Ask a Hairstylist: What Are Fall’s Top Hair Trends?

It’s time for another installment of our Ask a Hairstylist series, featuring celebrity hairstylist Mark Townsend! Townsend shapes and snips the hair of Hollywood’s A-list (think Mary-Kate, Ashley, and Elizabeth Olsen; Rachel McAdams; and more) and will be answering all your pressing hair questions. Last month, he tackled the best low-maintenance cuts for every type of texture. This month, with fashion week in full swing, we posed him a question: What are fall’s top hair trends?

Keep scrolling to see his predictions!

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Deep Side Part + Twists and Braids

Hi Byrdie readers!

While catwalks have long been the birthplace of many hair trends, this year proved that a major sporting event like the U.S. Open could also make major fashion waves. Venus Williams rocked natural texture in 90% humidity while still looking flawless and chic. Both sisters have always been hair chameleons, but I really love that gorgeous luxurious texture in both womens’ hair! Venus’s braided ’do was everything that’s needed for fall hair: volume, texture, a deep side part, and that polish I mentioned earlier. (The volume made the style almost regal and the braids in the back gave the style a modern edge.)

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I always remind clients that wearing natural hair is not just limited to curly- and extremely curly-haired girls; type-4 coils (whether zigzag or spiral) can be stunning without the help of irons or chemicals. I'm obsessed with deep side parts on textured hair, and this fall, we’re seeing a lot of that with twists and braids at maximum volume. Last year brought the return of long, thick Poetic Justice–style plaits, and while that trend isn’t over yet, we’re seeing shorter, more voluminous twists take center stage.

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The key to pulling off a look like this is to keep the hair hydrated. Dove's Quench Absolute Supreme Creme Serum ($7) conditions the hair while adding moisture and shine. Applying it on damp hair ensures that it won’t get thirsty throughout the day. I also love using Sally Hershberger’s Superiority Complex 24K Texturizing Paste ($40) to clean up the edges and give added grip to twists and braids. The key to keeping these textured updos modern is a deep side part, ladies. So go ahead, have fun, and rock those coils.

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Cool-Girl Half-Bun

The half-up topknot movement will continue right into the fall, and I’m thrilled about it! I did this style on Ashley Olsen for this year’s Met Gala, and we’ve seen it recently on Jennifer Lopez and Madonna, who gave me major hair envy when I saw the pictures from her opening-night concert in Montreal. (Andy LeCompte has designed gorgeous hairstyles for this that every girl needs to try out ASAP!) 

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In a sense, this is the ultimate “aggressively natural” look, considering it was once reserved for yoga classes and hours behind the computer (you know you’ve made some half-up pencil masterpieces in your hair before!).

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The one shift we’re seeing in this look is more texture in the hair that is left down. Using a double-barrel iron to create bends in the hair or simply braiding it when it’s damp will give you that perfectly undone feel. I love dry shampoo to create this kind of texture, and my new obsession is Elizabeth and James’s Nirvana Dry Shampoo ($38)—it not only provides perfect grit and texture in the hair but will leave you smelling incredible for hours. I seriously can’t tell you how many people come up to me and ask what I’m wearing after using it on a client.


The Modern Shag

The textured shag is really exciting to me this fall. In a sense, it’s a reaction to the popular lob; with its minimal layers, the final look is textured, piecey, and sexy.


This is the shag 2.0: flatiron not needed. The textured shag works on really well on wavy or straight texture, but the key is getting the right bangs to flatter your face shape.

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In order to get that natural-looking texture, blow out your hair using Dove’s Oxygen Moisture Root Lift Spray ($7) at the crown for extra height. Once your top layer is blown out, feel free to rough-dry the rest for a naturally unfussed look. Sally Hershberger’s Superiority Complex 24K Texturizing Paste ($40) and R + Co’s Foil Frizz + Static Control Spray ($27) add that perfect lived-in feeling.

What do you think of these fall hair trends? Will you be trying any of them? Sound off below!

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