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Bottleneck Bangs

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You’re probably familiar with curtain bangs, but have you heard of bottleneck bangs? They are the latest in bang styling and will be a popular style for the rest of 2022.

We’ll tell you what this hairstyle is, how it compares to curtain bangs, and how to style them. Keep reading to learn more about bottleneck bangs!

What Are Bottleneck Bangs?

Bottleneck bangs are similar to how they sound. They resemble the shape of the neck of a bottle. They start close together at the top and then swoop outward and down. 

Bottleneck bangs appear shaggy. They are long bangs, growing past your eyebrows and framing your face. They are an alternative to curtain bangs and have a 1970s flair. 

Bottleneck Bangs vs. Curtain Bangs

While bottleneck bangs and curtain bangs are similar, there are a few distinct differences between these cuts. Here is a comparison between the two styles:

Similarities:

  • Both are a long bang style.
  • Both have face-framing details.
  • Both grow out well.
  • Both are universally flattering for most face shapes.

Differences:

  • Curtain bangs are all one length.
  • Bottleneck bangs are short in the middle and get longer on the sides.
  • Curtain bangs can look like short layers rather than bangs.
  • Bottleneck bangs are shaggy and appear more bang-like.

How to Cut Bottleneck Bangs

Do not skip going to the salon for these bangs. Attempting to cut these on your own may be risky as they require expert shaping. 

The cut involves cutting short pieces in the center with longer ones along the sides of the face. We recommend cutting with a middle part to see where your true center is for the shortest pieces. Make sure your stylist doesn’t cut the middle pieces too short, or it can look unflattering. 

Who Do Bottleneck Bangs Look Best On?

The great thing about bottleneck bangs is they are universally flattering. You can have long or short hair and still pull this look off. If you have short hair, try a bottleneck bob. 

Also, no matter your face shape, bottleneck bangs can be complimentary. If you have a round face shape, this cut will be flattering. The face-framing details can reduce the roundness and help make your face look more angular. 

If you have thin hair, bottleneck bangs are a way to thicken your hair appearance. The dynamic length of the bangs makes your crown look fuller, and the shaggy texture can make your hair appear thicker. Want to learn more about bang styles for thin hair? Read our post on what bangs look best on thin hair

3 Bottleneck Bang Hairstyles

      1. Bottleneck Bob

A bottleneck bob is a great way to style bottleneck bangs on shorter hair. First, cut your bottleneck bangs to the desired lengths. The longest part of the bangs will be your guide for the rest of your hair length. The result? A soft, shaggy bob.

      2. Voluminous Shag 

A voluminous shag is a great style for long hair. The key is a round brush and volumizing spray. Brush through your hair and use a spray to hold the shaggy shape. Then, use the spray on the crown of your head and give it a slight tease to make it look fuller. For even more fullness, use Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Elixir. It’s the ultimate lightweight, body-boosting leave-in treatment for thicker-looking hair.

      3. Chic Ponytail

Try a low ponytail for a chic, French-looking hairstyle. Pull your hair back low, leaving your bottleneck bangs alone. Wrap your hair in a loose ponytail and keep your middle part. If desired, add a bow or ribbon to your ponytail.

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The Best Bangs for Thin Hair

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If you’ve always thought that having thin or fine hair means that you can’t have bangs, think again. In fact, bangs, along with some simple styling tricks and Viviscal Hair Growth Supplements, can go a long way in making your hair look thicker and healthier.* Anyone can rock a fringe, no matter what your hair type. The key is to choose a style of bangs that works
well for fine or thin hair. Keep reading for the best bangs for thin hair!

The Best Bangs for Thin Hair

1. Side Bangs for Thin Hair

Tapered side bangs are a great way to dip your toes into the fringe pool without fully committing. They frame your face, which makes your hair look thicker. Plus, they add dimension and interest to even the simplest of updos!

Woman with side bangs, a bob and glasses smiles

 

2. Thin Wispy Bangs

Wispy bangs soften the face, which means that they are especially flattering to thin or angular faces. Plus, they’re very versatile. You can part them in the middle or wear them to the side, depending on your mood. Ask your hairstylist for a piecey, razor-cut fringe that falls right around your eyebrows.

closeup of a smiling woman with dark short hair and wispy bangs.

 

3. Curtain Bangs

Curtain bangs are split in the middle, like curtains on a window. Curtain bangs make your hair look thicker by bringing more hair to the front. When worn forward, they emphasize your eyes and make your features pop. But they’re versatile! If you ever get tired of them, they’re long enough that you can easily push them behind your ears.

smiling woman on a bus has brown hair, pulled back, and curtain bangs parted in the middle

 

4. Curly or Wavy Bangs

Many women choose not to get bangs because they’re too difficult to style every day. But this modern take on traditional bangs allows you to embrace your natural hair texture, which makes styling a cinch. Whether your naturally curly hair is thin and fine, or thick and kinky, curly bangs will look great.

