If you’ve ever wondered, Can I pull off a fringe? The answer is a resounding yes. But, it’s important to note that not all fringes are created equal.
Straight-across fringes like Zoeey Deschanel and Alexa Chung‘s can be tricky to pull off, micro-fringes are a daring commitment and last we heard, Gen Z had cancelled side fringes… But curtain bangs? Woah. Game changer.
For the uninitiated, curtain bangs are the shaggy, effortless style that – as the name suggests – frame your face perfectly, much like a curtain does with a window. The look has roots in the ’60s and ’70s (think Jane Birkin), but today’s take on it works with a range of styles and textures: messy waves, curly shags, sleek blowouts, high ponytails, you name it.
“Curtain bangs are the gateway to bangs, because they’re super versatile,” says Emily Heser, stylist at Cutler Salon in New York City. “They’re long enough to grow out or pin back if you want, but they can also be cut into a shorter look.” The style has steadily become both a celebrity and Insta-girl fave for its easy-going vibe.
Celebrity hairstylist Alex Brown has noticed that curtain bangs have become increasingly popular in the last few years, largely due to how easy they are to manage. “They don’t take on the commitment of adding a full-throttle bang to your hair,” she says. “They’re less work and are so easy to grow out.”
And, if you’re still worried you won’t be able to pull a fringe off – these couldn’t be more flattering. They add a little something to an otherwise plain haircut but still give a bit of style. They have a cute vintage feel and they add movement to hair so it doesn’t look so…blah. But best of all, they really give the illusion of more pronounced cheekbones since they hit right above your cheeks. (For that reason, a stylist once told called them the perfect “selfie bangs” because they frame your face and bring attention to your eyes.) And, if you ever decide you’re over them, the grow-out will be seamless.
If you’re feeling so compelled, I recommend starting with cheekbone-grazing bangs – ask your hairstylist for a fringe you can tuck behind your ears – to ease your way in before getting anything shorter, plus the ability to tuck them gives you versatility. Tim Dueñas, hairstylist at L.A.’s Nine Zero One salon, agrees and says to ask to “keep the edges longer than the middle and the ends soft, starting in the centre of the pupils and working to the jawline.”
Consider this the push you need to give them a try. And if you don’t like them? At least hair clips are trending.
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