Curtains up – the fringe style to rock this summer

The curtain fringe has made a serious impact, with numerous celebs opting for the look in the last week alone. We look at how to rock this throwback style with some expert advice.

We’re not over the ’90s just yet… In a report by Cosmetify, curtain bangs were identified as the hair style with the biggest search increase in the past year. These flattering, face-framing fringes have seen a whopping increase of 1,016 per cent year-on-year, from fewer than a million searches to more than 11 million.

Images: @ChrisAppleton1

In the past week alone we’ve seen two huge stars take to the scissors. JLo’s frequent hair collaborator Chris Appleton posted this photo set of her this week, with distinct, blunt curtain bangs gently framing her killer cheekbones.

Curtain bangs manage to straddle numerous styles and trappings. On the one hand they can be distinctly ‘70s in nature, as we’ve all seen cropping up on TikTok. But at the same time, so is ‘90s sleek. Simplified and chic, the ‘90s also have their own claim to the curtain bangs trend. Hello every single boyband from the decade who busted out a dance move, as well as fashion-forward stars now tapping back into that pop band hey-day style.

And blushing Bridgerton bride Phoebe Dynevor unveiled her stunning sunset hue, complete with curtain bangs, created at Josh Wood in London as well.

We asked top stylists to lift the curtain on what it takes to rock a set of curtain bangs. And as it turns out, it’s surprisingly easy…

Adam Reed, UK ambassador for L’Oréal Professionnel Paris, explains that it’s all about placement to achieve the best effect. “Curtain bangs are without doubt one of the most versatile fringe styles, both a nod to the ’70s and easily maintained, but the real beauty is how they suit every face shape with small and simple tweaks after a thorough consultation with your stylist.”

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Here’s what Adam recommends, depending on your face shape: 

  • Oval: For oval shapes, some people look to tailor the fringe length to forehead length. For those with a longer forehead, opt for longer layers whilst those with a shorter forehead may look to a shorter crop to elongate.
  • Round: Curtain bangs are a great look for round face shapes when full of texture and choppy layers to not elongate the face shape but add angles. A texture spray like L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Super Dust will be perfect to give that effortless, “lived-in” feel.  
  • Heart: The key for curtain bangs on heart face shapes is to avoid anything too blunt. Opt for smooth edges and a swooping fringe for a sleek appearance. 
  • Square: A square face shape really benefits from short and sweet curtain bangs. Opt for a deep centre part and a shorter, wispy fringe to balance out the cheekbones and jawline and help to elongate the face.

To style, it all depends on the vibe you’re looking for. Emma Simmons, owner of Salon 54 in Thirsk, recommends a light touch: “Typically, full with a soft arc shape, the longer length of the curtain bang give an effortless French girl vibe. Less is more; you can finger dry and polish with a large round brush, but be careful not to over curl. Then for a soft, undone look use dry shampoo and sweep the ends away from the face from the centre.”

Suzie McGill, Schwarzkopf Professional UK ambassador and international artistic director at Rainbow Room International, loves embracing natural texture for this style. “It’s so on trend at the moment. Adding some texturising spray, like a salt spray, to your hair and bangs is a great way to add texture and create a serious ‘cool girl’ finish.”

For a full hit of ’70s nostalgia, try these tips from Andy Smith, Indola’s global ambassador. “I always find it better and easier to blow dry forwards, then push them back because they tend to sit better and they will drop into the hair nicer. If you want to really open them up then you could use a tong and seal it through the edges of them and flick them out or bevel it off the face.”

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