Bottleneck Bangs Are The Little Sister to Curtain Bangs for 2022

It's the subtle bang you never knew you needed.

Curtain bangs were easily one of the biggest hair trends last year. While bangs aren’t going away anytime soon, it’s time for a new style to have their shining moment: Bottleneck bangs. Think of this fringe style as the little sister to curtain bangs. However, thanks to the versatility of the look, bottleneck bangs make the perfect stepping stone into the world of fringe.

Read on to discover more about this on-trend look, how to ask your stylist for bottleneck bangs and how to style the fringe yourself.

From styling tricks to nailing that explanation so you walk out of the salon with the bangs you’re dreaming of, we’ve got you covered!

What Are Bottleneck Bangs?

girl with blonde beachy hair and bottleneck bangs
Go for a beachy vibe by creating loose waves throughout your hair. Photo credit: @tomsmithhd

So, you want to try bangs, but aren’t ready to take the full plunge yet? This is where bottleneck bangs come into play–the more subtle version of curtain bangs.

Bottleneck bangs are the perfect transition step when testing out fringe. The bangs are parted down the middle and start at the center of your forehead, right around eyebrow length. The fringe cascades down, gradually tapering to a longer length that hits around your cheekbone. Essentially, bottleneck bangs earned their name by starting skinnier at the top and becoming wider at the bottom.

How to Ask for This Style

London-based hairstylist, Tom Smith, coined the term bottleneck bangs after seeing this trend across magazine covers. “Ask your hairstylist to create longer bangs that skim your cheekbones at an angle that flatters your face, while curving around to create a layer that sits between your cheekbone and jaw. Then, ask for the center part to be cut shorter, keeping it soft and choppy. The shortest part should be in the middle, getting longer on the edges,” explains Smith.

Bottleneck bangs are flattering on so many people and can be done on a wide variety of hair types. Plus, we love how these bangs can also be paired with almost any hair length. Whether you’re sporting a lob or strands down to your waist, bottleneck bangs are a great addition to your look that helps add interest and movement.

How to Style Bottleneck Bangs

girl with bottleneck bangs on long brunette hair
Add bangs to a long layered look. Photo credit: @breeze.salons

When it comes to styling this type of fringe you truly have so many options. However, before you get into the fun part, Smith recommends starting with a good blow-dry. “They should be treated as a full bang when initially blow-drying. Wrap dry the bang side to side, focusing on drying the roots forward, which will give you control if the bang begins to open or part. After this, the longer length can be styled as desired,” shares Smith.

This is where you can get a little more creative with your look, opting for a number of a curling iron or flat iron techniques to style the longer length. “I love using a straightening iron to bend them in a very customizable way. They can also be blow-dried with a round brush, or styled with a large curling iron for a flicked-out result, sweeping away from the face,” explains Smith.

Products to Style Bangs With

Find out what products you can use to get the most out of your styled bottleneck bangs.

When blow-drying your hair, make sure to use a heat protectant like TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray. This spray is one of our favorites because it protects your hair from damage when using heat up to 450°F, and it doesn’t leave a residue in your strands.

After you’ve styled your bangs, lock your look in place with a hair spray. TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Smooth Hold Level 2 Hair Spray is a great option because it will help smooth your strands and give you that hold you’re looking for without making your hair feel stiff or crunchy.

If you’re looking for a spray that will give you a lightweight hold, but also enhance any texture in your strands–natural or styled–we recommend using Suave Dry Texture Finishing Spray. Not only is the spray a great finishing touch, but we also love the Amino Acid Complex it’s formulated with, which helps strengthen the hair cuticle.

Whether you’re a seasoned fringe pro who just needs a change in their style or you’re trying bangs for the first time, bottleneck bangs are the perfect touch to any look. Do you have bottleneck bangs? Be sure to share your hairstyles with us on Instagram @AllThingsHairUS.

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