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21 Trendy Curtain Bangs With Layers For Your Next Makeover

The infamous haircut of the 60s and 70s with a modern twist!

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From British style icon Alexa Chung to (literally) your girl next door Zooey Deschanel, curtain bangs with layers have earned their place in both Millenials and Gen Z’ers. Even Ariana Grande, queen of the high ponytail, has sported it – and this brings us to two key points.

One, this look is versatile and goes well with any face shape and hair length (we’re talking about anything from long hair with layers to curly hair to a pixie or a bob). The haircut is also easy to achieve and even easier to maintain. Why do you think it was the go-to haircut during the quarantine period?

If you’ve been living under a rock and you don’t know what curtain bangs with layers are, these are bangs (fringe) that can be parted in the center, on the side, or basically anywhere. The effect is like opening a curtain. And the bangs are usually not straight and are cut in layers. Though its origin can be traced back to France, it’s definitely not just worn there.

Here are 21 haircuts and styles that go well with curtain bangs for you to choose from and try for your next hair makeover.

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70's Long Hair with Curtain Bangs

Jameela Jamil fits in like a pea in a pod if you’re looking for the epitome of curtain bangs. In her role in the TV show The Good Place, she kept her hair maintained at mid-back length. The style varies from wavy to straight, windblown to runway-ready but one thing stays in place – her bangs. It’s neatly parted in the middle, with the perfect silhouette of an opened curtain, the layers at the edge almost invisible to the naked eye.

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Long Straight Hair

We have watched Millie Bobby Brown grow up on the screen with the cult-favorite Netflix show, Stranger Things. She sported a variety of haircuts and styles ever since. But, at the recent launch party for the fourth season of the show, she came out looking all grown up. Her face-framing curtain bangs on her long, dark blonde hair, made her own the red carpet.

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Curtain Bangs with Layers on a Topknot

This style embodies chic but formal – perfect for the role that Kaley Cuoco played in the TV show, Flight Attendant. If you want to show off your bangs on a more formal occasion such as a cocktail party or your graduation day, this is a great option. Another detail in this style is the balayage coloring, which starts with darker roots and ends in lighter blonde tips.

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Relaxed Waves Updo

Whether it’s for Prom or attending a wedding, setting your hair in a relaxed wavy updo and flowing curtain bangs gives off classy pageant vibes. This is what Madison Beer was going for in her Met Gala 2021 look.

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Shaggy Shoulder-Length Hair

If you have shoulder-length hair and are skeptical if you could still have curtain bangs, the answer is yes. Short hair is not an impediment to this haircut, in fact, it looks totally chic and would remove years from your face.

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Dreamy Long Layers with Curtain Bangs

This luscious look is a favorite for those who want an extra oomph for a rather ordinary day. A quick blow-dry and some curlers will do the trick to achieve this — also a great hairstyle to wear on your first date to make a lasting impression.

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Face Framing Layers on Medium-Length Hair

If you’re always on the go and barely have time to style your hair, a low-maintenance look for curtain bangs with layers would be this one. And you don’t even sacrifice style for time saved.

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Layered Mullet with Curtain Bangs

The layered mullet is a hard look to pull off but is gaining a lot of attention lately. Pair the mullet with the bangs and it gives you that edgy look that says, “I’m chill, but don’t mess with me.”

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Platinum Blonde Layered Hair

Billie Eilish is not just a Gen Z music icon, but also a trendsetter. Her black hair with a neon green top is recognizable in any corner of the world, which is probably one of the reasons why she transitioned to a blonde mane (as expressed in one of her interviews). She debuted this medium-length with layers and curtain bangs look in tandem with her new album called, “Happier Than Ever.”

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Short Hair with Layers

When we said curtain bangs with layers are for all kinds of haircuts, all face shapes and sizes, we weren’t kidding. This pixie cut has been styled to perfection, and it is positively endearing.

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Classic Ponytail with Curtain Bangs

It’s simple and time-efficient, this ponytail does not swoop up your bangs. Instead, leave it parted in the middle or side, and it’s an instant glam look. Leighton Meester had the same look for her appearance at the MTV Movie Awards in 2012.

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Curly Hair with Center-Part Curtain Bangs

Look effortlessly chic with curly curtain bangs styled with a center part. It’s probably one of the easiest looks to achieve with this hair texture. Goes well whether you have short, medium, or long hair.

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Wavy Bob

Ever wanted to capture the runway look without spending half your savings? This wavy bob will do the trick. Add the curtain bangs with layers cut and you are off to the red carpet in no time.

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Short Curtain Bangs with Layers

Short bangs, also called baby bangs, are not everyone’s cup of tea. But if you are open to experimenting with the look, you can sport your curtain bangs short, just like in the photo, and part it anywhere you’d like.

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Beach Wave Hair with Curtain Bangs

The beach wave hair made waves in 2003 when the Victoria’s Secret Angels wore their bedhead hair looks on the runway. Years later, this bedhead hair has evolved into a hundred variations, including the beach wave. And a great addition to your beach wave hair is curtain bangs with layers.

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Wavy Layered Hair with Curtain Bangs

This haircut is packed with style. And so is Alexa Chung. Alongside Zooey Deschanel, Alexa had this haircut even before the term social media came about. She always keeps her hair from medium to short length, but never without her curtain bangs with layers.

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Blunt Bangs with Layers

The great thing about curtain bangs with layers is that when you feel like not making that part – you can wear it full, just like Zendaya in this photo. And it does not mean that you can’t return to that coveted curtain part, you can always make your forehead be seen.

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Curly Hair With Side Part Curtain Bangs

One of the greatest things about curly curtain bangs is experimenting with where to part them. For example, this photo shows a side part, but you can also style it with a middle part depending on your mood (and your hair’s mood, too!).

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Classic Curtain Bangs with Layers

Recall a time when Zooey Deschanel’s forehead made an appearance. It’s extremely rare to see her without her curtain bangs, and that’s for a very valid reason. She does look great sporting curtain bangs with layers that this is already her default look.

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Long Curtain Bangs with Layers

Farah Fawcett may have started the cult in support of this look, but she sure ain’t the last to wear it. This hairstyle is reminiscent of her role in Charlie’s Angels, which made her a household name.

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Long Bardot Bangs

Bridget Bardot’s curtain bangs started it all. She was France’s dissident actress, but her hair made positive vibes around the world and was the beginning of this look.

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