How to Style "Chin Bangs" - New Curtain Bangs for Summer
How to Style "Chin Bangs" - New Curtain Bangs for Summer

When you think of summer hairstyles, what comes to mind? You might think of Pamela Anderson's iconic blonde waves and defined layers. And while bangs aren't exactly known as a summer-friendly style — unless you enjoy fringe stuck to your forehead after a sweaty commute — leave it to TikTok to find a hack. So if you're craving bangs that can stand up to heat, chin bangs are here for the assist.

This summery style puts the likes of curtain bangs to shame, shifting your hair into a puddle of waves. What it looks like: tendrils that are cut to frame the length of your face and stop just below your chin. The pieces are then curled or coiled per your request and the rest is history. While there are many ways to wear fringe, we think this might be our new favorite, and many celebrities seem to agree, too — Dakota Johnson and Camila Cabello have both repped the look.

Take a look at this cool haircut and hairstyle, and how to style it.

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What are "Chin Bangs"?

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That popularity is unsurprising to Peter Thomsen, a hairstylist based in Australia. "The cut frames the face so well and allows you to add character and personality no matter what length," he says. "And whether your hair is curly, smooth, or wavy, these bangs are all about shape and creating balance."

Curtain bangs, for the uninitiated, are those shaggy, effortless bangs that—as the name suggests—frame your face perfectly, much like a curtain does with a window. The look has roots in the ’60s and ’70s (think Jane Birkin), but today's take on it works with a range of styles and textures: messy waves, curly shags, sleek blowouts, high ponytails, you name it.

"Curtain bangs are the gateway to bangs, because they're super versatile," says Emily Heser, stylist at Cutler Salon in New York City. "They're long enough to grow out or pin back if you want, but they can also be cut into a shorter look." The style has steadily become both a celebrity and Insta-girl fave for its easy-going vibe.

Who is most suitable for chin bangs?

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Some good news: Stylists say that chin bangs work on nearly every type of face shape. "This trend is a safe segue into bangs if you're feeling scared to take the plunge," says Sara Briscoe, a hairstylist at Roca Verde hair studio in Brisbane, Australia. She adds that the look is transitional in nature, which makes it a good starting point for other types of bang styles.

Since the cut only requires those lengthier side pieces and allows your forehead to breathe (unlike more straight-across looks), Briscoe says that it's easy to work with and switch up when you want to. "The bangs are easy to get into a ponytail or bun if you're not feeling them," she explains. "It's super beautiful and has a touch of Bardot."

The best types of bangs for your face shape

Bangs are one of those haircuts that can instantly change your look, especially when you take the different types of bangs into consideration. It's no coincidence that debating about whether or not to get them has become symbolic (even a parody) of a big life change—who among us hasn't texted “Should I get bangs” to everyone in their contacts after a breakup?

Though they can satisfy that itch for a change, bangs can also totally transform your face shape and play up your best features. Soft, wispy bangs, for example, help contrast sharper jawlines, while dramatic side bangs can visually add more dimension to rounder faces.

Of course, don't feel pressured to live by these rules. “If you style it and own it, you can rock any type of bangs no matter what face shape you have,” says Jon Reyman, hairstylist and founder of Spoke & Weal salons.

1. Side Bangs: Best for Round Face Shapes

If we had to give out awards, side bangs would definitely win most popular—but they're especially flattering on round faces, which are soft around the edges and often wider in the cheeks. “Sideswept fringe is a go-to for a round face,” says Reyman. “The angle of the bangs creates more length in your face and thus a more oval shape.”

2. A-Shaped Bangs: Best for Square or Oblong Face Shapes

Bangs are all about illusion. This is key for square or oblong face shapes, which tend to be wider at the cheeks and more angular, especially around the jawline. “A soft A-shape works best for women with square faces,” says Suave Professionals celebrity stylist Marcus Francis. “The tapered ends create angles, which help to soften your jawline and bring attention to your eyes.”

3. Crescent Bangs: Best for Heart Face Shapes

Selena Gomez's chop had us eyeing our scissors. It's flattering on most, but especially so for heart-shaped faces, which are wide at the top and draw to a point at the chin. Reyman recommends a soft, crescent-shaped fringe (i.e., longer at the outer edges and slightly shorter in the middle). “She was going for a ’70s-inspired look,” says Marissa Marino, stylist at Nine Zero One Salon, who cut Gomez's bangs. “She wanted them long and feathery, which is a trend right now.”

4. Baby Bangs: Best for Heart Face Shapes

If you want to pull all the attention to your eyes, go for a fun pair of baby bangs. For a softer look than traditional blunt micro bangs, have them hit in the midline of your forehead, and ask your stylist to keep them feathery.

