How to pick curtain bangs to suit your face shape and hair type

Curtain bangs are having a major moment.

After making an appearance again late last year, the popular 70s-inspired hairstyle has been spotted on the likes of Bridgerton’s Phoebe Dynevor and Sex Education’s Aimee Lou Wood.

It’s another popular 00s trend that’s having a resurgence and, because this style often requires a centre parting, it’s a super-flattering, symmetrical hair option.

Different from the regular one that falls straight across, this type of fringe is where hair is cut to frame both sides of your face. It also looks great on both long and short hair.

We all know that getting a fringe can be a risky business, but the good news is that this option can suit all face shapes and hair types – if you know which variation to opt for. 

Hair expert Nicole Petty, from Milk + Blush, tells Metro.co.uk: ‘It’s that time of year again, where women all across the nation are looking for ways to change up their hairstyles as we enter the colder months.

‘Incredibly versatile, curtain bangs work on any length of hair. But what suits one person might not suit another due to different face shapes and hair types.’

So, want to give your hair a fresh update? This is what to ask for at your next salon appointment – depending on face shape and hair type.

Face shapes

Square face

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‘For those blessed with strong jawlines and high cheekbones, typical of a square face shape, opt for a short wispy fringe and centre parting to balance out the angles and elongate your face,’ says Nicole.

Round face

Alternatively, those with round faces should look to accentuate their cheekbones by keeping the length slightly longer. 

Nicole adds: ‘Ask for a fringe that’s thin, wispy and textured – with an off-centre parting to create the illusion of a more oval face shape.

‘And by breaking the face up at the width of the cheeks and past your jawline, you can achieve a sharper look while elongating the face.’

Rectangular face

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Similarly, rectangular faces will be best suited to longer curtain bangs, as anything too rigid will accentuate any harsher features, explains Nicole.

She adds: ‘Cutting one in that’s longer, finishing at, or just below, your cheekbones will soften and complement the face.’

Oval face

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It’s also great news if you have an oval face, as you are likely to pull off any curtain fringe type. 

‘Try adding a bit of drama by getting a heavier, shorter fringe that grazes the tops of your eyebrows and ends at the top of your cheekbones,’ says Nicole.

Long face 

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Nicole stresses that a long face (slightly narrower and longer than the oval face shape) will need a blunt fringe to reduce length – so ask for it to be cut straight across, to make it appear shorter.

Diamond face 

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‘For diamond faces, create the illusion of width by getting a shorter, heavier fringe with a slightly off-centre parting,’ continues Nicole.

‘This will make it look like you’ve got a wider forehead, while the middle part will make your face look longer.’

Heart-shaped face

A heart-shaped face has features such as a slightly pointed chin and a wider forehead. 

Nicole suggests adding width to the narrowest part of the face with a centre-parted style that swoops to just above the jaw.

Hair types

What’s more, curtain bangs are versatile enough for all hair types – so everybody can get involved.

Nicole says: ‘For hair that’s curly or tightly curled – such as Afro hair – ensure your stylist cuts them in dry and ask for a slightly longer style (an inch longer than desired) just above the cheekbones to allow room for shrinkage.

‘Meanwhile, fine or straight hair will benefit from a layered, longer curtain bangs for face-framing and volume.

‘And for thicker hair, blunt or heavy bangs will work best.

‘However, if your hair is wavy, this will likely require more upkeep to style.’

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