22 Trendy And Best Curtain Bangs For All Hair Types

Add style to your look with curtain bangs – the perfect blend of comfort and versatility!

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Curtain bangs have made a huge resurgence as a striking style that will give you a chic, edgy, timeless look. Whether you are looking to zhuzh up an updo or bring life to a loose style, curtain bangs are the perfect way to elegantly frame your face and give you a cool, modern look. As if that wasn’t enough, this unique style is incredibly versatile to experiment with various looks – all you need to do is ask your hairdresser or hair stylist for it. Give curtain bangs a try to switch up your look without making a major commitment! Award winning hairstylist, Erin Fernandes says, “Curtain bangs are the fastest way to change your shape/style, without committing to a big chop. They highlight cheekbones, balance out face shapes. They also add an elegance to an undo or a chill ponytail.” Curtain bangs have recently become a popular trend in hair styling, and for a good reason. Much like how a curtain parts to bring in the warm sunlight, curtain bangs part to perfectly frame your forehead and eyes. They also add a touch of chicness to your mane. These bangs are a softer take on the traditional straight-across fringe. Get the best of both worlds with shorter hair in the center, blended sides, and wispy ends.

Whether you want to test out a new look or switch up your style, curtain bangs are the perfect middle ground. You can pin up these bangs easily for those days when you want a hair-free forehead! Curtain bangs are an easy way to add a modern touch to your look, and they are relatively easy to maintain with regular trims.

What Are Curtain Bangs?

Curtain bangs have recently become a popular trend in hair styling, and for a good reason. Much like how a curtain parts to bring in the warm sunlight, curtain bangs part to perfectly frame your forehead and eyes. They also add a touch of chicness to your mane. These bangs are a softer take on the traditional straight-across fringe. Get the best of both worlds with shorter hair in the center, blended sides, and wispy ends.

Whether you want to test out a new look or switch up your style, curtain bangs are the perfect middle ground. You can pin up these bangs easily for those days when you want a hair-free forehead! Curtain bangs are an easy way to add a modern touch to your look, and they are relatively easy to maintain with regular trims.

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Curtain bangs can be used to enhance your best features. Long, sweeping bangs can narrow down a broad face, while shorter bangs can add definition to cheekbones.

Now, let’s check out how to cut curtain bangs in the comfort of your home!

The Beginner’s Guide To Cutting The Perfect Curtain Bangs

This step-by-step guide will help you get the perfect curtain bangs at home. With just a few tools, a steady hand, and a little trial and error, you will be able to achieve salon-quality results. Once you have followed these simple steps to achieve a salon finish, you will be shocked at the transformation. Let’s get started!

What You Need

  • Trimming scissors
  • Rat-tail comb
  • Hair tie
  • Round brush
  • Hairdryer

What To Do

  1. Using the rat-tail comb, part your hair on one side in a slanted side parting.
  2. Repeat the same on the other side, so both the partings meet to form a triangle with the hairline. This triangular section of hair will be cut into curtain bangs. Erin Fernandes says, “I would suggest taking a small middle section (not all of the hair) as a guide first. The length can then be determined, whether they want to go shorter or keep the length this is called your “guide”.
  3. Choose the length of your bangs. Keep them somewhere between your eyebrows to the cheekbones.
  4. Hold the section of hair between your ring and middle fingers, stretching it to the desired length. Slide your ring and middle fingers a little lower, so when you cut the bangs, they don’t come out too short.
  5. Holding your scissors horizontally, cut a guide piece at the corner to serve as a reference point.
  6. Using the reference point, cut your bangs to the desired length.
  7. To feather the ends of the bangs to give it a wispy look, hold the scissors vertically and begin snipping the ends gently.
  8. Perfect your bangs by trimming any longer pieces.
  9. Style the bangs with a round brush and blow dryer for a bouncy, voluminous finish. Blow drying on base and under.
  10. Part your bangs at the center and sweep the ends to each side.

There are many fun ways to style curtain bangs. Check them all out in the next section!

22 Best Ways To Style Curtain Bangs

Curtain Bangs For Curly Hair

1. Romantic Curly Curtain Bangs

Soft brunette curls with curtain bangs
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Take inspiration from Odessa Young and see how her soft, loose curly curls perfectly flatter her unevenly parted curtain bangs! The gentle curls make her look like she just got out of bed but still ready to strut across the red carpet. Recreate this lovely look with a few snips and curls and rock the party with your own cool style.

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To create fake curtain bangs, section out bangs in a triangle 1.5″ back from the hairline. Create diagonal parts, then curl each section away from the face with a one-inch iron, starting close to the root and ending at the brow.

2. Voluminous Curly Curtain Bangs

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When it comes to stylish hairstyles, curtain bangs definitely make a statement, especially with curly hair. Tracee Ellis Ross has taken this timeless look to a whole new level by adding volume and dimension to it. Her style is delicious and hard to ignore – a perfect look for all curly hair types. This versatile look can add texture and shape to your hair and help you create any style!

