By: Sarah Federico, Beauty & Wellness Writer
‘Bangs or no bangs?’ was the ultimate (hair) quandary. But the curtain bang has put an end to that dilemma, providing the perfect halfway point between bangs and – well – no bangs.
“Curtain bangs are the gateway to bangs, because they’re super versatile,” confirms Emily Heser, stylist at Cutler Salon in New York City.
But what even is a curtain fringe – and how can you know if the style is right for you? First, a necessary definition: Unlike straight across bangs, curtain bangs are angled so that they’re shorter in the center and longer on the sides. And much like the name suggests, they part in the middle, just like (you guessed it) curtains. The resulting look is sweeping, textured … and of course, effortlessly cool.
However, the beauty of a curtain bang lies not only in its boho-chic aesthetic, but also in its low-maintenance care techniques. Because, unlike the blunt, straight across bangs of before, a curtain bang only requires attention at intervals similar to that of the rest of your hair. Every four to six weeks.
“They don’t take on the commitment of adding a full-throttle bang to your hair, says Alex Brown, celebrity stylist. “They’re less work and are so easy to grow out.”
Here, we’re breaking down who should get a curtain bang (spoiler alert: almost everyone), what to ask for and how to care for them once they’ve been placed perfectly, to accentuate your face.
Who should get curtain bangs?
Luckily, this style looks good on (almost) everyone. In truth, the real point of distinction is the length of the fringe; this is a decision your stylist will make based on your face shape and hair type/texture.
“A curtain fringe can be suitable for most face shapes,” says Adam Federico, Director of Content for R+Co and Creative Director for Federico Beauty. “However, I would suggest that you avoid the shape if your face is narrow or triangle shaped.”
What should I ask for?
Actually, it’s more about what you shouldn’t ask for. Specifically, we suggest that you refrain from asking for a specific length. That’s because your stylist will need to take several factors into consideration when determining your curtain bang’s ideal length. These include your face shape, eye shape and size, and your hair’s type and texture.
Instead, go in asking for the shape that you want. In this case, you’re looking for a fringe that’s longer on the sides and shorter in the middle. This will allow the bang to ‘break,’ or form a curtain, which will frame your face and eyes. While we always recommend bringing pictures for inspiration, go in with a flexible attitude.
“The term ‘curtain fringe’ is trending right now,” says Federico. “I suggest that you go into the salon with reference pictures, because sometimes what you’re seeing in your mind’s eye is not necessarily what I’m seeing in mine.”
“From that point,” he adds, “allow me some flexibility in the length.”
How do I style my curtain bang?
The truth is, all bangs require extra maintenance – and anyone who tells you different is just fluffing your feathers. But, because curtain bangs boast extra length, they’re easier to style than a traditional fringe.
Step 1: Part hair down the middle.
Step 2: Using a boar-bristle brush and a blowdryer with a concentrator nozzle, blow dry bangs flat against your forehead working from left to right; this can help to remove any undesirable growth patterns.
Step 3: Keep your bang’s shape in check with a flexible hold, working hairspray. This will allow you to adjust and readjust throughout the day.
Alternatively, allow a textured curtain fringe to air dry, and push it around for a French-girl chic aesthetic.
“A curtain fringe can be worn by almost anyone,” confirms Federico. “And,” he adds, “I love the way that a curtain fringe can help to open up the eyes and frame in the apples of a cheekbone.”
In short, he concludes, it’s the perfect ask for anyone looking to achieve that “artfully rumpled” vibe.