Curly Hair Bangs: 9 Trendy Hairstyle Ideas and Styling Tips

All Things Hair | 13 January 2017
volume with curly hair bangs

A winning hair combo that we can’t get enough of!

We talk about bangs a great deal here, whether it’s how to grow them out because you hate them, or how to get the right fringe for your face shape. This time around, we are praising the curly hair bang gang. Over and over again, women with curly or wavy textured hair have proven that curly hair and bangs do go hand in hand despite what many hairdressers believe (that textured hair and bangs don’t mix).

Bangs are a great way to give your look a makeover: they’re fun, fresh and easy to style once you’ve got the hang of your day-to-day styling routine. Curly hair bangs on textured hair or straight bangs worn on curly hair are just a few trendy ways to have fun with a fringe. To inspire you to try out a curly fringe, we’ve included some of our favorites and a few tips on copping a cute fringe to go with curly hair. We love the look on an awesome, bright hair color too (like copper), for extra oomph! Read on to check out some of the best curly hair and bangs combinations and how to style them:

How to Wear Bangs with Curly Hair

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Opt for a runway ready look like this shag and bang mix. Photo credit:

1. Shag & Bang

First up we have the shag, this hair trend has made its resurgence in 2016 and there’s no stopping it now. What we love about this modern style is that it can be worn on various hair textures, but these days our most coveted look is with bangs on curly hair. A styling tip: Look for products that enhance definition when styling your curly bangs like TRESemmé Flawless Curls Defining Gel. On curly shag hairstyles, curl defining products also help to define the layers within your cut.

curly hair bangs on long hair
A fun bang and curly hair mix. Switch it up and play with different variations and textures. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

2. Straight Bang on Curly Hair

Here’s the thing about beauty, it’s ok to break the rules. This straight bang and curly hair hybrid has tons of edge and personality. If your hair is naturally curly, opt for using a product that will prevent your bangs from reverting due to humidity. Try using Bed Head by TIGI Straighten Out Straightening Cream on just your bangs before flat ironing or blowdrying your fringe and set with a climate protection hairspray like TRESemmé Climate Protection Finishing Spray.

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Give your curly bangs a fun peek-a-boo effect with curtain bangs.

3. Wavy Curtain Bangs

This look is ideal for those who have natural curly hair with bangs but hate having their fringe right in their eyes, or simply need a new style idea every now and again. Create a subtle part to spread your bangs apart. Use a holding spray with a firm hold, like TRESemmé TRES TWO Freeze Hold Hairsprayto keep your bangs in place.

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Amp up the volume with a big bang! Photo credit: Allyson Allapont

4. Voluminous Curly Hair and Bangs

Girls with curls love a bit of volume from time to time. Give your fringe a bit of height as well. To create lift, wash your hair with a volumizing wash and care system like Bed Head by TIGI Epic Volume Shampoo and Bed Head by TIGI Epic Volume Conditioner. When drying damp hair, simply use your hands while diffusing to lift the roots and encourage volume.

curly hair bangs with loose waves
Keep it sleek and straight at the front and loose and curly at the back.

5. Loose Curls, Straight Bangs

Another option is to try out curly hair with straight bangs. We dig the contrast between the sleekness of straight hair and the volume in the rest of your curls. To achieve this look, diffuse your hair like you normally would, but focus on blowing out your bangs straight using a round brush. A small drop of some serum will add a touch of softness and shine to your newly straighten bangs.

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Brush it through and comb it back.

6. Sweep Your Bangs

Combing through your bangs and curly hair will soften your curls, making for an easier transition from your bangs to the rest of your hair. Apply some serum to your hair for all over glossiness that will keep you from that dreaded potential frizzy mess that can sometimes come with brushing through your curls.

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Enhance your natural curls and let your bangs do their thing.

7. Pin Up Your Bangs

And then there are the days when you just want your curls off your neck (hey, summer heat!). To start, define your curls with the some mousse, then tie your hair back into a French twist, bun or ponytail. Let your curly bangs hang loose as they lightly frame your face.

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A curly top and bangs? Yes, please!

8. Short Curly Hair and Bangs

We love this short crop/bangs combo that’s all about defined ringlets. Be sure to apply some mousse throughout your hair for hold and some awesome definition!

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Who says bobs are just for those with straight hair? Photo credit:

9. Curly Bob

For a curly hair and bangs style with a little more length, opt for a bob haircut. This all-over curly look, complemented by a wavy bang, is a super high-fashion way to wear this style.

How to Style Bangs Curly Hair

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Longer sides help your fringe blend in, as well as keep the overall look seamless.

1. Go brow-length or longer.

Since curls tend to shrink your actual hair length, it’s best to ask your stylist for bangs that are cut at the brow or just a bit past it. It’s a highly flattering (and versatile) length, and goes with most curly hairstyles, like with the tight curls as above, or even paired with a loose, gender-neutral shag.

2. Get them slightly longer on the sides.

Wearing curly hair with bangs in a curtain style, or middle-parted, gives your regular hairdo quite the pretty style upgrade. A bit vintage, a bit rock n’ roll, parting curly or wavy bangs in the center opens up your forehead ever so slightly without foregoing texture. Keeping them slightly longer on the sides also helps the ringlets blend more seamlessly into the rest of your spirals.

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Use your diffuser when drying so your ringlets don’t spiral out of control.

3. Condition carefully.

A caveat: Although curly hair has a tendency to be drier than other hair types, bangs are more susceptible to greasing up easier since they’re flat on your forehead. To keep your hair in optimum condition, wash with a system specifically made to condition curly hair types (we love Dove Quench Absolute Shampoo and Quench Absolute Conditioner) and follow up with a mousse, like TRESemmé Flawless Curls Mousse, to help style and keep your ringlets bouncy and light.

4. Dry your hair with a diffuser.

To preserve the shape and integrity of your curls, utilize the diffuser attachment on your blowdryer. Position the nozzle underneath (near your ends) pointing upwards, and wiggle onto hair till completely dry. Repeat with your fringe, drying from the ends of the hair with the nozzle pointing upwards, so the curls don’t separate and frizz out. Finish with a small amount of curl-defining cream coated on strands, such as Bed Head by TIGI On the Rebound, for more structure.

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