 

woman tosses her head and short, curly, brown hair and bangs to the right.

 

5. Blunt Bangs

A heavy fringe can also make thin hair look thicker. As with Curtain Bangs, these heavier, blunter bangs bring more hair density to the front, which creates the illusion of thicker hair. This fringe style works especially well for those with round faces, since the blunt edges add some angles. Ask your hairstylist for a blunt fringe that ends just above your eyebrows, which will help to elongate your face.

redhead woman with blunt bangs and long hair stands outside in an orange shirt.

How to Style Bangs for Thin Hair

Bangs typically need to be restyled every day, so plan on spending five extra minutes styling your hair in the morning. But you don’t need to wash your hair every day! You can just wet your bangs and blow dry them with a round brush to give them a little volume. Add a volumizing serum like Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Elixir before you blow dry for extra body. You can also use a dry shampoo to absorb excess oil when you need it. Just spritz your bangs, rub into the roots, and brush out.

On days when you don’t feel like styling your bangs, accessories are your best bet. You can use a headband to sweep your hair off of your forehead. Or use a sparkly clip to pin your bangs to the side.

When you do wash your hair, use a lightweight conditioner like Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Conditioner. Since bangs have more contact with your forehead, they tend to get oilier and a lightweight conditioner may be all they need to stay moisturized.

How to Grow Out Bangs

Done with your bangs? Avoid the dreaded “growing out” phase by following these simple tips:

  • Start taking Viviscal supplements. While Viviscal is always a good choice for maintaining healthy-looking hair, it’s especially helpful when you want to support hair growth. Why? Because the combination of AminoMar™ plus key vitamins and minerals in Viviscal is scientifically proven to nourish thinning hair and promote existing hair growth in as little as three months.*
  • Get a trim. It might sound counter-intuitive, but visiting your hairstylist for frequent trims is actually an important part of the growing out process. Your hairstylist can reshape your bangs at each appointment so they look stylish and decidedly not-awkward as they grow. You’ll keep your bangs looking neat and remove split ends too.

A closeup of a woman getting her bangs cut

Would you ever wear bangs for thin hair? Let us know in the comments!

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Curtain Bangs For Every Hair Type

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Have you grown weary of sporting Covid hair? Are you sick of hiding your neglected mane in a ponytail or beneath a toque? After months of living in yoga pants and hoodies, going makeup-free, and letting your hair do its own thing, you may be craving a change. Nothing radical. Just a little pick-me-up to make you feel a little more human. Why not opt for curtain bangs—the latest trend hitting celebrity tresses in 2021? We turned to the pros to learn more about this banging trend as well as how to get the perfect curtain bangs for your hair type.

What Are Curtain Bangs?

If the term “curtain bangs” is new to you, think of Briggit Bardot’s wispy fringe. In fact, they are still sometimes referred to as “Bardot Bangs.” Farrah Fawcett sported them in the ’70s. And Selena Gomez, Camila Cabello, Dakota Johnson, and January Jones have all recently adopted this in vogue style. 

Curtain bangs frame your face in the same way that a pair of drapes frame a window. They tend to be shorter in the middle with lengthier wisps on the sides. And, due to their longer length, they are a great way to test-drive wearing bangs as they can be easily grown out. Phew! 

Why Are Curtain Bangs Popular?

So why are so many people opening up to curtain bangs? 

1. Curtain bangs are commitment-free

“Curtain bangs are far less of a commitment than traditional, more blunt bangs,” explains Ford Models hair and makeup artist Paige Pelfrey.

Many of us are leery of anything that involves cutting our hair, especially if you’ve finally achieved that long flowing mane you’ve always dreamed of. The nice thing about curtain bangs is that they do not involve the same degree of commitment as shorter bang styles. If you opt for a long version with the outer hairs about ear length, Pelfrey says they are easy to be pinned back or blended while you grow them out.  

2. Curtain bangs suit almost every face shape and hair type

Curtain bangs are universally flattering and require much less upkeep because the goal is a more French, effortless chic vibe,” says Pelfrey. “I favor this style because of the cheek bone accentuation, and the face framing element.”

Curtain bangs flatter all face shapes, suit many hair textures, require infrequent trims, can hide hairline imperfections, and need much less styling than other fringe styles. They can help hide breakouts on your brow and forehead. And, as an added bonus, these bangs can also make you look more youthful by concealing those pesky fine lines. Who knew that bangs could accomplish so much?  

3. Now is the perfect time to experiment.

People are feeling stir crazy during quarantine and are itching to change up their hair vibe, says Pelfrey.

NYC stylist, Emily Heser, says that the increased interest in bangs may due to people’s willingness to take a fashion risk during a time period when they won’t see many people and they don’t have a lot of social obligations. If your bujo’s weekly spread is pretty much blank, you may as well try something new like curtain bangs.  

Who do curtain bangs suit?

