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The latest type of bang to start trending—known as curtain bangs—is so pretty that you might just want to consider chopping your hair and rocking this celeb-inspired look. We understand that making the decision to get bangs isn’t easy—after all, they can add a few minutes (or more!) to your hairstyling routine every morning. But this face-framing bang is the perfect way to ease into having a fringe.
Keep reading to learn exactly what curtain bangs are, how to style them with hair spray and hair serum, and more. The good news is, curtain bangs work well with straight hair, wavy hair, and curly hair. Just keep in mind that in addition to factoring in your texture, curtain bangs work best on those with medium to thick hair. With that said, here’s your guide to curtain bangs.
Curtain bangs are bangs that are parted down the middle, framing your face on each side. They’re usually on the longer side and have wispy ends, giving them a laidback, cool-girl vibe. Curtain bangs used to be super-popular back in the 1970s and are now on-trend once again. And it makes sense, not only are other beauty looks from the '70s back in style, but curtain bangs look super-pretty! It’s no surprise that some of our favorite celebrities have been seen sporting curtain bangs as of late.
Let’s be real, one scroll through your social media feeds, and you’re likely to see a few images of curtain bangs. While we’re firm believers that everyone should try whatever hairstyle their heart desires, certain hairstyles often pair best with certain face shapes. Do curtain bangs look good on round faces? Will they suit your square face shape? As it turns out, you’re in luck. Curtain bangs look particularly beautiful on round and square faces. That’s because they can help to elongate the appearance of your face, giving the look of an oval shape.
While blunt bangs and wispy bangs can work with just about zero styling; think of curtain bangs as their high maintenance cousin. Since curtain bangs are parted in the middle, you will need to train your hair to maintain that shape—and get used to the idea of having a middle part! This means you’ll need to be comfortable with heat styling and using products to help give your bangs body and bounce.
To style curtain bangs, get them wet, towel-dry them, and spritz with a leave-in conditioner or a tiny amount of hair serum. From there, use a round brush to blow-dry your bangs up and away from your face. Drying them this way will help give your curtain bangs some bounce. Once your curtain bangs are completely dry, part them down the middle or off to the side and spritz them with a hair spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Fine Control Hairspray, to help keep them in place.
You know how to style your curtain bangs, but what about the rest of your mane? Lucky for you, there’s no shortage of options when it comes to hairstyles that pair well with curtain bangs. That being said, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to compile a list of three we can’t get enough of.
We’ll be honest, long, wavy hair will always be a go-to hairstyle, but it’s one that looks even more beautiful when paired with curtain bangs. Your face-framing strands will seamlessly blend into loose curls for a totally romantic vibe. Use a wide-barrel curling iron to wave your strands, then run your fingers through your mane to loosen the look.
Messy hair, don’t care—especially when it’s paired with curtain bangs! After styling your bangs, sweep the remainder of your hair into a messy, high ponytail. No need to stress over perfection—this look is perfectly messy! Your curtain bangs will keep some hair surrounding your face without leaving so much that it gets in the way as you go about your day.
Did we mention we love a romantic hairstyle completed by curtain bangs? Well, here’s another to add to your list. Sweep your strands to one side before weaving a loose, carefree braid. Let your curtain bangs hang free, and you’ve got yourself a boho-chic ‘do!
If you haven’t been convinced to get curtain bangs yet, allow us to elaborate further on a few reasons why you might want to hop on the curtain bang bandwagon besides the fact that they’re bound to evoke some serious hair-envy.
Curtain bangs benefit #1: They can help disguise an uneven hairline. If your hairline isn’t straight across, a nice set of curtain bangs can hide that and make for a seriously stylish hairstyle.
Curtain bangs benefit #2: They can help make you look younger. Think about it: Bangs hide your forehead, so if you have any fine lines and wrinkles there that you’d like to disguise, curtain bangs might be a great choice.
Curtain bangs benefit #3: They can help hide imperfections. The same way curtain bangs can help cover fine lines and wrinkles on your forehead; they can also help conceal other skin imperfections on your forehead, like dark spots and breakouts.
Now that you know all about curtain bangs, we have a few more articles on bangs to share with you. Check out 25 Hairstyles with Bangs to Update Your Look and The Skin Care Routine to Follow When You Have Bangs.
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