Trend Alert: Curly Bangs

Change the hair. Change the woman. If you’re looking to shake up your look without chopping your hair off or changing its color, your bangs are the perfect place to experiment. Curly bangs are everywhere we look, from Instagram influencers to hit Netflix show. The 212 Salon and Day Spa team are all fans of the curly bangs, and they’ve quickly become one of our favourites for clients. If you’re considering taking the plunge and trying the style, we have a few tips to help you pull off the look.

How Did Curly Bangs Become a Trend?

Netflix seems to dictate our lives. One minute we’re hooked on a real crime drama, and the next minute we’re wishing we lived in Regency England. Their hit TV shows have the power to influencer trends across the board, with hair being no exception. In 2019, they debuted the show ‘Russian Doll’, with Natasha Lyonne playing Nadia Vulvokov, a woman who constantly relives the day she dies.

It wasn’t the plot that grabbed our attention, but rather the character’s signature hairstyle. Natasha Lyonne’s auburn curly bangs went viral on social media, with thousands of fans asking how they could recreate the look.
Right after the show’s release, the curly bangs became the must-have style on the red carpet. Celebrities such as Killing Eve’s Sandra Oh and the pop star Ariana Grande all showed off the hairstyle, making it an instant must-try. Other celebrities who have rocked this trend include Rihanna and Zendaya.

What Makes the Curly Bangs so Popular?

For years, we all straightened our hair within an inch of its life. For some of us, our GHD straighteners were our most possession during the mid-2000s. Anyone blessed with naturally textured curls felt they had to hide them under layers of products to tame their curls. If the pandemic has taught us everything, it’s the beauty of embracing our natural looks. Textured hair and voluminous curls are having their moment in the sun.
This cut is also trending because of our rediscovered love of all things 70s inspired. You can thank Generation Z for exploring the era for the first time on TikTok.

How To Get Curly Bangs

The trick to pulling off the curly bangs look is to visit your hairstylist and ask for their help. It’s not a look you can create with your at-home scissors. Cutting bangs is an art form and one that you want a professional’s help to create.

While anyone can work curly bangs, it’ll take you a little extra styling if you have naturally straight hair. The trend works for any face shapes, making it universally flattering.
Your stylist will recommend the best length that works for your features while still giving you enough length to play with to maintain the curls. Some people prefer to go with a shorter cut to accentuate the eyes, while others like to keep the hair longer to create a more voluminous curl. If you don’t mind the maintenance involved, you can opt for an eyebrow length style. You can also decide how thick you want your curly bangs to be, with your stylist being the best person to suggest which one to choose.

If you know the type of curly bangs you want, bring along some reference photos to your appointment. The hairstylist can recreate the look and let you know if the length will work for you. The thing to remember is that when your hair is cut, it’s not a reflection of the finished product as the curls shrink your hair and make your bangs shorter. Trust the process!

Curly bangs work best when you incorporate a little layering into the look to give you more depth and definition of your curls.

The great thing about these bangs is that they work for any length, whether your hair skims your shoulders or if you have Rapunzel length hair. Are you not sure if you want to commit to the trend? Start with clip-in curly bangs to get a feel for the look.

How To Style Your Curly Bangs At-Home

Once you’ve left the salon, you’ll be wondering how to style your new curly bangs at home. The trick is to master the art of minimalism. Less is more with curly bangs. You want to avoid saturating your hair with an excessive amount of product, which can weigh down your hair. One product you will want to keep on hand is some curl cream, which can stop your hair from becoming frizzy while making it easier to brush through your bangs.

When you’re brushing your hair, use your fingers or a wide-tooth comb to get the shape. Let your hair air-dry for around 20 minutes. If you have to rush out the door, you can use your blow dryer to finish it off. Ideally, you should let your hair air dry to give it a naturally tossed look.

If you want to change the silhouette, you can go in with a curling iron to make your curls tighter or looser. Complement your curly bangs by giving the rest of your hair voluminous curls to pull your look together.
Don’t become too fixated on the idea of creating the perfect curls. You want to make them look as natural as possible. The messier your curly bangs look, the better! You can style your hair within a few minutes, making this trend perfect for the busy woman who doesn’t have time for a full hair routine every morning. Put your straighteners to the back of your vanity and channel your inner 70s pop star.

In recent years, we have been obsessed with hair color trends, often forgetting about our bangs. Now the tables have turned, and our bangs have taken centre stage. Embrace your textured hair and give the curly bangs a go. At 212 Salon and Day Spa, we’re on hand to help you experiment with this trend. Trust us – you’ll fall in love with the style!