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
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.
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."
Up Next: Learn how to cut your hair at home using the ponytail method.