How to Air-Dry Hair, According to Stylists

Woman combing her wet hair in her bathroom.

At its simplest definition, the term "air dry" is very self-explanatory. If all you want is for your hair to dry without using a dryer, all you need to do is walk out of the shower and wait for the air to do its job. Many even consider air-drying to be a good "break" for their hair between blow drys. However, the time it takes the hair to dry, how it looks when it is dry, and even the benefit that skipping heat styling has for the hair can vary wildly depending on how you air-dry your hair.

Believe it or not, there are right and wrong ways to air-dry hair—both for the health and appearance of your hair. Additionally, the "right way" to air-dry hair may also differ from one hair type and texture to another, which only makes air-drying seem more complicated. In order to set the record straight, we turned to two hair experts, hairstylist Michelle O'Connor and trichologist Rochelle Hunter Mosley, for their advice on the best way to air-dry your hair.

Meet the Expert

  • Rochelle Hunter Mosley is a certified trichology practitioner, StyleSeat hairstylist and colorist, and the owner of Salon 804 in New York City.
  • Michelle O’Connor is a professional hairstylist and the artistic director at Matrix.

According to our experts, air-drying's main benefit is that it spares your hair from the potential heat damage caused by blow dryers. Mosley shares that textured, wavy, and curly hair are often better suited for an air-drying technique, but that these hair types do require more hair product for a successful air-dry than straight hair. According to O'Connor, air-drying is preferable if you live in warmer climates and if your hair isn’t low porosity; "Living in Miami affords me the luxury of air-drying," she says. No matter the hair type, both of our experts agree that there are certain steps you can take to ensure a successful air-dry.

Keep reading to find out how you should be air-drying your hair.

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Start With Thoroughly Cleansed Hair

The biggest concern that many people have with air-drying their hair, regardless of hair type or texture, is frizz. If you are planning on air-drying your hair you need to ensure that you thoroughly cleanse the hair in the shower, as product buildup will prevent the moisture of your conditioner or leave-in product from reaching your hair. Mosley explains that hair must be adequately moisturized to successfully air-dry and hair that has not been fully cleaned may not benefit from the effects of conditioner and leave-in products.

If you know you have a lot of product or buildup in your hair, it may be the right time to use a clarifying shampoo. These shampoos are tougher on dirt and oils but can be too harsh to use regularly on dryer hair and scalps. Depending on your hair type and the styling products you use, you may only need to clarify once a week or even once a month.

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Condition, Condition, Condition

Miracle Creator Multi-Tasking Hair Treatment Matrix Total Results Miracle Creator Multi-Tasking Hair Treatment $21.00

No matter your hair type or texture, moisture is the key to a successful air-dry (though this is especially true when air-drying curly hair). "The first step in prepping to air-dry is to ensure you have adequately conditioned. The lack of heat on your hair can often let frizz run free, and conditioning before this drying process, as well as using a leave-in conditioner, helps to lock in the moisture your hair is lacking," explains Mosley.

Start with a moisturizing conditioner in the shower and then apply a leave-in moisturizer afterward to your wet hair. Straight or wavy hair runs the risk of falling flat from air-drying, as Mosley explains that fine and straight hair often get weighed down by the water. Use less product with these hair types and try to avoid applying it to the roots. O’Connor recommends the Matrix Miracle Creator Multi-Tasking Hair Treatment as a leave-in.

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Brush or Comb Only When Wet

The number one priority while air-drying is minimizing frizz. Those with curly hair almost always only brush or comb their hair when it’s wet to avoid disrupting their curls and creating frizz. “For curly hair, avoid brushing your strands while hair is air-drying. This will loosen the curls and create uneven definition throughout the hair,” explains Mosley. O’Connor agrees, adding “curly and coily hair shouldn’t be brushed dry, especially without some type of hydrating or moisturizing aid.”

While there is often debate about whether straight hair should be brushed when wet, the rules are a bit clearer when it comes to air-drying. Once the air-drying process starts, any manipulation of the hair is going to create frizz—even touching it with your hands. O'Connor says that there should be minimal touching until the hair is at least 75 percent dry. 

Both experts also share that the type of brush or comb you use on wet hair is important. O’Connor recommends detangling brushes such as the Denman or the Felicia Leatherwood Detangler Brush, your fingers, and wide tooth combs for wet hair. Mosley recommends any Wet Brush with more flexible bristles, as this ensures no tugging for fragile strands.

