Curtain Bangs are not only trending, but there are now variations on this classic cut, meaning there’s a face-framing fringe for everyone. From bobs to long, middy and curly hair, here’s how to pick your bangs and make them work for you.
WHAT ARE CURTAIN BANGS?
Curtain Bangs are essentially a fringe that’s cut a little shorter in the middle to create a curtain-like sweep of hair across the forehead. This shape naturally frames your face and accentuates your eyes and cheekbones.
They’re great if you want to shake up your looking without losing your length, if your hair tends to feel flat or shapeless – and if you want a style that’s low maintenance. The key is, that whatever your hair type of length, the bangs flow seamlessly into the rest of your cut (unlike a fuller, boxier fringe). Being longer, Curtain Bangs also grow out looking super natural, so you don’t spend your life coming into our flagships for trims.
HOW ARE CURTAIN BANGS CUT?
Our stylists have made Curtain Bangs something of a signature look. We cut them with chunky ends in the front section, to lend them a bit of weight.
Unlike other fringes, the shortest bit may fall anywhere between the mid-brow area to mouth height. The point is, they get longer from the middle outwards, which is what gives them their curtain-like shape. Another key feature of Curtain Bangs is that they’re cut all the way around the face, from ear to ear, to give it a real sense of effortless flow.
WHO ARE THE A-LIST REFERENCES?
Think The likes of Brigitte Bardot and Goldie Hawn rocked it back in the ‘70s. Since then, see Georgia Jagger, Sabrina Socol, Margot Robbie, Sienna Miller, Suki Waterhouse and Alexa Chung for inspiration.
CURTAIN BANGS AND A BOB
A bob with a curtain bang is one of the most relevant styles of the moment. You get all the benefits of an effortless bob with the face-framing structure and shape of a fringe. Combining the two also gives this style something of Parisian vibe that feels chic but modern. Audrey Tatou, Amélie and Taylor Lashae are your go-to references – all your need is the Air Dry Kit of The Great Hairdryer and you and your bangs will be good to go.
CURTAIN BANGS FOR LONG OR MIDDY HAIR
Curtain Bangs are the solution to switching up your look, with an effortlessly cool cut that takes minutes to style and lets you keep your long or middy style. Not only that, but it’s designed to enhance different face shapes and work on different hair textures.
We love this look on Georgia Jagger, Suki Waterhouse and Daisy Edgar Jones, who rock a fringe with soft, fluid ends and a shape that blends seamlessly with the rest of the hair. This fringe is also super versatile as it can be cut so it’s long enough to tie back – or leave some face-framing tendrils out when you style your hair in a bun or ponytail.
CURTAIN BANGS FOR CURLY HAIR
Fringes were once considered a bit of a no-no for curly hair, but we think bangs can be adapted for everyone – no matter what your hair type, texture, age or vibe. Something to think about if you have curly hair, is to consider how short the fringe will look when it’s dry and springs back into place. Done well, and bangs can lend your curls extra shape and structure if you find they can easily become out of control.
Channel Zendaya and simply scrunch or twist in a little Almost Everything Cream when your hair is wet to encourage great curl definition. This blow drying masterclass for curly hair is your step-by-step for getting the best from your curls with some insider diffusing techniques.
THE 90s CURTAIN COMEBACK
The 90s/00s fringe, which is experiencing a major revival right now. Inspired by Posh Spice, updated by Hailey Bieber, Kendall Jenner, Dua Lipa, Karlie Kloss (and many others), it works best when wearing your hair up (or half up).
Pick a bun or a ponytail, follow the blow dry technique below, then tuck one of both sides behind your ears for a soft, feminine finish.
HOW DO I STYLE THEM?
The cut of Curtain Bangs does the hard work for you, so you can go easy-breezy and air dry them – or create a little more volume and shape by blow drying the front section. To air dry, apply Almost Everything Cream to wet hair and follow The Pinch technique, using the Great Hair Clips to secure your hair at the sides while you do your makeup or get ready for the day.
To blow dry, prep your hair with Almost Everything Cream and a touch of Zhoosh Foam to create more body. The tag-team the Pro Blow Dry Brush with The Great Hairdryer, using the brush to pull the fringe forwards as you dry. This motion will enhance that face-framing, curtain-like sweep and give it a bit more staying power.