Does the question “should I get bangs?” keep you up at night? If so, we might have the perfect solution in curtain bangs which look excellent on everyone no matter the shape of your face. So, what are curtain bangs? The style can be summed up as shaggy, casual bangs that frame the face and draw attention to the eyes. The hairdo got its start in the 1960s and 70s with icons like Jane Birkin and Brigitte Bardot popularizing the look.
Today, curtain bangs have made a huge comeback as many women have discovered the fantastic style is flattering on them. These “gateway” bangs are not too blunt or severe and, instead, offer a softer approach to traditional bangs. Stars like Sandra Oh, Suki Waterhouse, and Dakota Johnson are rocking these bangs today and showing a new generation the effortless virtues of this carefree style. Let’s take a look at photos of curtain bangs for inspiration!
Let’s Take a Look at Some Glamorous Curtain Bangs Photos!
If you’re not completely sold on the idea of shorter bangs, consider going long with them. Curtain bangs can be cut rather subtly and allow you to pin them back and/or grow them out relatively quickly.
You Know You Wanna
If you have already committed to the curtain bangs life, go a little shorter for a youthful, flirty look. For those who want some forehead coverage, shorter bangs are definitely the way to go.
Here for the Texture
Curtain bangs offer you the perfect opportunity to add tons of texture to your hairstyle. In the example above, we find a somewhat chunky cut that totally gives off the “too cool to care” vibe while also looking completely enviable.
Silky & Smooth
If chunky and a bit messy aren’t the ways you want to take your curtain bangs, consider keeping them smooth. A similar look will offer a modest amount of texture but still looks appealing.
Curtain bangs can be adapted for every length. We find a bold and blunt bang in this style that looks great on longer face shapes.
No matter how long or short you plan to go, you can make curtain bangs work for you. We find a before and after look at just how versatile these bangs can be. How fun!
Got Serious Curls? No Problem!
Many folks think that curls and bangs don’t mix but that could not be further from the truth. In fact, curls and curtain bangs are a match made in heaven. We’ll continue to explore these looks for our curly girls below.
We turn to the iconic Sandra Oh for more curtain bangs inspiration as she truly knows how to rock curls and bangs like no other. Let your curls frame your face like this and you won’t look back.
Go big with your volume on the top for a retro 60s throwback that is equal parts glam rock and mod squad. If you want to serve rock star vibes, go with a mushroom shape that stuns.
Curtain bangs are a perfect way to achieve a carefree, sunkissed, beachy look. Add some highlights for even more sunshine. Every day can be a vacation with hair like this!
Dakota Johnson has made this shag her signature look and she has had some form of it now for years. The soft curtain bangs, with a slight fringe, really frame the face well while the longer layers appear luxurious and sophisticated.
Something for You to Mull Over
Miley Cyrus has embraced a modern mullet in recent years with short, textured layers in the back with wispy curtain bangs in the front. The mullet has emerged as one of the biggest trends this past year and you’d be wise to give it a try while the look is still hot.
Farrah Fawcett delivered the gift of feathered hair to the world in the 70s and we think her disco glam look still translates today. Feathered curtain bangs are such a treat and look playful and charming, especially on rounder faces. We dig this modern take on the feathered style!
A Real Classic
Alexa Chung has made a classic shag haircut her signature and has had some form of a shag for the better part of a decade. We love her easy curtain bangs that can be pinned back or grown out before you inevitably decide to chop them off again!
Heavy Curtain Bangs
Want a hairstyle that screams punk rock? Consider getting heavy curtain bangs that do wonders for heart-shaped faces. These bangs offer tons of texture and whimsy and aren’t the least bit stuffy.
Name a celebrity with better hair than Tracee Ellis Ross, we dare you! Big, curly hair is just so dramatic and dynamic. If you’ve got some serious curls, really show them off with a shag. Don’t take our word for it. Ms. Ross’s hair is proof that curtain bangs are the perfect fit for lots of curls.
We Heart It
You can achieve a wonderful heart shape framing for your face with curtain bangs. Just layer them up toward a center part. As you can see, natural curls look fabulous in this style.
Where the Fringe Meets the Waves
This is an example of a very delicate fringe on these curtain bangs that really highlight the eyes. The bangs cascade into the most luscious waves here and you could totally do the same with your wavy hair!
