The "Second New Year" Haircut Is a Thing

According to Pinterest, the biggest spike in searches for new haircut styles comes around the second week in September. Which isn’t surprising when you think about it… Research has shown that as adults, we’re programmed to never really shake off that September back-to-school feeling, meaning it’s basically science that makes us feel the need to spend our money on new stationery, clothes… and, well, haircuts.

So if you’re looking to mix things up, go for the chop and reinvent yourself for the whole “new term, new you” season, you’re in the right place. We’ve chatted with some of the best hairdressers in the biz to find out what the new autumn/winter haircut trends are set to be this season. Are bobs here to stay? Are layers out? Will micro-fringes ever suit anyone other than Bella Hadid? Here’s what our favorite hairstylists have to say when it comes to A/W haircut trends.

The Dua Lipa Bob

“Moving forward, it’s not about long wavy hair. It’s time to make room for more structured cuts—think bowl cuts and graphic shapes. The lob/bob is heading towards the same style pop queen Dua Lipa is wearing at the moment. She’s definitely the one to watch in terms of hair inspiration. It’s time to go shorter, blunter and bolder!”

“As winter approaches, I predict we’ll see a return to simpler, more wearable hair, and clients will want to remove the dry, overprocessed ends of summer. Blunt, heavy one-length lines will make hair more manageable during bad weather, and still look fresh and cool.”

The Boyish Bob

“For me, it’s all about the ‘boyish bob’ this autumn/winter. It’s similar to those of Margot Robbie and Hailey Baldwin, but slightly shorter for this season. A big inspiration for this is model-of-the-moment, Cara Taylor. It’s the perfect length, just sitting on the jawline. It’s a fresh update to the lob everyone has done.”

The One-Length Lob

“Long hair is always going to be in fashion, but for me, it’s now about keeping the hair at one length and growing the layers out. My top tip would be to have the baseline cut with clippers rather than scissors to keep the perimeter blunt to give a really clean finish.”

The Cool-Girl Luxgrade

“We’re going to see an evolution of cool-girl hair. This season, it’s going to be more finished—extra polish, shine and generally more luxe. People want hair that looks like great hair rather than a great hairstyle.”

The Split Fringe

“This autumn, we see a return to beautiful, healthy hair. Meghan Markle is certainly one person who has inspired this. Since her wedding, she’s become more formal in her styles, but she maintains a softness with healthy, glossy, non-mumsy hair. The French-inspired split fringe is also a fantastic trend. With a beautiful soft, natural texture, it’s the modern take on a ’70s shag. Alexa Chung and Camilla Cabello are showing how wearable this trend can be.”

The Midi Length

“The midi length is huge right now. It’s slightly longer than the lob we’ve seen for the last few seasons and can be worn up or down to suit different styling trends. It’s such a versatile style and works on all hair textures and face shapes.”

The Styling Products Your New Hair Needs

a/w haircut trends: WetBrush TxturePro Extension Brush
WetBrush TxturePro Extension Brush $10

Perfect for curls, kinks or extensions, the innovative looped bristles are specially designed to ease through tangles without snagging hair.

aw haircut trends: Bumble and Bumble Thickening Great Body Blow Dry Crème
Bumble and Bumble Thickening Great Body Blow Dry Crème $32

Create texture and volume while protecting your hair from heat styling with this nourishing blow-dry cream.

a/w haircut trends: Color Wow Style On Steroids Texturizing Spray
Color Wow Style On Steroids Texturizing Spray $26

Designed specifically for color-treated hair, this dry texturizing spray gives volume and movement without dulling down your hair.

a/w haircut trends: ghd Platinum+ Styler
ghd Platinum+ Styler $249

The genius ghd styler predicts your hair’s needs, adapting the temperature at all times for luxurious hairstyling without the long term damage. Your hair is left sleeker, stronger and shinier.

a/w haircut trends: IGK Hair Good Behavior Spirulina Protein Smoothing Spray
IGK Hair Good Behavior Spirulina Protein Smoothing Spray $32

Designed to mimic the smooth, frizz-free shine of a keratin treatment, this heat-protection spray is perfect for giving hair a healthy, soft finish.

a/w haircut trends: OUAI Air Dry Foam
Ouai Air-Dry Foam $28

This revolutionary foam is perfect for air-drying hair, reducing frizz, and giving definition to natural waves and curls.

a/w haircut trends: Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Treatment Oil
Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Treatment Oil $33

An essential for healthy, glossy-looking hair, this treatment oil works on wet and dry hair to reduce frizz and give mega-watt shine.

a/w haircut trends: Pureology Strength Cure Split End Salve
Pureology Strength Cure Split End Salve $29

Seal split ends and protects color radiance with this strengthening serum.

a/w haircut trends: Hair By Sam McKnight Modern Hairspray
Hair By Sam McKnight Modern Hairspray $28

A firm-hold hair spray that never feels crunchy, this is perfect for curling, setting or straightening hair. It also smells incredible.

LøreOriginals Texture + Wave Finishing Spray $26

This clever multi-tasking spray contains a blend of magnesium-rich salts and intense heat protectors to allow you to create texture, volume and shine while retaining the condition of your hair.

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