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How To Blow Dry Curtain Bangs

You may have heard about the new social media craze that Curtain Bangs have seemed to have made a return– back and better than ever!

That’s probably why you’re here, am I right?

Well, I’m here to show you how to rock this 70s hairstyle like an absolute pro with some quick and easy steps and tools.

Curtain bangs well and truly frame the face; they work with short hair, long hair, thick hair, fine hair, curly hair, straight hair– whatever, really!

But wait, let me tell you something.

These wispy bangs are super versatile; you can wear them on all hair types of lengths. If you’re unsure whether or not to take the plunge and brace the chop, then learning how to style curtain bangs may be a good way to start.

I’ve listed a few easy methods you can use to get started so that you can blow-dry your bangs like a pro.

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What Are Curtain Bangs?

So for those that are new to the idea of curtain bangs, curtain bangs were a popular 70s style where the fringe is styled with a part down the middle to shape the face on each side.

They tend to be much longer than traditional bangs and have wispy, soft ends, which give this look a laidback look.

They suit most face shapes and almost all hair types, but they particularly suit square faces. It helps elongate the appearance of your face and is brilliant at covering up the hairline.

Top Rules For When You Style Curtain Bangs:

There are quite a few tips and tricks, things to do and not do when it comes to blow-drying your curtain bangs in place. In order for your curtain bang to look amazing, you need to follow these few rules.

Rule Number One: The first rule of thumb is to start with blow-drying the curtain bangs; you don’t want these bangs to start air drying by the time you reach them; they just don’t lay right.

So start with your curtain bangs before you move onto the rest of your hair; it’ll save having to run the flat iron over your bangs afterward. Reshape once you’ve finished the rest of your hair.

Rule Number Two: Blow your curtain fringe downwards and side to side. This prevents the air from blowing upwards and causing the bangs to sit oddly.

Use the concentrator nozzle to concentrate heat and control the airflow down your strands. If you don’t have one already with your blow dryer, I would recommend getting one!

Rule Number Three: Make sure you blow the hair away from your face; this will help create the iconic shape of the curtain fringe.

Use a round brush to create this shape; the size of the round brush you’re using should depend on how thick your curtain bangs are.


How To Style Curtain Bangs Using A Blow Dryer:

The most common way to style your curtain bangs is with a blow-dry. Using a blow dryer helps boost volume and adds bounce to the look.

What you’ll need:

  • – Round Brush
  • – Hair Dryer With Concentration Nozzle
  • – Or blow dryer brush
  • – Hairspray
  • – Pins or hair rollers

The first thing you’ll want to do is part your hair in the middle, take a small section closer to the temples, and wrap it around the brush to dry.

Direct the heat and airflow away from your face, so once you’ve finished, it should tuck nicely in with the rest of your hair.

There are two ways you can help your curtain bangs set after styling them with a round brush; you can either hold it in your hands until cooled or pin it up on your head until all of your hair is dry.

You will be training your bangs, remember, so you can try clipping them up for a week or two until your hair has settled again.

Once you’ve finished your hair, go over the curtain bangs again with the round brush and blow-dry them until you’re happy with the shape and spray with hair spray.

Want an even more voluminous look? Try this and then roll up your curtain bangs in some hair rollers and leave it for half an hour while you do other parts of your daily routine– like makeup.

After 20-30 minutes, your curtain bangs should look super voluminous and give off that real 70s look.

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How Style Curtain Bangs Using A Flat Iron:

Another brilliant way to style curtain bangs and a quick and easy method is to style them using a flat iron.

The first thing you’ll need to do is rough dry the hair, using a round brush around the bangs– this should help give them a little extra body before going in with the flat iron.

You want to be sure that although you are just giving your hair a rough dry, strands are 100% dry before going in with your styling tools.

Don’t forget your heat protectant, ladies!

Now, this is when the real magic happens, twist the straightener away from your face until you reach the tip of your curtain bangs.

As long as your hair isn’t scorching hot, hold the bangs in your hand for a second until they cool down. I would also recommend working in two sections for each side, so you have more control.

You can also add some dry shampoo or texturizing spray before styling for a little extra volume.

How To Air Dry Curtain Bangs:

Want a low-maintenance option when styling your curtain bangs? Well, with the right products and techniques, you can leave your curtain bangs to naturally dry by themselves!

This works wonders if you have naturally curly hair, too, as you don’t need to use any excessive e heat in your beauty routine to achieve this look.

Just place your bangs where you want them to sit, and place creaseless clips or pins in place until they are completely dry.

Alternatively, you can give them a rough dry and then do the previous step as this will lift the texture, prevent the roots from lying flat, and give the bangs a bit of body.

Those with curly hair tend to go for a more natural look like this as it allows their bangs to blend effortlessly with the rest of the waves/curls.

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How To Style Curtain Bangs Using A Curling Iron:

If you suffer from dead straight hair, then this is the method for you. You can use a curling iron to create a fake blowout look without using blow-dry and a round brush.

If you’re a little cack-handed and struggle to use a brush and blow dryer simultaneously, this is for you.

You’ll firstly want to rough dry the bangs and set them aside with a pin until they are completely dry.

You can do this while curling your hair or if you want the front two pieces to stand out, curtain bangs are best for face-framing anyway.

Curl your hair to start with but make sure you turn off the iron when curling your curtain bangs so it can cool a little bit before you use it.

Curl your curtain fringe away from your face, and then hold until cooled. Brush out any tight curls and add texturizing spray to add a little texture and bounce.

Here’s a pro tip: never forget your styling products, especially your heat protectants, as this will create a protective barrier over your strands.

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So there you have it, the best way to style your curtain bangs. If you’re still debating whether or not to take the plunge– DO IT! HAIR GROWS BACK!

There are so many people rocking the curtain bang look, and you will be one of them. Knowing how to style your curtain fringe is the top thing to learn before doing the plunge.

Let’s rock it like the 70s, ladies!

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