Bangs are a fun, easy way to update your hairstyle when you’re feeling burnt out on your current ‘do. Whether you opt for straight-across fringe or edgier baby bangs, a simple snip can transform your entire look. If you’re thinking about adding bangs to you ‘do for fall, we recommend trying curtain bangs. While this ‘70s-inspired style never truly fell out of popularity, a recent Tik Tok trend has brought it back into the spotlight. The viral trend has users posting dramatic before-and-after curtain bang transformations—and the results have women across the country heading to salons to recreate the cut.
Before you make the plunge, read on for everything you need to know about curtain bangs.Plus, see 11 of our favorite styling ideas for all the inspiration you need. Get ready to call your stylist!
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What are curtain bangs?
Curtain bangs feature long bangs parted down the middle and swept to either side of your face. This classic French-girl cut can be worn in various lengths and styles to compliment different hair textures and face shapes.
What face shape goes with bangs?
Bangs can complement any face shape— the key is finding which style is right for you. Bangs come in all lengths and styles, from wispy bangs to long, layered fringe. If you’re unsure which cut is right for you and your face shape, make an appointment for a salon consultation to talk through your options with a stylist. They will help you settle on the best cut for your face shape, hair type and texture, and lifestyle.
Can I pull off curtain bangs?
While not all bangs are created equal (and some variations compliment certain face shapes more than others), curtain bangs are universally flattering. This quick and easy haircut looks stunning on all face shapes, hair types, and textures. However, it’s essential to find a stylist that will tailor your curtain bangs to fit your individual needs.
Are curtain bangs high maintenance?
Since the length of curtain bangs isn’t as precise as, say, blunt bangs, they grow out gracefully over time. This makes them much lower-maintenance than most fringe styles (you can even sweep them behind your ears as they grow). However, you’ll still need to head to your salon for a trim every four to six weeks if you want to maintain the shape of your curtain bangs.
How do you get curtain bangs?
If you’re interested in trying curtain bangs but don’t know where to begin, you’re in luck: Below, we’ve rounded up 11 of our favorite curtain bang styles. Keep scrolling for inspiration (and don’t forget to bookmark this page before you head to the salon).
The Best Curtain Bangs To Try Now
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Traditional Curtain Bangs
Traditional curtain bangs remind us of a certain fairy tale:They’re not too long and not too short (in other words, they’re just right). This particular fringe length is superversatilie. Wear them parted down the middle for a traditional curtain bang style or brush them forward for eye-grazing fringe.
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Shaggy Curtain Bangs
Bangs are a lot like red hair. They look amazing—flattering, trendy, everything you could have imagined—but until you owned them you didn’t know how much upkeep they require. There’s the daily styling and weekly trims to maintain the perfect length,for one. Plus, you’ll need to invest in a few styling products to try and coax your bangs to lay just the right way. It’s not exactly a wash-and-go style.
If you love bangs but think they’re just a little too high maintenance for you, shaggy curtain bangs are the perfect compromise, since they are meant to look a little unkempt. This cut looks great at any length and with any type of hair. Grow them out, keep them short, or ruffle them up a bit—the choice is yours.
To style them, spritz a bit of texturizing spray, like Redken Triple Dry 15 Dry Texture Finishing Spray, throughout your fringe to play up the messy, (mostly) effortless texture.
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Long Layered Curtain Bangs
If you’re not ready to fully commit to bangs but want to experiment with a new look, consider asking your stylist for long, face-framing layers. While not technically bangs, layers can have a similar face-flattering effect as the curtain cut you’ve been lusting over. Who knows? Maybe face-framing layers are just what you need to finally convince yourself that you can pull off fringe.
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Curly Curtain Bangs
Curtain bangs aren’t just for ladies with straight hair—they look equally fabulous on curls of all kinds. If you’re worried curly bangs will leave you looking like an extra straight out of an ‘80s aerobic exercise video, ask your stylist to begin with face-framing layers. Trust us, when you finally take the leap, you’ll wonder why you didn’t cut your curls sooner.
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Wispy Curtain Bangs
You don’t have to have thick strands to pull off this fringe look. Ask your stylist for wispy curtain bangs if your mane is on the thinner side.
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Textured Curtain Bangs
Take your curtain bangs for a ride on the boho side by giving them some beachy texture and edge with the help of a texturizing paste like Redken’s Dry Shampoo Paste 05. Comb a small amount of this styler and dry shampoo hybrid through your fringe for an Instagram-worthy undone ‘do.
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Top Knot and Curly Curtain Bangs
Curtain bangs can start to blend in with the rest of your strands when wearing your hair down. Put your fringe on display by gathering your strands into a top knot and allowing your ringlets to frame your face. Enhance your natural texture with a curl-activating product, like Mizani True Textures Curl Enhancing Lotion.
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Eye-Grazing Curtain Bangs
Parting your fringe down the middle is a great way to get your bangs out of your eyes, but these eye-grazing bangs are perfect for putting your dazzling baby blues on display.
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Cheekbone-Grazing Curtain Bangs
There’s no need for highlighter when you have bangs that make your cheekbones look this good.
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Colorful Curtain Bangs
Don’t be afraid to play with color once your haircut is set. We love the look of classic curtain bangs paired with multi-colored hair. Keep your salon hue vibrant and shiny by swapping your regular shampoo and conditioner with Matrix Total Results Keep Me Vivid Shampoo and Conditioner.
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Curtain Bangs With Flipped Out Ends
You’ll be obsessed with how effortlessly flipped out ends pair with curtain bangs. Combine these two 70-inspired hairstyles to create the ultimate vintage look.
Interested in trying curtain bangs? Use our salon locator to book an appointment at a salon near you.