Whether side swept, blunt, or brushed out and hairsprayed, you probably have a history with bangs. Every few years we are temped with a new style of fringe, and according to Byrdie, searches for “curtain bangs” are now up 600 percent on Pinterest. This style was first made famous in the 1970s by stars like Brigitte Bardot, Farrah Fawcett, and Debbie Harry, and since, we’ve seen It-girls like Alexa Chung, Sienna Miller, and even Kate Middleton trademark the look. So, what’s with the buzzy return? Curtain bangs are super flattering—it’s as simple as that.
As the name suggests, these bangs are parted down the middle and drape out toward the cheekbones. “Curtain bangs are the perfect bang for almost everyone, but they are particularly flattering on someone with a round or oval face,” says celebrity hairstylist Nunzio Saviano of the eponymous salon in NYC. A softer take on traditional bangs, the wispy fringe frames and elongates the face.
Curtain bangs are also a good option if you want to change your look without doing anything too dramatic, as they transition easy and offer plenty of versatility (unlike trendy blunt or baby styles). “The trick is for the bangs to be cut thicker, but blended well into the rest of the hair so you don’t see any separation,” Saviano says. They should cover the outer corner of each eye, breaking right at the cheekbones. Ask your stylist for cheekbone bangs, advises Saviano, and they’ll know what you’re referring to.
While the style can work on all hair types and lengths, Kristina Bauzo, a celebrity stylist at Orlo Salon in NYC, warns curly types to cut with caution: “I don’t recommend anyone with extremely curly hair cut bangs. Unless you regularly straighten or blow-dry your hair, they will inevitably spring up.”
To style the Pinterest-worthy bangs, start by applying a lightweight serum that provides some control. Point the direction of the airflow from your dryer forward, and then back to back, explains Saviano. Finish by using a small boar bristle brush to flip the ends while blowing the hair away from the face.
“There are a few things I recommend talking to your stylist about when considering bangs,” says Bauzo. “It’s important to have a conversation about your overall lifestyle, as bangs could prove too much of a commitment.” If you don’t have the time or will to style your hair every day, bangs probably aren’t your best bet (though these do look particularly chic with a tousled updo).