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Become the star of the show with this ultimate guide to curtain bangs

Getting framed for a crime you didn't commit? No bueno. Changing up your look with some face-framing curtain bangs? Much more fun!

Ready to take a peek behind the curtain bangs? We’re here to help you figure out what kind of bangs to ask your hairdresser for and how to style your bangs after making the chop. Read on for our 101 guide to the haircut of the moment! 

So what's the deal with curtain bangs?

Listen, there's no magic answer key that tells us when the next trend is going to pop. While getting a fringe haircut has been cool for decades (check out some groovy 70s #hairspo to see what we mean), the popularity of fringe hairstyles can come and go. But there are a few reasons why curtain bangs have seen a recent resurgence.

One is that everybody from big-time influencers and hair heroes to amateur content queen are along for the ride. Stars like Matilda Djerf and her hair (I mean, look at those luscious locks!) and Dakota Johnson have been on the front line of the curtain bang revolution for a few years. Now they've been joined by an army of amazing TikTok hairstylists getting in on the action.  


Another reason curtain bangs might be on the up is that, well, let's face it, most of us weren't really out and about last year during the COVID times. A bit of cabin fever is bound to make anyone want to change up their appearance! Also, one of the best things about curtain bangs is they can still look great and work their face-framing magic even as they grow longer. If we’ve learnt anything from lockdown, it’s that nothing is better than low maintenance hair!. While some prefer to keep their long bangs at bay with regular trims, others don't mind the subtle change in look that comes with the extra length. And the ability to pull them back into a ponytail when they get longer makes them even more versatile.

Oh, and they look great sitting above a mask on public transport, too!

OK, I'm what curtain bangs hairstyle should I rock?

Not all curtain bangs are created equal, but the good news is that this cut can be switched up to accommodate different face shapes and hair lengths.

Long, subtle curtain bangs can be great for those with long hair who are looking to round out sharper face features. If you have a longer face or you're not super stoked about your cheekbones or jawline, long curtain bangs can help give your face a more rounded appearance. 

Shorter, more conspicuous curtain bangs can be just as effective in bringing a whole new dimension to your look. These are well-suited to a shorter, more rectangular face, as they won't overwhelm your gorge natural features like longer bangs might. 

How to get the curtain bangs of your dreams

Listen, we love a bit of DIY as much as the next person, but if you take one thing from this curtain bangs chat it's to let the pros do their thang – at least the first time you add curtain bangs to your look. Not only will they be able to recommend a length and style, but they will also have the tools and know-how to achieve the look you desire.  

If it's your first time experimenting with the style, we suggest going with something a bit longer to start. Consider starting off with some chin-length face-framing, or cut just above the cheek line if you’re feeling bold. This will still give you the leeway to tuck the bangs behind your ears if you don’t feel like rocking them. And remember - you can always go shorter, but you can’t go longer!

HOWEVER, we know that sometimes the allure of taking things into your own hands is too much to resist when it comes to cutting hair. While getting out the scissors isn't always the sharpest idea, here are a few things to keep in mind if you're going to try to cut your own curtain bangs.

  • Err on the side of length. As we said above, it's a good idea to cut your bangs long to start (especially if you’re DIY-ing it!) This way if you don't like the results, you can just pull them back, or at the very least have more real estate to style with. Then if you're digging the 'do, you can always go a bit shorter next time.
      • Find your muse. While we don't expect you to cut out magazine pics and tape them to your wall, it's never a bad idea to find a reference photo to help you realise your #hairgoals. This can keep your trim on track. 
  • Have some backup plans. OK, so there's not really a total "back-up plan" when you've taken the shears to your hair. But if you don't like the results of your DIY cut, you can totally accessorise with hats and headbands until your hair grows back.

  • How to style your curtain bangs

    Sure, curtain bangs earn high marks for their versatility and flexibility, but to get the most out of your look, you’re going to need some styling tips. Here are a few tools of the curtain bangs maintenance trade:

    • Volumising hair sprays can help the curtains hang their best with a little boost of extra framing power. Spray some on and then get to work with your hair dryer and a round brush for that fantastic, full look.
    • Your other heat styling tools will also be key when it comes to emphasising your bangs. Get a more blown-out style by curling your hair with your curling iron. Or swim against the tide and use your straightener to curl your hair for natural-looking waves. 
    • Finally, you'll want your bangs to stay in place once you've perfected your style. Use a light spritz of hair spray that's strong enough to keep your fringe on its best behaviour without weighing it down. 

    If the world is a stage, you want to make sure you have the key players at your side to help make your curtain bangs the star of the show. Find them all today at Oz Hair & Beauty and get ready to bring down the house. 

    posted by

    Annaliese Evans on May 20, 2021