The curtain haircut was one of the most popular hairstyles during the 1990s. Even the kids from the famous series Dawson’s Creek wore curtains. For a generation of men that were getting more comfortable with the idea of grooming, a curtain haircut would turn almost any guy into an instant heartthrob. With the revival of the nineties fashion still going strong, this style is quickly making a comeback.
What Is a Curtain Haircut?
In a curtain haircut, the hair on top of the head grows out. This hairstyle has a strong middle and parts down the center. This allows the haircut to flop, adding to its appeal. Also called an eBoy haircut, it does take a bit of maintenance; however, it is very much back in style today!
How To Wear a Curtain Haircut Today?
During the 1990s, the curtain haircut looked great on people who had fine, straight hair. This type of hair tone works well because it emphasizes the strong part in the middle that defines the curtain hairstyle. Today, not everyone requires fine hair to wear this hairstyle. For example, musician Olly Murs wore a curtain and didn’t have this type of poker straight, fine hair. Many people have updated the curtain haircut and have personalized it to meet their needs. The haircut works better with narrowed, boyish faces; however, stylists can also undercut a curtain, making it look smaller. For those who have a naturally offset (or middle) parting, this haircut will work great.
How To Style a Curtain Haircut?
If you are interested in getting this haircut, then you need to take a look at some of the various images of the curtain haircut. Then, see whether or not you have a similar hair type to the one in the picture. After all, you won’t have much success in adopting a certain style unless you have similar hair. This will just add to your time spent styling it.
Then, visit your barber as often as you typically would. Ask them for help with curtain haircut, and they should be able to cut your hair to the lengths needed to help you style your hair like a curtain. If you have straight hair, take it polished. Use less product and dry it from front to back. Use a vent brush to help the follicles lay flat. This will also prevent hairs from flying away. Finally, never use gel. Otherwise, you might end up looking like Peter Andre!
At home, you can also style your curtains using hair mousse. You can add a bit of mousse to damp hair. Then, you can use a blow-dryer along with a diffuser. This will help you dry your hair while also maintaining the bouncy feel that everyone loves with the curtain haircut. If you prefer flipped ends, don’t be afraid to go with a round brush. This can be used to subtly flip up the ends of your hair, including your bangs! This can help bring your entire look together by adding a bit of personal flair.
The Photo Gallery Of Men’s Curtains Hairstyles
Brendan Fraser Curtains
Actor Brendan Fraser’s looks prove that curtain haircut also works for mature men as well. The subtle curl and volume in the front provides a nice frame for his eyes, and accentuates a strong jawline.
Wet and Messy
This look is a nice variation of the previous one. Use a lot of product such as pomade or wax and tousle hair thoroughly to achieve a similar look
David Beckham Curtains
Soccer star David Beckham looked great in his early career with bleach blonde highlights that add texture to this look. To recreate it, aim for finger-length hair in the back and longer sections at the front. Don’t be shy about moving the part to the side either, as seen here.
Old Fashioned Curtain Cut
Another cut that looks great on men with a subtle jaw; this style is very traditional. It is inspired by men’s hairstyles from the 90s. After adding a large amount of pomade, the hair is combed and curled under a very tidy appearance.
Curly Curtain Haircut
This curtain haircut is great for men with curly hair. Ask your hairstylist for extra length at the front to account for the curls. The longer sections are a great low-maintenance way to get the best out of both short and long styles.
Johnny Depp Curtains
A very young Johnny Depp wears this look. Depp’s hairstyle has a lot of product to give a bit of a wet look, with a tousle that is casual and laid back. This cut is a little longer through the sides, blending into the back a little more subtly. Because the hair has so much volume, this style is great for men with fine-textured hair.
Keanu Reaves Curtains Haircut
Keanu Reaves has been wearing some version of a curtain haircut for decades. This more recent image shows him with a very long fringe at the front, with a little bit of a wave near the ends. This cut is a great way to slowly transition into the haircut if you’re growing your hair out.