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Apply the Right Styling Products

Cool Wind PH Perfect Air Dry Creme R+Co Cool Wind pH Perfect Air-Dry Creme $32.00

In a process that curly-haired people will be familiar with, you will want to apply the styling products to wet or damp hair. The right type of air-dry styling product will vary based on your hair type, as many curly products are interchangeable with air-drying or diffusing. For curly hair, O'Connor says you'll likely need a leave-in moisturizing product (as mentioned above), followed by a gel, cream, or foam.
For straight hair, it's important not to weigh the hair down with product.

When it comes to air-drying products, Mosley had several recommendations. She first recommends the R+Co Wind pH Perfect Air-Dry Creme, as she says it’s a great product for air-drying because it helps to tame frizz, hydrates, and softens for easily styling. Second, she recommends the JVN Air Dry Cream ($24) for curls and waves as it’s buildable and has a touchable hold that truly lets your natural texture come through. Finally, she says the Odele Air Dry Styler ($12) is another great leave-in conditioner that works for all hair types and is proven safe for color-treated hair.

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Only Use a Microfiber Towel

Using a microfiber towel will help to shorten your air-drying time without causing frizz. Traditional cotton towels can create more friction and are more disruptive to the hair. Mosley advises avoiding a harsh towel dry: “Rubbing your hair with a towel disrupts the hair cuticles and can lead to frizz and breakage.”

"Be sure to squeeze with a microfiber towel any excess water that may be dripping from the hair. This ensures a shortened air-drying time," explains O'Connor. Scrunching with a microfiber towel should be the last step for curly-haired folks, while those with wavy or straight hair may want to do it before applying product.

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Don't Go to Bed With Wet Hair

After all your hard work to ensure a perfect air-dry, the last thing you want to do is go to bed with your hair still wet or damp. “To ensure successful air-drying, you want to make sure that you aren’t going to bed directly after washing and conditioning,” explains O’Connor. Even if you sleep on a silk pillowcase to reduce friction, you may put dents or creases in your hair by sleeping on it before it fully dries. Additionally, you will cause frizz with any movement you make while sleeping. Make sure that if you are planning on washing your hair at night, you leave enough time for your hair to fully air-dry.


Microbiome Diet 101: How It Works, Benefits for Gut Health

plate of food

Detoxing usually involves cutting out certain food groups, but before you commit to a liquid-only diet for seven days, consider a different type of cleanse: the microbiome diet. Natural health enthusiasts swear this anti-inflammatory food plan can help with skin a host of health concerns from acne to depression by rebalancing the bacteria in your digestive system in just a few weeks—no juicing required. Read on to learn everything you need to know about the microbiome diet and whether it really works to restore your gut health.

Meet the Expert

  • Daniela Turley is a medical herbalist with practices in New York and London. Turley sits on the board of The American School of Natural Health and is a member of The American Herbalists Guild and The College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy.
  • Rachel Nazarian, MD is a board-certified dermatologist and fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology who specializes in cosmetic treatments, skin cancer, and dermatologic surgery.
  • Brigid Titgemeier, MS, RDN, LD, IFNCP is a functional medicine registered dietitian nutritionist and health advocate, on a mission to transform people’s health and change their lives through personalized nutrition. 

What is the Microbiome Diet?

The microbiome diet is a three-phase eating plan created with the goal of helping people restore gut health and lose weight. The diet was created by Raphael Kellman, MD, who developed the program based on his work with patients in his practice, the Kellman Center for Integrative and Functional Medicine. The diet was popularized by his 2014 book titled The Microbiome Diet.

Kellman is an integrative and functional medicine physician who specializes in gut health. The basic claim of Kellman's work and the microbiome diet is that eating the "right" foods will keep your gut happy, which in turn keeps the rest of your body at its best.

The microbiome in your gut is made up of bacteria and other microorganisms—trillions of them in fact—that are both “good” and “bad.” Physicians like Kellman believe that by eating certain foods and keeping the good and bad bacteria in your gut balanced, you can improve digestion, reduce inflammation, decrease anxiety, and improve brain function and mood. Kellman also claims that the diet can boost your metabolism and help with weight loss.

It's important to note that not all physicians are convinced of all of the lofty health claims made by proponents of the diet, but according to herbalist Daniela Turley, there does seem to be some good evidence supporting making such diet changes for acne.

Turley claims that frequent, painful breakouts can be due to yeast growing in unhealthy quantities throughout the digestive system: "High-sugar diets, antibiotic use, and certain diseases such as diabetes can make the gut flora more 'yeasty.'"

