Trends are cyclical; Spend enough time and you’ll see the same look again. The curtains were the hairstyle of the 1990s. This medium parted man haircut it spread throughout the last decade of the twentieth century, from sixth-form common rooms to soap operas and footballers, to clubbers and ravers of the ‘Madchester’, to the dizzying heights of Hollywood.
Along with love for friends, claws for hair claws, and wide jeans, today’s youth are looking to reinvent themselves. the nineties are seen again, searching the Internet for items that his parents probably wore “in their day,” such as oversized Stüssy T-shirts and Dr. Boots. Martens.
Just as hipsters wear bushy Victorian-style bushy facial hair, the origins of curtains go back a long way. Art Nouveau illustrator Aubrey Beardsley did a recognizable hairstyle of curtains in 1893, while her partner, Oscar Wilde, wore it longer, but also favored a central separation.
Nearly a century later, renowned hairdresser Trevor Sorbie updated the look with the ‘Firefly’ in a Vidal Sassoon manual, which began to boil in the background of the New Romantics. The look hit the main stage in acts like Happy Mondays’ Shaun Ryder and Blur’s Alex James, with Grunge then adding a messy twist to the story.
The first to adopt 21st century curtains include Timothée Chalamet, TikTok E-boys and K-Pop bands, with Jimin from BTS a major promoter of the look, adding a pink or green dye to make it their own. The drip effect is leading to a steady increase in customers bringing their barbers several references from the 1990s.
“Curtains are definitely a popular look among our younger clients,” says Tim Pateman, session stylist and director of The lion and the fox, his salon at Hatton Wall in London’s famous diamond district. “But we’re seeing older customers carrying old photos of River Phoenix, Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio as references.”
Tim sees the rebirth of style as a natural progression from last year’s blockades. “Last year many men had to lose their hair, and now they are a little long, they want to keep it but they don’t know how to wear it. At the same time, much of the fashion of the nineties is returning, so it’s actually a style they’ve seen before and know it can work. ”
Actor Cillian Murphy has broken up with sports curtains, which is the natural conclusion of his already great Peaky Blinders cut: long at the top and cut at the sides. Billie Eilish’s brother and producer, Finneas, has recently endorsed the look of the red carpet, while the trailer for The Batman teases us with clues from Robert Pattinson like Bruce Wayne, with a distinctive style of curtains with side parting. The list of notable devotees continues to grow, so let’s look at the cut in more detail.
What types of hair do curtains work for?
Current adopters of the look save themselves from the headaches that often caused this cut to harden in the 1990s. Back then, less fortunate users whose hair texture didn’t play with style often ended up with a ‘bell’ or ‘mushroom’ shape and not the elegant curtains seen in Jared Leto or Edward Furlong (also known as ‘the boy’. ’in Terminator 2).
Today, rebellious textures which would have been kryptonite can be removed with ceramic straighteners, or even chemical treatments such as drying with keratin. Be thankful for two life-changing inventions that weren’t at stake a generation ago. Not only that, but styling product Innovations and the recent appreciation for natural texture are both important benefits for people who do not usually have straight hair.
In this sense, it works for most hair types, except for very thin hair that has no volume, or very frizzy afro hair. Probably curly heads will have to cultivate twice as long on the sides depending on the tension of the curl, so if it’s you, be patient and let it grow.
What to ask your barber
“You want to keep the length at the top, grabbing your back short, while the sides can round your ears, depending on how long you want to keep,” Tim says. “It’s flexible in the sense that you can play with a center or a lateral separation, but you need a break on the sidelines. You have to go against the mix because you need it. the disconnect between the top and the sides, but is a basic layer graduation. You can even undermine it as a much stronger statement. Either way, as a style, it can work with shell dresses or Savile Row. ”
Here are some key examples of inspirational research.
There are whole Instagram accounts dedicated to Timothée Chalamet’s hair, and her wonderful locks are a big part of the curtain renaissance. He wears his wavy, messy, medium-length, as if Edward Scissorhands were in a band of boys. To achieve the look, you will need salt spray, a good hair dryer and a little patience grow hair long enough. As it grows, visit the barber every few weeks to keep hair healthy and fit.
It tells you something about the ubiquity of curtain style in the 90s that grunge icon Kurt Cobain had essentially the same haircut as many members of the boys band. Of course, Cobain’s appearance was more messy, his straight hair left a little unwashed, a little unbrushed, and occasionally dyed. Today, sea salt is the easy way to steal style, especially if you need to add texture to finer hair.
In many ways, this is the quintessential haircut of the 90s. Driven by the brave as Leonardo DiCaprio, David Beckham, Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp, perhaps best exemplified by Jared Leto, who still wears a longer version . To get a perfect inch, the curtains should reach the cheekbones at the front and tickle the ear lobes on the side. You will need a brush, style cream and industrial conditioner levels. Check out Chris Hemsworth for a modern look at the style.
Forget about the look of Peaky Blinders, we would say this is Cillian Murphy’s best contribution to good hair. An adult and slightly artistic version of the curtains, the separation is off-center and the hair long and sideways, sometimes glued behind the ears. If you have the right type of hair, it is surprisingly a low maintenance cut as long as you condition it properly and add a little cream or salt spray when needed. If you are growing your hair, you can reach this stage and leave.
More of a hairstyle version of the classic 90s style, this cut was dominated by mummy star Brendan Fraser, but was also seen by people like Hugh Grant, Declan Donnelly and Chandler of Friends in the early season. Brooklyn Beckham and Dylan Sprouse are among those returning him today.
Distinctive features are a strict central separation, slightly raised in front, while the sides are thick but sharp to the ears (or glued behind them). It’s another natural-looking style that, aside from the right hair type, doesn’t need much more than a little styling cream.
How to style it
“In terms of product, you want to opt for light waxes, creams, preparation aids or ointments Nothing that is too heavy, as these types of products usually work best with this style, ”advises Tim.
“The key to this aspect is to apply the product only one day of washing, as this will reduce the volume and perfect the texture, but do not apply it day after day because you do not want to start weighing your hair with product accumulation.”
“Hair like this can often look better on day two or three, so you can leave it longer between washes just by using dry shampoo to remove background oil and any fat from the roots.”
With curly or wavy textures, Tim recommends using a cream-based curl enhancer to give some definition to the coils.
With anyone hair type, you can, “dry it if you want more control, or set the style when it’s wet and let it dry in the air and the curls fall off naturally.” You want this grunge and sharp look that DiCaprio and colleagues. perfected so many years ago? “Just add more product and leave it longer between washes.”