3. Wispy Curly Curtain Bangs

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Just look at Sandra Oh’s timelessly elegant ‘do, and you will see why everyone’s going crazy over curtain bangs. For those with curly waves, all you need is a few spritzes of texturizing spray and you’ll have your bangs framed and ready to go in no time. So, if you are ready to rock a seriously trendy look, say ‘hello’ to your newest, most beloved accessory – curtain bangs.

4. Faux Curtain Bangs With A Top Knot

Curtain bangs for curly hair with a huge topknot
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Yara Shahidi made curtain bangs look uber stylish and attainable for curly hair. If you are keen to try these bangs but aren’t sure if it’s for you, opt for the faux curtain bangs look. Simply pull your hair into a huge topknot and loop the ends toward your face to create face-framing curtain bangs that fall over your forehead. You’ll never have to worry about committing to the real thing. Erin Fernandes says “This is a technique I love to recommend.”

5. Deeply Parted SpiralBangs

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If you’re looking to add an ultra-modern, confident edge to your look, follow in Zendaya’s footsteps and try out the spiral curtain bangs and let your layered hair curl up in volumes. With this trend, you’re sure to have everyone doing a double-take!

6. Middle Parted Curtain Bangs

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Tessa Thompson proves even short layered curls can be transformed into eye-catching looks. If you’re looking to add some drama to your short hair, here’s the perfect solution—the center-parted short curls with wispy curled curtain bangs that are stunning for any occasion!

7. Side Swept Curly Curtain Bangs

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Rihanna’s asymmetric curly bob with curtain bangs is definitely not the choice for the girl-next-door look. The side-swept bangs casually fall on the face and are then gently tucked away to give you a romantic yet bold look. This hairdo oozes confidence and sophistication.

Curtain Bangs For Straight Hair

8. Layered Straight Curtain Bangs

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Curtain bangs are the perfect way to frame your face and style straight hair. Nicole Richie’s face-framing straight and center-parted layered curtain bangs paired with gold sequined accessory grab all eyes toward her. This glamorous and timeless look will surely make you the center of attention wherever you go.

9. Multi-LayeredCurtain Bangs Updo

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If you’re looking for an elegant hairstyle, Ivy Getty’s updo is a perfect choice. This fashionable look will turn heads with its multi-layered curtain bangs slightly parted to the side. The contrast of the straight bangs paired with the curly top knot makes this ‘do look stunning and easy. Achieve maximum style  with minimal effort and create a look that’s always on point!

10. Center-Parted Long Curtain Bangs

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If your curtains are of the more extended variety, it’s easy to copy the look of Sarah Jessica Parker. The center parting emphasizes the curtain bangs while the long straight layers frame the face and flatter its features. Let it loose, and with zero styling, it does wonders for your look.

Kayli Boyle, a YouTuber, shared her personal experience and opinion on how she likes to cut and style her own curtain bangs. She talks about curtain bangs are easy to do, and further proceeds to offer some useful tips, saying, “The thing with bangs is that you never want to pull, if you pull they are going to pounce back up (i).”

11. Low Pony With Curtain Bangs

Straight curtain bangs with middle parting
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Curtain bangs are easy to pull off, as Queen PeeCee demonstrated. She simply parted her hair in the middle and tucked it into a low-side ponytail, allowing the bangs to create a lush, voluminous curtain in front. So, if you want to try out a new haircut, copy Priyanka Chopra’s easy-yet- stylish look!

12. Slightly Parted Curtain Bangs

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Constance Wu’s sleek, straight hairstyle is an effortless classic. With slightly longer side pieces and delicate parted curtain bangs in the middle, it creates a timeless yet modern look. Whether you’re dressing up for the evening or simply running errands, this chic style is perfect for all occasions. Instead of over-styling, let your trendy curtain bangs do the talking and turn heads wherever you go!

13. Ponytail With Side-Parted Curtain Bangs

Straight side parted curtain bangs
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Wouldn’t you love to rock a ponytail with sleek curtain bangs wearing a leather jacket at some point in your life? Well, seize the day like Sarah Hyland with this fabulous side-parted sleek curtain bangs hairdo that has choppy ends. Curtain bangs are a must-try if you’re looking for a stand-out style.

14. Center-Parted Thick Curtain Bangs

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Kim Kardashian is taking us back to the 60s with her statement-making style! She channels her inner mod girl with her sleek, straight curtain bangs with a middle part and a bouffant updo. This classic look proves that curtain bangs will always be timeless and fashionable no matter the era. Who knew retro fashion could look this chic?

15. Blunt Curtain Bangs

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Unlike the fringe hairstyle, curtain bangs are versatile. Ava Michelle flaunts blunt curtain bangs that are draped across her forehead and land right above her eyes. The bangs have slightly longer pieces at the sides that would blend into the rest of the hair. However, it creates a harmonious look when worn with an updo.