Turley says clients also often complain of bloating, digestive issues, lethargy, and foggy-headedness. While many naturally-minded and mainstream health pros maintain that a sensitivity to yeast and yeast overgrowth in the intestine can present in these chronic (and admittedly fairly nonspecific) symptoms, this theory has been largely rejected by mainstream science and medicine.

How to Follow the Microbiome Diet

The microbiome diet has three distinct stages. In stage one, you're undergoing the treatment phase in which you're introduced to what to eat and what to eliminate. In stage two, you begin to add some foods back into your diet. In the final stage, stage three, you're simply sustaining the diet over time and continuing to eat clean.

Proponents of the diet “also recommend adding certain supplements,” adds Titgemeier. Some of these supplements could include zinc, glutamine, berberine, caprylic acid, quercetin, garlic, grapefruit seed extract, wormwood, oregano oil, probiotics, and vitamin D. The claim is that by including supplements, you can potentially reduce inflammation, remove unhealthy bacteria, and improve gut health.

Key Ingredients

Quercetin is a plant-pigment and flavonoid found naturally in fruits, vegetables, and plants. It can be consumed orally as a supplement and applied topically through skincare products for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Stage 1

colorful salad

The first stage is the treatment phase during which certain foods are eliminated so the “bad bacteria” are “starved.” During this stage, which lasts 21 days, you’re encouraged to avoid a number of foods common to the standard American diet from cow’s milk to potatoes, and you’re meant to follow the “four R’s:”

  • Remove: Cut toxins and harmful chemicals that might cause inflammation or imbalance, including pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, and certain medications
  • Repair: Get lots of plant foods and supplements meant to heal and support your gut
  • Replace: Eat herbs and spices to try to help improve the digestive process
  • Reinoculate: Eat probiotic- and prebiotic-rich foods and supplements

Stage 2

In this stage, the goal is to build up good bacteria and heal the gut lining over nine days. Stage two is similar to stage one, but with more variety and a little more flexibility. It is in this stage that you can start adding some previously prohibited foods like eggs, potatoes, and legumes. While the diet still calls for some foods to be strictly avoided, others are simply limited.

Stage 3

The final stage is really just about maintaining the lifestyle of eating for gut health. Your diet is no longer as restrictive as it was in the first two stages, but it's not a "free-for-all" either. Experts like Turley suggest that by the time you're in phase three, the foods you ate during phase two should still make up 70% of your diet, but it is still "best to avoid unhealthy foods."

She advises continuing to avoid anything processed or packaged as much as possible, as well as high-fructose corn syrup, trans fats, canned foods, soy, fruit juice, canola oil. She also recommends keeping gluten to a twice-per-week indulgence. Oh, and if you happen to take a course of antibiotics, you might have to start the whole diet from the beginning.

What Foods to Eat (and What to Avoid)

vegetable dish in a pan

What you're eating on the microbiome diet will depend on the stage you're in. In stage one, you're allowed beef, chicken, fish, lamb, and shellfish, and vegetables like artichoke, asparagus, beets, berries, black radish, bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbages, capers, carrots, cucumber, eggplant, garlic, kale, and lettuce (except iceberg), apples, cherries, coconut, kiwi and nuts such as almonds and walnuts. Meanwhile, you are not supposed to have cow's milk, gluten, grains, corn and corn starch, eggs, trans fats, dried fruit, soy, deli meats, potatoes and sweet potatoes, beans, or alcohol.

"This phase is the most restrictive," comments Dr. Rachel Nazarian. It's in this stage that you are "removing most processed foods and increasing intake of prebiotics/probiotics/postbiotics, fermented foods, and sticking to a plant-based organic diet—eating foods such as berries, lean protein, avocado, leafy greens," she continues.

While you can’t have cow's milk, at any point in the diet, you can load up on probiotics by eating kefir, yogurt from goat's milk, sauerkraut, and kimchi.

By stage two, you can add eggs, gluten-free grains, potatoes, and legumes back into your diet. For example, for breakfast, you could poach a couple of eggs or mix fruit salad with goat’s milk yogurt (available at Whole Foods). Lunch options include chicken or egg salad, and for dinner, maybe cook up some fish or steak with salad or a stew with quinoa.