Sharp Angled Cut
The lightened ends, the dramatic line stretching behind the temple, and the curl at the front make this bold “eBoy haircut” worth trying. Ask your stylist to create a sharp line between long and short sections that run from your temples to the crown of the head.
Soft Waving Curtain
In contrast to the previous style, this curtain haircut is softer and kind of classy. The natural wave of the hair and slightly longer back make this cut would look at home, at the country club or the skate park. To achieve this look, let the hair air dry for a natural wave.
ItвЂ™s actually really easy.
Sure, going red has become a major 2021 hair color trend, but when it comes to cuts, nothing can quite compete with a curtain bang. From Jennifer LopezвЂ™s shaggy, вЂ70s inspired take to Hilary DuffвЂ™s longer, face-framing look, the chic style is everywhere. If youвЂ™ve been eyeing the look, you may be wondering how to cut curtain bangs yourself. Good news: ItвЂ™s achievable with a little expert help.
With the uptick in DIY haircuts and colors in 2020, more people than ever are switching up their looks all on their own. While this may seem like a recipe for disaster at first (because who hasnвЂ™t attempted to cut their own bangs only to wind up with a mess on their hands), the process is definitely possible to do on your own.
Bustle spoke with celebrity hairstylist Clariss Rubenstein, owner of Salon deZEN in Alexandria, Virginia, Maria Elizabeth, and co-owners and master stylists at Salon 120 West Taylor Portanova, and Kasey Bertucci on how to cut curtain bangs yourself without sabotaging your entire вЂdo. Basically, youвЂ™re about to get a curtain bangs 101 master class, and youвЂ™ll be sporting this trend just like your favorite celebrity style icon in a flash.
Contemplating cutting your own curtain bangs? HereвЂ™s everything you need to know.
What Are Curtain Bangs?
If you havenвЂ™t been acquainted with the style yet, curtain bangs are an it-version of the traditional fringe you already know. They get their name because, well, they frame each side of the face like curtains do, and they work well with all different hairstyles (plus they give off an effortless je ne sais quoi vibe).
The best news about curtain bangs? They look good on everyone and theyвЂ™re low-maintenance, according to Elizabeth. вЂњCurtain bangs are such an amazing option, because not only are they chic and crush-worthy, but they are also low-maintenance and grow out naturally into face-framing layers,вЂќ she says. вЂњAlso, curtain bangs are not as big of a commitment as blunt, micro, or arched bangs which require frequent visits to the salon to maintain and often lead to an awkward stage of growing out.вЂќ Skipping that transitional phase is a huge perk.
How To Cut Curtain Bangs
Elizabeth explains to Bustle that she prefers using a styling razor to cut curtain bangs because it gives her вЂњmore artistic control and allows [her] to naturally blend the wispy layers into the overall style of the hair.вЂќ
She says to start with the hair dry, because the movement and placement of the bangs will be different from when theyвЂ™re wet. Part your hair down the center and separate out the width of the section youвЂ™d like to become your bangs (the bigger the section, the thicker the bang). Elizabeth says to then use the razor to вЂњshortenвЂќ the bangs between the middle and end of the eyebrow. From the center, move outward with the razor, gently feathering the hair to create wispy layers around the face.
If a razor seems a little too advanced for you, scissors are also an option, according to Portanova and Bertucci. The pair strongly suggests making sure you have the most professional pair of scissors you can find at your local beauty store to ensure precision. Once you have them, section damp hair into two diagonal forward sections going toward your temples. As a pro-tip, Rubenstein says to start at a point thatвЂ™s an inch or more back from your hairline and pull the section forward.
Once sectioned out, Portanova and Bertucci say to cut the two pieces so that they are roughly chin-length, getting longer as you move toward your collarbone to create the look. Rubenstein also recommends cutting on the longer side at first since you can always trim more later. Once you start snipping, point the scissors upward to create a soft line instead of shearing your hair straight across. Then, voila: YouвЂ™ve got the it-hairstyle of the year вЂ” now itвЂ™s time to master styling those curtain bangs.
