all the curly hair "rules," which is exactly why we love it so much. This super short pixie with piece-y spiral fringe is edgy and fun. "If you have a specific length you want to keep up," Heaps says, "you will need to be on a trim schedule and see your stylist every four to six weeks (depending on how fast your hair grows). Many salons will offer free bang trims in between haircut appointments as well—so be sure to ask your stylist."

Mid-Length Shag with Longer Bangs

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A mid-length shag is ideal for a curly texture with slightly longer bangs that graze the eyebrows. "Like the rest of your curly hair," Scarlett says, "the key to taking care of your bangs is a good air-dry. Moroccanoils Treatment Light ($34) is great for curls because its light and doesnt weigh down your hair but continues to give you volume."

Curtain Fringe


If your hair is on the wavier side, you can rock some curtain fringe parted down the middle. Georgia May Jaggers bangs almost graze the jawline.

All-Over Ringlets

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Zendayas full head of spiraling ringlets is accented with equally curly bangs. "Ask your stylist to cut your bangs dry, while your hair holds the texture you normally wear," Richman recommends. "You can always cut them a little shorter, but theres no going back if youve gone too short."

Modern Mullet


This top-heavy style is a truly current take on the mullet. Once a relic of the 80s, todays mullets are full of volume and couldnt be trendier.

Wet-Look Bob

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Fringe doesnt always have to be straight across the forehead. Rihannas wet-look bob features a few shorter pieces that hit around the apples of her cheeks, adding dimension to a mostly single-length cut.

Side Fringe

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Side-swept bangs, like Sandra Oh is rocking here, are a bit easier to manage than the kind that cuts straight across. No matter the style youre going for, Scarlett says, "The key to curly bangs is to start cutting them very long—to your cheekbones at a minimum. Then, reassess as you go and watch where your natural curl falls."

Seamless Layers


We love these short, choppy bangs paired with "seamless layers," which add so much life to previously limp curls. Marjan suggests spritzing a shine serum and scrunching it into your hair if your strands tend to be lackluster. We love Kiehls Silk Groom Serum ($37).

Lifted Roots

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Rita Oras lifted roots and dramatically curled side bangs have an old Hollywood starlet vibe. If you dont have naturally curly hair, you can achieve this look with a curling iron and some hairspray for a special occasion.

Afro-Textured Bangs


There really is no limit when it comes to bangs. If you have super curly or afro-textured bangs, you can absolutely rock a fringe, and it looks amazing. This full, voluminous cut gets a boost from well-placed balayage highlights.

Vintage Pin-Curl Waves

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Janelle Monaes fluffy waves have a vintage pin curl effect. We love the soft waves rippling over her forehead, and the round, cloud-like shape the hair takes as it moves out from her head.

Choppy Ringlets

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Wispy blonde ringlets and lifted roots give Jasmine Sanders a cool, choppy appearance. Add some grit to your curls with a texturing spray like Oribes Dry Texturizing Spray ($49) scrunched into wet or damp strands.

Loads of Layers

Short, choppy layers like Sarah Hyland has here can create the illusion of side bangs without the effort involved in styling.

Baby Bangs

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Yara Shahidis baby bangs and curly lob are so trendy yet timeless. Be prepared to finesse your bangs: "If theres one curl or piece of hair out of place, just touch it up with a curling iron to get the curls going in the right direction," Mills suggests. "I would advise doing this on a medium setting, depending on how good you are with an iron—dont forget you are super close to your face."

Micro Spirals

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Kerry Washingtons micro-curls look so good with bangs. "It is important to note how your curls naturally fall from day to day," Heaps says. "If a client has a lot of cowlicks, this can make styling fringe more of a challenge."

Barely There Bangs

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FKA Twigs barely there baby bangs are not for the faint of heart, but theyre oh so cool. Wispy curls frame the top of her forehead, while the rest of her curls are piled up in a choppy updo.

Windswept Fringe

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Lily Collins windswept bangs almost seem like a fruitful style accident, but truthfully a lot of effort likely went into getting them to look that way. Marjan breaks it down: "Diffuse your dry hair with the diffuser attachment on the GHD Air Professional Performance Hairdryer ($199) if its necessary to style. Diffuse the front strands forward so they hang on the face, and, when ready, cut each curl individually."

Beachy Bangs

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For a beachy take on curly bangs, take a page from Lizzos book. Her bangs have a slight wave to them that mirrors the loose curls cascading past her shoulders. Sun-kissed balayage adds even more vacation vibes.

Artsy Triangle Hair


This is what the stylists at Mousey Browne Salon in Brooklyn, New York call the "deliberate triangle." The dreaded "triangle hair" is often whispered about like a warning among those with curly hair, but heres proof that you can do it on purpose and have it look great.