Curtain Bangs For Short Hair

16. Choppy Curtain Bang Pixie

Long choppy curtain bangs with a pixie cut
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Halle Berry’s signature pixie cut with curtain bangs is making a major fashion statement with its unique blend of beauty, style and sophistication. Not only does it frame the face beautifully, but it also provides an opportunity to experiment with curtain bangs. With its close-cropped back, the pixie cut is the ideal platform for the longer front to showcase this sassy, fresh look.

17. Center-PartedWavy Curtain Bangs

Wavy center-parted curtain bangs
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Jessica Alba’s wavy center-parted curtain bangs with short bob are versatility personified. This youthful hairstyle brings out a soft, innocent look and you can pull off this style no matter your age.

18. Short Bob Curtain Bangs

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January Jones has been making waves lately with her sweet, short, wavy look. Her piece-y curtain bangs pair perfectly with the textured, shiny beachy waves to create a refreshingly stylish hairstyle. To replicate her look and get a similarly stunning effect, spritz your locks with a light texture spray after styling to add that extra something special.

19. Side-Parted Long Bangs

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Love her or hate her, Taylor Swift knows how to rock the perfect rockstar chic look! The classic bob with textured hair, rough, choppy edges, and curtain bangs sprinkled across the forehead will turn heads and make you look like a total boss, babe! This look is perfect for the free-spirited woman who loves to stand out yet stay low-maintenance when it comes to her hair.

20. Center-Parted Wispy Bangs

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Alexa Chung’s romantic wavy bob with middle-parted wispy curtain bangs gives the dreamy look for that first date (or any special occasion) where you want to be the center of your partner’s attention. The soft, highlighted hair with the curtain bangs framing the face and flattering the face is as romantic a look as you can get with minimal effort.

21. Feathered Curtain Bangs

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Lucy Boyton’s center-parted feathered curtain bangs add volume and dimension to her hair. The prominent waves and textured ends amplify the alluring and carefree vibe, perfectly framing her face. If you’re looking for a hairstyle that will take your look to the next level without the hassle, this is definitely for you!

22. Wavy Hair Curtain Bangs

Chloe Grace Moretz wavy hair with curtain bangs
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Chloe Grace Moretz’s collarbone-cut hair with wild waves creates an enlivening yet cute look. The wavy hair and center-parted bangs add a playful charm to the look. The sides of the hair are thinned out, while the fringe haircut frames her heart-shaped face to create an effortlessly stylish look.

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Using dry shampoo is a great way to lift your curtain bangs and add texture so they don’t look limp and lifeless. Also using a texture dust keeps them in place they will keep the structure of the fringe in place.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are curtain bangs high maintenance?

They can be as you need regular trimming and styling to keep them in shape.

What is the difference between curtain bangs and drape bangs?

The primary difference between the two is the length. Drape bangs tend to be longer and more face-framing.

What is the difference between curtain bangs and face-framing?

Bangs or layers that frame the face are face-framing while curtain bangs are specifically referred to as parted bangs.

Do curtain bangs make you look older or younger?

They make you look young by creating balance and softness around the face.

Are curtain bangs suitable for all face shapes?

They suit most face shapes, but the length and shape need to be maintained to emphasize certain features.

What’s the difference between curtain bangs and regular bangs?

The only difference between a curtain and a regular bang is the center part, which creates a curtain like-effect.

How do you style curtain bangs without damaging them?

Use heat-protectant products while styling them to avoid damage.

Can curtain bangs be cut and styled at home, or should you always go to a professional stylist?

It can be done at home, but it is generally recommended to go to a professional stylist to ensure a precise cut.

Can you wear curtain bangs with a ponytail or updo, or are they best styled down?

Curtain bangs are versatile and look good in all three styles.

Key Takeaways

  • Curtain bangs consist of shorter fringes at the center, wispy ends, and blended sides.
  • They frame your forehead and eyes and give you a chic look.
  • The length of the bangs is typically between your eyebrows and cheekbones.
  • You can tie your hair in a top knot to flaunt your bangs.

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Erin Fernandes
Erin FernandesHairstylist
Erin Fernandes is a London, Ontario, Canada-based hairstylist. She has been in industry for 25+ years after graduating from Marvel. Erin won the Ontario Hairstylist of The Year in 2006 and went on to win this award two more times, as well three Mirror awards.

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Aparna Harry
Aparna HarryBeauty & Lifestyle Writer
Aparna Harry is a beauty and lifestyle content writer with over three years of experience in writing for different genres. She has a master’s degree in English Literature from The English And Foreign Languages University and a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Mysore.

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Anjali Sayee
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Anjali is an associate editor at StyleCraze. She specializes in hairstyles and hair and skin care and has written over 200 articles in these domains. She has 7 years of experience, and her philosophy about hair and skin care is simple: if you love and care for it, it will be healthy.

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Manjari Uppal
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Manjari is a beauty and lifestyle writer with over three years of experience in writing across different niches, including beauty, health, wellness, and technology. She first discovered her passion for writing in school and has since honed her craft to perfection.

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