Every decade has a signature haircut. The fifties had a neat short, back and sides, the seventies had long hair and sideburns, the eighties had mullets. In the nineties, it was all about curtains. Worn by everyone from David Beckham and Brad Pitt to countless boyband members and that guy from Dawson’s Creek, it was the style for would-be heartthrobs and a generation of men getting more and more comfortable with the idea of grooming.
The curtains hairstyle — should you have missed it or forgotten — is a style where hair on the top of the head is grown into a fringe and defined by a strong middle parting along the centre. It’s floppy, it’s quite high maintenance, and it’s very much back.
A quick glance at the spring collections from any number of brands will confirm the nineties fashion revival is still going strong, and with it is the haircut that defined the decade. But it wouldn’t be the first comeback, because the history of curtains goes back a lot further than the turn of this century.
“It was a hugely popular haircut with men at the end of the 19th century,” explains Josh Gibson, principal at the Sassoon Academy, “with famous icons like the writer Oscar Wilde and artist Aubrey Beardsley sporting the look. The trend continues among working-class men until the end of the 1920s, and then returns briefly when hippie culture spreads from America in the 1960s.”
The 1990s revival came with the rise of grunge and home-grown indie bands. Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder, Placebo singer Brian Molko and Blur bassist Alex James were notable champions of curtains. Then the boy bands took over; Take That wore them (apart from Gary, who was still in his awkward phase) and Westlife, along with every teen TV star (see Jared Leto, straight out of the test tube, in My So-Called Life) and the look subsequently filtered down to the teenagers and beyond.
How To Wear Curtains Today
Back in the nineties, this cut looked best on people with poker straight fine hair. This type of hair emphasises the strong parting that defined the look, but not everyone had the right kind of hair or cut (see Olly Murs). It didn’t stop them, and neither should it stop you, because modern curtains have evolved. In fact, that floppy look with a rigid parting didn’t really do anyone any favours, and now, a bit of texture is your friend.
“The look can be updated by making it more personalised to you,” says Gibson. “It tends to suit narrower, boyish face shapes but can be undercut to make it look slimmer on the face. Essentially, this haircut works best on someone with a natural middle or offset parting.” The hidden bonus of our recent love affair with quiff haircuts means that some of us probably have some length left at the top. Simply stop slicking it back and let it flop apart and voilà — you’ve got the foundations for curtains.
What To Ask For
First, identify your favourite curtains role model (see below) and ask yourself if you have similar hair types. There’s not much point adopting a style if it doesn’t work for your hair. It just means more hassle and time spent styling it (unless you want to embrace a more radical option like an undercut or permanent relaxing treatment, which can make hitherto impossible looks achievable)
“If your hair is curly or wavy, it might be better to go for a slightly longer version to avoid getting a really thatched look,” advises Gibson. The thatch he refers to happens when very thick hair is given a wedge shape underneath or isn’t styled properly on top. There’s a case here for an undercut if you want the look but your hair is super thick.
“With straighter hair, it’s probably best to ask your stylist to keep the length at the cheekbones, as this will frame the face,” says Gibson. You can leave it long and layered at the back, or take the lengths to just above the ears and keep it tight at the sides for a classic look.
How To Style It
For anyone currently shuddering at the memory of frizzy thatch-like curtains, take heart from the fact that today’s styling products are about million times better than they were back then, when salt sprays, matt wax, hair oils and straightening irons didn’t exist. In fact, in the nineties there wasn’t much apart from wet look gel, crunchy mousse and hair spray on the go.
Men with curly hair especially had it rough, says Gibson, who recommends “leaving curly and wavy hair to dry naturally and using a generous amount of Illuminating Oil by Sassoon Professional, or Sassoon Curl Form to get that grungy lived-in look.” We’ve talked about co-washing before (forgoing the shampoo every other day to wash with conditioner instead), and it can help dial down the frizz and give curls definition.
