Still pulling your hair back into the same tired ponytail because you just can’t think of anything else to do with it? Wish you could channel a little Hollywood glamour for a night out on the town? Then you’re in luck because here are five of my top trends for fall. Follow these leads and wait for the compliments to start pouring in.
Make the most of your natural texture with a style that has an Old Hollywood feel. It’s a look we’ve seen lately on Julia Roberts and Sarah Jessica Parker, and it’s easy to do yourself. Hair falls in a controlled wave from a low side part. To duplicate the look, apply a strengthening and smoothing product to wet hair and let it air-dry. Next, do a dry set using hot rollers or a curling iron (use a clip to hold each curl in place). Brush waves out and let hair break at the eyebrow or fall over one eye. If you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to wash your hair first, I suggest using a dry shampoo (there’s one in the Tela line) before setting the hair.
What About Bob?
Jackie O rocked the bob in the ‘60s, but today’s version is anything but super-straight. Sure, it’s smooth, but it’s also got a bit of bend. We’re thinking Salma Hayek and Marion Cotillard. Try an asymmetrical cut to add visual interest or wear side-swept bangs. Another look we like for fall is a bob with choppy ends, not the typical blunt cut. But remember, if you use a flat iron to provide a bit of additional smoothing, you have to protect your hair from heat damage.
Cream of the Crop
Anyone remember Audrey Hepburn’s gamine crop? Okay, it’s so last century, but it’s a look that comes in and out of fashion on a regular basis. Young actresses like Carey Mulligan and Ginnifer Goodwin are sporting the latest version—structured, chunky crops with solid ends. The trick is to steer clear of razor cutting, which will create a wispy, see-through effect. What also sets today’s crops apart are slight waves and uneven length. Hair should look piecey with lots of separation.
A new twist on the classic ballerina bun is to gather hair into a knot on top of the head and leave the ends out. Use hairpins to secure the knot, then fan out the ends with your fingers. To create an even more modern look, create a low side part and wear the knot at the nape of the neck on the opposite side of the head. Jazz up this style by wearing a jeweled headband about one inch back from the front hair line.
The Braidy Bunch
Braided and rope-twisted hair was huge this summer, but it moves into fall with the addition of colorful ribbons. You’ll need really long hair to pull this look off, and you can work with a center or just-off-center part. Part the hair all the way back and divide the hair into two sections. Braid the hair below the ear lobe and secure at the bottom. The secret is to wear the hair sleek and smooth if twisting it into ropes and wearing it up. If you prefer to wear your hair down, a textured look is best.