How-To: Create 3 Chic Bang Styles

Whether you're cutting new bangs or carving a fresh shape out of existing ones, here are 3 trendy styles that can build from a simple curtain bang to bottleneck to wispy fringe.

Sam Villa ArTeam member and master stylist Ellen Devine shares the cutting techniques to refresh a guest's style without having to change the entire cut.

“Make sure to ask your guest how they style their hair before you determine a length for the fringe," Devine says.

"You don’t want to cut it short and then find out they use a large round brush for styling. In that case, the fringe would pop up too much."


Curtain Bangs 

Curtain Bangs

Have a center part with a slight swoop in the middle. They are not completely blunt nor totally layered. They are soft curtains that frame the face, fall about chin length, and can easily be pushed off to the sides, tucked, or feathered. 

Overdirection, slight elevation, and diagonal cutting are used to create a nice soft swoop when they fall.  And, because they are cut compressed, they have a nice chewy texture. 



Bottleneck Bangs

Fringe within fringe, the center is cut shorter to open up the eye area. It resembles a soda bottle shape (narrow, wide, narrow) that frames the face beautifully.

The longer hair on the sides is disconnected. The new shorter middle section is cut without elevation, overdirected to the side, and point cut in a shallow manner for softness.


Wispy Fringe

Wispy Bangs

Disconnected longer sides are cut to be closer to the length of the middle. They are used to release weight and create a wispy effect on the entire fringe area.

Shears can be used horizontally on a larger section for a point cutting effect, or vertically to chip away on smaller sections with more control.

Watch Devine demonstrate cutting techniques for all three styles here.


Photo Credits

Curtain/ Bottleneck

Hair: Ellen Devine
Creative Director:Teresa Romero
Photographer: Nico Nordstrom Obsidian and Blush
Makeup: Tanya Ortega, Leticia Tapia
Wardrobe: Michi Lafary Obsidian and Blush
Model: Alyssa Mitchell


Hair: Sam Villa ArTeam
Photographer: Katie Parker
Makeup: Teal Druda
Wardrobe: Amia Serrano
Model: Ashley Giannetto