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How to Style Curtain Bangs

We’re here to tell you that curtain bangs are timeless. There’s more than one way to style them, and they’re the perfect solution for anyone (with any texture) trying to escape a mild hair rut. Sam Villa, co-founder and CCO of Sam Villa, opens the curtain on styling curtain bangs.

Curtain bangs were made famous in the ’60s and ’70s by actresses like Brigitte Bardot, Goldie Hawn, and Farrah Fawcett. Professionally referred to as a ‘curtain fringe,’ they are a softer look on the traditional straight-across fringe. Curtain bangs can vary in length and are most often shorter in the center and longer on the sides, with wispy ends that blend into the rest of the hair. A curtain fringe works best parted down the middle and can be longer to sweep back to frame the face and eyes, as a curtain does with a window. You can sort of hide behind them, yet people see your eyes,” Sam tells us.

How to Style Curtain Bangs

“It’s important to note that any bang/fringe requires some maintenance. While curtain bangs require some effort it’s not as much as others,” says Sam. To style, he recommends “blow drying your entire triangle curtain fringe section under to smooth with a Sam Villa Signature Series Thermal Styling Brush. Then, directionally blow dry the curtain fringe to sweep back. Do not blow dry for volume, just smooth to control the ends so they don’t flip out,” he emphasizes.  

“If a cowlick is involved, it’s tricky to get that middle part” he points out. To fix this, “use a Sam Villa Signature Series Wide Cutting Comb (on the large tooth side) and dry in an X pattern from one side to the other. Direct airflow and heat down on the cowlick to smooth and stretch into place. The comb allows you to get down closer to the scalp area in order to control the cowlick,” he continues. 

How to Style Different Textures of Curtain Bangs

The best thing about curtain bangs is they look good on practically everyone,” Sam says. “Whether someone has straight, wavy, or curly hair, as long as they are tailored to suit the best features, they look beautiful. Curtain bangs can be extremely versatile depending on the amount of wave-curl texture. They can be worn natural simply by using creaseless clips to hold each side in place until they dry.”

Sam shares that “should you desire to stretch dry (blow dry straight), the choice of tool is important. If you’re working with curly texture, use a wide-tooth comb and dry in an X pattern from one side to the other to stretch the base scalp area. Then switch to a thermal round brush and dry under for smoothness while directing back. Once completely dry, simply brush back for styling curtain bangs made simple,” he adds.

How Not to Style Curtain Bangs

Of course, there are some parameters to achieving this look.When styling curtain bangs, work with damp hair vs dry to control the direction and movement of the curtain fringe better. Don’t use a large round brush and wrap back the entire section back on top of the head, this creates too much volume and exposes the eye entirely. There is some mystique to curtain fringe,” continues Sam.

How to Save Misbehaving Bangs

Curtain bangs are still bangs, so again, maintenance is key. “Professional bang trims are important between appointments to stabilize the length and maintain control. The longer they become, the more unruly they get. Focus on blow drying and sweeping them back, especially the longer they get. To softly control curtain fringe to stay back and behave without looking too stiff, spray a Sam Villa Signature Series Paddle Brush with Redken Quick Dry 18 hairspray and then brush the curtain fringe back and away,” Sam explains.

Our favorite thing about curtain bangs is the low-stales insta-update they provide. Curtain fringes are a perfect middle ground for those who want to keep their length but want something a little different,” says Sam. “They’re also really versatile and can be styled in different ways for a total change. Keep in mind that a true curtain bang can only happen from a middle part. If you choose to part on the side, then you will have a drape on one side and curtain on the other. Curtain fringe is also easy to grow out, as over time it becomes face-framing layers.”

He notes that “the fringe trend continues and is not going anywhere as we are constantly seeing different versions, especially as old trends continue to be reinvented. Curtain bangs have added that new twist as they are versatile and work with any look or length and are easy to maintain and style.” 

Not sure which type of fringe is right for you? HERE are the best curtain bangs for each face shape!



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