From a young age, women are encouraged to “tame their manes” with products and tools that cause some nastybuild-upand difficult-to-repair heat damage. It’s unfortunate because while straight hair is pretty,processing your hair with chemicalslike those required for those fancy keratin-based Brazilian straightening treatments and others similar in nature can destroy your hair. Because of them, you may never get back the luscious curls you so desperately wanted to get rid of. Sounds good, right? It’s not. One day you will miss them, and you can’t turn back time.
One trend that is embracing our curls and most authentic selves is curly bangs. 2019 has brought the curly cousin of blunt bangs to the forefront of our thoughts, and we don’t mind at all.
I remember struggling whenI had bangs as a teenagerbecause I could never get them to lay quite straight enough or flat enough to look like the women I saw in the magazines. It drove me nuts, and there was a point where I hated my loose curls because of it. How could I ever even try to be as chic and beautiful as someone like Zooey Deschanel circa 2013 if my bangs wouldn’t even lie flat across my forehead?
On the bright side, I got over it, andhair trends changed to be more inclusiveof different hair types and styles. My thick, 2B-patterned curls became beloved to me, and curly bangs finally made their mark as celebrities likeNatasha Lyonnedecided they were tired of straight bangs for once.
Celebrity Curly Bangs Inspiration
The last four years have been significant for the curly bangs trend. Celebrities everywhere have been popping up wearing the hairstyle. Here are some of our favorite celebrity trendsetters sporting curly bangs.
While curly bangs have been around for quite some time, for example,Beyoncédebuted it back in 2005, and Mariah Carey did the same in the 90s, only recently has it emerged as the new trend.
Women around the globe are embracing their natural beauty and natural hair, and this look goes right along with the day’s trending topics.
In 2015, Rihanna was spotted with blonde hairin a long, curly hairstyle and curly bangs on display. Like most trending looks, they looked amazing on her, and because 2019 has been such a significant year for bothRihand her Fenty brands, we would love to see her embrace her boss mood with curly bangs again.
ActressLily Collins showed up to the 2017 Cannes Film Festival with her gorgeous curly mane in full bloom. Curly bangs look incredible on her and bring attention to her bold brows.
Zendaya is well-known for hertrending hairstyles, so it’s no surprise she partook in the curly bang trend. She has worn them many times over the years, in both a natural and more defined form.
Rock n’ Roll icon Stevie Nicks’s tresses are as famous as her musical resumé. She’s always been one celeb known to embrace her divine femininity, whether through her untamed locks or Wiccan practices. Her most notable hairstyles are ones where she really embraced her curly bangs and frizzy texture.
In June 2018, Ciara let her curly locks down, accompanied by curly bangs. They looked impeccable on her, as their curl definition was unparalleled. We don’t have a clue what products she used on her curls, but those curls were popping.
Queen Lizzo is inspiring to the world for both her words and her music. She also inspires us with her hairstyles. These curly bangs look “good as hell” on her, especially when paired with that golden top.
Rowan Blanchard is a member of young Hollywood, and we adore her spunk and trendsetting expertise. She wears her curly bangs with flair, accompanied by a short shag hairstyle. Paired with her sequined top, Blanchard looks like a mix between arock-and-rollgoddess and a runway model. ModelIndyaMoore wears her curly bangs with pride as well.
Gigi Ringel is an up and coming star you need to know. The twenty-something Dutch model has be seen sporting the designs of major boho brands like & Other Stories while her hair has taken on a life of its own. The model’s curly tresses are wildly celebrated on social media and it’s easy to see why. Her curly bangs are stellar - just seriously good - so it’s no wonder ladies with similar curl patterns are trying to figure out how to nail the look.
“Russian Doll” and “Orange is the New Black”actressNatasha Lyonne is well-known for her voluminous red-orange locks. Her sexy-wild mane looks best with curly bangs, so obviously, she wears them frequently. She is the queen of curly bangs, and we just can’t get enough of her.
Tracee Ellis Ross
“Black-ish” star Tracee Ellis Ross has always worn her hair in an iconic,curly-afrohairstyle for as long as I can remember. Her hair closely resembles her mother Diana Ross’s world-renowned curls. Curly bangs are a package deal with Tracee Ellis Ross’s hair, and we couldn’t be happier about it. She looks phenomenal wearing the trend and could do no wrong with them—icon status and all.
Actress Imogen Poots may be most recognized for her roles in the 2011 “Fright Night” remake, and the romantic comedy “That Awkward Moment”, but her curly bangs are some of the best in the industry. Seen here, Imogen styled her curly bangs in a low-maintenance updo that featured romantic loose strands sweeping the side of her face.
Tessa Thompson is most recently well-known for her roles in “Sorry to Bother You,” “Annihilation,” and the Avengers franchise and in “Men in Black 3,” but can we talk about her curly bangs?
ActressJoey King brings the heat to the 2019 Emmy Awards, sporting her own short hairstyle with curly bangs. The fiery red of her dress packs a punch, and the bangs add a trendy glamour all their own.
“Killing Eve” and “Grey’sAnatomy”actressSandra Oh frequently wears her curly bangs as a signature look. They look gorgeous on her because they accentuate her cheekbones beautifully. The bangs are a small obsession of ours, adding spunk to her otherwise low-key style.
Yara Shahidi is a big lover of her curly hair and when her curly bangs make an appearance the entire look is a show stopper.
Model Alanna Arrington frequently sports her curly bangs on the runway and in print work. Her bangs feature a looser curl pattern that’s perfect for a lightly tussled look.
Model Mica Arganaraz’s curls are always effortlessly voluminous so naturally her lightweight yet robust curly bangs make a beautiful statement.
Actress Alison Brie’s curly bob features delicate sideswept curly bangs that add to the overall glamorous look without hiding her face.
Actress Juno Temple is known for her quirky roles and even quirkier curls. Temple’s thick curl pattern is less defined which gifts her mane a free-spirited aesthetic. Her curly bangs follow suit with loose curls lightly dusting her forehead.
Fake Curly Bangs
You can test-drive faux curly bangs before going under-the-scissors or forego a chop altogether by snagging these seriously pretty curly bang clip-ins.
Natural Kinky Curly Bangs
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Natural Fluffy Curly Fake Fringe
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Curly Fake Fringe Bang
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