Curly hair with bangs

If your hair is curly, like mine, you probably thought bangs were impossible to wear. You dreamed of fringe and tried all the hairstyles that you wouldn’t be able to do. If you were like me, you would cut your hair yourself and spend two years growing them out again. The truth is that I was told by someone who said curly-haired girls couldn’t have bangs, that they were lying.

There are many ways to wear bangs on curly hair. Think Stevie Nicks and Georgia May Jagger. The cut can change the way you style your hair. We reached out to some of our favorite hairstylists: Ryan Richman, Justine Martjan, Bryce Scarlett and Laurie Heaps. Holly Mills is Streeters artist. Find great styles for curly hair with bangs that have been approved by experts.

Curly Piixie with Fringe

This style breaks all curly hair “rules”, which is precisely why we love it so much. This edgy, fun pixie has a piecey, spiral fringe. Heaps says that if you have a particular length of hair you wish to maintain, you will need to follow a trim schedule. You should also visit your stylist every four to six week depending on the speed at which your hair grows. A lot of salons offer complimentary bang trimmings between haircuts. Make sure you ask your stylist.

Longer Bangs

For curly hair, a mid-length shag will work well with curly textures that have slightly longer bangs. Scarlett says that your bangs should be treated the same as your rest of your curly hair. Moroccanoil Treatment Light ($34), which is light and doesn’t weigh down hair, but still gives you volume, is great for curls.

Curtain Fringe

You can wear a curtain fringe down the middle if your hair is wavy. Georgia May Jagger’s bangs nearly touch the jawline.

All Over Ringlets

Zendaya has a full head of curling ringlets. Zendaya also has curly bangs. Richman recommends that you ask your stylist to trim your bangs while your hair retains its natural texture. You can always trim them shorter but you cannot go back if they’re too short.

Modern Mullet

This top-heavy style of mullet is very current. Mullets, once a fashion relic from the 1980s, are now trendy and full of volume.

Wet-Look Bob

It doesn’t have to be straight across your forehead. Rihanna’s wet-look hairstyle features shorter pieces that reach around her apples, giving it dimension and depth.

Side Fringe

Side-swept bangs like Sandra Oh’s are easier than straight cuts. Scarlett says that no matter what style you choose, curly bangs can be achieved by cutting them long, to your cheekbones if possible. Next, you can reassess your work and see where your natural curl falls.


These short, choppy bangs are great paired with “seamless layer” to give life to otherwise dull curls. Marjan recommends spraying a shine product on your hair and rubbing it into your hair. We love Kiehl’s Silk Groom Serum ($18).


Rita Ora’s dramatic curls and lifted roots give off an old Hollywood starlet look. This look can be achieved even if you don’t naturally have curly hair.

AfroTextured Bangs

Bangs are endless. A fringe is a great option for those with super curly bangs or afro-textured hair. Well-placed highlights in balayage give this full, volumizing cut a boost.

Vintage pin-curl Waves

Janelle Monae’s soft waves have a vintage, pin curl effect. We love her soft, swoopy waves that run across her forehead and the cloud-like shape her hair takes as she moves out of her head.

Choppy Ringlets

Jasmine Sanders’s cool, choppy look is attributed to her wavy blonde ringlets and lifted roots. You can add some texture to your curls by using a texturing spray such as Oribe Dry Texturizing Oil ($46), which you can use on wet or dry strands.


Sarah Hyland’s short, choppy layers can give the illusion of a side bang without having to do much styling.

Baby Bumps

Yara Shahidi’s curly lob and baby bangs are timeless, but so fashionable. Mills suggests that you be prepared to fine-tune your bangs. “If there is one curl or part of hair that isn’t right, just use a curling iron to fix it.” “Depending on your experience with curling irons, I would recommend that you use a medium setting.

Braided Bangs

Bangs can be done even if you have protective braids. Lupita Nyong’o shows how to braid a bang with a twisty ‘do and fringe embellishments.

Micro Spirals

Kerry Washington’s micro-curls are so beautiful with bangs. Heaps says, “It’s important to notice how your curls naturally change from day to day.” Styling fringe can be more difficult if a client has many cowlicks.

Barely There Bangs

FKA Twigs’ barely there baby bangs may not be for everyone, but they are so cool. Her forehead is framed by wispy curls, while her rest of her curls are piled high in a messy up ‘do.

Windswept Fringe

Although Lily Collins’s windswept bangs look almost like an accidental style, it is likely that a lot of work went into getting them there. Marjan breaks it down as follows: “Diffuse dry hair with the diffuser attachment of the Ghd Air Professional Perform Hairdryer ($199), if you need to style. Do not let the hair hang straight up on the face. Once you are ready to style, curl each curl.

Beachy Bangs

Lizzo’s book has a beachy version of curly bangs. Her loose curls that cascade past her shoulders are reflected in her bangs, which have a slight wave. Balayage with sun-kissed highlights adds more holiday vibes.

Artsy Triangle Hair

This is what stylists at Mousey Browne Salon, Brooklyn, New York refer to as the “deliberate triangular.” Although the “triangle hair” is often feared by those with curly hair, it’s a warning sign. But here’s proof you can make it work and it looks great.

Finger Waves

Finger waves can be a beautiful way to get a short, slicked-back curl. Rowan Blanchard’s version features a delicate, face-framing curl which both helps to keep her bangs down and adds to her vintage glamour.

Supersize Curls

Be it trendy or not, Natasha Lyonne will always sport her signature big curls with a wavy fringe. Marjan suggests Marjan’s method to achieve the perfect curls at the salon. “Hold the end of the curl facing down (as they open and close their shears slowly) so that the ends are lighter. This will create a defined curl pattern that’s not too heavy around the face.

Pseudo Bangs

Are you not ready to take on the maintenance that curls require? You can fake them by curling your hair into a tight ponytail and placing the ends of your curls just above your forehead.

Fluffy Bangs

Tracee Ellis Ross’ wavy bangs and slicked-back style contrast beautifully with her natural hair. This look can be achieved by straightening your hair and having lots of gel and hair spray on hand. The curlier your bangs, the better!

Curly With Straight Bangs

You can channel the early ’00s by styling your hair with curly bangs and a modern twist on straight bangs. Maisie Williams’ bright pink color and dark shadowed roots give it an edge.

Super Long Shag

This shag has cute bangs that curl slightly towards the face. Marjan says to aim for 2 inches more than you think. If you feel the need, you can cut it shorter if necessary. Curly hair shrinks and bounces back when cut.

By Michael Caine

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