Everything that was once old will be new again. Just consider the tie dye, scrunchies, super-shiny lip gloss, and the ‘80s power shoulder, which, by the way, will continue its comeback in 2021. But perhaps no trend is having a bigger renaissance in 2020 than curtain bangs, the wispy, face-framing fringe with roots in the ’60s and ’70s. I think this new trend has to do with the desire to feel like you have some style even while your face is covered with a mask.
Curtain bangs, for the uninitiated, are those shaggy, effortless bangs that—as the name suggests—frame your face perfectly, much like a curtain does with a window. The look has roots in the ’60s and ’70s (think Jane Birkin), but today’s take on it works with a range of styles and textures: messy waves, curly shags, sleek blowouts, high ponytails, you name it.
First made famous in the ‘60s and ‘70s by actresses like Brigette Bardot, Goldie Hawn, and Farrah Fawcett, curtain bangs—as the name suggests—are parted down the middle (or, sometimes, to the left or right) and swept to each side, so they perfectly frame your face and eyes, much like a curtain does with a window. They’re cut in a way that blends into the rest of your hair, so curtain bangs are a perfect middle ground which is super appealing, whether you want to test out a more manageable fringe before committing to something shorter or you want to shake up your style without doing something as dramatic as, say, micro bangs.
Curtain bangs are the gateway to bangs, because they’re super versatile. I think I will try them and give a cut!
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