Welcome to a week celebrating curly hair!
One of the biggest curly hair problems is whether to have a fringe / bangs and how to style them.
Curly hair has a tendency to shrink up once it curls. I don’t know anyone with curly hair that hasn’t had a fringe cut too short or a disaster story about their bangs.
I have had some shockers, but I love having a side swept fringe. I have some shorter, face framing layers cut in my hair and love wearing them curly and straight.
From my trial and error I have some tips on whether you should get bangs and how to style your fringe to avoid the frizz.
Should you get bangs / a fringe with curly hair?
I have a longer, side swept fringe and I love it. Remember your hair should express your personality so go with whatever you like.
I will share a few words of caution…
- Don’t get a fringe in summer. You are asking for trouble. Wait until autumn and then chat to your hairdresser about what style would suit your hair. Then you can enjoy your new hair all winter, and start growing them out in time for summer. Repeat this haircut routine seasonally.
- Do you have time to style them? I believe that any face shape can wear bangs, but you need extra time to style them in the mornings. If you’re already in a rush, I would skip the fringe.
- Consider the shrinkage. If your hair curls tightly, consider cutting your fringe when your hair is dry and styled naturally. It’s so easy to cut off more than you want, and it’s not easy to put it back on. Your stylist can wet your hair later to even up the cut, but check that they understand just how much your hair will curl up when it’s dry.
- Always carry bobby pins. You know how sensitive curly hair is to the weather, and without fail you will reach for a bobby pin to twist back your bangs at some point. You know it’s inevitable.
How to style a curly fringe / bangs
- Never rub your hair with your towel. The hair around your face is always more fragile. It’s exposed to more wind and sun, as well as being pulled back the tightest into ponytails and updos. Be gentle with your fringe and you’ll reduce the risk of frizz.
- Twist it. Help your bangs to look their best by encouraging the curls to sit where you want them. When your hair is wet, use some curl cream or gel to twist them around your finger into the shape you like.
- Give it some heated help. If your bangs just won’t listen to reason, heat them into shape. Take a small curling wand, roughly the same shape as your curls, and curl your fringe. Check out my video tutorial for how to restyle curly hair.
- Straighten them, just a little. You may wear the rest of your naturally curly, but it’s ok to straighten out your fringe a little. Super straight blunt bangs can look a bit harsh so I prefer a lightly smoothed look. Use a brush to blowdry your fringe in the opposite direction that you want your hair to sit. Then lightly blow them back in the right direction and they’ll sit so much better. You can use a pomade to control your bangs, or give them a spritz of hairspray to hold them in place.
Looking for some curly bangs inspiration? Check out Hair Romance’s Curly Hair Romance board on Pinterest.
Do you have a curly fringe? Do you love it or hate it? Do you have a bang disaster story too?
Hi. So I have 3a-b curly hair maybe even a little c and i’ve been going to a regular salon all my life and they’ve cut my hair in layers while it was wet, which looks great with straightened hair, but they didn’t account for how it would look dry—weird and all up in my face. Before when my hair was shorter, and the bangs were shorter, it looked good but now it doesn’t so much. I can’t get the hair out of my face. The bangs are significantly more shorter than the longest piece of hair because the front of my hair is curlier (when my hair was much shorter as a whole, it was coiler and curlier, but now that it grew, not so much however it is still voluminous) and so it doesn’t look good for me to pin my bangs back because the hair is very coily and sticks out too much. It also doesn’t look good to do a side part, a middle part makes me look like a puppy with puppy ears if that makes sense, haha. To put it in an image, when I put my hair in a pony tail, there is a large layer of curly short hair and then underneath it is longer curly hair. It makes my hair look as if it was chopped incorrectly. What can I do with the bangs or my hair? Should I try to increase definition on the curls in the back so it looks more proportional with the bangs?
Rachel Carter says
i have naturally curly hair, and i recently got wispy bangs. i live in a very dry area- blow dryers do little more than frizz up my hair. i have a really badd cowlick at the end that i CANNOT get to stay down. how to i deal with this?
My fringe is generally bad. I don’t brush is because if I brush it I look bad. But if I grow it out I look bad. If I cut it I look bad ugh! Help me!
Hair Romance says
It can be tricky to have a fringe in curly hair. I don’t normally brush curly hair. After washing my hair I twist the front sections into curls so they dry in place. But if you don’t like how your fringe is looking, you can do a braid or twist it back off your face xx
My fringe is generally bad. I don’t brush is because if I brush it I look. Like an idiot. What do I do!
Anna Taylor says
I have weird curly puffy side bangs with slightly wavy hair. We have a love hate relationship. Any ideas?
love hair says
I too have curly hair with a fringe. When I style my hair I like it straight, but in wet humid weather my fringe just curls at the ends. It is a disaster!! Is it right to use the Morrocan oil?
Hair Romance says
Argan oil is great for your hair though if you are using a sulphate free shampoo, you should avoid silicones like Moroccan Oil.
I have 2b type hair!
After lot of reading and thought I finally got the hair products that my hair loves!
So o decided I could maintain bangs too!!
But it turned out to be the biggest disaster!!
The bangs just don’t stay down!! What do I do???
Hair Romance says
You might need to blowdry them down to stay in place, and use hairspray xx
Great tips!! Ive been contemplating getting them and this was super helpful:)
Hair Romance says
Thanks Dee! x