These Celeb Photos Prove Just How Powerful Bangs Are

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Bangs are the unsung heroes of a hair makeover: They're an easy way to dramatically change up your look, without having to try an entirely new cut or an intensive dye job. If you've been debating whether or not to make the chop, you'll definitely want to look into the rich history of bangs to see which ones you like. Luckily, there's no shortage of bang inspiration out there — especially from your favorite celebrities.

Some stars, like Zooey Deschanel, might seem unrecognizable without their signature fringe; others, like Melissa McCarthy, have eschewed bangs for so long you might not even remember they once had them. We've rounded up 15 A-listers who've gone with and without bangs over the years.

Click through to see proof of the transformational benefits of a good fringe — you might even find some inspo for your own coiff, too.

Additional reporting by Kayla Isaacs.
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Jennifer Hudson has undergone plenty of hair transformations over the years — she's rocked both pixie cuts and long 'dos with ease. This short look is incredibly chic...
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And gets a badass touch with bangs.
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It's hard to remember Zooey Deschanel without bangs, especially since we've gotten so used to seeing her signature fringe on New Girl each week. (And for a real throwback, remember when Deschanel was strawberry blonde?)
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Deschanel may have gone without bangs in the days of yore, but it's safe to say her signature fringe isn't going anywhere now.
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Naomi Campbell can pull off pretty much every hairstyle. Whether it's a simple center part or voluminous curls, this supermodel always looks flawless.
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More recently, though, bangs have become part of Campbell's hair repertoire, and we're all for it.
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Earlier this year, Jessica Biel rocked a simple center-part hair look, free of fringe.
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We love how Biel looks with bangs, though, and it looks like she does, too. In September, Biel underwent the chop to get a fresh bang style.
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Dakota Johnson is no stranger to switching up her hair looks. She's rocked blond tresses as well as brunette locks over the years, and she's experimented with a variety of bang styles, too. We almost don't recognize her with a simple part and no fringe to be seen.
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Johnson's bangs are simple yet elegant. Tip: The eyebrow-level cut keeps the style modern.
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Without bangs, Alexis Bledel's curls resemble an old Hollywood set...
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But with bangs, Bledel's look is more playful.
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Like plenty of other celebs, Sandra Bullock can totally rock the straight-hair, center-part look.
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We're huge fans of her bangs, too — and how awesome they look with that ruby lip.
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Taylor Swift has changed up her hair plenty of times, but many of her styles have kept her natural curls.
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Swift shocked us when she revealed her straighter, shorter hairstyle, complete with bangs.
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Melissa McCarthy's familiar, voluminous hair look doesn't usually include fringe.
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But in 2014, McCarthy debuted bangs — which her Italian hairstylist convinced her to get.
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Recently, Lea Michele has rolled out alternating curly and straight hairstyles, with side parts and no bangs. We've seen her with so many bang styles over the years, we barely recognize her fringe-free look.
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Michele loves bangs, and it's not hard to see why. She can rock them with literally any hairstyle and still look amazing.
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Kerry Washington looks flawless with any hairstyle, but we barely recognize her in this straight, center-parted hairstyle.
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Olivia Pope doesn't have bangs, but Washington definitely pulls them off like a pro.
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Emma Stone isn't afraid to change up her hair look, but she tends to return to her striking red hair. That doesn't mean she won't change up her bang style, however...
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Even Stone's face shape looks different with bangs and an ombré hair color.
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Reese Witherspoon looks fabulous with or without bangs...
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Still, we love how this side-swept set accentuate her face in a subtle way.
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Rihanna is always down to try out new hairstyles — just last month, she debuted long dreadlocks. This bangs-free lob is simple and classic...
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If anyone can pull off a center-parted bob with bangs — and make it look glamorous, and not juvenile — it's RiRi.
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Kim Kardashian's blunt, bangs-free look is no-nonsense here...
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While her side-swept bangs add a little insouciance.
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