October 3, 2022

women with curtain bangs

There’s one hairstyle that intimidates nearly all of us: bangs. But bangs don’t have to be scary. In fact, curtain bangs can be downright low-key.

If you examine someone with curtain bangs, you’ll notice that the bangs seemingly have a bit of a mind of their own, sometimes fully separating for a true curtain effect, and other times looking more piece-y all the way across. With this in mind—and with a hankering to snag a stylish set ourselves—we chatted with celebrity hairstylist and R+Co Collective member Ashley Streicher for everything there is to know about creating and maintaining the perfect curtain bangs.

Keep reading for 29 of our favorite curtain bang styles.

Curtain Bangs 101

Once your fringe has been snipped, it’s all about knowing how to maintain the look.

“The best way to maintain a good curtain bang is to keep them the perfect, most effortless length, which means trimming them often,” Streicher says, noting that you can even trim them yourselves with a pair of sharp eyebrow scissors (like Tweezerman’s Brow Shaping Scissors & Brush, $20). “I’m not against trimming them a tiny bit in between appointments,” she says. “Because [eyebrow scissors] are small and sharp, you can easily cut into your bangs, maintaining the perfect shape.”

Not quite confident in your self-trimming abilities? Same, same. Fortunately, Streicher has us covered.

Now that you’re all caught up on all things curtain bangs, it’s time to find your perfect inspo shot. Ahead, you’ll discover dozens of different to wear the trendy hairstyle.

Not sure you’re cut out for curtain bangs? Streicher says that anyone (read: any hair type) will look good in the style.

 

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Bouncy Curtain Bangs

Heidi Klum
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First things first, you want to start with a good base. This means not only asking your stylist for curtain bangs but explaining exactly what you want in the process. It’s helpful if you can bring a picture of your desired look, too, as they’re less likely to go off-track with styling when they have a clear-cut image to reference.

Exhibit A that a wide range of hair types can wear curtain bangs. Oftentimes, people think that curls are an automatic opt-out of any type of fringe but, as you can see here, it’s actually a great style to pair with the hair type.

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Widespread Curtain Bangs

Halle Berry
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There are many different ways to wear curtain bangs—they don’t always have to splay across your forehead. Here, you can see how wearing the fringe to the outer edges of your forehead creates a whimsical, laidback look—especially when worn with a messy bun.

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’80s Curtain Bangs

Sandra Oh curly shag with bangs
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We’re getting retro Joan Jett vibes with this ’80s-style pseudo-mullet. Here, styling is all about an air-dry (maybe with some texture spray

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Curtain Bang Combo

Selena Gomez
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Why settle for one type of bang? This shag cut has curtain bangs that are sandwiching some flip-y front fringe.

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’70s Fringe

Chloe Grace Moretz
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Nobody does curtain bangs better than Instagram influencer Matilda Djerf. She’s a downright hair icon at this point.

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Relaxed Curtain Bangs

Alexa Chung "bed-head"
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Coarser hair type? Curtain bangs are still worth considering. In fact, thanks to your hair’s texture, you might even find it easier than some finer-typed tresses to actually maintain the signature curtain part.

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Tousled Curtain Bangs

Yara Shahidi
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Messy texture and curtain fringe goes together like PB&J. A good texturizing spray will help you achieve this style, even if you have fine strands.

To keep your curtain bangs looking their best, Streicher says to keep a dry texture spray on hand. “R+Co BALLOON Dry Volume Spray ($33) is the ultimate bang spray,” she says. “It keeps them fluffy with volume and absorbs any oils from your forehead that could possibly cause separation.”

 

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Fanned Curtain Fringe

Billie Eilish Wolf Cut Shag
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A Marianne mane if we’ve ever seen one. Here, it’s all about the light fan of fringe across the forehead so no area is fully without a few strands of hair. So effortlessly chic, no?

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Subtle Wave Curtain Bangs

jameela jamil with wavy hair
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Long locks and curtain bangs can make quite the pairing. Here, we’re shown how waves can come into the picture too, further proving that curtain bangs may very well be the most effortless fringe style there is.

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Air-Dried Curtain Bangs

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Speaking of waves, check out the air-dried texture of these curtain bangs. It creates a wavy allure that looks even better thanks to the well-maintained ends.

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Curly Curtain Bang

Rihanna
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Curtain bangs work with all hair lengths—we especially love this long hair updo transformation (here, Rihanna wears a pineapple style) that proves their versatility.

