Everyone is feeling 90s nostalgia these days, which is why we’ve seen a number of 90s trends making a resurgence. From butterfly hair clips to chunky locks, hair trends from the 90s are getting an update for the 2020s. And it’s not just women’s hairstyle trends that are making a comeback, men’s hairstyle trends are too. For example, surfer curtains.
It all started when the TikTok user James Edward posted about the surfer curtains hairstyle and TikTok quickly took a liking to the retro hair trend. Today more and more people are trying to achieve that tousled and surfer chic look. Learn everything you need to know about styling below!
What are surf curtains?
Surfer curtains are definitely a throwback to the ever-popular chop that all of our favorite pop stars, skater boys, and Disney Channel idols once wore.
The main piece of the surf curtain trend is curtain fringe that is parted in the center, or slightly off center for a more natural look. Most often, this trend incorporates a voluminous beach texture and is usually seen on a mid-length haircut. That’s not to say longer lengths can’t rock this look. The difference here is that as the hair gets longer, the overall look appears more feminine. This can be good to keep in mind depending on how you like to dress, style and present yourself.
Overall, the surf curtain hair trend really does look better with a bit of texture and tousle. Fortunately, this effect can be achieved with a variety of products and some styling tools if needed.
How to get surfer curtains
When recreating the surf curtain trend at home, you always want to start with a good foundation. Depending on your hair type, a lot of products can come into play. In general, you’ll probably be looking for texture-building products.
For straight to wavy hair
If you have hair with little or no wave, start by brushing your hair back as soon as you get out of the shower, then create the part you want (centered or slightly off-center). From there, you’ll want to apply a styling cream and volumizing spray, like Ouai Volume Spray, crumple it and hit it with some heat to activate it. If you prefer not to use a hair dryer, a salt spray may be more useful for you. This is a sea salt spray from Davines creates a perfectly beachy matte texture with the sweetest touch of vanilla. To create more texture and tousle, scrunch your product of choice while it air dries.
For wavy to curly hair
If you have wavy to curly hair, this process may look a little different for you depending on how curly your mane is. Those with softer waves will find that towel-dried hair and sea salt spray will do the trick. For those with super curly lengths, a styling cream can help pull some of the curl out, allowing it to loosen up a bit. JVN Complete Air Dry Cream works wonders for all hair types, but its buildable nature and light hold can help smooth and pull texture where you want it.
Surfer Curtains Hairstyle Inspiration
With all of these 90s-inspired styles making the rounds, here’s some inspiration to take inspiration from the mirror when trying out the surf curtain trend.
For those with tons of hair, this cut allows you to boost your volume a bit. Don’t be afraid to let this mid-length cut boost your volume and give you all that body.
Surf curtains work at any length, though we especially love seeing the layered look on longer hair. There’s something about the shoulder-length locks that already makes you feel very surfer-like. And if your hair is already wavy, you won’t have to do much to style this look.
While this look lends itself to longer styling, you can also be a bit cropped with your take on the hair trend. Consider a shorter wolf cut with softer bangs framing the face. The great thing about this look is that the growing process is pretty seamless.
This look proves that you don’t need wavy or curly hair to pull off the surf curtains — straight hair is capable of carrying the style, as long as you’re able to play with your texture. Unfold your ends and tease your roots to give you even more volume if needed.
The boyfriend bob plays up the 90s boy band aesthetic with its center part and cropped style. It’s a bit sleeker on the surf curtains, but it still has all the elements of the style.