Have you ever noticed when a hair trend makes an appearance on the runways, it's not long before said hairstyle makes the rounds with the fashion set? Soon after that, those same looks are popping up on your Instagram feed, and finally, onto your own mane. Since we're now well into autumn, we've already taken note of the most prominent looks seen time and time again. But because we know it feels infinitely better to be a trend leader, we've asked hairstylists to also share their thoughts on some of the more the elusive color, cut, and style trends for the season—you know, before they go mainstream.
Keep scrolling for the top seven hair trends that are popping up everywhere this season.
Justine Marjan knows a thing or two about starting a trend. She's the hairstylist behind the most famous manes in Hollywood, including the Kardashians and Ashley Graham, and the stylist backstage at fashion week's coolest runway shows from Christian Siriano to Naeem Khan. So what's her take on the biggest hair trend for fall? She says headbands will continue to be all the rage this season. “Headbands are perfect because they require minimum styling or effort with maximum fashion impact,” explains Marjan. “This is the best way to upgrade your look for fall for a more school- or career- appropriate outfit.” In other words, stock up on headbands, and bad hair days will be behind you.
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Now's your chance to stock up on oversized, padded, and embellished headbands. Wear them with every hairstyle, from ponytails to curls, to pin-straight-strands. The best part is it dresses up even the most casual of outfits, so go ahead and pair it with your simple jeans and white tee ensemble.
Now that you’ve spent all summer frolicking in the sun and swimming in chlorine, Marjan says, “Fall is the perfect time to cut off our dead ends and start with a fresh style.” But if you’re looking to switch things up and keep most of your length, she has a fall-friendly solution you’ll love: “If you aren’t ready to commit to a chop, adding face-framing fringe and layers is the perfect way to add a fresh finish to the hair while concealing any color loss after the summer months.” Trimming the pieces that frame your face will give the illusion that you just got a cut, but you won't have to sacrifice an ounce of length in the back. It's a win-win.
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For full, bouncy fringe (like the one Marjan suggested) try blowdrying with a round brush to get tons of volume and bounce up front. If you're still lacking the height you desire, you can always try incorporating velcro rollers and volumizing powders into your hair routine.
If anybody knows hair color trends, it’s George Papanikolas, the colorist behind Khloé Kardashian, Hailey Bieber, Shay Mitchell, Julianne Hough, and more. He predicts cool-toned blondes will be a major fall-favorite, with silvery strands that give you an icy feel. “Icy blonde inspiration comes from the delicate blondes we see on Jessica Stam and Julianne Hough,” he says. To get the look, Papanikolas tells us, “You’ll want to ask your colorist for delicate baby highlights—and lots of them. The look from a distance might look solid, but up close has soft dimension.” Finally, he suggests caring for your newly bleached locks with a violet-based shampoo and a nourishing mask to keep hair cool-toned and healthy-looking.
Matt Rez, celebrity colorist behind the manes of Camila Mendes, Chiara Ferragni, and Lili Reinhart and Redken Brand Ambassador seconds Papanikolas' sentiments: “This blonde is perfect for the cooler months because it has a subtle violet reflect that gives off an icy feel," he says. He also suggests treating your new 'do to luxurious conditioners and hair masks. Your hair goes through a lot when you go blonde (especially if you're naturally brunette), so it's important you take care of it.
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As Papanikolas suggests, the best way to prolong salon visits and keep your hair color fresh is to keep a purple shampoo in your shower. Just be sure to read the directions and follow them well (keeping it in your hair too long can actually tint your hair in a light shade of lavender, which is cool if you don't mind entering a new color category).
You've probably, nay, definitely seen bronde, but in case you need a refresher on the term, allow Rez to explain. “Bronde is so beautiful because it’s balanced with warm, cool, and neutral tones, and it’s a good choice for brunettes who don’t want to commit to being blonde, but still want pops of light,” he explains. "The part-brunette-part-blonde hybrid is just what you need “to create more dimension and movement.” He suggests using Redken’s Color Extend Magnetics Shampoo ($39) and Conditioner ($39) to keep color from fading, and when heat styling, he suggests "using a heat protectant to minimize split ends and treat damage.” You can have the best semi-blonde brunette there is, but it's all for nothing if it looks damaged.
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You can test the product on your hand to see how it really shields your hair from heat. Just spray on your palm and let it dry. Fire up your blowdryer and compare the heat between both hands. If it works, you'll see the hand with product will feel significantly cooler than the hand without product.
Ruslan Nureev is the stylist behind Hollywood’s elite, including Victoria’s Secret models Romee Strijd, Elsa Hosk, Sara Sampaio, and more. He says one of his most-requested looks will be a major trend this season. “You want your hair to look expensive, and it never looks more luxe than when it’s super shiny, healthy, and silky.” To get the look, he says, “I prep the hair with Colorwow’s Dream Coat Anti-Humidity Hair Treatment ($28), which coats each strand with a shiny, humidity-proof glaze before blow-drying. Next, I spritz each section with a shine spray before running a flatiron through it or creating glossy waves. This gives you twice the shine, which looks rich and so expensive.”
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If you plan to use a lot of styling products in your hair, it's important you also make room for a clarifying shampoo on your beauty shelf. Between product, natural oils, dirt, and sweat, hair can develop a layer of buildup that makes hair look dull (and no amount of hair oil can save you). A clarifying rinse gives you back your natural shine.
Nureev also says there will be a resurgence of the half-up ponytail with tons of '60s flippy volume á la Kim Kardashian. “It gives you the freedom to wear most of your hair down, and still reap the benefits of a tight, snatched updo.” The secret to making it look modern, says Nureev, “is to pull only a small section of hair up until it gives you a mini facelift, then, use hot tools and products to achieve a super bouncy, shiny texture.”
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Sometimes the best way to get volume in your hair is by going back to basics. We suggest blow-drying your hair, then applying velcro rollers before pulling it up into a half-up ponytail. Style with a curling iron or straighter. Finally, work a volumizing powder into the roots and ends for extra height and thickness.
When A-listers like Lea Michele, Emma Roberts, and Sarah Hyland need a color refresh, they go see Nikki Lee, co-founder of Nine Zero One Salon and luxury haircare brand In Common Beauty. She just created a fall-friendly shade for This Is Us star Mandy Moore, and Lee says it will be a top-requested look this season. “Autumn Glow is a wonderful new brunette color that’s rich and warm with flickers of golden light. She suggests using an at-home anti-brass treatment to keep your fall shade from fading into an orange-y, dull hue. And get this, her product pick, a toner from Garnier, is under $10.
The more you wash your hair with sulfates and expose it to sun and pollution, the more your color will turn brassy. It's natural. Although there was once a time when you could only correct brassiness via a salon visit, there are now a ton of products on the market that help you maintain your color at home.