Both men and women wear bangs as they deem appropriate or stylish for their facial features. Bangs are hair trimmings that lay over the forehead. It is unclear how the word bangs was coined, as there is nothing in “hair” or “bangs” that could be traced to decent etymology. However, bangs have appeared as part of hairstyles since around the 9th century. In fact, there are Roman sculptures featuring men with short bangs. Meanwhile, bangs for women became stylish, thanks to salon entrepreneur Ziryab of the ninth century Islamic Spain.
Bangs were not always in style, though. In Europe around the 15th century, women wore henin, a cone-shaped headdress, which did not go well with bangs. Some women who wore henins even shaved up their hairlines for a neater look with the henin. Towards the 16th century, the gabled hoods and cauls came into fashion, so bangs were not really in style again until the late 18th century and early 19th century.
There are also references to bangs in women’s literature. Louisa Mae Alcott of the 19th century talks about curling bangs in her novel Little Women. Laura Ingalls Wilder of the 20th century, talks about having her bangs curled. Men are also taken by the fad of bangs across different points in history. The Beatles and their “moptop” hairstyles definitely made an impression among men across the globe, and across generations.
There are different ways to wear bangs. You can have it short, or at a length past the eyes, full or thin, straight across the forehead or side swept. It also depends on the shape of your face and your other facial features. Try different styles to find that works the best for you.