5. Softened Blunt Bangs: Best for Oval Face Shapes

Most people try to achieve an oval-shaped face with bangs, so if you're born with one, consider yourself lucky. You can pretty much go for any style you like, but a pair of blunt bangs will be extra flattering. “Soft, blunt bangs cut straight across visually flatter oval faces,” says Francis, also noting that they can draw attention away from an elongated mouth and chin.

6. Medium Bangs: Best for Oval Face Shapes

Since oval face shapes have more freedom, you may as well take advantage and go for more daring styles. Medium bangs are a touch longer than micro bangs, but should shouldn't hit your brows. “It's a nod to retro but looks futuristic and clean,” says Reyman. The style works great especially for curly hair types, since they play up the texture and piecey-ness.

7. Grown-Out Bangs: Best for Long Face Shapes

Not only are they easier to manage, but longer, grown-out bangs are the most flattering on long face shapes. You have the space to work with, plus cropped bangs will only make your forehead look longer. Go for a cool pair of parted bangs like Rihanna's. “Keeping the fringe line low right around your eyebrows is best,” says Reyman. In other words, no need to trim your bangs more than every couple of months.

How Do You Cut Chin Bangs?

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If you ask Shane Craig, a hairstylist who works in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, for chin bangs, he'll start by moving your hair around with his hands in order to find the length that best suits your face shape. "After we decide to keep the bangs around chin length, I usually comb all the hair that could potentially become bangs around to try and find a natural split and part," he says. Finding a part that perfectly frames your face ultimately keeps the hair from falling out of place on the style is dried.

Start with clean, dry hair when you plan on cutting your own bangs. Leave your hair in its natural texture and shape while you cut. This ensures you won’t end up with bangs much shorter than you want.

You’ll need:

→ Shears (not kitchen scissors)

→ Rattail comb

→ Hair tie

→ Round brush

→ Hairdryer

1. Part Your Hair

Your part is important here because it dictates where your curtain bangs will open up to show your face. If you want your bangs to be easier to style, YouTuber Brad Mondo recommends going with your usual part instead of training your hair into a new one.

But if you typically wear your hair in a deep side part, you’ll want to opt for a middle part instead to nail that curtain bang look.

2. Create a Triangle Section in the Front

Once you’ve parted your hair the way you want, use your rattail comb to “draw” a downward slanting part from the middle part to the point where you’d like your curtain bangs to end.

As always, err on the side of caution and take a slightly smaller section than you think you should. The wider your triangle, the thicker your bangs will be and vice versa.

Once you’ve done this on both sides of the part, you’ll have a small triangular section of hair right at your hairline. This section will become your curtain bangs!

Go ahead and secure any hair outside of the triangular section into a ponytail to protect it from any accidental snips.

3. Determine Your Curtain Bang Length

Once you’ve got your triangular section separated, pull it down toward your face and think about where you’d like your bangs to hit. For most people, the cheekbones are a flattering point to shoot for.

Once you see where you’d like your bangs to hit, you’ll be able to make the first cut without fear of it being too short.

4. Cut a Guide Piece

Ensuring you don’t go too short with your bangs will help you prevent any fringe-related meltdowns (been there, done that). The best way to do that is to start by cutting a guide piece. Your guide piece will be a reference point as you cut your bangs. Don’t cut shorter than the guide piece and you’ll be fine!

Comb your section down and forward, then pull out a skinny piece from the middle to serve as your guide. Pull it down to the point you’d like your bangs to hit. You can start as low as the chin if you want long curtain bangs or up to the eye level for short curtain bangs.

Take your shears and hold them upward (blades facing up) to take careful vertical snips into your guide piece until it’s the length you want.

5. Cut the Bangs

With your guide piece to reference, comb your triangular section down and forward again. Using the guide in the middle, sandwich one half of your hair (the right or left side) between your index and middle fingers and slide them down to where your guide piece ends.

Then, slide your fingers a bit so that your fingertips are slightly angled upwards. You don’t need a very deep angle here – just enough to create that tapered effect curtain bangs are known for. If you go too shallow with your angle, you’ll end with a full fringe instead of curtain bangs.

Use your shears to snip upwards at a slight angle underneath your fingers. Make sure you don’t cut above your guide piece. Everything should taper down from the guide piece in the middle. Snipping upward rather than horizontally across will give you a less blunt, more blended look.

Now, grab the other side and do the same thing. Try to match the angle of the first side you cut as closely as you can on the second side. Pull out both sides’ outermost and innermost pieces to compare and make sure they’re the same length.

6. Correct and Perfect the Bangs

Once all your hair is cut to the right length for your curtain bangs, comb through them again and let them fall naturally. Look for any outliers. If you see any pieces that are longer than the others, go ahead and snip those off with the same vertical snips you’ve been doing.

