Sorry, summer haters—autumn is legit just weeks away, which means an entire new crop of fall hairstyles is about to be released into the wild. Gone are the sweaty topknots and messy ponytails of summer; only deep side parts, sleek ponytails, and brushed-out curls for this fall. Basically, you’re bound to find a hair trend you want to try at home. Though, word to the wise, don’t wait too long to test them out, because I guarantee you’ll start to see them all over your Instagram come next weekend.
Don’t worry—the center parts of this summer (and spring, and last winter, and last fall…) still aren’t going anywhere, but they’re also not the cool kid anymore. This fall, get ready to see a resurgence of deep side parts, like Keke Palmer’s, ideally clipped in place with a diamond-studded barrette.
Or, skip the bling altogether and make like Sophie Turner, swooping your hair (or bangs) across your forehead with a pretty thick layer of hairspray to keep everything in place.
FALL HAIR TREND: Headbands
Okay, yes—the last time you wore a headband was probably in 4th grade, and you looked like, well, a 4th grader. But trust me: This fall headband trend is anything but cutesy or juvenile…as long as you add a bit of texture to your hair, like Maya Hawke’s. If you don’t already have curly or wavy hair, blast your roots and ends with texturizing spray, then add beachy waves to your hair with a flat iron or curling wand. Tousle your hair with your fingers, slip on a headband, and boom—a grown-up fall look.
Play with textures this fall: Pair a chunky, nubby sweater with a sleek, bouncy blowout, or give the world just a hint of headband by picking one that’s skinny and close to your natural hair color.
Yes, this late ’90s, early ’00s trend is very much back this fall and taking over the heads of your favorite celebs and models, like Kendall Jenner. The two-strand ~tendrils~ (really, is there any other way to refer to them?) are basically the same as they were 20 years ago, but with one small change: They’re slightly thicker than those of the Keira Knightley era. …Slightly.
If you really can’t see yourself throwing your hair that far back in time this fall, try wearing your hair in a low, loose chignon at the nape of your neck, then pull out a few wispy layers around your face for a casual, didn’t-look-in-the-mirror finish. And then mist the whole thing with a layer of shine-enhancing hairspray to lock that shit down.
Fine, I’ll say it: Low ponytails are kinda boring. But the super-sleek styles for fall are anything but, thanks to the fact that they’re hellaglossy and hella precise. To recreate this slick look, comb a whole bunch of pomade through your dry hair, then use a rat-tail comb to separate your hair into sections, and tie them off with hair bands.
The silky ponytails seen at Cushnie will make you want to wear your hair parted down the middle and tied in a low ponytail every day this fall—which is a good thing, because they’re incredibly easy to create.Though these ponytails were tied off with a single string to create the illusion of being magically tethered, I highly recommend using a sturdy hair tie or a cute scrunchie, instead.
My one dying wish is to be buried with hair like this—preferably in a cozy sweater with my hand wrapped around a PSL (don’t @ me). Even if sticking a dozen little enamel and jeweled pins in your braid isn’t exactly an everyday option this fall, you can still scatter a few crystal bobby-pins through your messy braid for a very cute finish.
Warning: While staring at this chained ponytail, your mind will switch back and forth between a state of astonishment and confusion that never ends. Just how are those chains anchored so perfectly?! Answer: a hidden braid on the crown of the head. Get in on this fall hair trend by wrapping a single chain around the base of your ponytail or by threading it through your braids.
This coiled bun hairstyle seems complicated, but if you can twist your hair, you can cop this look for fall. Hairstylists at Brandon Maxwell tightly twisted sections of hair until they coiled in on themselves, then pinned the buns in place to secure them.
This sculptural hairstyle is the antithesis of the messy bun. More “work of art” than hairstyle, each of these updos incorporates loops, twists, and tucks that might take a few tries to replicate yourself this fall (sorry).
The uniquely accessorized braids at Chromat lived up to the term “statement hair.” Some had actual tropical flowers attached to the ends, while others featured plastic bottles that had been manipulated into the shapes of flowers for a message about sustainability. Maybe you won’t exactly twist a bottle through your hair this fall, but that doesn’t mean you can get in on the braid trend.
According to the runways of Tory Burch, the longer the braid, the closer to…fashion? Some of the models wore three-strand braids that started at the nape of the neck, while others wore double French braids that joined together. A note for this look: Hair extensions are your friend for fall, but even if you don’t want extra-long hair, you can still try a three-strand braid down your back.
There are some vintage hairstyles you’d prefer to leave in the past (ahem, mullets), but for fall, the finger wave isn’t one of them. It might not be the easiest of old-school styles to recreate, but these waves will have you reaching for your stash of styling sprays and duckbill clipsto at least give it a try.
If you need an even easier finger-wave look for fall, try this partial wave as seen on Sally LaPointe models. Focus on creating one “S” wave along your hairline, then tuck the rest of your hair behind your ear to finish.
Though this crimped wave trend looks like it was the work of your ’00s heat tools, it was actually created with your favorite old-school trick: a few braids pressed with a flat iron.
At Carolina Herrera, the stylists worked with and played up each model’s natural hair texture, be it coils, curls, or waves, to get in on the crimped look. And in your house this fall, you can try the crimped-wave hair trend with none other than an actual hair crimper (don’t worry—they’ll create waves, not actual ’00s crimps).
Michael Kors threw it all the way back to the days of Studio 54 for his fall runway show, and the voluminous, brushed-out curls followed the disco theme to a T. Copy it at home this fall by literally brushing out your own natural curls. Wow—such ease.
Hairstylists at Staud played up each model’s natural texture (coily hair was around way before the disco years, after all) but added comb accessories to keep the top half of the hair pulled tight. The trick to keeping the combs securely tucked? A small, undetectable track braid.
Though this season’s Rodarte show took place in L.A., it deserves a spot on every fall-hair trend list because, hi, do you see how pretty these wavy curls look? Softer, looser, and definitively more romantic, shiny waves are the ultimate hairstyle for fall this year.
The trick to glam waves à la the models at The Blonds is to re-coil each warm strip of hair right after you’ve curled it, then pin it in place while it cools. After the curls have set, release the pins and brush through with a boar-bristle brush.
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