Finger Waves

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Finger waves are a gorgeous way to cheat curls on a super short pixie cut. Rowan Blanchards take features a delicate face-framing curl that both serves to get her bangs off of her face and adds to the vintage splendor of her look.

Supersize Curls

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Trends be damned—Natasha Lyonne is pretty much always sporting signature big curls and wavy fringe. To get the curly bangs of your dreams at the salon, Marjan says: "Have your stylist hold the end of the curl and gradually cut with the shears facing downward (as they slowly open and close their shears) so the ends are lighter. This will give a more defined curl pattern that isnt too heavy around your face."

Pseudo Bangs

Not ready to commit to the upkeep that comes with curly bangs? Fake them by pulling your hair up into a tight ponytail with the ends of the curls positioned just over your forehead like fringe.

Fluffy Bangs

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Tracee Ellis Ross fluffed-up bangs contrast so well with her slicked-back bun. To achieve this look, youll need to straighten your hair and have lots of gel and hairspray on hand to keep your strands in place. As far as the bangs go, the curlier, the better!

Curly with Straight Bangs

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Channel the early 00s with a more modern take on straight bangs paired with a curly base. Maisie Williams fun pink color and dark shadowed roots add some edge.

Super Long Shag

This super-long shag cut has adorable bangs that curl out slightly from the face. "Aim for two inches longer than you think, then work up to shorter lengths if you need to (as curly hair shrinks into itself and bounces up when cut)," says Marjan.

Center-Parted Fringe

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The center part is trending, for good reason. Its both modern and retro, and as Tessa Thompson shows us, it can absolutely work for curly hair as well as straight. We love her brow-grazing fringe and layered ends.

Messy, Textured Bangs

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Juno Temples full head of curls with choppy bangs has loads of texture. The key to keeping your bangs in tip-top shape between washes, according to Scarlett, is using a curl refreshing spray, which "will also not weigh them down, and gives them new life come morning." We recommend Ouidads Botanical Boost Curl Energizing & Refreshing Spray ($22).

Grown-Out Fringe


This ash-brown ombré by stylist Cherin Choi features gorgeous, grown-out 70s fringe that frames the clients face and melds seamlessly into the layered waves tumbling over her shoulders.

Cascading Short Fringe

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A close-cropped pixie cut with short, curly bangs that cascade across the forehead in layers from shortest to longest looks so flirty and youthful on actor Joey King. A lightweight mousse like DevaCurls Frizz-Free Volumizing Foam ($28) can add lift and shape without leaving behind a crunchy cast.

"Keep in mind where you live," Richman notes. "If you live in a wet or humid environment, take that into consideration as climate can alter the shape of your curls. Its best to discuss how your curl pattern changes with your stylist."

Geometric Curls

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Solanges edgy curls have a wide, geometric shape with a section lifted at the crown for a totally 80s vibe that works beautifully with her natural hair. We especially love the microbangs framing her forehead.

Circular Bob

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Were not exactly sure how to describe Alison Bries short, curly do. Rounded bob? Hip version of a bowl cut? Either way, her perfect ringlets paired with smudged black eyeliner are totally sultry and cool.

Betty Boop Bangs

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Alia Shawkats Betty Boop bangs require minimal styling and look so cute with a simple oversized bow tied around the crown. No matter your length, Richman suggests a lightweight primer with thermal protection if your hair is prone to damage. He recommends using the Paul Mitchell Neuro Prime ($31) and twisting the curls with your finger before using a diffuser.

Tight Curls with Fringe


These tight, layered red curls get the bang treatment thanks to the stylists at Mousey Browne. The key to most successful curly cuts, including this one, is the dry cut technique. Look for a hairstylist who will work on dry hair, when your curls are at their truest length.

Razor Bangs

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We hope to have more than proven by now that you do not need to straighten your bangs by any means. But Kat Grahams cute, razored fringe with long ombré waves is a fun, modern take on the straight bangs/curly body contrast.

Long S-Shaped Fringe

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Take a page from Ilana Glazers book and embrace your texture on slightly longer bangs. "You may find you need to restyle your bangs in the morning even though you didnt wash your hair," says Richman. "Wet them carefully and pat dry with an Aquis Lisse Luxe Hair Turban ($30) as its less harmful than a cotton towel (it leaves the cuticle smoother as your hair dries)."

Curly Faux Hawk

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Storm Reids curly faux hawk is such a unique way to style medium-length or long curls. The choppy fringed pieces at the front create longer bangs that fall just past her eyebrows.

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