You can also tightly hold sections of your bangs between your fingers and use your shears to make tiny vertical cuts into the ends of the bangs. This will make the ends wispy and encourage them to bend or flip out at the ends.

Don’t freak out if your bangs don’t quite look the way you envisioned yet – styling should take care of that!

7. Style Your Bangs

Now that you’ve cut your curtain bangs to the length you want and have customized the cut a bit, it’s time for the fun part – styling them! Curtain bangs need a little volume and shape to look their best. If you have wavy or curly hair, you might only need to wet and air dry them to nail the look.

But if you have straight hair or your waves or curls are making your bangs lay weirdly, you’ll need to grab a round brush and blow dryer (or an all-in-one tool like the Dyson Airwrap) to fix them up.

Wet your new bangs from the roots to the ends. Dipping your comb into water and slowly dragging it through your bangs is an easy way to do it. Use a round brush and turn it slowly underneath your new bangs to secure the hair between the bristles.

How are Chin Bangs Different from Layers?

At this point the cynics among us might be wondering: so what's the difference between chin bangs, which frame the face by nature, and good, old fashioned layers? Briscoe says that the latter is meant to look cohesive, with multiple layers married together to create seamless tapering and an all-over look. "Chin bangs are typically thicker and more disconnected than layers," she explains. "It's designed to basically look as though you have grown out a curtain bang."

Thomsen describes the trend as "layers, without having layers." Both styles tend to remove weight from the full head of hair. But unlike chin bangs, layers graduate from smaller framing pieces up top to a longer cut on the bottom, with a less visible transition that happens between each section. Chin length bangs are meant to be longer in the front, making them a bit top heavy. The remaining length of hair transitions into neighboring strands, melding with the untouched hair for a smoother look.

How do You Style Chin Bangs?

The best way to set yourself up for success: style your chin bangs while they're wet. No matter if you're using heat tools or air-drying your fringe, Craig explains that the style looks best if everything is combed up front toward the nose while the hair is damp. "If you get out of the shower and keep your hair pulled back tight, it will start to dry funny and will be harder to get into place," he adds.

Once you've brushed bangs to the front, Craig recommends sectioning things off so the whole process is easier to manage. Then, it's all about giving those sections some '90s-style volume. "Using your hands or a brush, start blow drying the entire bang section towards your cheeks, going back and forth from cheek to cheek," he says. "From there, you want to begin working the hair out towards your chin and nose."

Craig uses a round brush in tandem with a hair-dryer to amp up volume. We love the Best of Beauty-winning Conair Hairbrush Advisory Frizzy Hair Blow-Dry Porcupine Round Brush and Drybar Reserve Blow-Dryer to do the trick.

As for air-drying, Craig reminds us to just shake it out. "Comb everything forward toward your nose, then give it a little shake so your hair can find a natural parting," he explains. "As soon as that's done, take the ends of your hair and tuck them behind your ear and let it set."

What are the Cute Chin – Length Hairstyles - Top 10

1. Textured Bob

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A very trendy chin-length bob style that can be worn on so many different occasions. The added texture gives it an almost messy look while retaining exceptional elegance.

2. Modern Pixie Bob

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A messy-yet-stylish option that uses different chin length layers to bring out your fun side. Shapes the face exceptionally well and has a very short undercut around the back and sides.

3. Textured Shaggy Bob

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Similar to the textured bob but with a shaggier cut to your hair. The chin-length shag is super playful, and suits round faces perfectly. Always a good idea for nights out, coffee dates, anything!

4. Jaw-Length Root Smudge

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A classy angled bob that brings a sweeping fringe round to almost cuddle your face. There is texture at play here too, and it works well when mixed with highlights.

5. Blunt Haircut

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Sleek and sharp, the blunt bob is perfect for women who want to look like a boss. It exudes power, and the sharply defined cut brings out the angles in your face.

6. Textured Razor Cut

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A textured bob that generates more volume in your hair. The off-center parting frames your face, and it’s a stunning look for fine hair.

7. Wispy Cut with a Side-Part

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Give yourself a more natural style with this beautiful side-parted bob. It’s great if you have a round face and like effortless beauty because that means you can wake up and look stunning without having to do much!

8. Chin-Length Wispy Shaggy Bob

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Chin-length hair is a popular choice of active woman who seek a low-maintenance yet feminine and chic hairstyle for every day and special occasions. Is it your favorite length, too?

9. Side-Parted Layered Cut

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One of the funkiest styles out there, this chin-length layered bob has a gorgeous side parting to accommodate a sweeping fringe that almost shields one eye. The different layers bring new dimensions to this haircut, so it’s excellent for special occasions.

10. Side-Parted Choppy Bob Shag

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Chin-length hair is a popular choice of active woman who seek a low-maintenance yet feminine and chic hairstyle for every day and special occasions. Is it your favorite length, too?

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