The Free Dictionary defines ‘wispy’ as: “A thin or faint streak or fragment, as of smoke or clouds”. That’s exactly what wispy bangs are – fine bangs that tend to feather out at the ends.
Unlike standard blunt bangs, wispy bangs are cut to blend into the rest of the hair.
There are, of course, exceptions to every rule and variations to every style. Regular blunt bangs on really fine hair are also often referred to as wispy bangs. Not all wispy bang styles feather out. And wispy bangs can be parted, or styled in various ways depending on the cut and thickness of the hair.
Here are 30 wispy bang hairstyles for inspiration!
Wispy Bang Hairstyles
So if you’re looking to change up your look, but don’t really want to commit to a thick, full fringe, check it out! We’ve put together 30 different wispy bang ideas on different hair types and styles to give you a little inspiration so you can decide if wispy bangs are for you.
1. Wispy Bangs for Thin Hair
People often use the words ‘fine’ and ‘thin’ interchangeably to describe hair, but these terms mean completely different things. Fine hair means that the hair strand itself is fine. You can have a lot of hair that is fine. Thin hair, on the other hand, means there are fewer hairs per square inch.
So you can have thick hair that’s thin.
Case in point… this hairstyle with wispy bangs is on thin hair with a medium thickness.
She doesn’t have a lot of hair, so her hair is by definition ‘thin’. The hair she does have is of a medium thickness but is not fine.
2. Wispy Bangs for Fine Hair
Wispy bangs are also an excellent choice for women with fine hair textures. They flatter those with longer face shapes.
Wispy bangs frame and balance the face. Unlike the image above, this image shows a whole lot of fine hair. Her hair is fine, as opposed to thin.
3. Wispy Feathered Bangs
This is the classic wispy feathered bangs. They are similar to curtain bangs that also blend seamlessly into the rest of your hair, but without the center part.
The wispy bangs are also textured and thinned out at the ends for thicker hair.
4. Flipped-Up Wispy Bangs
Wispy bangs flipped at the sides, with a little center ‘wisp’ is also a really popular look right now. It softens overly angular features with a slightly retro vibe.
5. Korean Wispy Bangs
Korean wispy bangs have a signature see-through appearance as the bangs are so thin that you can see the forehead. This style is for very fine hair and is usually cut to a length between the eyebrows and the upper eyelashes.
6. See-Through Bangs
Cut below the brows, essentially see-through wispy bangs are like the Korean wispy bangs, but on hair that’s not quite as fine.
Tapered longer on the outer edges, it blends into the rest of the hair and creates a soft look.
7. Wavy Shoulder length Hair with Wispy Bangs
For a sultry and sexy tousled effect, go for layered mid-length wavy hair with a feathered, piecey fringe for a stylish, chic look.
8. Long Wavy Hair with Wispy Bangs
Long wavy hair with wispy bangs is both classic and feminine. Messy, wolfy-hair and wispy bangs are a winning combination.
9. Wispy Bangs and a Long Straight Cut
These wispy bangs, paired with a long cut, layered at the edges and styled forward, make the face the focal point. All of these elements come together to give thin and fine hair more volume and movement.
10. Wispy Piecey Bangs
Piecey bangs can be achieved with the right cut and hair styling products, and make for an effortless, go-anywhere hairstyle.
11. Full Wispy Bangs
Wispy bangs create a sexy frame for your face with a focus on your eyes and cheekbones. With thinner hair, the bangs can be cut further back on the head to give them more volume.
12. Peek-A-Boo Wispy Bangs
Soft and lightly feathered with an added oomph of a contrasting peekaboo color underneath, this flippy style merges the wispy bang into a perfectly face-framing ‘do that puts the focus in all the right places.
13. Balayage with Wispy Bangs
Wispy bangs, waves, and balayage highlights add texture, volume, movement, and the appearance of thickness to fine and thin hair types.
14. Versatile Wispy Bangs
The versatility of wispy bangs makes it easy to change things up. Just sweep them to either side for a no-bang look.
15. Uneven Wispy Bangs With Choppy Layers
For those with thinner hair, a choppy cut and the right styling products is a great way to add texture and fullness without curls.
This casual, messy style is paired with uneven, piecey bangs to create a carefree, casual look.
16. Blunt Wavy Bob with Wispy Bangs
A wavy chin-length blunt bob with wispy bangs is as soft and romantic as it is effortless and feminine.
17. Dead Straight Blunt Bob with Wispy Bangs
This is a must-try for anyone who has dead straight hair or likes using a flat iron. A blunt-cut bob with wispy bangs and face-framing layers gives this bob a completely different look from the one above.