The Benefits of the Microbiome Diet

According to Kellman and proponents of the diet, the benefits of the microbiome diet can include an improvement of the digestive system and cognition, as well as improvements in clearing up cystic acne, and potential weight loss. “Eating foods that are beneficial for the gut is one of the most powerful ways to ignite the amazing potential of your bacteria living inside of you, which can translate to fewer GI symptoms, improved immune function, improved cognition and focus, better mood, clearer skin, and more,” comments Titgemeier.

Nazarian, however, advises that while "there is growing evidence that the microbiome of the gut may have a substantial impact on overall health…some of the claims made by this method have not been supported by medical literature, and are unlikely to be true, such as the claims that it may cure autism, cancer, and Lyme disease."

Possible Side Effects

Although the promises of the diet are certainly alluring, nutrition experts say that it's not for everyone as the restrictive nature of the diet can result in missing out on beneficial foods such as some fruits, starchy vegetables, grains, and some legumes. These foods are all part of a balanced diet because of the vitamins, minerals, and other beneficial nutrients they provide. It's also important to note that restrictive eating plans like the microbiome diet are rarely appropriate for people living with or in recovery from eating disorders.

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"There’s nothing dangerous or detrimental about engaging in this diet," Nazarian concludes, "but, expectations should be managed about what it will do for improving autoimmune, infectious, or neoplastic disease…because there is not enough evidence to support those claims."

The Final Takeaway 

Any diet plan will come with its pros and cons, but our experts advise us to be especially cautious of diet programs that claim to treat a host of chronic diseases or promise rapid weight loss. While the microbiome diet may have benefits with its focus on whole foods and supporting gut health, there are also some possible risks and it may be overly restrictive for some. You should always chat with a health professional before drastically changing your diet. Ultimately, following an eating plan that is best for your body and lifestyle is always better than following a fad.

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28 Gorgeous Photos That’ll Convince You to Get Short Hair With Bangs

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The decision to cut off a sizable amount of hair or get bangs are separately two major hair decisions, but to do both at once is commitment. But sometimes you just need a change, and after (careful) thought, if you’re ready to go for it, we wholeheartedly support that decision. Especially when there are so many ways to wear short hair with bangs. Just ask celeb stylists Marcus Francis and Nicola Clarke who’ve shared their favorite looks with pro styling tips to match. From edgy pixies with baby bangs to classic bobs with eye-grazing fringe—and everything in between—let our #hairspiration gallery guide you.

Keep reading for our top short hair with bangs picks. 

Meet the Expert

  • Marcus Francis is a celebrity hairstylist. His clients include Julianne Moore, Emma Roberts, and Olivia Colman.
  • Nicola Clarke is a celebrity stylist and Virtue brand ambassador. She is based in the UK.

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Choppy Lob and Bangs

Kerry Washington wavy lob with choppy bangs

Whether she’s rocking a pixie or embracing volumized natural curls, Kerry Washington can do no wrong when it comes to hair. Here, rather than wear just any old lob, she goes for an edgier interpretation. Francis explains, “The choppy bangs give another dimension to the choppy lob. It’s a youthful look, framing the face, but keeps its cool-girl touch with the length and texture.” To get her glossy tresses, he recommends Better Natured Shine Glaze ($22).

Keeping the ends of the bangs from feeling rounded or too “perfect” allows for the cool, effortless look of this cut. Flat iron S waves throughout the hair for an easy day-to-night look.

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Ursula Corbero mullet

No, your eyes are not deceiving you, a mullet has made the number two spot on our list because, well, haven't you heard? Mullets are cool again. This look is flattering—and not just because of Úrsula Corberó's amazing bone structure—but also thanks to her soft and feminine bangs, notes Clarke. "You could take this look to another level and bleach the ends leaving the roots dark which would make it very rock," she adds.

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Coily Volumized Bob

Soo Joo Park blonde curly bob with bangs

DJ and model Soo Joo Park opts for curls and volume with her blonde bob. In good form, she incorporates layers for added texture and movement. By leaving her hair straight on top, she emphasizes her coily bangs and mane below.

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Bedhead hair

This undone curtain bangs cut captures the epitome of sexy bedhead hair: tousled, messy, and throwing just woke up vibes. While you may be tempted to replicate the look by sporting actual bedhead, we recommend Jen Atkin’s technique which is simple, yet effective. You’ll nail the perfect off-duty hair every time.

