Curtain bangs are back, baby! Made famous in the 60s and 70s by actresses like Brigit Bardot, Goldie Hawn, and Farrah Fawcette, these textured, face-framing bangs are a little longer than your standard blunt fringe.
What also makes them different from regular bangs is that they are parted and layered into the hair for a less angular, more seamless, effortless look.
The best thing about curtain bangs is that they look great on just about everyone, regardless of face shape. And they can also be incorporated into almost any hairstyle of any length!
Let’s dig into some Curtain Bangs Hairstyles!
Things to Consider About Curtain Bangs
There are some things you may want to keep in mind if you are thinking about curtain bangs.
1. First of all it’s a good idea to choose a style that will complement your face shape.
- Square or heart-shaped faces look amazing with a wispier, feathered fringe to add softness. Shorter bangs will emphasize good bone structure
- Oblong face shapes are a perfect match for shorter bangs.
- Round faces can achieve a slimming effect from side-swept or longer curtain bangs.
2. There are also a couple of things that may make it difficult for some people to pull off some of the curtain bang looks:
- A cowlick – if your hair at the front of the hairline has a mind of its own and grows in a heart shape at the front of your forehead, it will be much harder to get a straight middle part to look right. When that hair at the front is cut shorter, not only will the hair go up and around on either side, the ends will tend to flip out as well.
- Really thin hair – because curtain bangs are textured to blend into the rest of the hair, you’re making thin hair even thinner. Longer curtain bangs may work better for those with really thin hair.
We’ve put together 15 of our favorite curtain bangs hairstyle looks for your inspiration. And even if you have a cowlick or thin hair, that doesn’t mean you can’t wear curtain bangs!
Don’t worry – we’ve got some looks for you in here as well.
Curtain Bangs Hairstyles: Idea Book
Here are a bunch of great Curtin bangs hairstyle ideas to get your styling juices flowing!
#1. Short Curtain Bangs with Longer Hair
Got good cheekbones? Own them! Taking the edge off a blunt fringe, short curtain bangs soften features while highlighting cheekbones.
#2. Long Sweeping Curtain Bangs
Among the most popular curtain bangs right now, these long and sweeping bangs frame the face with soft layers that blend into the hair and complement just about any hairstyle and length.
These will also work for those with thin hair.
#3. Bob with Curtain Bangs
Update and refresh a bob with curtain bangs and waves for extra volume.
#4. Widespread Curtain Bangs
There are lots of different ways to wear curtain bangs. Wearing them swept to the outer edges of your forehead creates a more youthful and almost no-fringe look when you want to change things up a bit.
#5. Super Long Curtain Bangs
You can only really get away with calling these curtain bangs if you have really long hair, otherwise it’s pretty much just a bob. Long hair can sometimes look a bit heavy and lifeless. Extra-long curtain bangs add movement and dimension to those long luscious locks.
#6. Side Swept Curtain Bangs
Perfect for rounder face shapes, long curtain bangs with an off-center part that come down to the jawline will create longer lines and the illusion of a slimmer face shape.
#7. Off-Center Curtain Bangs with Shorter Hair
You can’t really go wrong with a short layered cut and off-center curtain bangs. Soft, tousled waves give this style an effortless, casual look that anyone can wear.
#8. Feathered Curtain Bangs
Revamping the look Farrah Fawcette made famous, this softer version (with a lot less hairspray!) still gives off a retro vibe and is one of the curtain bang styles that will work with thinner hair.
#9. Curly Curtain Bangs
Going from shorter in the center to longer on either side allows curly curtain bangs to cascade down, perfectly framing the face and drawing attention to the eyes.
#10. Peekaboo Highlighted Curtain Bangs
Boost your bangs up a notch by adding a bit of complementing peekaboo highlights. The outward flippy style with these highlights underneath makes it look like the curtains are being pulled back for the ultimate unveiling.
If you’ve got it, flaunt it!
#11. Faux-Blunt Curtain Bangs
Like a blunt fringe, you can wear these curtain bangs straight across, without a part whenever you want to change up your look. But unlike a blunt fringe, they have face-framing longer pieces at the sides.
#12. Wolf Cut with Curtain Bangs
How about 2 super-hot hair trends for the price of one! The wildly popular wolf cut is paired here with curtain bangs to make this a winning combination.
#13. Shaggy Curtain Bangs
Adding shaggy curtain bangs to complement long, short and mid-length layers will give you even more volume up top. Heavily layered cuts, like the shag, and curtain bangs go together like rock and roll.
#14. Cowlick Curtain Bangs
We did say earlier that some curtain bang looks will be hard to pull off with a cowlick. But here’s one that puts it to good use!
This retro 80s inspired style takes full advantage of a cowlick to create the volume and fullness that made the 80s the decade of big hair.
#15. Curtain Bangs with Short Hair
You don’t have to have long hair to rock curtain bangs. They suit short hair fantastically well, exponentially increasing its versatility. You can even try them with a pixie cut, and it’s a good way to grow out a pixie cut.
Textured longer layers give this style a clean and sculptured, yet fun and spirited look that will take you from day to night, and from the beach to the boardroom.