How To Style Curtain Bangs With Flat Iron & Straightener

Styling curtain bangs with a straightener can take time to get right. Ever styled your curtain bangs with a flat iron, and they head off in a funny direction? Maybe you styled your curtain bangs, but they drop out? Either way, I’m here to help. Curtain bangs are on the list of hair trends this year, so in this article, I’ll show you how to style curtain bangs with a flat iron and a straightener!

Did you know styling your curtain bangs is just the end result of a proper styling regimen? The straightener will smooth out your curtain bangs, but will it last? Does it hold? And is it good we continually add heat daily to our hair?

 
 
 
 
 
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This guide helps you understand why hairdressers go through a routine to style your curtain bangs with a straightener. I’ll tell you why this technique lasts and how to get the best results using a flat iron or straightener on your curtain bangs.

How To Style Curtain Bangs With Flat Iron & Straightener

Find The Best Style for Your Face Shape

Most people have a love-hate relationship with their bangs, especially if it doesn’t look how they want them to look. Face-framing layers are the perfect style for round faces. If you don’t want the typical bangs and you’re looking for a different style that would enhance your facial features, then curtain style is the best choice of face-framing bangs you could do.

Prep Your Curtain Bangs

Learning how to style your curtain bangs begins with prep. If you want that open voluminous flick, you need to blow-dry first. It adds root lift, which is where we get our volume. It needs to lift away from the scalp. This will also set you up for a long-lasting style, and directly heated tools like straighteners are for a more temporary styling process.

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Curtain bangs will style nicely going directly in with the straightener, but it’s a temporary fix. You will end up heat styling daily, which affects your hair condition. Blow-dries can outlast the irons, so if you like to iron, first use a blow dryer.

Use Heat Protection on Curtain Bangs

This area of hair tends to be a little finer than the back, and you need to protect those vulnerable strands, so get yourself good a heat protectant. Use it before blow-drying on towel-dried hair and again before dry heat styling.

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Those strands are super fine; each one potentially goes through a lot of chemical stress, heat stress, and environmental factors. If you want to style your curtain bangs and avoid dry hair, make sure you retain them by protecting them.

Use a Round Brush

Suppose you have medium to long curtain bangs. Use a medium to a large round brush. If you’re a shorter curtain bangs, go for a small-medium sized one.

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The smaller the brush, the tighter the curve, so for a looser effect, go larger with size. You want to get good tension on the brush, so make sure the curtain bangs length wrap around the brush.

Round Brush Styling for Curtain Bangs

You can use your chosen brush to pull out even tension in the round brush, come under/next to the forehead, and roll the hair forward towards the face.

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Use a nozzle on your blow dryer to condense airflow and smooth out hair. Roll towards the face but pull the hair upwards and dry with the blow-dryer. Aim air at the root to get this area particularly dry for volume.

Hair Structure

Believe it or not, your hair type and structure are important when you style your curtain bangs. On the outside of your strands, you have cuticles. These layers overlap in one direction facing down a little like roof tiles. They protect the internal structure of the hair and, when damaged, sit open, leaving your hair feeling rough and open to further hair damage.

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Drying your hair in the wrong direction can force cuticles to open. And I always recommend blow-drying the hair, smoothing them down, even when drying hair with volume. Follow your brush at an angle that will force the cuticles to sit flatter. So, think about the direction of your airflow.

Set the Curtain Bangs

Once the curtain bangs are blow-dried, you need to set them for volume. Using flat clips that will not dent the hair, roll the hair around two fingers, move forwards in the direction the hair was blow-dried, and clip in the rolled loop on the base to cool.

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This will set the curtain bangs before using the straightener and help it last longer. It will also reinforce the root lift, which is impossible to create with a straightener.

Straighteners on Curtain Bangs

After using your second application of heat protectant, use the straighteners on your curtain bangs. Split the hair in the middle part, and at the mid-length of one side of your bangs, start with the straightener. Use a BaByliss Plancha, especially the BaByliss PRO Nano Titanium Prima Ionic Straightener. They make one of the best straighteners for short hair and lightweight travel hair straighteners.

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Clamp and bend the hair off the face while running the straightener down the hair. Creating a curvature with the straightener adds a soft flick to the curtain bangs. Repeat the same on the opposite side part to style your curtain bangs with a straightener.

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Alternatively, some people have success rolling their curtain bangs in the opposite direction off the face. This technique is better on longer lengths, as shorter lengths can kick out at a funny angle. The tools are the same, just the direction of the styling is back with the round brush and the straightener. Don’t forget to set the curtain bangs before styling them with the straightener.

Short Curtain Bangs

Maybe you’re growing out a type of fringe and want a more curtain effect. I have found that styling the hair directionally in a sideways motion works better on these lengths.

 
 
 
 
 
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Vertically part the bangs in the center and then half the section. Work on the outer vertical section, with the brush in a vertical. The roller brush the hair away from the center. Style the curtain bangs with the straightener after, in the same direction, avoiding setting volume as the hair can jump up shorter from setting root lift.

Finish Styling Curtain Bangs with Hair Spray

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Grab a flat brush and your hairspray. Spray the bristles and brush it into the hair. This technique ensures the curtain bangs are evenly coated instead of spraying a layer on the top layer of the hair. This will keep the hair flexible and hold the straightener style to last longer.

Practice Styling Your Curtain Bangs with the Straightener

I love that you have taken the time to read this “How To Style Curtain Bangs With Flat Iron & Straightener” guide! Remember to practice styling your curtain bangs with a straightener. It is an art form, getting your hair to sit and manipulate the way you want. So, have patience, but also have fun.

Evelyn Davies

Evely Davies is a British writer and hairdresser who has experience working in hair media. She has written how-to articles, done education videos, photographic work,  covered live events, and so on.  She’s an all-around stylist and has worked backstage and on stage at high-end celebrity events and product launches. She’s also gone to the other end of the scale and cut hair on beaches, campsites, and hostels. When Evelyn is not behind the chair or writing, you can find her hiking, camping, and backpacking.

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