Curtain Bangs + Bob
Yes, you can add curtain bangs to your cute chopped bob. Some bobs can look severe with the hard line of the bob but you can soften things up with the addition of some curtain bangs. Voila!
Cute Baby Curtain Bangs
Yet another way to go short with your curtain bangs is to go for some baby bangs! This look is so fresh and flirty and will make you feel like a girl again.
The Shortest Shag with Bangs
Are you looking for something that is effortless to care for and style? Consider getting a super short shag with curtain bangs. This cute look really opens up the face and shows off all of your features.
Tie It Back & Show Them Off
After you’ve gotten the best bangs in the world, it’s time to show off! Tie back your hair and leave your bangs out for all to admire.
Big Bangs, Baby Shag
Go with dramatic bangs and a baby shag to accentuate the shape of your face. The bangs will draw attention to the eyes and the shaggy texture in the back will help soften the jaw.
Experiment with Color
Don’t you dare be afraid to lighten up your curtain bangs with some color! We find these beautiful bangs in blonde and pink for a unique look. Make your bangs all your own with color!
Long Curtains Sans Shag
Most curtain bangs are a part of a shag haircut but you can keep things smooth and unfussy with long bangs like these. They simply add an additional swoopy layer without look unkempt.
Go the Full Bardot
A touch of the 60s and a kiss of 70s glam can be found in this look which features some truly dramatic curtain bangs. This look is very much inspired by Brigitte Bardot and has a slight retro-cool vibe.
Julia Roberts Envy
You can go full Julia Roberts with super long locks with equally long curtain bangs to match. When bangs work into waves like this they are such a subtle, added textural element that brings so much visual interest to the style.
Swoop It Like It’s 1977
If you’re not trying to go all out with a feathered look, consider a slight swoop shape for your curtain bangs. We’re certain these 1970s-inspired bangs are still going to be a huge hit today.
Get the Wolf Cut
Equal parts mullet and shag, the wolf cut is a red-hot hair trend at the moment. If you don’t want to commit to a mullet but you love the texture and shape it offers, find a compromise in a delightful wolf cut.
Long & Swoopy
Let’s start by just complimenting this gorgeous copper color. Now, take a look at how long these curtain bangs are. We love the long, swoopy look.
Micro curtain bangs are a thing and we’d love to see more. This chop is bordering on a mullet and the contrast between the front and the back is huge.
Bangs to Bob
These bangs really hug the face tightly and draw attention to the eyes. If you’d like a shoulder-length bob, you better believe some curtain bangs sweeten the deal.
Hug Those Cheeks
Here’s another example of curtain bangs that sit tightly around the face. These really hug the cheekbones and show them off.
Does this feathery shaggy look give you Farrah Fawcett vibes? Live your Charlie’s Angels fantasy with a cut like this one.
Highlights at the front on curtain bangs help brighten the complexion. If you’re getting color with your cut, it’s very trendy to highlight the bangs nearest to the face.
Long & Luscious
We live for the ease of long and dramatic curtain bangs. If you want a look that’s understated and sophisticated, consider something similar.
Do It with Texture
Wow! This blonde shag has some truly remarkable texture. Ask your stylist to really shag that shag for a low-key rock-n-roll look.
We urge you to experiment with color. Kids these days are really into these intense highlighter-adjacent colors which make for a bold statement.
Curls for Days
A middle part with modest curly bangs really serves. If you needed proof that curtain bangs and curls do indeed mix, this look proves it.
Like a Rock Star
Channel glam rock with severe curtain bangs with choppy layers. Let the back of the hair flow down for a mullet-meets-shag look. All she needs is a guitar and microphone because she looks ready to rock.
Curtains Meet Pixie
Yes, curtain bangs look fantastic on a pixie cut. Further, bangs will also work with a side part.
Accentuate the Eyes
With curtain bangs that hit right at the eye line or just above the cheekbones will really make your eyes pop. Bonus points for a hair color that contrasts with your eye color.
Little Mullet Shag
Shaggy almost-mullet hair is the biggest trend of the year. We find this adorable bob with shorter curtain bangs up front to be most appealing. There’s so much texture to love.
Keep getting those baby bangs, folks! Here’s another take on a bob meets shag. These bangs hit just above the eyebrows for a gentle and casual look.
