Break out the curlers — fall is here. And with it, our hair styles are going back in time. Think: ’60s, ’70s and ’90s.
And since a new season is the best excuse to switch up your look, we chatted with some of the industry’s most sought-after professional hair stylists to give us their take on what to expect for fall’s hottest hair trends.
Have hair color commitment issues? Consider yourself in luck, frequent dyers. Temporary hair color like hair chalk and waxes will be one of fall’s biggest trends, according to Edward Tricomi, who has worked with “America’s Next Top Model” and fashion brands like Dior and Yves Saint Laurent.
This non-committal trend can be incorporated as highlights, or all over the head for a bolder makeover. If you are unsure of which colors to test out, Tricomi suggests color coordinating with your outfits. Sporting a new red leather jacket by IRO on Monday? Try a fierce red for the day like Zendaya. A Diane von Furstenberg cobalt blue dress for Friday night cocktails? Opt for a striking blue to match. Tricomi’s personal favorite hues to try this fall are rose, Mediterranean blue and pastel yellow.
Popularly worn in the ’60s, the bouffant is having a resurgence — Gucci models rock the oversized hairdo in the brand’s Fall/Winter 2019 campaign.
Even celebs like Lizzo and Lana Del Rey have sported bouffant hairstyles. The trend is all about volume by giving extreme lift at the crown of the head. To recreate dramatic height, be prepared to do a lot of teasing at the crown with a fine-tooth comb. For a modernized messy bouffant updo that is on-trend for fall, editorial hairstylist Andrita Renee, who has styled Taryn Manning, says, “After curling, gather your hair about three inches from the nape of the neck and secure it with pins. Then, loosen a few strands at the crown of the head for effortless-looking height. Be sure to lock the look in place with a holding hairspray and hair pins.”
Don’t worry — hair clips are here to stay for fall. In fact, this trend is only ramping up. Tricomi and Gina Rivera, who worked with LL Cool J and appeared on “Undercover Boss,” both agree that headbands and hair claw clips will be among some of the season’s go-to hair accompaniments. Rivera says, “We’re seeing a big retro theme. A lot of vintage designs are being revived this season.”
For a modern update, she adds, “Look for a thicker-style headband that is ornately decorated with anything from pearls to rhinestones.” Givenchy just released the Ariana Headband with Swarovski crystals and resin pearls — a continuance of the Fall/Winter campaign featuring Ariana Grande. Or take a cue from Jennifer Aniston, who just rocked the look with a large velvet Jennifer Behr bow on the cover of InStyle’s October issue.
And for those with braids, jewelry and beads are a fun way to partake in the trend, according to Kendall Dorsey, who has styled hair for big names like Solange and Yara Shahidi.
“Beautiful, glossy curls, big volume, and healthy, shiny hair will be ‘it’ items for beauty this fall,” says Dorsey. As seen on Solange and in Oscar de la Renta’s Fall 2019 Ready-To-Wear runway show, the trend — reminiscent of the care-free ’70s — calls for a more relaxed approach to texture, rather than its perfectly coiffed predecessor. And like bouffants, it is all about achieving magnificent volume. “The bigger the hair, the better,” adds Dorsey.
If you cut your hair short for summer, you are already ahead of the game. To get the Khloe Kardashian-esque look, celebrity hairstylist Chaz Dean says, “Make sure your final length falls right above the shoulders when getting your hair cut.” According to the stylist, who has worked with Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth, adding textured waves to a bob, like Jenna Dewan and Lucy Hale, will perfectly suit most occasions for fall because it is classic, yet effortlessly beautiful.
He notes that soft-to-the-touch hair works best, as it will be easier to achieve volume. “Make sure to keep it slightly shorter at the back and remove weight with thinning scissors from underneath the hair to create movement,” adds Rivera. While anyone can rock the look this season, Rivera says a tousled, choppy bob will be particularly flattering on those with oval, heart and longer face shapes.