There’s something about fall that makes people want to change things up, and there’s no better way to do that than with a new hairstyle. If you’re in need of a little seasonal change, the new “curtain rock” trend might just satisfy that itch. It’s sharp, polished and effortlessly cool – just the kind of hairstyle you want this fall.
Originally coined by celebrity hairstylist and Evo Hair brand ambassador Tom Smith in a TikTok video, the curtain cut puts a twist on the ever-popular bob cut and is best suited for those with medium-length hair. “The idea here is that we’re adding a very long frame to the face, so we’re moving away from some of the softness that we saw with bottleneck bangs earlier this year,” he says.
Keep reading to learn more about the curtain cutout, then scroll to see some of our favorites embracing the trend, below.
What is a Curtain Cut?
The curtain cut is a one-length cut that falls in bob or lob length and hits anywhere between the chin and the shoulders. It has sharp, blunt ends without layers. “What makes it a curtain cut is the kind of symmetry and tucking under and forward in the front,” says Smith. This specific shape paired with the uniform length differentiates it between an angled or inverted bob, which has hair that is shorter in the back and longer in the front.
If you are considering having a curtain cut, Smith advises on exactly what to ask for in the salon. “First, decide how bold you want to go with the length—or ask your stylist to recommend what works best for your face,” says Smith. Like we said, you can go short with a chin-grazing bob or longer with a lob that brushes the tops of your shoulders. “Then ask for a blunt, one-length line of the desired length, with a center part,” he says. Once you have the cut, it’s all about how you style it.
How to style a curtain cut
Once you’ve got your blunt, one-length lob or bob cut, “the rest is down to styling—a gentle pull under and forward gives the signature curtain element,” says Smith.
How to get the look: Start by parting your freshly washed hair down the middle and blow-drying it in a downward motion. “Use a soft brush to help you,” says Smith. “If you’re confident blow-drying with a round brush when the hair is almost completely dry, use a small ceramic round brush—I love Evo’s Hank Ceramic Vented Radial Brush ($35)—to tuck the ends under and toward your face .”
But if you’re not the best with a round brush, you can use your straightener to get the same look and curl your ends under. We like the Ghd Platinum+ Styler 1″ Flat Iron ($279).
Get inspiration for the autumn curtain trend ahead.
This article originally appeared on popsugar.com
#1 Curtain cut with bangs
This curtain cutout features tousled bangs that graze the eyebrows. Lori Harvey recently gave her bob cut a “curtain” makeover by curling the ends inward toward her chin.
#2 Lob Curtain Cut
This curtain cut hits at lob length and falls just past the chin.
#3 Classic Curtain Cut
This is a classic example of a curtain cut with blunt, curved ends.
#4 Long curtain cut
This curtain cut lob grazes the tops of the shoulders and is a great option for anyone looking for a longer version of the hairstyle.
#5 Curtain Cut With Curtain Bangs
Blunt bangs add an extra touch of personality to a curtain cut hairstyle.