Here's How To Rock Curtain Bangs With Curly Hair

Curtain bangs have been trending off the charts for the past couple of years. These bangs are an easy-to-cut, gentle style of center-parted, face-framing tapered long bangs that are easy to pull back or to blend into existing layers. TikTok videos posted by users like Ashlynn Rudzinski that feature the subjects cutting their own curtain bangs have been viewed millions of times. If you have naturally curly hair, you might find yourself feeling a little envious of those partaking in this particular trend, since everyone knows bangs don't work for curly hair.

Spoiler alert: Curtain bangs do, in fact, work for curly hair. It is certainly recommended that you go to a salon and have them cut by a professional. However, if you give in to the impulse to cut them yourself, be sure to cut your hair when it's dry and styled the way you normally wear it (via Curl Centric). Try to cut it curl by curl and err on the side of caution. You can always cut more but you can't put length back. Also, you can get curtain bangs without actually cutting your hair by faking it with a curling iron.

Whether you visit a salon or do the job yourself, here are some suggestions for rocking your new curly curtain bangs. 

Incorporate into long layers

If your hair is long, curly, and all one length, adding layers to hair with curtain bangs can make for a dramatic before and after difference. Layers take some of the weight off your long hair, allowing it to curl tighter to create more natural movement, per Terrific Tresses. You'll never want to go back to your old look. 

Bring on the volume

Curtain bangs are long enough that they won't stand on end like shorter bangs can on curly hair. They're also short enough that removing the weight of your longer hair will allow for a surge of volume that wasn't there before. If your hair is more wavy than curly, consider using a diffuser at the roots to create a big and sultry wavy style without putting your curls in jeopardy, per Cloud Nine

Go full pixie shag

Not all bangs have to be attached to long or even medium-length hair. If you're feeling called to something just a little more edgy, go for a modern combination of a pixie cut and a 1970s shag, originally created for actress Jane Fonda, that features curtain bangs front and center, per Hershesons. Bright colors, of course, are optional. 

Rock a messy updo

Curly curtain bangs were basically made for a messy bun or updo. Dry and style your hair as usual. Then, maneuver your hair into a loose twist, bun, or other updo (via Terrific Tresses). Let your bangs fall where they may or strategically place each curl where you think it looks best. Either way, it will look effortless. 

Try half-up, half-down

Now is your chance to embody a look that is super fun and easy to pull off. Simply pull your top layer of hair into a little ponytail or bun at the top of your head and let your new bangs spring out into fun little ringlets around your forehead. To stop the ponytail from falling flat, Luxy Hair recommends fastening it to the very top of your head.