Hairstyle Trend Alert: Curtain Fringe September 20, 2018 14:32
Making the decision to get a fringe isn’t easy—after all, they can add a few minutes (or more!) to your hairstyling routine every morning.
But the latest trending version — known as a 'curtain fringe' is so pretty that you might just want to consider chopping your hair and rocking this celeb-inspired look.
So we asked salon owner and educator Jennifer Morgan @jennifer.morgan.hair exactly what a curtain fringe is, how to style it and more.
WHAT IS A CURTAIN FRINGE?
A curtain fringe is a fringe cut in an inverted 'V' shape, the shortest part of the cut is where you would wear the parting in the fringe. When being cut from the shortest point, the shape of the cut is angled down gradually, and hair is left longer towards the top of the cheek bones.
Note that the shape of the curtain fringe needn't always be centred. It can work perfectly well from the side, so it works if you wear your hair in a side parting, and it’s especially helpful if you have a cowlick (strong angled hairline growth), as the fringe can be placed at the shortest cut point, therefore taming the cowlick.
They’re usually on the longer side and have wispy ends, giving them a laidback, cool-girl vibe. A curtain fringe used to be super-popular back in the 1970s and is now on-trend once again. It makes sense the look is super pretty!
A curtain fringe in particular can work whatever the weather. A curtain fringe is less of a commitment than a regular fringe as the gradient at the sides means it’s easier to grow out than a straighter, squarer fringe. Plus, it makes for a refreshing change without a drastic loss of hair length
WHO DOES A CURTAIN FRINGE LOOK BEST ON?
Let’s be real, one scroll through your social media feeds and you’re likely to see a few images of curtain fringes. While we’re firm believers that everyone should try whatever hairstyle their heart desires, certain hairstyles often pair better with certain face shapes than others. Curtain fringes look particularly beautiful on round faces and square faces. That’s because they can help to elongate the appearance of your face.
WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO STYLE CURTAIN FRINGES?
While blunt and wispy fringes can work with just about zero styling, think of curtain bangs as their slightly higher maintenance cousin. Even the most hopeless hair-phobe can manage styling the fringe (all you need is 2-minutes, a blow waver and a round brush) This means you’ll need to get comfortable with heat styling and products to help give them body and bounce....but we can show you how!
To style your fringe, get it wet, towel-dry and spritz with a leave-in conditioner or a tiny amount of hair serum. From there blast the hair down onto your face so that the roots sit flat.
Then use a round brush to blow-dry your fringe up and out from your face. Whatever you do, don’t use a round brush to dry the fringe ‘under’ at the roots. It will always make the hair sit badly. When drying the fringe, try to keep roots flat
Once its completely dry, part it down the middle or off to the side and spritz them with a hair spray to help keep it in place.
STILL NOT SURE IF YOU SHOULD GET A CURTAIN FRINGE? HERE’S WHY YOU MIGHT WANT TO
If you haven’t been convinced just yet to try this hot trend, allow us to elaborate further on a few reasons why you might want to hop on the bandwagon.
Benefit #1: They can help disguise an uneven front hairline. If you have a widows peak or cowlicks or just generally have challenges, a curtain fringe can hide that from view for a seriously stylish hairstyle.
Benefit #2: It can help make you look younger. Think about it: Fringes hide your forehead, so if you have any fine lines and wrinkles there that you’d like to disguise, a curtain fringe might be a great choice.
Benefit #3: It can help hide imperfections. The same way it can help disguise fine lines and wrinkles on your forehead, it can also help conceal other skin imperfections on your forehead, like dark spots.
Benefit #4: It creates softness around the face and draws attentions to your eyes and your cheekbones….and who doesnt want that?!