This Easy Trick Gives You Curtain Bangs Without Cutting Your Hair


Give them another spray, and then add a creaseless clip on each side by your temples. Keep the clips in for about five minutes to help keep the shape, and then you’re good to go. 

How to fake curtain bangs on wavy hair 

Waves are a great base for getting a bang effect, since it’s all about using texture to manipulate the length of your hair. “The key is to create the illusion of a length difference from the center to the sides, which is the hallmark of all curtain bangs,” says Amy Abramite, creative director and stylist at Maxine Salon in Chicago.

“On wavy hair, a curling iron will do the trick,” says Abramite. “It will create root volume and lift the center of the ‘bang’ upward for that swooped-out effect. The soft waves will imitate a curtain bang in the right targeted spot.”  

Start by sectioning out your “bang” area using the same technique as above, and part it down the center. Then, starting at the root, curl the first few inches of hair away from your face, leaving the mid lengths to be natural. This is key, as the contrast is what creates the bang effect. “A curtain bang has a downward sweeping angle from a middle part that creates a retro ’70s vibe,” says Abramite. “The shortest part of the bang is in the center and gradually gets longer as it descends toward the cheekbones.”

Finish the look by brushing them out so they don’t look too “done,” then pinch the center together to get the face-framing effect. 

How to fake curtain bangs on curly hair 

With curly and coily hair, it’s less about using texture to create an illusion and all about manipulating your length to fake bangs. “The base of your curls will lift up higher, so the lengths will spring up on your forehead making the sides appear longer by your cheeks,” says Abramite. “Using a diffuser will keep your natural texture intact for continuity throughout the style.” 

To start, apply a volumizing mousse at the roots of your “bangs” only. “Using a blow dryer and diffuser, lift the roots with your fingers to pop up your curls at the base,” says Abramite. “Refrain from touching the mid-lengths and ends to prevent curls from frizzing.” To finish, pull out a few select curls to cover your forehead, and pinch the center or your “bangs” together to close any gaps. 

If you don’t want to use heat, Maine suggests pulling back all your hair but that same triangular section in front. “Take a few bobby pins and start pinning the middle of each section toward the side,” he says. “Then push the pin from the hairline backward until the coil shortens to your desired length. Move outward from there, creating the curtain shape by shortening the coils in the middle and allowing them to get slightly longer as you move to the edges.” 

Bella Cacciatore is the beauty associate at Glamour. Follow her on Instagram @bellacacciatore_.


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