Turn Up the Volume
Let those curls loose if you’ve got them. This hair’s mantra seems to be “go big or go home.” We’re here for it.
Short & Sassy
How cute are these shorter looks with curtain bangs? If you’d like a carefree vibe, go for something similar.
A Tight-Fitting Shag
We’ve seen a lot of big shag cuts but a cut that sits tight around the face is also very nice. These cute flippy bangs draw your eye to the face without being over-the-top.
Fade Into You
Yes, undercuts and shaggy bangs work well together. Get a nice fade below and let those top layers do the talking.
Casual & Cool
Here’s a very sweet bob that’s got subtle curtain bangs. For something easy and breezy, consider doing the same.
Who else can’t get enough of heavy bangs? If you’ve got a thick head of hair, show it off with a cut like this.
If tons of texture feels like a step too far, you can always go smooth and sleek. This hair is a shag but the majority of the layers are long which works very well.
We’re getting another feathered look with this cut that feels like it traveled from back in time to bring the seventies to us today. Notice how the highlights really make these layers pop.
Experiment with color and you could walk away with a look that’s equally evocative. This fire-engine red would be the perfect color to make blue or green eyes really sparkle.
Long Live the Shullet
The stylist who shared the above image coined the term “shullet” to describe a shag cut that’s also mullet-adjacent. We seriously can’t get enough of this trend.
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If you’d like a slightly androgynous look, consider cutting a pretty high bob or chop. Yes, it can still be blunt in the back and work with curtain bangs in the front. This super youthful style feels very 80s punk rock. Are you ready to rock?
There you go! What did you think of these curtain bangs photos? Are you ready to get some? We hope you feel inspired to finally get those bangs you’ve been wanting. If the idea has been bouncing around your head, go ahead and take the plunge as you will not regret the way that this hairstyle accentuates all the best parts of your gorgeous face! Now, time to snip snip!
Andrew is a Chicago-based writer who enjoys finding the best of the internet, obsessively making lists, and cooking for friends. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a deep love for both topics. Celebrity news, pop culture, and stories that bring people together are his passions.
- 1 Let’s Take a Look at Some Glamorous Curtain Bangs Photos!
- 1.1 Go Long
- 1.2 You Know You Wanna
- 1.3 Here for the Texture
- 1.4 Silky & Smooth
- 1.5 Be Blunt
- 1.6 See?
- 1.7 Got Serious Curls? No Problem!
- 1.8 More Curls
- 1.9 Helmet Hair
- 1.10 Beachy Fringe
- 1.11 More Fringe
- 1.12 Something for You to Mull Over
- 1.13 Get Feathered
- 1.14 A Real Classic
- 1.15 Heavy Curtain Bangs
- 1.16 Full-On Curls
- 1.17 We Heart It
- 1.18 Where the Fringe Meets the Waves
- 1.19 Curtain Bangs + Bob
- 1.20 Cute Baby Curtain Bangs
- 1.21 The Shortest Shag with Bangs
- 1.22 Tie It Back & Show Them Off
- 1.23 Big Bangs, Baby Shag
- 1.24 Experiment with Color
- 1.25 Long Curtains Sans Shag
- 1.26 Go the Full Bardot
- 1.27 Julia Roberts Envy
- 1.28 Swoop It Like It’s 1977
- 1.29 Get the Wolf Cut
- 1.30 Long & Swoopy
- 1.31 Contemporary Shag
- 1.32 Bangs to Bob
- 1.33 Hug Those Cheeks
- 1.34 Feathery Fun
- 1.35 Brighten Up
- 1.36 Long & Luscious
- 1.37 Do It with Texture
- 1.38 It’s Fashion
- 1.39 Curls for Days
- 1.40 Like a Rock Star
- 1.41 Curtains Meet Pixie
- 1.42 Accentuate the Eyes
- 1.43 Little Mullet Shag
- 1.44 Bebe Bangs
- 1.45 Turn Up the Volume
- 1.46 Short & Sassy
- 1.47 A Tight-Fitting Shag
- 1.48 Fade Into You
- 1.49 Casual & Cool
- 1.50 Heavy
- 1.51 So Smooth
- 1.52 Flipped
- 1.53 On Fire
- 1.54 Long Live the Shullet
- 1.55 Balance
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