Curtain Bangs: How to Style Them and How to Grow Them Out

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Like cowlicks, natural curls require a fresh wash and a little bit of finesse as well, according to New York City hairstylist Matt Newman. “For naturally curly curtain bangs, take advantage of the ability to perfect the pattern and placement of each tendril in your bangs while the hair is wet,” he recommends. 

To secure the curls you craft, prime that wet hair with a curl cream and gel. Allure editors love Curls So So Def Vitamin C Curl Defining Jelly and Taliah Waajid Protective Styles Bamboo, Biotin & Basil Curl Activator, both of which are Best of Beauty winners.

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Then, you can use your fingers to sculpt each section exactly how you want it. “You can lift the root for volume, you can finger coil to elongate the curl pattern, or you can crunch to enhance the definition.” To sculpt curls between washes, Newman elaborates, you re-dampen the hair or spritz on a curls refresher to start over again. 

Awkward growth stages are totally preventable

At some point — maybe tomorrow, maybe years from now — you will decide to grow out your curtain bangs, and that can come with an awkward phase where they’re somehow too short and too long at the same time. This can be pretty easily dealt with, though, as Newman explains. “The best and most simple tip is to tuck [your grown-out bangs] behind your ears while wet and they will dry blended in with the next-shortest layer,” he explains. “If your hair is textured, do the same thing but just after heat styling the section, while the hair is still slightly mailable.”

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Once they get even longer, you can start styling them like you would the rest of your hair. “If they’re hitting at the cheek or jaw, you can blend them into the next closest section with any hot tool by combining the bang with the section next to it and styling the two sections together on the same iron or wand,” Newman recommends. “Use a no-crease clip to hold the shortest bits of the bangs onto the longer layer while the sections cool off.”

While curtain bangs do take a little time and effort to style, if you keep them for long enough, it’ll all become an easy reflex. Take it from these hairstylists — and the majority of Allure staffers, who know from first-hand experience.

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