French ’60s glamour in the form of curtain bangs are trending.
For good reason.
They’re versatile. Pretty much universally flattering they can show up as a true bang. Or they can go into hiding as just another layer of your cut.
They’re also low maintenance compared to other bangs and flat out fun.
If any of this is news to you then by all means get up to speed by checking out our take on DIY curtain bangs. You’ll find answers to common questions. Get help with cutting them yourself. And of course discover the pros and cons of these sizzling face framers that are currently all the rage.
Here we’re going to explore different tools you can use to style ‘em once you got ‘em. As well as some no heat ways to bang it out. So if you’ve got fringe fever keep reading.
Backing up a step, many start their styling routine with a carefully crafted blow out.
Now if you could use some help with that, and it can be kinda tricky, we found three great video tutorials that show exactly how to blow dry curtain bangs. Not to be missed if you’re unsure what to do when.
Beyond that, need some ideas that show how to style curtain bangs? Here’s three to get you started.
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- VIDEO: How To Style Curtain Bangs With Flat Iron
- How To Style Curtain Bangs With Rollers
- How To Style Curtain Bangs Without Heat
- How To Blow Dry Curtain Bangs With Round Brush
How To Style Curtain Bangs With a Flat Iron
To be honest there’s not a lot of mystery to styling your Bardot bangs with a flat iron.
Here’s two quick clips to demonstrate the technique.
As this video shares there’s not a lot to this.
Sure styling curtain bangs with a straightener can seem scary and all. Luckily this quick clip shows you exactly how to do it yourself.
She also shares a good-to-know hack too. That is after running the strands across the heated plates hold on to them for a bit to give them a chance to cool down.
For sure this whole flat ironing bangs is an interesting approach alright. It’s just not one that typically works alone or by itself. By that I mean usually a flat iron is used for final touch up in conjunction with a blow dryer.
Now if you want another look at how to wield your flat iron to produce exceptional bangs after blow drying have a look at this one.
Just don’t blink. The actual demo is pretty short. Again suggesting there isn’t a lot to know about doing this.
The goal here is just a light reshaping working with smaller sections.
BONUS: With dry shampoo you get a volume bump and added texture which helps to keep them from being limp and flat. Sometimes she’ll work that in right after washing just for the help dry shampoo gives with styling.
Still the big takeaway from styling your bangs with a straightener is there’s not a lot of technique.
Both vids show it’s basically glide the tool across the bang curling down and you’re done.
How To Style Curtain Bangs With Rollers
Not spending a lot of time on this one. That’s because there doesn’t seem to be much desire to use rollers. I say that based on the near total lack of how-to videos.
If you are a Velcro girl at heart here’s what you want to do.
- Section out the hair belonging to your bangs
- Spritz with heat protectant and brush through to smooth the hair and distribute the product evenly
- Take your Velcro roller and (with your hair over-directed some) place the roller under your hair. Slide it to the end tucking the ends in and roll down
- Use your hair dryer to heat up your hair
- Now you wait for at least 15 minutes – for it to cool down totally
- Before removing the roller mist with a light hold hair spray
- OPTIONAL: back comb the roots slightly
- Split and brush each side of your bang so it blends with the rest of your hair
TIP: You can get heat retaining rollers which will hold the heat to better shape your hair.
TIP: The longer you leave the rollers in the more staying power you’ll give your bangs.
An alternative would be to use three larger rollers. One down the front and two more off to the side for the wings.
How To Style Curtain Bangs Without Heat
Okay so you want to rock that natural, nonchalant look without heat.
Honesty this is a tall order. And an expectation that may leave you with little control over the final look not to mention plenty of disappointment to go around.
Best we can suggest is let your natural texture take over and then hope and pray that is enough. Twisting damp bangs away from your face so the final result frames it.
Then maybe clipping them in place until dry.
This should bring a little order to the chaos that often accompanies an air dried fringe. So they don’t dry every which way.
The hope is for them to then fall nicely.
But I gotta warn you. That likely will not happen.
Your better bet for going heatless would sticking in a Velcro roller or three.
Maybe spritz with some texturizing spray. Give it 60 – 90 minutes before removing to temporarily bring some discipline to your bang.
Then spritz the result with sufficient hair spray to insure your bangs make it through the day intact.
Hope you’re seeing that styling curtain bangs is actually pretty simple.
So simple it only takes a mere 20 seconds to cover the basics on styling curtain bangs with round brush and blow dryer. That’s what this final video shows.
How To Blow Dry Curtain Bangs With Round Brush
Talk about effortlessly chic.
Fact is with a minimal amount of effort spent styling this French girl fringe you can have high impact glam.
Yet clearly styling is important here.
So for even more tricks to help you pull off this Bardot bang our other guide taps the techniques of four more Youtubers. Each offers a hands-on curtain bangs tutorial for styling you must see if you’re desperate for a clue.
Finally how about if we follow that up with a few more quick tips?
Because with any type of bang you need some styling tricks up your sleeve. These guys are no different. Just easier.
But we promise it’s so worth it if you’re willing put in a little effort!
So here’s 6 more styling tips that can help you claim your fringe benefits.
Tip#1: The key is to use the air flow from the dryer to your advantage. One trick is use a comb to direct your French girl bangs from one side and then other in an X shape as you dry them. Just make sure the air is directed downwards.
Tip#2: After swiping left and right some use your round brush to give your fringe some lift.
Tip#3: Make a few passes with the blow dryer, remove the heat, and hold the section of hair on your brush for a few seconds to help shape it. Better still? Let it set and cool down on the brush.
Tip#4: Don’t be afraid to put a little extra tension when wielding your round brush.
Tip#5: For best results be sure you’re holding the brush perpendicular to your hairline.
Worried about cowlicks? Don’t be. At least not obsessively so. They don’t usually get in the way of your look unless you let them.
Tip#6: The way to avoid that is to dry and style your fringe first thing when you get out of the shower.
Don’t give it a chance to air dry as that will set the cowlick free to do its thing. Which is likely to not be the thing you had in mind.
Now for the full story on making cowlicks almost invisible you’ll want to read our post on how to style curtain bangs with a cowlick. Even a strong one shouldn’t be a deterrent to getting in on the fun here.
So there you go. For sure being handy with a round brush and hair dryer are pretty much musts.
Yet the ideas shared here for using a flat iron and rollers can keep this retro hairstyle from falling victim to flatness. While texturizing products can keep them from ending up plastered to your head.
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