Whether you’re lusting after a full fringe or baby bangs, we’ve all thought about cutting bangs once or twice in our life. If you’re thinking about adding bangs to you ‘do before summer time hits, we have just the on-trend fringe for you: curtain bangs.
Curtain bangs may seem like the hottest new fringe style taking over social media, but in reality, curtain bangs are anything but new. The style reached its peak popularity in the 1960s and ‘70s. Over the last year, the bangs have blown up on social media searches and we must admit we’re so excited to see this vintage style make a comeback. A quick and easy haircut that looks flattering on all face shapes, hair textures, and hair colors from dark brown hair to ash blonde strands? Sign us up!
What are curtain bangs?
Curtain bangs are a style in which bangs are parted down the middle and swept to either side of your face.
Do bangs make you look younger?
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but any hair transformation has the ability to make you look and feel younger. If you’ve never taken the plunge and cut bangs before, you’re bound to feel at least 10 years younger the moment you step out of the salon.
What face shapes go with bangs?
Bangs look great on every face shape, it’s just about finding which fringe is right for you. Bangs come in all lengths and styles from baby bangs to long, layered fringe. If you’re unsure which bangs are right for you and your face shape, make an appointment for a salon consultation and talk through your options with a professional. They will help you settle on the best bangs for your face shape, hair type and texture, and lifestyle.
The Best Curtain Bangs To Try Now
Traditional Curtain Bangs
Traditional curtain bangs remind us of a certain fairy tale, they’re not too long, not too short, they’re just right. This particular fringe length allows for tons of versatility. Wear them parted down the middle for a traditional; curtain bang style or wear them brushed forward for a full fringe look.
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, weekly trims to maintain the perfect length, and countless products to try and coax your bangs to lay just the right way. If you love bangs but think they’re just a little too high maintenance for you, shaggy curtain bangs are the perfect compromise.
The beauty of shaggy bangs is that they are meant to look perfectly unkempt. In other words, they look great at any length and with any style so grow them out, keep them short, ruffle them up a bit. They’ll look great anyway.
Long Layered Curtain Bangs
If you’re not ready to fully commit to bangs but want to jump on the trendy bandwagon consider asking your stylist for long face-framing layers. While layers are not technically bangs, when cut at just the right length they have the same face-flattering effect as the curtain fringe you’ve been lusting over. Who knows? Maybe face-framing layers are just what you need to finally convince yourself once and for all that you can totally pull off bangs.
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 and go for a full-on curly fringe, you’ll wonder why you waited so long in the first place.
Mid-Length Curtain Bangs
Classic curtain bangs hit right about eye level, which brings attention right to your eyes when they’re parted and swept to either side of your face. While your eyes are undoubtedly gorgeous, we think your whole face deserves some appreciation. That’s where mid length curtain bangs come in.
Mid-length curtain bangs are similar to long layers in that they’re longer than typical bangs. By keeping the rest of your hair one length, you allow your bangs to take center stage. To achieve this look, ask your stylist to cut bangs that hit just below your cheekbones and don’t be surprised when the compliments start rolling in.
Curtain Bangs and a Bouffant
Bangs and updos are the peanut butter and jelly of the beauty world—they’re a perfect pair. If you’re looking for a little inspiration about exactly how to style trendy bangs, look no further than this elegant bouffant. Gathering the rest of your hair up and away from your face gives your bangs a chance to do what they do best: Elegantly place emphasis on your eyes and cheekbones—no highlighter necessary.
Sculpted Curtain Bangs
If you want to have a little fun with your curtain bangs, use them to create a seriously stylish sculpted style. Form your curtain bangs into the shape of your choice and use no crease hair clips to hold the style in place. Then, spray your bangs with a high-hold hairspray like Redken’s Triple Take 32 Extreme High Hold Hairspray. Allow the hairspray to dry and your style to set before removing the hair clips.
Wispy Curtain Bangs
You don’t have to have thick strands to pull off this fringe look. If your strands are on the thinner side, ask your stylist for wispy curtain bangs.
Textured Curtain Bangs
Curtain bangs are often paired with elegant, sculptural styles, but they don’t have to be. Take your curtain bangs for a ride on the wild side by giving them some much-needed texture and edge with the help of a texturizing paste like Redken’s Dry Shampoo Paste 05 to create Instagram-worthy undone texture.
Top Knot and Curly Curtain Bangs
Curtain bangs can start to blend in with the rest of your strands when all your hair is down. Put your fringe on display by throwing your strands up into a top knot and allowing your ringlets to perfectly frame your face.
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 the perfect way to put your dazzling baby blues on display.
Cheekbone-Grazing Curtain Bangs
Who needs highlight when you have bangs that make your cheekbones look this good?
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