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Natural Curtain Bangs

Logan Browning natural curly pixie
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This shaggy chop is made even better with some light fringe that’s right on the cusp of curtain and full-on bangs.

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Curtain Bang Pixie

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This close-crop pixie cut blends up to a longer front, which is the perfect opportunity for styling in some curtain fringe.

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Wispy Curtain Bangs

January Jones textured lob with curtain bangs
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If you have thick hair, you might be concerned about ultra-heavy curtain bangs. Thankfully, your stylist can tailor the style to your hair type so that if your bangs feel too heavy, they can always get thinned out. January Jones show that even thin curtain bangs can have major impact.

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Ambiguous Curtain Bangs

Darryl Hannah
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Curtain bangs don’t always have to be so obvious—waving out the hair hides the curtain bangs in a sense here, which is perfect for days when you want to give the bangs a break (or if you’re in the process of growing them out).

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Sophisticated and Sleek Curtain Bangs

Priyanka Chopra wavy shag
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Curtain bangs work with all textures. Priyanka Jonas offers a prime example, shown here with loose curtain bangs and a wavy but very sleek ‘do.

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Wide Curtain Bangs

Christie Brinkley
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Fluffy, soft hair is a trend we’re seeing popping up on social media time and time again. Pair it with curtain bangs, as this person did here, and you have yourself a stylish cut everyone will want to cop.

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Eye-Grazing Curtain Bangs

Camila Cabello long shag with fringe
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This look shows how just a small flick of the ends of your fringe can add so much character to your style. And even when grown out, bangs can lend a sultry edge to any length..

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Curtain Bangs and Topknot

Paz Vega topknot with bangs
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Topknots always look great, but the addition of some face-framing fringe really takes the classic style to a new level.

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Fluffy Texture

Natasha Lyonne undone long and wavy hair with bangs
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Another beautiful example of fluffy texture and a stylish curtain fringe.

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Curly-to-Straight Curtain Bangs

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Click through to see how curtain bangs work for both curly texture and straightened hair. The versatility meets no bounds.

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Mid-Length Curtain Bangs

Georgia May Jagger shag with curtain bangs
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Curtain bangs can be short, long, or somewhere in the middle. We like how bang icon Georgia May Jagger shows off how mid-length bangs can create a flowing ’70s vibe.

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Lots of Layers

Jennifer Lopez shag with curtain bangs
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This long, layered cut met with tousled roots is glamorous and carefree all at once. We love how J. Lo’s highlights add even more impact.

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Classic Curtain Bangs

Constance Wu
 

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A classic curtained fringe makes an otherwise standard cut that much more eye-catching. For this look, use a straightener to smooth things out and apply a product such as Redken Shine Flash Shine Spray ($23) for added sheen.

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Soft Curtain Fringe

Gabrielle Union curly shag and bangs
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This lob-length shag paired with wispy curtain bangs is bold and understatedly beautiful.

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Sleek Curtain Bangs

Elsa Hosk
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A curtain bang is scary—we totally get it—but Elsa Hosk is proof that taking the leap may just serve you well. Here, Hosk went the sleek route, rather than the shaggy. The look is pure sophisticated, thanks to ends that flip inward and bangs that slightly flip out.

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Blunt Bangs

Winnie Harlow blunt bangs
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Blunt curtain fringe and a touch of texture can do so much for someone’s mane. Make like Winnie Harlow and try a half-up do that really draws attention to a blunt and just-slightly-curtained bang.

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Kinky-Curly Curtain Bangs

Mica Arganaraz curly shag with bangs
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Curtain bangs may have a different structure and lay differently on coily hair types, yet they still look completely awesome.

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Curtain Bang Bob

Rashida Jones bob with bangs
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As we’ve been saying, curtain bangs work with all hair lengths, even a classic bouncy bob. Just ensure the ends of the bangs curl under the same way as the ends of the bob itself.

FAQ
  • How often do curtain bangs need to be trimmed?

    Depending on how long you like to keep them, curtain bangs should be trimmed every 5 to 6 weeks. That way, they maintain a healthy look and feel.

  • How do you dry curtain bangs?

    For a more textured look, you can let your curtain bangs air-dry. But for more volume, try using a round brush, blowing the nozzle upward on the bangs while you curl with the brush.

  • What products do you need to style curtain bangs?

    Texture spray is always a good idea for those with some natural curl. Otherwise, a shine spray or a gel (to smooth flyaways) will work wonders.