For straight hair, it’s easiest to take it polished: “Use less product and dry downwards and forwards using a vent brush to keep the follicles flat and to stop flyaway hairs,” says Gibson. Visit your barber as often as you normally would, even if you’re growing it out. And never, ever use gel — or risk looking like Peter Andre.
The Best Celebrity Curtains Hairstyles
It’s hard to believe, but before he discovered cheese, the Cotswolds and the Conservative Party, Alex James from Blur was cool. Damon Albarn might have had more stage presence, but as bassist for one of the biggest bands of the nineties — and with enviably pliable hair that drew attention to his good looks — it’s not surprising he had as many fans.
The godfather of grunge is also the king of the bed head. Nirvana frontman Cobain sported long, bleached curtains that hovered around his collar with dirty looking roots at the top. More like a West Coast surf bum than a true curtains devotee, he made unwashed, skanky hair the epitome of cool.
He might babble incoherently at times, but Shaun Ryder made genius music with the Happy Mondays and Black Grape. During the peak Happy Mondays Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches moment, Ryder sported a rounded mod bowl with a strong centre parting.
The world lost an incredible acting talent when River Phoenix died prematurely in 1993; it also lost a fine head of hair. During his short but dazzling time in the spotlight, Phoenix never put a follicle wrong in a variety of looks including a perfect example of long dishevelled curtains.
Reeves has dabbled with different lengths over the years, but his ultimate curtains moment came as Ted in Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey. His hair has the optimum thickness and texture to make a perfect example of nineties curtains.
Bringing it back to the present, Charles Melton, American Riverdale actor, (no, we’ve never seen it either) recently got caught out by some gossip website for ‘fat-shaming’ (never good) or something. We can learn to forgive that on account of the excellent short curly curtains he’s wearing.
The best example of modern curtains is also our haircut of the year. Timothée Chalamet’s hair is now the stuff of legend, all the proof you need that this once-controversial style is right for the times. TC prefers an offset parting with his natural texture.
Celebrities like J. Lo, Hilary Duff, and Dakota Johnson are already fans.
It’s a question we’ve all faced at least once in our lives: should we get bangs? After sitting on it, some meditation, and making a pros and cons list, the answer to that is oftentimes no. But thanks to TikTok and Insta, a ‘70s hair trend has found its way back into our lives — and we’re considering bangs all over again. Say hello to curtain bangs.
From seeing it on our favorite TV heroines (@Mariannesbangs deserve just as much recognition as @connellschain IMO) to our fave celebs like Jennifer Lopez, Dakota Johnson, and Hilary Duff. Curtain bangs are everywhere. The hashtag alone has almost 170 million views on TikTok and over 53,000 posts on Instagram, making it super hard not to become intrigued by this viral beauty trend.
But first, what even are curtain bangs? How does one style them? Can anyone pull them off? We talked to celebrity hairstylist and author of “All Hair Is Good Hair,” Annagjid “Kee” Taylor, and celebrity hairstylist Andrew Fitzsimmons to break down everything you need to know about the bangs everyone is raving about. Read on to learn more.
What are curtain bangs?
Taylor says that curtain bangs are basically fringe bangs that are parted down the middle to frame your face. (“Just like curtains!” she says). She explains that curtain bangs are typically longer than standard bangs and have wispy ends that blend into the rest of your hair. She says that they’re much softer than blunt bangs and less dramatic than side-swept bangs.
Can anyone pull off curtain bangs?
It might be a bold statement, but we’re going to make it anyway—curtain bangs are universal. “The beauty of curtain bangs is that it is suitable for all hair types and lengths,” says Fitzsimmons. “What works best is really understanding your hair’s texture and cutting face-framing layers that suit your face shape.”
