I’m guilty of it: after every bad decision, the first thing I do is “fix” my hair. Dyeing it, bleaching it, chopping it off…I’ve done it all. So, after my most recent heartbreak, I gave myself a fringe. I rocked it for approximately two weeks, until it began growing out and looking a little awkward. The solution to non-awkward fringe: curtain bangs.
Luckily, I’m not alone in wearing these bangs. Curtain bangs have become increasingly popular among stars everywhere. Nicole Richie has had them for years; Alexa Chung is a classic curtain-bang-wearer; and now, you can find them on multiple millennial and Gen-Z gals (peep Jameela Jamil and Camila Cabello).
So, while I didn’t do it because it was trendy, I learned to love them and wear them proudly until my hair grew out. Don’t believe the popularity…but also secretly want them for yourself? Read on for details on where curtain bangs started, how to cut them, and the best ways to wear them.
Why Are Curtain Bangs Popular?
These bangs are popular because they flatter everyone. Square, round, diamond — everyone looks good with them. Popularized in the ‘60s and ‘70s by stars like Farah Fawcett and Goldie Hawn, they soon disappeared as different hairstyles began taking over (think big hair and perms).
Then, in 2020, curtain bangs blew up in Korea, eventually bleeding out into the world and revitalizing the look everywhere. Stars began to ride the wave and inspire all laypersons to request it from their hairdressers. Now, they appear here to stay.
Inspo for Curtain Bangs
Before you go to a stylist, or even think about cutting them on your own, check out these photos to see if you truly think these bangs are for you.
How to Cut Curtain Bangs
If you’re looking to cut these at home, do your research first — you don’t want to chop across and suddenly end up with too-short bangs or an uneven cut all the way across your face. Use a pair of hair cutting scissors, aka NOT your kitchen shears, start long rather than short, and please watch somebody cut their own before you do it themselves.
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