Far from soft and romantic, this stunning, angular look is made even more striking by the platinum blonde color.
18. Wispy Bangs with a Shag
Wispy bangs and shag haircuts were meant for each other. The lash-grazing length of these pieced out wispy bangs with the untamed waves of this shag would look equally suited to miniature flowers placed throughout, coupled with light flowing materials for an ethereal look, as it would with black studded leather and an electric guitar.
There aren’t many hairstyle combos that can transcend boundaries between woodland fairy and rocker chick, but take your pick – this one could go either way.
19. Wispy Bangs on Thicker Hair with a Cowlick
Having a cowlick can be really hard to work with if you want bangs. Wispy bangs, however, is one of the few bang styles where you can use your cowlick to your advantage.
And it’s one of the few instances where wispy bangs can actually work with much thicker hair.
The cowlick creates lift, and with a little bit of styling product, you can achieve the wolf-cut inspired wispy bang look.
Just remember, that if you have a cowlick, it’s going to naturally create lift when hair is dry, so make sure you cut bangs longer.
20. Wispy Bangs with Glasses
Sometimes a heavy fringe and glasses don’t mix. If you like the idea of bangs but you wear glasses, wispy bangs are just the ticket.
Rather than competing with, or oddly resting on your specs, wispy bangs complement your look, letting your face be the center of attention.
21. Wispy Bangs with Tendrils
The combination of wispy bangs with a few longer face framing tendrils look fabulous whether you wear your hair down or pulled back.
22. Jet Black Wispy Bangs
Jet black is a color that can look spectacular on those with the right skin coloring and undertones. A long layered style with wispy, textured bangs that fall between the lashes and the brow looks rocker chic.
23. Wispy Bangs for Really Thick Hair
The only way to achieve wispy bangs with really thick hair is if you combine them with curtain bangs, leaving the center wispy and the rest gradually blending in.
This is a great look for those with thick hair wanting to balance out a round or square face shape.
24. Pixie with Wispy Bangs
Lots of choppy layers styled in different directions with uneven, wispy, piecey bangs give this style movement and an urban vibe.
25. Wispy Bangs with Balayage
Blonde balayage is complemented by subtle waves and wispy bangs for an ultra-feminine look.
26. Wispy Crescent Bangs with an Updo
Wispy crescent bangs incorporate longer, thicker graduated side pieces that are perfect for wearing in an updo.
These bangs perfectly frame the face whether you choose to wear your hair up or down.
27. Mullet with Wispy Bangs
The mullet has made a comeback in the last couple of years and it’s seen its share of variations, including the pixie mullet.
Like a longer version of a pixie cut with a little extra “party in the back”, this cut uses lots of short choppy layers and wispy bangs to create a fashion forward style.
28. Extra Long Wispy Bangs
Extra long wispy bangs are always an option if you are going for a sultry look. As great as they are for taking Insta photos, mind you, the reality of extra long wispy bangs will have you spending most of your time pushing them out of your eyes so you can see, or resorting to pinning them back.
29. Curly Hair with Wispy Bangs for Really Thick Hair
If you are lucky enough to have curly hair, then just a few well-defined curls are enough to create wispy bangs without taking too much away from the overall volume.
30. Just a Hint of Wispy Bangs
Not really sure if you want full bangs, but would rather have your face, rather than your forehead, be the center of attention?
Sometimes just a hint of wispy bangs is enough to break up the focal point of a prominent brow.
Who Should Get Wispy Bangs?
Not a fan of a blunt fringe, but your current style isn’t doing you any favors? The right cut can completely transform how you look.
Wispy bangs are the perfect solution if you’re looking to frame the face and soften angular features. They are also great for those wanting to minimize attention to a prominent brow or balance out longer face shapes.
Wispy bangs are perfect for those with very thin or fine hair but can be worn by anyone who doesn’t have really thick hair. It will be harder to achieve a “wispy“ effect with thicker hair. If you have very thick hair, a fuller bang style might be a better option to balance things out.
Are Wispy Bangs High Maintenance?
Any bang style will require regular trimming. Like curtain bangs which are also designed and cut to blend into the hair, unless you are really good at cutting hair, wispy bangs will probably require a professional trim.
As far as styling goes, they are relatively easy to style. But most wispy bang styles will require a bit of styling product.
Dry shampoo will add a bit of lift and hold and is a must-have if your hair tends to get oily quickly.
Depending on your hair thickness and style of wispy bangs, a texturizing paste on the ends can help to create defined pieces.