The Low-Maintenance Bang Styles That Make Changing Up Your Look Easy

If you want to experiment with your hair, then getting bangs can be a great way to go. Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to be in the middle of an identity crisis to do so — bangs can just be a fun way to add a new flair to your look. Not only are they a great face-framing tool to bring out your features, they're also a great option if you're looking to change up your look but aren't ready to chop off all your hair.


However, while bangs have long had the reputation of being high-maintenance and a pain to style on a regular basis, this is not necessarily the case for all types of fringe. If you want your hair routine to be simple and low maintenance, there are totally ways you can have some lovely fringe without having to spend extra time meticulously managing them. Here are the best types of low-maintenance bangs, and how to style them properly.

Curtain bangs are universally flattering

Soft and feminine, curtain bangs made waves in the 1960s, popularized by Brigitte Bardot. These long, multi-layered bangs are parted at the middle of your forehead and hang near your cheekbones. They are universally flattering to all face shapes and hair types and can open up the eye area. "They are a simple way to elegantly frame your face when the rest of the hair is pulled up and elevate loose hairstyles with a cool shape built in," hairstylist Vernon Francois told Vogue.


If you're into the trendy shag cut, curtain bangs are a great low-maintenance addition, as they don't have to look perfect. In fact, a messy curtain bang can give your look a little extra personality. Styling-wise, it's actually better to put the round brush down. "Modern curtain bangs should lie flatter against the head and have a flowy movement versus a bouncy movement," hairstylist Jamine Rae told RealSimple.

A modern spin on side bangs

Trust us — there are new ways you can pull the side bang off without channeling the twee trend that rocked the 2010s. The benefit of side bangs is that they are a good starting point for people who don't want to fully commit to heavy bangs just yet. What's also great about side bangs is that they are compatible with all lengths of hair. Plus, if you end up not being a fan of the look, they are extremely easy to pull back or grow out seamlessly.


When it comes to maintenance, you have two options: blow drying or air drying. If you choose to blow dry, be sure to use a round brush. "This will keep the fringe sitting back and give a sexy movement to the hair," hairstylist Dante Pronio told StyleCaster. As for air drying, you just need to be strategic. Place your bangs in the position you want them to dry, and be patient while avoiding too much product that can make them greasy.

Blunt bangs are not as daunting as they seem

Although they are the least low-maintenance of all the bang styles on our list, blunt bangs are not as daunting as they may seem. Thick blunt bangs hang at one length across your forehead without any wispy or feathered pieces, giving a straightforward, even look with minimal movement. Length-wise, they can range from above the eyebrows, also known as micro bangs, or right at the brow. Their vibe can range from cute and retro to edgy and bold — a perfect option if you're really trying to shake up your style. "Blunt bangs are a very flattering look for all face shapes, and a quick way to change up your look entirely in one haircut," celebrity hairstylist Andrew Fitzsimmons told InStyle.


It is ideal to get trims around every six weeks with these bad boys to avoid pesky cowlicks (and so you can actually see). As for styling, opt for a blow dryer and a round brush. You can also opt to sleep with a silk scarf so they don't get messed up while you're in bed, allowing you to wake up to your blunt bangs in the perfect place. And if your hair runs on the oiler side, dry shampoo is key.