Taylor agrees. “Because curtain bangs are cut in a way that blends them with the rest of your hair, you do want a little bit of length to go along with them,” she says. “That said, you can definitely rock curtain bangs with hair as short as a pixie; just make sure your stylist leaves some length in the sideburn areas.”
She also says they’re super easy to maintain and are a lot more forgiving than other styles of bangs. “After what we’ve all gone through in 2020 and all the uncertainty of not knowing if we’re going to be away from our hairstylists again, it’s a great option for a low maintenance look,” she says.
How do you style curtain bangs?
As for styling them, Fitzsimmons likes to use a big round brush on damp hair to give it a nice blowout. (We love using a round brush like the T3 Volume Round Brush). He says you want a voluminous look with minimal frizz so adding a leave-in conditioner before drying will also do the trick. After that, you can pretty much do whatever you want.
“The signature of the curtain bangs is that middle part. Beyond that, you can rock them with just about any style,” he says. “They look great when your hair is down or for half-up, half-down styles. For updos, they look great when you pull some of the hair just behind the bangs down to create that face-framing effect.”
Styling curtain bangs is pretty simple. First, part your hair down the middle. Then blow-dry your bangs away from your face, wrapped around a round brush. Twist the brush through your bangs all the way at the end so it feathers out and then style the rest of your hair however you please.
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Curtain bangs are longer on the sides and shorter in the middle and function as a sort of frame around your eyes—similar to how curtains work around windows. “They’re the least intimidating of the fringe family, and are great for anyone who wants to try something different but isn’t ready for the full shebang,” says Lisa Satorn, a senior stylist with Nine Zero One Salon. Keep reading for everything you need to know before you trim a set of your own.
Should you get curtain bangs?
According to stylists, if you’re looking for an easy-to-manage style, the answer is a resounding yes. “Curtain bangs have this cool, casual, grown-out vibe, thanks to the varying lengths of hair and face-framing pieces,” says Mark Townsend, Dove celebrity stylist. “The center pieces are the shortest and should fall around the bridge of the nose, getting gradually longer as you move outward towards the cheekbones.”
Curtain bangs have the unique quality of working with all hair types and face shapes and are a great way to change up your look without having to commit to a full, straight-across fringe. “Curtain bangs are the most versatile type of bangs,” says Townsend, adding that because they’re long on the sides and shorter in the middle, they can be styled in many different ways. “You can hide them away, sweep them to one side, curl the longer pieces—there are lots of different options.”
Part of their versatility also comes from the fact that they work with all face shapes and hair textures. “As long as you know your own texture and understand how your hair naturally falls, you can make them work,” he says. According to Satorn, curtain bangs tend to be easiest to style on loose, wavy hair, but that doesn’t mean that other textures can’t try them out as well. “If you have curly hair and want to wear a curly curtain bang, emulsify a styling cream or a leave-in conditioner in the palm of your hands and gently scrunch your bangs in place,” she says.
How to style curtain bangs
Curtain bangs work best with a center part, but you may have to re-train your hair so that the bangs fall exactly where you want them to. Satorn suggests starting by blow-drying your hair down and forward so that there isn’t a defined part, then blow-drying to the side, then finally flaring up the ends of your bangs and using creaseless clips to set your hair in place.
“Don’t be afraid of a round brush,” says Townsend. “Use it vertically and wrap hair away from the face while blow drying.” You can also achieve the same look with a curling iron, just be sure to hold it vertically and wrap your hair away from your face to ensure the bangs have movement and frame your face properly.
Photo: Getty Images/Amy Sussman
If you have a cowlick that interferes with your curtain bangs, you’ll need to take special care in your styling to work against it. “Start with soaking wet hair and aim your blow dryer straight down,” says Townsend. “Use a flat brush, and brush in side-to-side motions while keeping the blow dryer angled downward until the hair is dry.” You can also use a reusable mascara spoolie to brush through the cowlick, “because it has enough tension to style the hair in the direction you want,” says Townsend.
