29 Chic Ways to Wear Face-Framing Curtain Bangs

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First things first, if you have yet to watch Normal People on Hulu, stop what you’re doing and go stream the swoon-worthy show right this minute. 

Okay, now that you’re up to speed, let’s take a minute to gush over Marianne (played by Daisy Edgar-Jones). From her growing confidence and eclectic wardrobe, there’s so much to love. But there’s one thing that stands out beyond all the rest: her bangs. Known as curtain bangs, Marianne wears her face-framing fringe with a slight part down the middle, creating a fanned curtain effect across her forehead. While she’s certainly not the first person to wear such a style, she’s today's portrait of the trend that made Google's "Year in Search" trending data list for 2020.

Now, if you look closely during each episode, you’ll notice that her bangs 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. 

Curtain Bangs 101

curtain bangs


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.

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, $19). “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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Curly Curtain Bangs

Heidi Klum's curly curtain bangs


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

widespread curtain bangs


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

80s curtain bangs


We're getting retro Joan Jett vibes with this '80s-style pseudo-mullet.

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Curtain Bang Combo

curtain bang combo


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

70s fringe


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

relaxed curtain bangs


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

tousled curtain bangs


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 ($32) 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

fanned curtain fringe


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

Subtle Wave Curtain Bangs


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

air-dried curtain bangs


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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Curtain Bang Lob

curtain bang lob


Curtain bangs work with all hair lengths—we especially love this short hair transformation that proves their versatility.

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Shaggy Curtain Bangs

shaggy curtain bangs


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

curtain bang pixie


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

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Voluminous Curtain Bangs

Voluminous Curtain Bangs


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.

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Ambiguous Curtain Bangs

Ambiguous Curtain Bangs


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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Ombré Curtain Bangs

ombre curtain bangs


Curtain bangs not only work with all textures but all colors too. And, we don't know about you, but we dig how the style pairs with an ombré fade.

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Fluffy Curtain Bangs

fluffy bangs


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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Flipped-Out Curtain Bangs

flipped out curtain bangs


This look shows how just a small flick of the ends of your fringe can add so much character to your style.

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Curtain Bangs and Topknot

curtain bangs and top knot


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

fluffy texture


Another beautiful example of fluffy texture and a stylish curtain fringe.

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Curly-to-Straight Curtain Bangs

Curly-to-Straight Curtain Bangs


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

lots of layers


This long, layered cut met with tousled roots is glamorous and carefree all at once.

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Pastel Curtain Bangs

pastel curtain bangs


A light peach wash of color makes an otherwise standard curtain bang cut that much more eye-catching.

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Soft Curtain Fringe

soft curtain fringe


This short blonde chop paired with wispy curtain bangs is delicate and understatedly beautiful.

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Self-Cut Curtain Bangs

self cut curtain bangs

Cutting your own bangs is scary—we totally get it—but this model is proof that taking the leap may just serve you well.

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Lifted Roots

lifted roots


So. Much. Volume. Seriously—curtain fringe and a touch of texture can do so much for someone's mane.

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Kinky-Curly Curtain Bangs

kinky-curly curtain bangs


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

curtain bang bob


As we've been saying, curtain bangs work with all hair lengths, even a classic bouncy bob.

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