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Curtain Bangs Guide: How to Wear Them with Long and Short Hair

It's *the* haircut of the moment.

If there’s one hairstyle that’s unexpectedly soared in popularity over lockdown, it’s curtain bangs. The hashtag #curtainbangs already has over 56k posts on Instagram and 196.8M views on TikTok, and the numbers are only going up.

Considering most of us aren’t going outside right now when better to try out a new hairstyle, right? If you’ve been thinking about getting curtain bangs cut in (who could blame you?), we’ve put together an edit of our favorite looks, below. Plus, read our tips on who can pull off curtains and how to style them:

What Are Curtain Bangs?

Curtain bangs are bangs that are parted in the middle, framing each side of the face (just like, you guessed it, curtains!). Soft and sweeping, this type of fringe is longer than a typical blunt fringe, resulting in a shaggier, lived-in look. The style was first popularized in the ’60s and ’70s and thanks to social media, it’s now seeing a revival.

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Can I Pull Off Curtain Bangs?

Curtain bangs are flattering on most people, just be sure to take your face shape into consideration. The main factors to bear in mind include your face shape and the size of your forehead. Depending on whether your forehead is longer or shorter, you can play around with different lengths and positioning to flatter your face best.

How to Cut Curtain Bangs

If you’re feeling spontaneous or just want to know how to cut your own curtain bangs, try these easy steps.

Step 1: On dry hair, part your hair in the middle.

Step 2: Use a comb to create a triangular section at the front of your hair and tie the rest of your hair back.

Step 3: Use hairdressing scissors to cut diagonally, making your fringe shorter in the center and longer at the sides.

Step 4: Cut the ends vertically to remove bulk and add texture.

Step 5: And you’re done!

How to Style Curtain Bangs

Once you’ve got your fringe cut in, watch this super easy step-by-step for styling curtain bangs.

Step 1: Use a round brush and the concentrator nozzle on your hairdryer to curl each side of your bangs outwards.

Step 2: Blowdry the roots to add volume and bounce.

Step 3: Place a roller under each side of your bangs, clip into place, and allow the hair to cool.

Step 4: Remove the rollers and position your bangs as you like.

Step 5: Spray with a light hairspray, like Nexxus Weightless Style Ultra Light Hair SprayNexxus Weightless Style Ultra Light Hair Spray, to set in place.

Check out 7 ways to wear long hair curtain bangs:

1. Tucked

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Create the illusion of curtain bangs and tuck your hair behind your years.

Not quite sure about taking the plunge yet? Simply tuck your strands behind your ears and pull the top section forward to create the illusion of curtain bangs. This quick trick will give you the freedom to try out the trend without the pressure to commit long-term.

2. Shaggy

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Use a curling iron to create a shaggy look.

Great for adding body to naturally fine, straight hair, this textured style combines the shag cut and the curtains trend in one. Wear it messy and disheveled for the ultimate bedhead look.

3. Mid-Length Waves

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Light up your fresh style.

Mid-length waves are a tried-and-tested combination. To give this go-to style an on-trend update, ask your hairstylist to cut in a wispy fringe and your already-winning look will look even cooler.

4. Headband

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Style your bangs with a headband.

Draw attention to your fresh cut with a cute headband. We love how chic this style is and how easily you can bring attention to your curtain bangs with a cute hair accessory.

5. Offset Your Curls

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Pair your curtain bangs with thick curls.

Those with thick hair can sometimes get overwhelmed by the sheer bulk of their strands and turn to thinning their hair to make it more manageable. Another alternative is opting for curtain bangs which allow the back section of the style to contain less hair and therefore be much more manageable to deal with.

6. Curly Strands

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Proof that you can rock any bangs with curly hair.

Are you trying to make curtain bangs work with curly hair? The image above is proof that you can! We love how the short length of these bangs allows the curls to bounce up and show off their natural texture. Give your curls some extra bounce and definition by washing and conditioning with Nexxus Curl Define Shampoo and Conditioner.

7. Rooted

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Add some depth to your style.

Add some depth to your curtain bangs by opting for rooted blonde hair color. This will offer even more dimension to your fresh style and draw attention to your new haircut. It’s a great way to add some grunge to an otherwise feminine style.

Officially curtains convert? With so many ways to wear curtain bangs, it can be hard to choose which look to go for. Let us give you a helping hand with our pick of some of the best.

1. Wispy

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This wispy haircut is a lightweight approach to the end.

This eyebrow-covered look is ideal if you’re a first-timer when it comes to fringes. Plus, the longer length means you can switch between curtain bangs and tucked long layers depending on how you choose to style it that day.

2. Wavy Bob

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Wear your style with some texture.

If you have natural waves, this style is perfect for you. Your textured tresses will help to bring the look together and make it look totally effortless. This length is perfect for the woman who is on-the-god and in need of a haircut that requires very little upkeep.

3. Textured

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Style your curtain bangs with some texture.

If you are looking for a more modern take on classic curtain bangs, try this textured bob. Use a flat iron to create bends and waves in your hair and embrace the irregularity of the styling for a truly unique look!

4. Micro Curtain Bangs

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Try this trendy shorter option.

Looking for a variation on the classic curtain bangs style? Try micro curtain bangs. This style allows you to get in on the feminine aspects of this trend while also maintaining some edginess in your look.

5. Long Layers

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This longer option is great for someone who is growing out their bangs.

If you came here for ideas for how to style your hair while growing out your bangs, this is the style for you. The longer layers give the illusion of curtain bangs that are the perfect length for managing that awkward in-between zone you hit while growing out your bangs.

6. Bleach Blonde

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Lighten up your color.

Bobs are always on trend but if you’re a bit bored of yours you can easily switch things up. Tease your hair after you’ve curled your hair to get a lifted look at the roots. Give your strands a boost of texture by finishing your style with Suave Dry Texture Finishing Spray.

7. Choppy Lob

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Work your curtain bangs into a choppy lob. Photo credit:

This style is all blunt edges and trendy angles. We love how well the choppy lob works with curtain bangs. Grab a straightening iron and create random bends in your hair if you want to recreate this texture.

8. Blunt Bob

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Wear it short and cropped.

The bob trend definitely isn’t going anywhere, so whether you’ve already been rocking one for ages or you’re thinking of taking the plunge, why not consider adding this style to the mix?

Thinking about trying out this style? Be sure to snap a photo and tag us @AllThingsHairUS!


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