curtain bangs All the rage this fall, and never really out of style (from Alexa Chung’s low fringe in a 2014 Tumblr to Brigitte Bardot’s classic ’60s cut!) or finding pictures from New York Fashion Week, you can always spot a French-inspired, mid-length rocking girl. We’ve checked with professional and expert hairstylists for a complete DIY guide on how to get the look for yourself, and common mistakes to avoid when cutting your hair between salon visits.
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First, what are the bangs of the blinds?
This cut, which requires face framing, and a longer fringe scattered in the middle, “shops almost any face of any age,” according to Ghanima Abdullah, hairstylist and stylist at The Right Hairstyles. The draped bangs, she explains, “delicately frame the face while drawing attention away from serious signs of aging.”
celebrity hairstylist Michelle Cleveland Hair Addict Salon agrees, adding that bangs on drapes are the perfect solution for anyone who “wants bangs but also doesn’t want to commit to a full blown.” And it’s basically “a version of the classic face frame that many women choose because it goes with almost all face shapes,” she continues. Cleveland notes that the fringe of the created shape is “soft, delicate, and provides a more realistic look,” which is why she believes the celebrity’s favorite style is “very popular.”
Tools needed for DIY popping blinds
Before cutting your locks, hairdressers stress the importance of gathering the right tools for you to ensure the best possible cut. These include:
This will be your best friend when cutting your tresses, stylists say, as you’ll be able to pin certain strands and section others while targeting specific areas. Also, if you choose to air dry your bangs after a shower, for example, using clips in different ways can create a new look as they dry. The possibilities are endless – fun to experiment!
Round brush (for styling)
As someone who wears a drape himself, I can also recommend a round brush for this classic, voluminous, symmetrical look. Bangs will naturally split in the middle as your hair gets used to the new part, but using a round brush when blow-drying and brushing can instantly elevate your look.
fine tooth comb
This will come in handy when you want to create the perfect medium part, to bring out tangles from your bangs, and to keep your fringe bouncy and not flat against your forehead. (Pro tip: take a small one with you on the go!)
While many of us have clipped bangs with regular scissors over the bathroom sink (myself included), experts suggest opting for professional hairdressing scissors, which are naturally smaller and can help you achieve the subtle, angular look that celebrities celebrate with rocky bangs.
How to cut the bangs of your curtains at home: 7 steps
Wash and dry your hair
Before considering cutting or trimming your bangs, it is essential to start with a clean slate. This means washing, drying and brushing the knots and tangles out of your hair before using any scissors, providing the best results.
Create a centerpiece
To get the symmetrical mid-parted look, take a comb and start at the back of your head and move the tool across your scalp toward your forehead. From here, make sure your part is in line with your nose and chin, and not in a zigzag or crooked shape. This will help create the bangs that look like framing the face.
Separate a triangle from the top of your head
Cleveland now advises, “Divide out your marginal zone by finding a point on top of your head where you begin to point down toward your forehead.” From that point on, she says slide down toward the slack points on either side of your forehead. “This should create a triangle shape which is the area you are going to cut,” she notes.
Cut the bangs directly at the level of the chin
Before taking any scissors for your tresses at all, Cleveland says to “secure all the remaining hair” you don’t want to cut into a clip or elastic. When cutting a curtain bang, she adds, “you should have a shorter center that gradually increases in the outer corners.” To do this, Cleveland says to take a narrow vertical subsection in the center of the triangle and cut to the length you want. By keeping your newly cut longer strands at chin level and working your way inward, you’ll look even, and you’ll have a cut that frames your face on both sides.
Part the bangs and trim each side at an angle
Starting on one side of the first cut, she then recommends continuing to “take the narrow vertical sections and over, point them toward the original section, and use them as a guide,” before repeating on the other side. In other words, make sure your part is even and your hair is tilted in a way that frames your cheekbones and chin, with bangs falling at brow level, is the way to go.
Blow-dry with a round brush
While Cleveland suggests “cutting the bangs when it’s dry” (to avoid sudden length if wet and then dry out into a shorter look later), if your bangs are already wet, the best and most effective way to style them is with a round brush. “The best way to dry bangs with curtains is to use a wide, roller brush,” says Cleveland, and “dry the blowdryer by rolling it toward your nose first, then passing another blow dry again.” This, she says, creates an “inviting blowout to the blowout of the curtain.”
Cut vertical and feather ends
If you opt for the Farrah Fawcett 70s-shag-esque look, it can be had with subtle and strategic plumage. To do this, take your scissors, twist the bangs and cut them vertically at the ends (not horizontally!). This, experts say, will create a feathered look that will add more volume to your locks, and won’t look too sharp or straight across.
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4 common mistakes to avoid
Doesn’t segment properly
When creating the middle part and the triangle for cutting from it, it is necessary to start with the part at the back of your head, continue in a straight line and stop at the beginning of your forehead. From here, it is important to make sure this is in line with your nose and chin, completely dividing your face in half and looking symmetrically. Any aliasing or skew can cause a slight side bang, which is not what you’re after.
Go for the perfect length right away
Cleveland suggests spending your time cutting your bangs, as you can always cut more hair, but you can’t regrow it right away if you cut it too often. It is ideal to take small cuttings carefully, as you can slowly determine the best length. If you’re a newbie to bangs, you may need time to adjust to the new look, and the long bouncy feel can be a little less chaotic and extreme.
Do not use a reference image for guidance
Whether you want your bangs to look like Jane Birkin, Kerry Washington, or Zooey Deschanel, having a reference photo will make your haircut a lot easier. Knowing your hair type and texture is also important, and finding a picture of this with your bangs can help you feel more prepared when taking on the task yourself. Cutting your hair without a photo in mind can lead to other mistakes, and may create a look you’re not ready for or you may not like later.
using general scissors
While this may not seem like a big deal, choosing not to use standard hairdressing scissors can result in more blunt bangs. Since bangs on drapes enhance symmetry and softness, blunt bangs do the opposite—and using professional scissors to trim the fringe is a sure way to get more feathers instead of jagged or jagged ends.
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In general, bangs in the curtains are sure to be made by yourself – whether you are a beauty connoisseur eager to try this trend on your own, or do not have time to go to the salon. Being prepared is the way to win when it comes to cutting fringe, and that means equipping yourself with the right tools, following expert advice when taking scissors to your strands, and avoiding common mistakes that beginners often make. In no time, you’ll get used to the stunning, timeless and tousled look, and feel confident trimming your bangs in between salon visits or anytime you need a makeover!
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