How To Wear Curtain Bangs, Fall's Biggest Trend

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Curtain Bangs: 5 Envy-Inducing Photos To Bring To The Salon

10 November 2017
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Jelani Addams Rosa

Jelani Addams Rosa

Junior Editor,

As an employee of L'Oréal, Jelani brings her knowledge and passion for hair care to Before joining the team, she spent time at Celebuzz, Seventeen, and Cosmo for Latinas.

If you’re looking for the hottest new hair trend, look no further than curtain bangs. In reality, we should point out curtain bangs are anything but new. The style in which bangs are parted down the middle and swept to either side of your face reached its peak popularity in the 1960s and ‘70s. Over the last year, the bangs have blown up on social media searches. We must admit that we’re so excited to see this vintage style make a comeback. A quick and easy haircut that looks flattering on all face shapes and hair textures? Sign us up!

shaggy curtain bangs

Shaggy Curtain Bangs

Bangs are a lot like red hair. They look amazing—flattering, trendy, everything you could have imagined—but until you've owned them, you don’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 sit 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 any way.

long layered curtain bangs

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

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. 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

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 and deserve plenty of attention, 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. Don’t be surprised when the compliments start rolling in.

curtain bangs bouffant

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 these 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 placing emphasis on your eyes and cheekbones. There's no highlighter necessary.

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