Bangs are an integral part of any haircut for women.  You have many bangs styles to choose from. One such style is side-swept bangs, which we feature here.

Below is our gallery setting out many examples.

These types of bangs work with long hair, medium-length hair, bobs and in some cases short hair.

Lena Headey is a game-changer indeed. She chose to have a short, wind-swept hair on her detailed gown during the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, September 2015.

Lena Headey is a game-changer indeed. She chose to have a short, wind-swept hair on her detailed gown during the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, September 2015.

During the 2015 Palm Springs Film Festival Awards Gala, Felicity Jones attended the in this nicely-done low bun with side-swept bangs.

During the 2015 Palm Springs Film Festival Awards Gala, Felicity Jones attended the in this nicely-done low bun with side-swept bangs.

Lena Headey went a bit carefree with her loose curls and side-bangs. The photo was taken at the 'An Evening with The Game of Thrones' event held last March 19, 2013.

Lena Headey went a bit carefree with her loose curls and side-bangs. The photo was taken at the 'An Evening with The Game of Thrones' event held last March 19, 2013.

Lena Headey's side-swept curls are styled in an edgy way, with all the thick side bangs and volume. This look was worn last March 18, 2013 at the LA premiere of 'Game Of Thrones Season 3'.

Lena Headey's side-swept curls are styled in an edgy way, with all the thick side bangs and volume. This look was worn last March 18, 2013 at the LA premiere of 'Game Of Thrones Season 3'.

During the 2014 Hollywood Film Awards, Felicity Jones nailed this simple look of a mid-length, straight her incorporated with side-swept bangs.

During the 2014 Hollywood Film Awards, Felicity Jones nailed this simple look of a mid-length, straight her incorporated with side-swept bangs.

An incredibly stylish version of Lena Headey with tousled layers and side-swept bangs was seen at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards held last September 2013.

An incredibly stylish version of Lena Headey with tousled layers and side-swept bangs was seen at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards held last September 2013.

During the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards, Lena Headey showcased her fancy aura with her straightened hair  arranged into a fancy updo, incorporated with side bangs.

During the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards, Lena Headey showcased her fancy aura with her straightened hair arranged into a fancy updo, incorporated with side bangs.

Lena Headey exhibited her chic side with this tousled bob with side-swept bangs during the Spike TV's 2011 Scream Awards.

Lena Headey exhibited her chic side with this tousled bob with side-swept bangs during the Spike TV's 2011 Scream Awards.

The singer attended the  2015 Billboard Music Awards with her layers swayed to one direction. Her hairstyle is also incorporated with side-swept bangs for a trendier finish.

Mariah Carey attended the 2015 Billboard Music Awards with her layers swayed to one direction. Her hairstyle is also incorporated with side-swept bangs for a trendier finish.

The singer unleased her bubbly and youthful side at the 2010 People's Choice Awards with these bouncy curls and side-swept bangs.

The singer unleased her bubbly and youthful side at the 2010 People's Choice Awards with these bouncy curls and side-swept bangs.

Sometimes, real beauty can be flaunted by keeping all things simple and natural. This medium-length blonde hair released it's most beautiful phase with some natural blonde highlights that blended well altogether.

Medium-length, auburn bob in a neat and straight finish. The look is incorporated with side bangs to increase that youthful glow.

What are side-swept bangs?

They are usually longer bangs that sweep to the side.  It’s not an up side-part, but instead, the hair hangs down over the forehead and casually sweeps either left or right.  While there is often a part, it’s not necessary.

You can have short side-swept bangs, but I don’t think they look as good because much of the forehead is exposed.

In addition to the many examples above, here are two distinct examples.

Women with bob haircut and side-swept bangs.

Women with bob haircut and side-swept bangs.

Woman with long hair with side-swept bangs.

Woman with long hair with side-swept bangs.

What types of hair works best for side-swept bangs?

Fortunately, they work well for most types of hair including fine or thick hair.

They also work for wavy and straight hair.  They may be a bit more challenging for curly or coily hair and in some cases not possible to get that sweeping effect.

How long should side-swept bangs be?

As you can see from above examples, they can vary tremendously inly length.  Also, the steeper the sweep, the longer the bangs you can have without them falling over your eyes.  Personally, I think the directly above example with really long bangs covering one eye is a bit long.  While it looks okay, it’s pretty annoying having one eye covered.

How do you keep side-swept bangs in place?

This is where you need to apply a little styling.

  • First, start with wet bangs and split into four equal sections.
  • Second, apply gel to each section.
  • Third, blow dry the bangs sweeping hair gently to the side.
  • Finally, once dry, apply a little hairspray to hold in place.

While gel and hairspray is needed, you want to use both in moderation to prevent the wet, slick look.  Side-swept bangs should look natural.