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Updo With Blunt, Wispy Bangs

Sienna Miller ponytail with long, wispy bangs

Sienna Miller proves that bangs and updos are a match made in hair heaven. "These bangs are blunt, but styled in a wispy way," notes Francis. If you need to smooth out the texture a bit, he suggests using a medium-size round brush and even a mini flat iron at the roots.

Tapering bangs on the sides is the trick for having them feel soft yet sexy, connecting to the rest of the hairstyle.

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Sideswept Bangs

Karlie Kloss

Thanks to their versatility and the fact that they require minimal upkeep, side-swept bangs are ideal for lazy girls—and those with diamond-shaped faces—while also adding depth to a short haircut. Combine with layers to pump up the volume.

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Gray Mushroom Cut

KeKe Palmer gray mushroom cut

KeKe Palmer's thick mushroom cut really allows for her gray color to stand out. Bangs here are front and center, creating a look that is bold, sophisticated, and a surefire way to make a statement. By just barely brushing the tips of the lashes, these bangs also effectively showcase the eyes.

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Bob With Ombré Bangs

Sofía Boutella bob with ombré bangs

Pictured: a flawless It-girl haircut on Sofia Boutella. This ombré style achieves a color-melting effect of dark roots to blonde bangs, mids, and ends that is ah-mazing. Work in some smoothing cream for a frizz-free finish.

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Tousled Bob With Micro Fringe

Alison Sudol textured A-line bob with micro bangs

Micro fringes are trending, but are they easy to pull off? The trick is balance. Alison Sudol complements her bold baby bangs with a tousled A-line bob to create softness and not come off as being too severe.

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Sleek Pixie

Cara Delevingne sleek pixie

Cara Delevingne has had some stellar hair moments, but we’re fawning over this understated chic pixie cut with bangs. And since it has a bit of length, you can play with ways to style it. It’s proof of how versatile a short hairstyle can be.

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Bob With Long, Wispy Bangs

Nicole Richie blonde bob with long, wispy bangs

Although a short bob can appear severe at times, when paired with long, wispy bangs, it takes on a lighter tone. This take on Nicole Richie is undeniably sultry and makes us wonder why we never opted for this bob-bang combo sooner.

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Shag With Thick Bangs

Ciara shag with bangs

Ciara’s shag with thick bangs is effortlessly cool and edgy. Texture is key when it comes to this mussy ‘do, so invest in a good texturizing spray like Verb Volume Dry Texture Spray ($20). Pair with the Huji filter and your layered look is insta gold.

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"The Halle Berry"


Zendaya captioned this photo of her short hair with bangs “Halle Berrrrrrryyyyyyy Halle Berry” and tbh, that feels incredibly accurate. To emulate Zendaya—or Halle Berry—keep sides shorter and retain some length up top. This will give you more room to style as well as highlight contrast.

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Curly Bob and Curtain Bangs

Halle Berry curly bob with curtain bangs

Speaking of Halle Berry, here she is with a gorgeous head of curls and curtain bangs to match. “The curtain bangs have such a ‘wow’ factor because they have so much versatility to them,” says Francis. To style, he recommends either parting bangs in the middle and blending to the sides or keeping them covering the forehead more to allow for natural movement while framing the face.

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Soft Undercut

Profile of woman with soft undercut

A soft bob and bangs go together like coffee and oat milk. This haircut works great if you’ve got thick hair—wavy or straight—since it will remove some weight and add movement. We’re into how both bob and bangs work together to frame the face gorgeously.

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Pixie With Choppy Bangs

Jennifer Hudson pixie with baby bangs

Jennifer Hudson keeps it short and sweet, serving up a contemporary bowl hairdo. She plays up texture with her choppy bangs, which work to soften her minimalist mushroom cut. Très chic, Ms. Hudson.

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Short Pixie With Barely-There Bangs

Zoe Kravitz pixie with barely-there bangs

Super short bangs look super chic when paired with closely-cropped hair. Case in point: Zoë Kravitz (who else?). If your lifestyle is go-go-go, you may be tempted by this cut since it’s both low-maintenance and lovely. “Finish this look with a texturizing product to create definition on the ends,” says Clarke. Our recommendation? Oribe Rough Luxury Soft Molding Paste ($39) to texturize and tame.

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Edgy Crop With Asymmetrical Bangs

Shannyn Sossamon crop with asymmetrical bangs

If you're not looking for anything serious, take a cue from Shannyn Sossamon and consider asymmetrical bangs. They're low-commitment, fun, and totally DIY. The best part? If you mess up, nobody will bat an eye.