Another great thing about curtain bangs? You can easily re-style them without having to wash your hair. “Playing with your curtain bangs can make them oily, so do a refresh by just washing your bangs without sacrificing your full blowout,” says Satorn. And if you need a little volume refresh, simply spray some dry shampoo at the roots and backcomb your hair for extra lift. “The starch will provide the grit needed to hold the volume in place,” says Townsend.
How to care for curtain bangs
Photo: Mike Coppola/MG19/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue
Since curtain bangs tend to see a lot of heat styling, it’s important to care for them with products that will keep your hair healthy and intact. “I recommend the Dove Breakage Remedy ($21) three-step system for my clients with bangs because it helps strengthen the hair fiber and reduce breakage, which is so, so, so important on hair that is styled often,” says Townsend. He’s a fan of spraying it on between washes since it will give your hair a boost of strengthening nutrients.
If you have fine- or medium-textured hair, Townsend recommends staying away from wet styling products like mousse or serum on your bangs because they have the tendency to weigh down the hair. “Instead, after blow-drying your bangs, gently spray with a lightweight dry shampoo and tousle with your fingers,” he says. “The starch from the dry shampoo prevents the individual strands from sticking together, allowing for a long-lasting, more voluminous look, rather than your bangs falling flat or matting together.” As an added bonus, the starch from the dry shampoo also prevents your bangs from absorbing the oils from any skin-care products you use on your face.
How to fake curtain bangs
Photo: Getty Images/Amanda Edwards
If you’re still not sure about going all-in on curtain bangs, there’s an easy way to test the waters. “If you have a lob with angles in the front or face-framing layers, you can fake curtain bangs by taking a flatiron and styling outward in a curved motion at the eyebrow to get that shape and movement of a curtain bang,” says Townsend. If you don’t have layers, clip-in bangs are also a great option. Either way, you’ll be able to see how curtain bangs look before you make it official.
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Curtain bangs were undeniably the biggest hair trend of 2020 (maybe aside from grown-out roots). Granted, there weren’t many other trends to compete with, but when a parade of celebs hop on board and the heroine of a prestige drama wears them all season long, it seals the deal. Even without the pop-star endorsement, the vintage-inspired, face-framing fringe is about as tempting as it gets when it comes to a low-risk chop.
While the trend is so popular because it’s easy to pull off, they’re still bangs, and the thought of chopping a chunk into your hair can be daunting. However, if you want to get in on the Jane Birkin fantasy, there’s a way to fake the fridge, no scissors required—and no, it’s not with clip-ons either. As it turns out, all it takes to get the shaggy bangs of your dreams are a few strategic styling tricks.
If you want to try curtain bangs before committing to a chop or are still uneasy about heading into the salon, we’ve got you covered. Read on for how to fake curtain bangs on straight, wavy, and curly hair.
How to fake curtain bangs on straight hair
As this video from Joseph Maine, celebrity hairstylist and cofounder of Trademark Beauty, shows, faking curtain bangs on straight hair is way easier than you might think, all it takes is the flick of a curling iron and some hairspray.
First he says to start by sectioning out your “bangs” area. It might be your first instinct to part your hair down the center and grab each side to curl, but Maine recommends forming a triangle with your part. The tip of the triangle should be about 1.5″ back from your hairline, where you’d normally center-part your hair. From there, you want to part each side diagonally down toward your forehead (see the photo below for an example of what it should look like). This way it looks more natural and blended and has more of a bang feel—otherwise, you’ll end up with tendrils.
How to section out the front of your hair to create curtain “bangs”
Courtesy of Joseph Mane
Once you have your sections, take a one-inch iron (Maine uses the Harry Josh Pro Tools 3-in-1 Ceramic Curling Iron in 1.25 Inch) to create a face-framing curve. “Curl each section away from your face, starting pretty close to the root,” says Maine. “You want the real coil of the bend to land right at your brow.”