If you’re sick of being told that certain hair styles won’t suit you, you are about to do the happy dance. Curtain bangs are an apt choice for almost everyone with only a tiny handful of exceptions. They suit most face shapes perfectly well, especially those with round or square faces. They elongate these facial types, making them appear more oval-shaped

While the curtain bang is said to be universally flattering, there are a few things to consider before opting to adopt this style. People with smallish foreheads may find that curtain bangs make their faces look too small. And, if you have an uncontrollable cowlick, it is often best to avoid bangs completely.  

Other than this very short list of caveats, most people can rock the curtain bang. Let your happy dance commence. 

Wait. There’s even more good news. If you are in the throes of trying to grow out short bangs, you are going to love the curtain bang. As your bangs get longer, they will make for perfect curtain bangs, enabling you to turn that awkward “in between” phase into a trendy, “I did it on purpose” fashion statement. Yay! 

What to ask your hairstylist

Admittedly, it isn’t easy to get a haircut during a pandemic. Thanks to Covid and its requisite lockdowns, you may have to watch some YouTube videos and transform your look yourself.  If it is possible to safely have a professional introduce your coif to bangs, this remains the best option. Your hair stylist possesses the special techniques required to properly achieve this look and enable you to avoid a follicle disaster. But, hey, if you do decide to take on the challenge, here’s how to cut your own hair. If you manage to book a coveted appointment with your hairstylist, celebrity hairstylist Anthony Perez mentions to ask your hairstylist first whether bangs are for you. 

“If you are a low to medium maintenance person getting a fringe may not be for you. If you don’t mind getting a fringe trim every 2-3 weeks then I would say go for it!”

Curtain bangs for fine hair

If you have fine hair, the main issue you may run into is your bangs looking thin and sparse, according to Pelfrey. In this case, it’s important that enough hair is brought forward for the cut.

“If the cut is done well curtain bangs can give an illusion of thicker hair and add volume,” she says.

Curtain bangs for thick hair

“For thick hair it’s all about keeping the length of the fringe a bit longer so that it can blend into your face framing pieces,” Pelfrey explains. The good news is if you have thick hair you can achieve the wispy bang look with much less hair and using texturizing styling products.

Curtain bangs for curly hair

Yes, it’s possible! Pelfrey advises if you have curly hair, however, to come to the salon with your natural texture intact. Then, have your stylist cut your fringe dry so you can be sure the length is shaggy and long enough to achieve a curtain bang. 

Curtain bangs for textured or coarse hair

If you have textured or coarse hair, the challenge will be in creating bangs that are natural and airy. Pelfrey advises to ask your hairstylist to use texturizing shears to make the ends wispy and light.

Curtain bangs for wavy hair

If you have wavy hair, be sure to discuss styling options with your hairstylist first before the chop, so that they can determine the best technique to cut your hair.

“If you embrace your natural wave then ask for a dry cut. If you will be blowing them out then you should style your hair the way you plan to rock the bangs the day of the appointment so your stylist can recommend the appropriate cutting technique,” Pelfrey says.

Curtain bangs for straight hair

Similar to fine hair, the cutting technique to create volume will be key.

“Using texturizing shears to create movement and volume in the hair along with using a combination or volumizing root spray and a dry texture spray can transform the effect of curtain bangs with straight hair,” says Pelfrey. 

Both Pelfrey and Perez agree, that before the snips begin, it’s important to consult with your stylist to address your hair texture, level of maintenance, and how you plan on styling your hair to determine if curtain bangs are indeed right for you. 

Also, a great way to ease into a new look and prevent snippers’ remorse is to start with long bangs—ones that graze your cheekbones and can be tucked behind your ears.  

How Do You Maintain Curtain Bangs?

To be blunt, the curtain bang is the perfect “lazy girl’s bang.” Thanks to their length, they are very low maintenance and, if they’re long enough, they can even be thrown up into your ponytail—the preferred pandemic style choice. You can choose to keep the length with trims, or choose to to go longer between trims and grow them out. Plus, you can easily trim them yourself with a small pair of scissors. 

Dry shampoo can work magic on a set of sweeping bangs, making them more controllable and mopping up any grease that has developed from pushing them out of your eyes

How Do You Style Curtain Bangs?

If your curtain bangs have been professionally cut to suit your hair’s texture and length, styling them should be a breeze. The one tool that will prove most valuable is a good quality round brush as this is the key to adding body and direction to your curtain bangs. Perez, recommends the GHD Rise Hot Round Brush. A flat iron can also add texture, but it is important to remember to turn it away from your face. A great styling tip from Pelfrey, is to use volumizing root spray and a dry texture spray to add life to very straight curtain bangs. 

Do curtain bangs sound like the perfect remedy for your Covid hair despair? If you’re eager for a change, but remain unsure if this transformation is right for your tresses, you might want to take this quiz to find out if bangs are right for you. Seriously, what are you waiting for? Now is the time to bid farewell to that pandemic pelt and transform your hair from blah to beautiful.

Written by: Kimberley Laws

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