Remember how the ‘90s boy bands and movie stars made curtains very popular? FYI: This hairstyle has been making a huge comeback in recent years and everyone is being obsessed with it.
In the case of Generations Z and Alpha missed it, ‘curtains’ is a popular style where the hair on top of the forehead is grown into messy yet defined bangs that fall like curtains parting along the center. This creates a floppy and a bit bouncy style that requires some high maintenance if your hair is dry and frizzy. The iconic hairstyle of the nineties was worn by famous celebrity heartthrobs including Brad Pitt, Leonardo Dicaprio, and Johnny Depp.
From those retro celebs, ‘curtains’ is slowly being worn by more and more celebrities not just in Hollywood but also in different parts of Asia these days.
Who says this ‘90s haircut is out of style? With a quick browse to different brand catalogues of spring collections, you can easily validate how the ‘90s fashion revival is made stronger with a few modern touches by the stars of today’s generation.
Among them is ex-One Directioner Zayn Malik who has hit the red carpet with a new hairstyle, bringing back the ‘90s curtains with his rocking updated version.
If you are looking for inspiration, here are a few contemporary ways to wear this hairstyle.
One of the most popular modern touches made in the ‘90s iconic style is curtains with a fade. Depending on which you think will suit you better, you can brush a fade on one side or both. The fade also ranges from low taper to high skin, if you want to achieve a neater vibe. If you think your hair is too straight to manage a brush-up or swept-back style, try using pomade or any other hair products that can hold your fringe in place and make the curtain style fuller.
Inspired by emo characters or metalheads, eBoy is a combination of retro style and modern hipster fashion. Achieve this hairstyle by keeping the hair on top long and making shorter cuts on the sides. Unlike faded and swept-back curtains, eBoy style doesn’t require maintenance since you just leave your hair falling freely to pull off the style with flair.
Curly On the Side
Riverdale’s lead star Cole Sprouse is bringing back the retro curtains with a modern twist. Even though stylists are saying men with curly hair are those who struggle when it comes to achieving the style, Cole was able to pull it off with wavy curtains on one side. Instead of parting in the middle, he made a split on the right side, trying to give a fuller volume of fringe on the other. Follow the co-washing procedure by using conditioner every other day instead of shampoo in order to give your curls definition and make the styling a bit easier.
Asian Middle Part
The rise of Korean drama and K-Pop groups is one of the factors that made the recreation of retro hairstyle a big hit among younger generations, following their K-Pop idols. This modern update in curtains hairstyle is the Asian middle part, where the parting of curtained bangs is in the centre. Korean actor Lee Jong Suk is popular for curtains hairstyle that features a middle part with undercut sides. Stylists say that Asian men can easily get the middle parting because they have naturally thick hair.
Zayn Malik has undergone a lot of hair transformations in the past. But, his wet-look version of curtains is what we love the most. When asked about his take on bringing back the iconic ‘90s boyband haircut, the singer said that he made sure to give it a modern touch without losing both classicism and his signature low-fade cut. You can easily achieve the wet-look version by applying a styling gel through your locks.