The Most Iconic Bangs Throughout History

 Bangs remain one of the most popular hair transformations a girl can make, and the statement style has had plenty of iconic moments. Here are 13 of the best bang moments throughout history—from Louise BrooksLouise Brooks in the 1920s to Dakota Johnson today.

Louise Brooks 

1920s actress Louise Brooks is credited with popularizing the bob hairstyle during the flapper era. But her sharp chin-grazing cut wouldn't have been complete without the blunt bangs that fell right above her eyebrows.

Clara Bow

Clara Bow's short and messy bob was reminiscent of bedhead and full of volume. The 1920s actress topped her look off with light piecey bangs across her forehead.

Bette Davis

When film star Bette Davis got her start on-screen in the early 1930s, she was known for her signature curled mini bangs. She changed up her style throughout her career, but went back to bangs in the 1960s.

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn has often served as an inspiration for style and elegance, but throughout the years one of her hairstyles stands out among the rest. In 1950, the actress debuted a pixie haircut with baby bangs that quickly became the decade's most popular cut.

Bettie Page

Bettie Page has long been remembered for more than just her pin-up days in the 1950s. In fact, the model's short arched bangs were so unique they were coined Bettie Bangs and are still in demand decades later.

Jane Birkin

Jane Birkin's shaggy bangs in the 1960s were a huge part of the model's effortlessly chic charm and they continue to serve as bang inspiration to this day.

Elizabeth Taylor

Although Elizabeth Taylor is wearing a wig on the set of Cleopatra, it doesn't make the film star's baby bangs any less iconic. Bravo, Liz.

Brigitte Bardot

There's hardly a look more iconic than Brigitte Bardot's curtain bangs. From her signature bouffant to an easy-going beach look, Bardot proudly rocked this layered look throughout the 1960s.

Jean Shrimpton

English model Jean Shrimpton took her fringe bangs to the next level by pairing them with a long and layered cut in 1967. The messy texture was all the rage by the end of the decade.

Liza Minnelli

For most of her career, Liza Minnelli opted for a short pixie cut with baby bangs. However, the actress played around with her signature look in the 1972 film Cabaret, appearing on-screen with a widow's peak in the middle of her forehead.

Heather Locklear

Approaching the '80s, the bigger the hair, the better. In 1981, Heather Locklear embraced this trend with voluminous feathered bangs, which remained trendy until the next decade.


If Cher could really turn back time, we'd imagine this hairstyle would be one of the things she'd rethink. The iconic singer will forever be remembered for her 1985 faux mullet with layered bangs.

Britney Spears

At the start of her music career, Britney Spears sported blonde piecey bangs that completed her girl-next-door look—and caused a lot of teenage girls to attempt the style themselves.