In Defense of Side Bangs: Here's Photographic Evidence the Style Isn't Dead

Leave it to the internet to wage war on our most beloved beauty trends. First, TikTok declared the good ol' concealer triangle completely uncool. (In all fairness, we're ready to let that go, too.) But then, side parts came under fire, and with them our beloved side bangs. How can this be? Side bangs are widely accepted as the most flattering style for every face shape and forehead length, not to mention their uncanny ability to conceal overgrown roots and scraggly lengths. To put it plainly, side bangs aren't just pretty. They're useful, too.

In return for their decades of loyal service, it's only right that we step in to defend them now and take a firm stance on this polarizing subject. We're pro side bangs in this house! And we're not just being stubborn. We actually believe the classic style still has legs. But don't just take our word for it. Ahead, find 25 of our favorite examples of side bangs in all their glory. Scroll on to see the proof and prepare to recommit.

Zoë Kravitz

Zoe Kravitz  Bangs


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Kravitz's micro-bangs look so chic all the time, but especially when pushed to the side.

Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong'o Bangs



The subtle side part in Nyong'o's curly coif makes for the perfect bangs.

Lily Collins

Lily Collins Bangs



These bangs have a slight bend in them, so they look even better swept to the side.

Camila Morrone

Camila Morrone Bangs



There's nothing like a loosely curled tendril to add the most elegant touch to any hairstyle.

Kris Jenner

Kris Jenner Bangs



Jenner is the queen of the power pixie and always finishes her hair with piecey side bangs. Iconic.


Normani Bangs



This smooth side bang is giving major '90s vibes.

Dua Lipa

Dua Lips Bangs



So much yes to Lipa's pseudo-bangs. Just flip your bob to one side and you can get the look, too.

Tessa Thompson

Tessa Thompson Bangs



Thompson demonstrates how to get a similar look with box braids. Just gorgeous.

Kerry Washington

The only thing better than coily bangs is coily, side-swept bangs like Washington's.

Kate Mara

Kate Mara Bangs



Mara's new haircut is really doing it for us, especially those built-in bangs.

Rowan Blanchard

Blanchard's shaggy bangs are so perfect, even when pinned back with dainty hair clips.

Emily Ratajkowski

These vintage-looking bangs may or may not be clip-ins, but either way, they're so good.

Bella Hadid

These tousled bangs give Hadid's cropped wig some serious edge.

Cindy Crawford

These long, layered bangs are timeless.

Jasmine Sanders

Jasmine Sanders Bangs



Loose, cascading curls are so pretty, too.

Vanessa Hudgens

Here, Hudgens demonstrates how to up the ante on a sleek side-bang moment with a face-hugging bump.

Lili Reinhart

Lili Reinhart Bangs



These side bangs plus all that volume are a recipe for success.

Ashley Graham

We're living for this retro-inspired high ponytail and smooth swoop courtesy of our girl Graham. 

Michelle Williams

Side-swept beach waves are always a vibe.

Jenna Dewan

Jenna Dewan Bangs



Even with eyebrow-grazing bangs, a side-swept moment coupled with beachy waves just never gets old.

Yara Shahidi

Yara Shahidi Bangs


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Curly bangs give us life, especially when they lean to one side like Shahidi's.

Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart


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Still recovering from Stewart's undone, textured bangs. From cut to color, it's all working.


Rihanna Bangs


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Riri got it right with this mod look, complete with a flip and side swoop.

Megan Thee Stallion

Megan Thee Stallion Bangs



See? Side bangs are hot girl approved.

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus Bangs


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Cyrus's edgy texture is so cool, right down to the effortless sweep of her fringe.

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