Drape Bangs Are the Coolest Update on Curtain Bangs

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We've all heard of curtain bangs. They were big news in the ’70s, and they’ve been headlining lately too. But there’s a new cut that’s taking off. Drape bangs are picking up where the curtain fringe left off, and it’s already a huge hit with celebrities like J.Lo, Sydney Sweeney, and Squid Game’s HoYeon Jung.

So what’s the difference? Traditional curtain bangs are the shaggy effortless cut that hits just below the brow and extends out toward the cheekbone. And—as the name suggests—they frame your eyes perfectly, much as a curtain does a window. Drape bangs follow the same idea, only they’re the longer, swishier, more glam little sister. They sit somewhere between layers and a fringe. Like IRL drapes on windows, they’re XXL and make a statement. But unlike curtain bangs, the layers hit around chin-length and don’t meet in the middle.

The extra length adds versatility if you want the option to tie all of your hair back, and the cut works beautifully with the supermodel blowouts that have been taking off over on TikTok.

One user, @quecolour noted: “Feeling like there’s been a shift from curtain bangs to chin bangs for a ‘put-together’ finish.”

So if you’re growing out your curtain bangs, it looks like you’re already bang on trend. And if not, to get the cut right, ask your hair stylist for chin-length layers that gently graduate into hair so that the whole cut looks cohesive and less staggered than with a traditional fringe. 

The beauty is it gives you options. It nods to the movement of a fringe, which introduces extra texture and volume, but it pairs well with glossy styles like blow-dries, or relaxed styles like top knots. And if you want, everything can be tied back, but you equally have the choice to leave your fringe forward.

Here are seven ways to wear drape bangs:

The modern Rachel

Rachel Green layers that aren’t overly styled but hug the jawline to frame your face

Loose ponytail

For off-duty days, the cut can be paired with a relaxed hairstyle like a loose ponytail, but the chin-length layers add cool movement and frame the face.

Big blow-out

Glossy and glam, show your drape bangs a round brush and expect loads of oomph and volume.

Slightly shaggy

The style works if you prefer more of a rebel cut as well. Pair it with choppy layers and messy texture for some cool dimension and movement.


The grown-out fringe looks great with boho styling and undone half waves.


Sydney Sweeney’s cut looks like it could be all one length, but there are secret layers in there that set themselves loose as she moves her hair, including drape bangs.

Ringlight drape bangs

J.Lo has introduced pretty gently ringlight highlights along her drape bangs for extra brightening face-framing action.


Glossy, sleek, and straight but with some movement around the jaw to add volume and texture.

This story originally appeared on Glamour U.K.

Originally Appeared on Glamour