How to Get the ’90s Curtains Hairstyle

Hey, baby: Channel your inner '90s heartthrob.

Ready to relive the ’90s? Then you’ve got to try out the curtains hairstyle, a trademark look of teen band members and pro footballers everywhere. We suggest wearing this look with some oversized sweaters, to still look trendy without going overboard. This floppy, boyish hairstyle is best worn by guys with straight to wavy textures. The curtains hairstyle is a good option to try if you’ve got healthy-looking strands, as no other look showcases shine better than this preppy, longish hairdo.

Bonus points if you’re already sporting some version of a shaved cut: The two-winged look, which features a medium-length haircut with a middle part on the hairline—hence the name—has been a natural progression of fans of the undercut, another beloved retro hair throwback from the grunge era.

For the true two-wing aficionados however, we show how to recreate that tricky middle part on cropped hair, a routine you can then maintain as it grows out to cheek-length. Get ready to make your fangirls swoon as you rock this modern take on the curtains hairstyle:

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Start with Clean Hair

Prep your hair for the curtains hairstyle by washing it with a refreshing shampoo. We like Dove Men+Care Hydration Fuel 2-In-1 Fortifying Shampoo + Conditioner. Afterwards, towel-dry or rough-dry with your fingers and a blowdryer.

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Blow-Dry to Create Your Wave

On shorter hair, getting that telltale floppy lift needs a bit of help — specifically, from a few twirls of the blowdryer and a round brush. It’s super easy: Simply swirl the brush on the underside of your bangs in a forward motion to create a “wave.”

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Apply Wax or Firm-Hold Pomade

A non-greasy pomade is the key to achieving that sleek yet structured feel of the curtains hairstyle. Apply a finger-swipe of Bed Head for Men by TIGI Slick Trick Firm Hold Pomade, between your palms and distribute throughout your hair. Note: Focus on using pomade on the hairline area and use any leftovers to mat down the sides and back.

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Done!

Put the finishing touches with some pomade, making sure both “curtains” are even. Your curtains hairstyle is complete!

That’s all there is to creating the curtains hairstyle! It’s simple and highly effective.

1. Off-Center Part

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A slightly off-center part keeps it a bit more modern too. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Take this classically 90s style straight to 2020 with this slightly overgrown style. Opt for an off-center part for a slightly different take on this look.

2. Classic Cut

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Try this classic 90s style.

You can’t go wrong with a classic 90s curtain hairstyle.

3. Overgrown

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Wear it longer!

Grow out your hair and opt for this medium-length curtain hairstyle! Run a bit of Dove Men + Care Defining Pomade through your ends to give your style some shape.

4. Something Subtle

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Consider a subtler alternative. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Go super subtle with a barely-there part.

5. Shaved Sides

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Pair your curtains with a side shave.

Give your curtain hairstyle a modern twist and opt for this look that incorporates shaved sides.

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