How to make curtain bangs swoop? Check out the heat and heatless styling methods you can try!

by Anjelina

Curtain bangs, so fashionable back in the 60s and 70s of the last century, are back at the top of current hair trends these days. We all remember beauties like Jane Birkin and Brigitte Bardot who made this type of bangs their distinctive feature. But while curtain bangs are suitable for any hair type, they do require a little special attention when it comes to styling them so that they look their best. In today’s article, we will show you how to make curtain bangs swoop and give them the much sought after voluminous effect! Let’s get started!

How to make curtain bangs swoop?

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There are several options to achieve a smooth, natural-looking and flowing swoop. With curtain bangs it is important to get the same effect on both sides, that is, to make the bangs frame the face in a feminine and elegant way. We will show you several ways to achieve this that require the use of different hair tools. All of them you probably have at home – so you can choose between heat or heatless styling method. We will offer you both options, and if you decide to go for one that requires heat, be sure to use a heat-protectant spray beforehand.

Flat iron method

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One of the easiest and quickest methods to achieve a perfect face-framing swoop is to use a flat iron to shape your curtain bangs. Want to know exactly how to do this? Check out our detailed instructions below:

  1. Since this is a heat method that poses risks to the health and good looks of your hair, apply a heat protection product to your bangs first.
  2. Comb the hair well, paying special attention to the bangs.
  3. Separate the rest of the hair by securing it behind the ears with bobby pins so that you can focus just on the bangs.
  4. After combing, divide your curtain bangs into two equal parts.
  5. Take one section in your hand and lift the hair up. With a flat iron, grab the hair in the area closest to the roots and twist forward. Hold like this for a few seconds, then release and use your fingers to shape until you get natural-looking volume at the roots.
  6. Repeat the same with the other side of the bangs.
  7. If you want (and your bangs are long) you can also work on the ends by curling them outwards.
  8. Finally, comb your curtain bangs to make them look more natural and use hairspray to keep the effect throughout the day.

For more ideas and a demonstration, check out this helpful video:

Blow-dry technique

blow dry and round brush styling long hair with curtain bangs

When we talk about techniques for achieving bouncy, voluminous curtain bangs, we can’t help but mention the use of a blow-dryer and a round hairbrush. This wonderful duo is the number one preferred technique by experienced stylists to achieve amazing results. But is it that difficult? Of course not, as long as you follow the steps we are about to share with you. Here they are:

  1. As with the previous method, comb your hair and separate it from your bangs. Secure your hair behind the ears with bobby pins or make a ponytail.
  2. If you don’t get out of the bathroom and your hair isn’t wet, spray your bangs with water. It’s enough if your hair is only slightly damp. Don’t forget to apply a heat protection product to protect your hair from damage.
  3. Using a blow-dryer and a large round brush, blow dry the bangs away from the face (aiming upwards), starting from the roots to the ends and repeating these movements several times until the hair is dry.
  4. Then divide the bangs in half and focus on each one of them.
  5. Take the right side and dry away from the face again, but this time try to hold the brush vertically while drying.
  6. Then simply repeat the same with the left side.

Check the video below if you need more details:

Heatless styling method: Using Velcro rollers

style hair with velcro rollers and achieve volume

A heatless way of styling your curtain bangs is to use a Velcro roller. But how? To do this, your hair needs to be wet (dry it only with a towel). You can also apply a curl defining cream of your choice if you want. Then take the entire bangs and place the roller underneath them. Move the roller forward until you reach the ends of the bangs then start moving it back by turning the hair inwards, towards the face. Use a bobby pin to hold the roller in place if needed. Once your hair is dry, you can remove the roller, part the bangs in half and finger style until you like it. Watch the video below if you need more help:


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