What Are Curtain Bangs and Why Is Everyone Getting Them?

Whether you love 'em or hate 'em, bangs are here to stay.

Let’s be honest, all of us have gone through a bangs phase at some point. Seriously, who hasn’t asked themselves at least once (especially during quarantine), should I get bangs? I’ll be the first to admit I got bangs not once but twice in my lifetime (and we’re not going to discuss if I regretted it or not).

Despite the mixed reviews, one classic style from the bangs fam is making a comeback. Our fave celebs and influencers are even hopping back on this trend with its ‘60s vibes. Enter curtain bangs.

This long, middle-parted fringe look has been making waves on the Internet (specifically TikTok and Instagram) for its boho-chic vibe and because it’s easy to rock on any hair type. Here’s everything you need to know about the beauty trend—plus how to cut and style your new curtain bangs.

Ok, What Are Curtain Bangs?

This style isn’t new. The bangs made their debut back in the ’60s and ’70s—thanks to Bridgette Bardot (ICYMI, curtain bangs are also known as the ‘Bardot Fringe’), Farrah Fawcett and more.

They’re a softer take on traditional bangs. Instead of covering your entire forehead, the bangs are parted in the middle (like a curtain, get it?) to frame your face. The look brings volume and added layer to your regular hairstyle.

The best part? Anyone can try curtain bangs. This trend is not only limited to straight or wavy hair. Curly gals have been testing out the style on their locks.

How To Cut Curtain Bangs

If you’re heading to the salon, a picture reference is key. (Keep in mind that you should bring an inspo pic that matches your hair texture, type or length to get a similar look to what you’re going for.)

Once you hit that chair, don’t be afraid to communicate with your stylist. The last thing you want is a style completely different from what you requested. No one is searching for sad bangs.

But if a salon is not in your future, try cutting them at home. Here’s a step-by-step guide (so you don’t get too scissor happy):

1. Grab your materials. You’ll need a pair of cutting shears (FYI: We’re not talking about regular scissors.), a comb and a hair tie.

2. Part and divide your hair. Use the comb to make an even line on both sides, almost like a triangle shape to add fullness. Don’t go too far into your middle part and put away the rest of your hair so it’s not in the way.

3. Start in the center. You want to cut from the shortest to the longest section of your curtain bang. Begin trimming the ends at a diagonal. You want to cut your hair at an angle. (To avoid cutting too much, cut small pieces at a time and check on the results throughout the process.) Repeat on both sides.

4. Compare the sections. Are they the same length on each side? If not, trim the longer side to make your sections match. Try combing the sections together to catch any flyaways or missed spots.

4. Style as usual. Comb through and marvel at your masterpiece. Use a roller brush or flat iron to bring out some volume.

One thing to keep in mind is to take it slow especially if this is your first time cutting bangs. (We’ve seen enough botched bangs videos online.)

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How To Style Curtain Bangs

Yay, so you got your curtain bangs, now what?

Once you’re satisfied with your fringe, it’s important to take care of it. Remember to trim your bangs often. (Pst, here’s a handy how-to guide.) You can manage the shape and style using a straightener or hot air brush to bring back the definition. Add a nice spritz of your dry shampoo, leave-in or styling spray to keep the look refreshed for the rest of the day.

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The '60s style is pretty versatile and easy to manage. You can have them out or pin them away—the possibilities are endless. Here are a few styles to try:

1. You Can Go For A Straightforward Look.

Let your hair loose and let your bangs do all the talking.

2. Rock A Messy Bun.

Keep it casual and show off a bit of the outer edges of your bangs with your hair pulled into a messy bun or a ponytail.

3. Or Go For Full-on '60s.

Unleash your vintage style. The more volume, the better.

Now the question is not can I rock these curtain bangs? Because yes, yes, you can. The question should be, when can I book my next hair appointment (or make time to do it at home)? Because it might be time to try a new look for fall.

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