Now These Are Some Good-Looking Bangs
As someone who has had bangs for the majority of their life, I consider myself to be an expert on the difference between "good" and "bad" bangs. And as an FYI, "just ok" bangs are never an option.
My personal bangs journey has included thick, blunt bangs, swoopy side bangs, and soft, textured fringe. Curtain bangs are one style I haven't tried, but I'm getting dangerously close to letting my bangs grow out to an extremely awkward, eye-poking length in order to get them.
Like other haircuts, the popularity of curtain bangs ebbs and flows. And right now, the cup is runneth over with examples of how to do face curtains.
Alexa Chung and Camila Cabello were early adopters of curtain bangs, now considered their signature hairstyles, but in the past year, everyone is adding Farah Fawcett-esque fringe to their hair, from J.Lo to Taraji P. Henson, to the kids on TikTok.
As a bang pro, people like to tell me about nice ones they've seen, whether it's on a cool girl in Brooklyn, or someone on TV. And it was recently brought to my attention by multiple people that Kaley Cucoco has some Very Good Bangs on her HBO series, The Flight Attendant. While I have not seen the show (I have a very long quarantine watch list, ok?), I have to agree.
Cucoco's curtain bangs are long and slightly featured and paired with face-framing layers, giving her cut a '70s vibe more so than '60s mod.
She also demonstrates why curtain bangs are considered to be versatile. Cuoco's long, wispy strands look great when her hair is pulled up into a messy bun or a high ponytail, not unlike Ariana Grande's gravity-defying updo.
While curtain bangs trickled their way back into our consciousness pre-COVID, the look is in fact, the perfect pandemic hairstyle. For anyone who is taking advantage of seeing no one and growing out their bangs, curtains are a great transitional cut for long, grown-out bangs. And for anyone who has decided to experiment with bangs during quarantine, curtains are low-maintenance as far as bangs go and possible to DIY on your own. (However, your stylist might not be happy about it.)
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Celebs brought curtain bangs back to the red carpet, while TikTokers introduced the vintaged-inspired look to the youth. And considering everyone on TV has the same hair (flat-on-top and loose-waves-on-the-bottom), Cuoco's bangs on The Flight Attendant are a sign that curtain bangs will be going strong into 2021 and beyond.