How to Curl Curtain Bangs the Right Way

Find out how to curl your curtain bangs the right way by following these simple steps. You’ll be sure to get the perfect curl every time!

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What are curtain bangs?

Curtain bangs are a type of fringe that is long and straight with a slight curve at the ends. They are named after the way they frame the face, like curtains. Curtain bangs can be worn with any hair length and texture, but they look especially good with mid-length hair. If you’re thinking about getting curtain bangs, read on to find out how to curl them the right way.

To curl your curtain bangs, start by heating up your curling iron. Then, take a small section of hair and wrap it around the barrel of the curling iron. Hold the hair in place for a few seconds before releaseing it. Repeat this process until all of your curtain bangs are curled.

Once your curtain bangs are curled, you can either leave them as-is or brush them out for a softer look. If you brush them out, start by using a paddle brush to gently detangle the curls. Then, use your fingers to softly separate each curl. Finish off by misting your curtain bangs with a light-hold hairspray to keep them in place all day long.

Why curl them?

There are many reasons to curl your curtain bangs. Curling them gives them a softer, more feminine look. It also helps to frame your face and accentuate your features. If you have straight hair, curling your bangs can also help to add volume and fullness.

What you’ll need

-A curling wand or straightener (1-inch barrel)
-Texturizing spray (optional)
Curtain bangs are a fun, flirty way to change up your look, but they can be a little tricky to style. Here’s our step-by-step guide to get the perfect curl every time.

First, you’ll want to start with clean, dry hair. If your hair is on the thinner side, you may want to add a texturizing spray for some extra hold. Then, take small sections of hair and wrap them around your curling wand or straightener, holding for 10-15 seconds before releasing. Repeat until all of your bangs are curled.

Finish with a light mist of hairspray and you’re good to go!

Step 1: Prep your hair

Start with second-day, wavy hair—it’ll be much easier to work with than freshly shampooed strands. “You want a little bit of texture in there so the curl will hold,” says Devin Toth, a hairstylist at NYC’s Button salon.

Then, create a deep side part, mist your bangs with a wave-enhancing spray (we like Verb Sea Spray), and wrap one-inch sections around a small curling iron, holding each curl for five to seven seconds. Once you’re done, use your fingers to loosely break up the ringlets.

Step 2: Create a small horizontal part

Start by creating a small, horizontal part across the forehead, just above the eyebrows. Clip the top section of hair out of the way. Using a 1-inch curling iron, take small sections of hair from the bottom portion of the hair and curl away from the face. As you curl each section, hold it in place with your finger before release. Repeat this process until all of the bottom sections are curled.

Step 3: Take small sections and curl

Start with small sections of hair. You can take bigger sections if you want, but I find that small sections give you more control and help the hair curl better. Curl each section in the same direction, away from your face. If your curtain bangs are really long, you might want to curl them in two directions (away from your face, and then towards your face) to get a more natural look.

Step 4: Finish with hairspray

Once you’ve reached the end of your curl, release the hair and allow it to fall. Leave it be for a second to cool off before continuing with the next curl. Once all of your curtain bangs are nicely curled, finish with a light mist of hairspray.

Tips and tricks

If you’re thinking about adding some curtain bangs to your hairstyle, you want to make sure you do it right. Here are some tips and tricks to help you get the perfect curl every time.

-Start with clean, dry hair. Curly hair will hold a curl better if it’s clean and free of product build-up.

-Use a small curling iron. A smaller iron will give you more control over your curls, and allow you to create tighter or looser curls depending on your preference.

-Divide your hair into sections. When curling your hair, it’s best to work in small sections so that each curl turns out looking uniform.

-Wrap your hair around the iron. When wrapping your hair around the curling iron, be sure to wrap it away from your face for a more natural look.

-Hold the curl for 10-15 seconds. Depending on how tight or loose you want your curls to be, you’ll want to hold the curl for 10-15 seconds before releaseing it from the iron.

-Finish with hairspray. To help keep your Curtain Bangs looking great all day long, finish with a light mist of hairspray.

Common mistakes

There are a few common mistakes people make when attempting to curl their curtain bangs. Here are a few tips to help you avoid them!

One mistake is not using enough product. Make sure to use a good quality curling iron and enough product to protect your hair from heat damage. Another mistake is not curling the hair evenly. Take your time to curl small sections at a time so that all of your bangs are uniform in shape.

Finally, avoid over-curling your bangs. Curtain bangs should have a soft, natural-looking curl, so don’t try to achieve an overly tight curl. If you find that your bangs are too curly, simply brush them out with a wide-tooth comb or your fingers.

The best products for curtain bangs

If you’re considering adding curtain bangs to your hairstyle repertoire, you’re in good company. A-listers like Lily Collins, Zoë Kravitz, and Chrissy Teigen have all recently stepped out with the style, which features face-framing fringe that’s parted in the middle. The look is soft and romantic, with a touch of ’70s nostalgia — think Jane Birkin or Ali MacGraw.

To get the look at home, start by identifying the right set of products. “You want a curl cream or mousse to help enhance natural texture and add structure,” says Sarah Potempa, celebrity hairstylist and creator of The Beachwaver Co. She recommends using a quarter-size amount of product on damp hair, from mid-shaft to ends. Then, blast your strands with a diffuser until they’re about 80 percent dry — this will help prevent frizz.

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