Curtain bangs: how to get (and maintain) the must-have hairstyle trend

Minus the freakout of the bangs.

Throughout her life, welcoming bangs is essentially a rite of passage. Whether the almighty blow comes in the wake of a thoughtless hormone-related decision in adolescence or deep within a seemingly endless post-2020 lockdown, we know one thing for sure: bangs are, well , fun.
Any fan of the 1960s Brigitte Bardot It-girls will know curtain bangs, and these days famous faces like Selena Gomez, Dakota Johnson, and Hailee Steinfeld have revamped vintage trim to the status of unavoidable.
Perfect for anyone looking to spruce up their outfit, curtain fringes (or fringes, depending on which hemisphere you reside in) is an easy, low-maintenance way to spice up a look and add depth and depth. dimension to the face.
Achieving the look is simple, but before you reach for the scissors, try to avoid a DIY at home and leave it in the hands of a professional stylist.
Speaking of professionals, Amanda Tua, Founder and Creative Director at Amanda Tua Hair gives the style a boost, walking ELLE Australia through how to style curtain bangs, the maintenance required as well as tips and tricks for getting the look right.

For those new to curtain fringes, Tua explains that “curtain fringe refers to curved fringe that is longer, shorter in the center and longer at the edges,” adding that the style “will usually part in the middle (or wherever your hair naturally parts) and will hold its shape as it grows, meaning this is a very low maintenance style. “


And despite its fringe-like counterparts, this style works well with any face shape, according to Tua.

“The best part about curtain bangs is that they look super flattering on all face shapes! The key is to trim the edges (longest part) down to your cheekbones, this opens up and widens the face at the cheekbone level and automatically refines the chin area, “she says SHE.

For those who need to be even more convinced, hair type makes no difference in the ability of curtain bangs to transform a “do”.

She continues, “Due to the curved shape of curtain bangs, you can tailor the length to your style, even short curtain bangs above the eyebrows can grow out and maintain their soft shape over time. ”

“Curtain bangs are suitable for all lengths – long hair, squares, lobs and even curls look great with curtain bangs,” she says.

But while leaving the delicate cut to a talented stylist is just enough, Tua reassures potential bangs that styling the look once at home doesn’t have to be intimidating.

“The key to making your curtain bangs sweep perfectly is to dry your roots in place,” she recommends. “Make sure you reach your hair before it starts to dry, as the dry roots will determine the position of your bangs”

“Using your hair dryer pointed at your scalp, explode the root area down and forward on your face – the key is to flatten the roots,” she suggests. “If you have cowlicks, use your fingers and rub your hair side to side as you dry. This will manipulate the hair to dry in place and override your cowlicks,”

“Once the roots are dry, you can let the ends air dry for a natural feel, or use a round brush to finish smoothing the ends forward onto your face. […] your curtain bangs will stay beautiful for days, until you’re ready to wash again! “

But of course, those who have sported bangs in the past will remember the seemingly endless hours spent giving the look a makeover every day. As for the curtain fringe, sit back and relax as the style is “fairly low maintenance due to its curved shape,” according to Tua.

“If cut properly, this style of bangs can last for months, look great at any length, and are very easy to grow out if you change your mind. The key is to make sure you blow dry it in place. away from moisture, and it will stay gorgeous until you’re ready to wash again, ”she advises.

With every bang, comes a beginner. And while the launch of a new cut might terrify some, Tua makes sure it can be anything but, explaining that it all depends on how you talk to your stylist.

“Have your stylist incorporate less hair into the bangs initially, it’s a no-obligation way to see what the shorter lengths look like relative to your face shape and from there you can always add more, ”she recommends. “Be sure to ask your stylist to show you how to dry your bangs at home!” “

If, like this writer, lick cows are the bane of your mane, especially around the hairline, don’t worry because bangs are always in the equation. While, yes, it might make styling curtain bangs more difficult, it’s not impossible, “although it will be a much longer version as opposed to traditional length bangs.”

“If you have strong cowlicks, have your stylists cut your bangs while your hair is natural (not styled), so they can work with your cowlicks and how your hair naturally wants to sit,” Tua explains. . “I would recommend longer curtain bangs first, and once you figure out how to style them go for a shorter length.”

“It’s about knowing how to style and work with your natural hair!”

While cow licks have Tua’s approval, there is a hair style that might be worth saying goodbye to curtain bangs. And these are the owners of a widow’s peak.

According to Tua, the distinctive V-shape in the center of the hairline can make the look quite difficult, but a chat with a professional is the best bet for chilling out.

“Those with a widow’s peak would have a really hard time getting their bangs to hang flat,” she explains. “Although there are alternatives that can create more shaping around the face. Make sure you consult a stylist you trust and they can recommend the style that is most flattering for you.”

Bangs or no bangs whether a curtain bangs enhance your outfit or let you look for bobby pins, hair grows so why not make the chop and thank us later.