Here’s where the curls go from face-framing to “Whoa, did you get bangs?” Maine says to comb each section away from your face while pinching the part at your hairline, bringing the two sections together. “While you have them pinched, spritz with hairspray and use a flat, creaseless clip to hold the pinch in place,” he says. “Then mold the length of the fringe to follow along your brow and down your temples.”
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 by 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 midlengths 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 coiled 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 midlengths 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_.
No hairstyle for men channels the 1990s vibe like curtain haircut. Basically, this 90s hairstyle is a style where the hair on top of the head is grown into the bangs or fringe but parted right down the middle.
In some cases, men opt for side parting as well. Back in the 90s, this haircut looked best on men with fine straight hair because this hair type accentuates the strong parting in the middle. But, it’s entirely possible to rock this look even if your hair is on the thicker side. Here are 10 cool options to try.
Latest Curtain Hairstyles for Men
A while ago, there were no many curtain haircut options to try. All looks were pretty much the same, but this hairstyle has evolved tremendously since then. Let’s take a look at some of the best haircuts to rock in order to modernize the 90s vibe.
1. Thick and Curly
Back in the 90s when curtain hairstyles became popular, they were usually associated with thin and straight hair.
The reason is simple – that hair texture is easy to style in order to achieve the signature parted look. Times have changed, and now it’s entirely possible to get ideal curtain cut for your hair type, including thick and curly hair.
2. Two-Toned Hair with Undercut
Men who want to give curtain haircut a try have plenty of options to choose from in terms of styling their hair. One option is to experiment with different hair colors, including various shades of blonde.
The two-toned look will make your hair appear visibly more voluminous, which is particularly useful if you have naturally thin hair.
3. Flaming Hair
Speaking of trying out different hair colors, you may want to experiment with flaming red. This hair color is ideal for edgy men, guys with the wild side, dudes with the attitude. Reddish hair is lively and playful, which is exactly what natural thinness would take away from you.
4. Blow Out Hair
Instead of allowing your hair to air-dry which can lead to the flat and straight hair look, you may want to consider blow drying your hair. As a result, your curtain cut hair will get more fullness and movement. It’s needless to mention that a great blow-dry allows hair to seem light like a feather. The ease of movement feels great.
5. Long Hair with Short Beard
Isn’t it frustrating when you can’t find a good piece of inspiration for minimalistic look? Not all hairstyles should be flamboyant and unusual. Minimalistic style can often do more than we even realize.
Take this look for an example – it’s simple, requires minimum styling, yet men’s curtain hairstyle looks amazing.
6. Wavy Hair
Men whose hair is naturally wavy can still rock curtain haircut. In this case, hair in the front creates gentle waves, but all you need is to keep it on the side for a natural look. You don’t have to go for sleek cuts if that’s not what you want. Just make sure you take care of your hair properly.
7. Bandana Style
Do you have a habit of using accessories to style your hair? If not, you should start doing so. For example, the bandana is one of those universal accessories that look great on men and women equally. Placing bandana over your forehead lifts your hair, and creates a unique curtain cut.
8. Tapered Undercut
Men’s curtain haircuts don’t have to involve medium length hair in all cases. It’s possible to achieve this look even with short hair. Part your hair down the middle and using fingers tousle it a little bit for an asymmetrical and “messy” appearance.
9. Boyband Hair
Remember those times when guys from boybands rocked signature hairstyle parted in the side i.e., curtain look? Those were great times and guess what – you can have the same haircut. This thick wavy hairstyle is particularly awesome for guys.
10. Widows Peak
If your hair isn’t short, but it’s not long, either you can still experiment with a curtain hairstyle. Nice parting and a little bit of styling will help you create a heart-shaped look as seen in the photo.
Curtain haircut is a great choice for men who love to be edgy, playful, but also for those who want to show off their hair. Now that you’ve seen some of the coolest styles to try, all you need to do is to go ahead and get it. Care for your hair properly in order to make sure your 90s curtain inspired hairstyle is at its best all the time.