Sexy. Sultry. Seductive.
Those are words often used to describe curtain bangs.
So has the itch to finally jump on the Bardot bang bandwagon got you debating “Should I get curtain bangs?” with yourself?
An obsession like that can keep you busy tracking down all you can about this face framing fringe. To see if it might offer a way to give a beautiful lift to your face.
We’ll be glad to help with that. You know satisfy the curiosity?
Offering ideas like who are ideal candidates for this bang that imparts a soft 70’s inspired look to your hairstyle.
While exploring the best face shape, texture and such?
Plus revealing tips you might need to know before taking the plunge!
But first just in case let’s answer the most basic question of all.
What are curtain bangs?
Curtain bangs are a soft, wispy, face framing fringe. They‘re shorter in the center with an angled sweep that falls along the side of your face. Typically parted in the middle they have a curtain like feel to them. Versatile and low maintenance they convey a 70s’ vibe to your mane.
Sexy swoop aside, the key to their popularity may be their effortlessness.
So called Bardot bangs are supposed to look a bit piecey and tousled rather than perfectly put together. So a quick blow dry, maybe some dry shampoo or mousse for volume and you’re off.
That and their styling flexibility makes them appealing.
For example they can be pinned back, tucked behind your ears, or pulled back into your ponytail.
Or for super easy curtain bangs styling they can be just left free to do their thing after blow drying.
Okay so should you get them or not? Here’s seven reason why you should followed by one reason not to.
#1 You should get them because…
They’re perfect for anyone looking to switch up their look without going crazy like giving up hard won length or altering your color.
#2 You should get them because…
If you’re looking for a fringe you can easily grow out when the thrill is gone there is none easier.
Which means no awkward grow out phase so common with other more dramatic types of bangs.
They’re also a way test drive a fringe since they are so easy to grow out. Are you up to styling? Can you keep them trimmed? You know, stuff like that?
Worst case a pin here, a tuck behind the ears there and no one will be the wiser you even have them.
Offering the flirty fun of bangs without the commitment.
#3 You should get them because…
Curtain bangs are face shape agnostic.
By that I mean they work with pretty much whatever face shape you throw at them.
For instance they slim and add dimension to round faces. And how many fringes to that?
While those with a strong jawline can benefit from the softening offered by their more wispy ends.
Some feel triangle shapes may not exactly be a match made in heaven. But your stylist may be able to help with some styling tricks to make even that shape work.
#4 You should get them because…
If you tend to prefer not to lather up every day. If that’s you simply wet down your curtain bangs and restyle them to bring them back to life.
Bonus! This hack makes whatever style you’re rocking look totally refreshed.
That saves you time while leaving your hair looking smart, fresh, and totally put-together. With next to zero effort. And all without any tell tale hint to suggest otherwise.
Now if you’re thinking a Brigitte Bardot bangs tutorial might be just the thing we’ve got THE beginner’s guide to help you get in on this curtain fringe movement.
The video was shot by a stylist. Next to nothing is left out. Going for the Farrah Fawsett look was never easier. And it’s all just a click away.
It could be the best 10 minutes you spend today, it’s that good.
#5 You should get them because…
In a word. Flexibility.
Instead of just sitting on your forehead curtain bangs give you options for looking all sexy.
If you have longer hair and like to wear it in a pony you know what a pain bangs can be sometimes.
Curtain bangs aren’t at all annoying like that. That’s because they’re long enough to be pulled back into a ponytail no problem.
Or you can always tuck them behind your ears. Or use them to suggest more than a hint of wispiness by leaving them dangling loose and piecey when going for an updo.
Finally they tack on a bit of fun and sizzle to what admittedly can sometimes be less than sizzling styles. Adding some wow factor to top knots or basic ponytails helping them feel more trendy and chic.
#6 You should get them because …
You need to pump some life into a rather lifeless, meh mid length cut?
Just this bit of layering from your bangs can work body boosting magic.
Noticeably thickening otherwise flat limp strands.
#7 You should get them because …
As mentioned already they are pretty much universally flattering and work with all face shapes. Which is decidedly not the case with all fringes.
Plus they can be face slimming while drawing attention to your eyes.
All that can help you lead your best bangs life.
So what’s not to like?
You should NOT get them because…
Like any bang there is upkeep.
Usually there is a length that is just right. (Isn’t there always?) One that insures the least amount styling time while giving you the shape you love.
Hit that sweet spot and life is good.
Miss it then maybe not so much.
Since bangs are sitting there front and center it only makes sense to take pains to keep them looking perfect.
So. Once you’ve achieve bang perfection you have to be committed to keeping them trimmed.
A chore that honestly has to happen more often than not. Because it doesn’t take much for things to get outta hand.
Actually the good news is many find this to be a good DIY bathroom project.
So don’t let that thought of trimming them back cause a panic attack.
It’s not hard. And you don’t have to be all that brave to try it yourself.
Even if all you’ve got is some tiny scissors handy it’s still “everyday girl” doable.
Now if it’s time to trim overgrown curtain bangs and you’d feel better with more instruction we got you covered. Two words. Point cutting. One of the three videos in that post of ours walks you through that vital fringe clean up technique in great detail.
Otherwise, as this video visual demonstration shows if you take it slow there is really not a lot to it. Although I would add this may not be the ideal way to achieve a trimming.
Still, if you’re the least bit nervous the word to keep in mind is “nibbling”.
Don’t worry about being perfect either.
It’s better to have a few longer bits than going too short.
Again nibble nibble nibble away with your scissors.
Oh and as the commonly shared words of wisdom point out, you can always cut more. Adding hair back, not so much.
BUT … this is not a chore for your knock around kitchen scissors.
No. You need hair shears.
Don’t worry. They don’t have to cost a small fortune either as our look at scissors to cut hair proves.
It tells you what you need to know before getting hair cutting scissors. Perfect for beginners looking to take matters into their own hands!
Yet if you’d like to more tutorials before picking up your scissors I don’t blame you. Which is why we dug up an additional easy cutting curtain bangs tutorial or three. Filmed by skilled stylists who share their best kept secrets.
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