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Lob With Piece-y Side Bangs

Choppy gray lob

Expert celebrity hairstylist Ahn Coh Tran does it again with another hit look. This time it’s his modern interpretation of the classic lob. Piece-y side bangs and layers keep things fun and fresh, perfectly complementing the gorgeous gray color. 

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Curly Bob And Bangs

Yara Shahidi natural curly bob with bangs

As mentioned previously, curly girls can wear bangs too, and Yara Shahidi is further living proof. She lets her natural curls do their thing à la a bob and bangs. And since curls need moisture, Clarke recommends starting with a mega treatment like Virtue ColorKick Restorative Treatment Mask ($15). She also notes that Virtue Un-Frizz Cream ($21) is a must, just simply apply to hair and twist in small sections.

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French Bob

French Bob

Is Paris calling? Cut short near the jawline and paired with bangs at brow level, this French-girl bob is blunt on the cut and heavy on the texture. "The French girl chic effect has become such an enviable style choice for women around the world because of how it has a timely sexiness to it without a lot of fuss," says Francis. Francophile or not, this is a haircut that you will obsess over.

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Updo With Heavy Bang

Taylor Swift updo with heavy bang

For those with limp strands and stubborn cowlicks, you’re in for a treat. According to Francis, “A heavy bang like this one on Taylor Swift creates a fullness at the top if you suffer from lack of volume. It is also great If you have a cowlick and want to wear bangs. It makes any updo look chic and pulled together.”

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Shaggy Lob

Kiersey Clemons shaggy blonde lob with bangs

Kiersey Clemons may have been inspired by '90s alternative rock queen Courtney Love with this shaggy blonde lob and red lip. In keeping with the spirit of grunge, she lets her dark roots show and goes for an unkempt finish. Choppy ends and layering help her to achieve this style.

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Chin-Length Bob

Alex Chung chin-length bob with curtain bangs

This chin-length bob is a trendy cut thanks to its effortless vibe. “Make sure the length is cut at the chin, keeping it layer free. Don’t fuss over the styling as it isn’t supposed to be worn as a sleek blowout, but rather a way to embrace the natural bends and texture your hair already has,” says Francis. “To keep hair healthy, consider using a conditioning treatment like Better Natured Hydrating Leave-In Milk ($22),” he adds.

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Blunt and Tousled Bob

Haley Bennett textured blonde bob with bangs

Can we talk about how perfect these blunt, tousled bangs are on Haley Bennett? They’re face-framing and flattering. Sprinkle with flowers for added whimsy or your hair accessory of choice. Since the color needs attention, Clarke suggests cleansing with Virtue Recovery Shampoo ($16) and Conditioner ($17).

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Curly Bob With Side Bangs

Nathalie Emmanuel curly bob with side-swept bangs

If you’re not ready to commit to full-on fringe, take a cue from Nathalie Emmanuel’s natural curly bob. Her side bangs are low-maintenance and simply put, don’t get in the way. A subtle detail that makes all the difference. To give your curls some TLC—and to keep frizz at bay—work a small amount of AG Hair Curl Re:coil Curl Activator ($24) into strands.

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Blunt Bob With Bangs


But seriously, the mod bob with bangs Rih wore way back when at the 2007 MTV VMAs is all kinds of perfection. It pays homage to the ’60s, which, if we’re being honest, is one of our preferred decades for sourcing hair inspo.

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Platinum Pixie

Katy Perry piecey platinum pixie

Pro tip from Katy Perry: A pixie with bangs looks incredible when you’re platinum blonde. This minimalist cut exudes confidence and lets you show off your face. Just be forewarned: “This needs high maintenance and TLC with regular cuts to keep the cut fresh and healthy,” says Clarke.

  • How often should you trim bangs when you have short hair?

    For a specific style, like a short, tailored bob with bangs, you probably need to get a trim or cut every three weeks. This will keep the ends polished and ensure the style remains precise.

  • How do you style a headband on short hair with bangs?

    The important thing when wearing a headband is to ensure the texture of the bangs and the rest of the hair match. So if you have curly hair, ensure the bangs are curly as well, and simply secure the headband on top (so the bangs are still visible, but not perfectly styled). With super-straight tresses, try wearing a stretchy headband above the bangs, wrapped around the entire head.

  • How should you wear bangs if you have short, curly hair?

    To match the texture and flow of the curls, bangs on short, curly hair should be wide (like a curtain style) or fall to one side. This will keep the entire look loose and cohesive.