Curtain bangs are the cutest retro hair trend


If you're looking for a cute way to change up your hair game in the new year, look no further than curtain bangs. While these retro bangs were first popular in the '60s and '70s, they have been making a comeback on TikTok and Instagram lately, and it's not hard to see why. They are super flattering on any hair type, and they are surprisingly easy to maintain. They're also the perfect transition to straight-across bangs if you're hesitant to make the chop. We've got the lowdown on how to style these effortless layers.


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While you can certainly try to cut curtain bangs yourself, it's best to leave the chopping to a professional. Since there are different types and lengths of curtain bangs, it's a good idea to bring a picture to show your stylist. 


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Once you're rocking your new cut, it's time to style it—you don't want your chic new layers looking dull or lifeless. There are a ton of techniques out there, but our favorite method involves only a hairdryer and a round brush. 


i’m sure there are better ways but this is just how i do it :) #fyp #curtainbangs #foryoupage #style

♬ ridin solo - elfixsounds

Roll both sides of your bangs up in a round brush and blowdry them for about 30 seconds. Hold the brush in place for another 10 seconds to cool. Once you release the hair, part your bangs down the middle. You'll have voluminous curtain bangs that frame your face beautifully.

If you're not ready to commit fully to curtain bangs yet, this TikTok hack teaches you how to get the retro look without having to chop your hair.


#curtainbangs without the chop ❌🪓❌ #hairhacks #bangstutorial

♬ Jenny (I Wanna Ruin Our Friendship) - Studio Killers

Use two clips to form a curtain bang shape with two front sections of hair. With a flat iron, press each piece between the hot plates for a few seconds. Let it cool for a few minutes, add some hairspray and release the hair.

Are you rocking these retro bangs in 2021? Tag us in your curtain bang selfies on Insta @girlslifemag!

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by Kathleen O'Neill | 1/4/2021