16 Ways to Wear Curly Hair with Bangs in 2021

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

We talk about bangs a great deal here, discussing everything from how to grow them out to 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 believe.

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 rounded up our top tips for styling and maintaining bangs, and looks to inspire your next haircut.

1. Ask for a Dry Cut

If you have curly hair, it’s no surprise that your hair shrinks a lot once it dries. Because of this, ask your stylist to cut your bangs while your hair is dry. This will create a more precise look and will make sure you get the length you want. Nobody wants to be left with shorter bangs than they wanted, especially the curly-haired girls out there.

2. Air Dry Hair or Use 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.

If you want to limit the amount of heat you use on your hair

3. Get Your Fringe Slightly Longer on the Sides

Wearing curly hair with bangs in a curtain style, or middle-parted, gives your regular hairdo quite the style upgrade. 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.

4. 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.

5. Refresh Fringe Between Washes

When caring for your bangs, they’ll often need to be refreshed before the rest of your hair. To do this, we love using dry shampoo or refresher spray. Suave Hair Refresher Dry Shampoo or TRESemmé Curly Refresher Leave-In Conditioner.

6. Get Regular Trims

If there is a certain length and shape you want to maintain with your bangs, you’ll need to get trims about every 4-6 weeks. This depends on how often your hair grows. However, your bangs will be a lot more manageable this way!

1. Shag & Bang

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

First up we have the shag, this hair trend has made its resurgence 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 Dove Curls Defining Mousse. On curly shag hairstyles, curl defining products also help to define the layers within your cut.

2. Straight Bang on Curly Hair

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

Here’s the thing about beauty: sometimes it’s ok to break the rules! This straight-bang-and-curly-hair hybrid has tons of edge and personality.

3. Wavy Curtain Bangs

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

This look is ideal for those who have naturally 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 Compressed Micro Mist Extend Hold Level 4 Hairsprayto keep your bangs in place.

4. Voluminous Curly Hair and Bangs

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

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. Then when drying damp hair, simply use your hands while diffusing to lift the roots and encourage volume.

5. Loose Curls, Straight Bangs

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Keep it sleek and straight at the front and loose and curly at the back.

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.

6. Pin Up Your Bangs

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

And then there are the days when you just want your curls off your face. To start, define your curls with some mousse, then pin your bangs back.

7. Short Curly Hair and Bangs

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A curly top and bangs? Yes, please!

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 definition!

8. Curly Bob

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

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.

9. Longer on the Sides

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Try a look that’s longer on the sides.

Keep your bangs longer on the sides so they seamlessly blend into the rest of your hair. This is a great way to make the look softer and not quite as harsh.

10.  Eyebrow Length

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Go for a classic look.

You can never go wrong with a class style like this. These eyebrow-grazing bangs are perfect for any fringe newbie.

11. Micro-Bangs on Curly Hair

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Even micro bangs are a must-try!

Did you think micro-bangs were off-limits just because you have curly hair? Wrong! This style works on all hair types. To create a sleek look, blow-dry your fringe straight and add a lightweight oil, like Emerge Glow Off Oil Serum. This product will help nourish and shine without weighing down the hair.

12. Full Curly Bangs

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Blunt bangs aren’t off-limits with curly strands.

Embrace your curls with a full blunt bang!

13. Blonde Curly Bangs

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Why not go blonde?

Looking for an even more dramatic way to change up your style? Go blonde!

14. Side-Swept Bangs

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Side-swept are a great style to show off!

Don’t want to commit to full-on fringe? Opt for side bangs instead. This is a great way to try face-framing fringe without fully committing to bangs.

15. Thick Curtain Bangs

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Try a thicker fringe.

Jump onboard the curtain bang trend! A shorter, thick style like this is sure to give off all the ’70s vibes.

16. Wispy Bangs on Curly Hair

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Opt for a wispy look instead.

So you’re not into a blunt bang, but still want some fringe? Try wispy bangs instead!

Just because you have curly hair, doesn’t mean you can’t sport trending bang styles. Whether you’re a first-time fringe wearer or you’re looking for new ways to style and care for your bangs, we got you covered!

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