It doesn't matter how many years we've spent removed from Lisa Frank notebooks, Gelly Roll pens, and Spacemaker cases (remember those?). Fall still precipitates an ingrained sense of urgency and rejuvenation when it comes to revamping our look, and isn't an epic new haircut the ultimate back-to-school-time accessory? TBH come fall, our obsession with hair (cut, color, style—everything new) only intensifies.
From dramatic chops to waist-grazing extensions, the options are endless when it comes to changing your 'do. And since we beauty editors spend copious amounts of time studying hair—from celeb-studded red carpets to model-strewn fashion shows to our own personal consultations with best-in-the-business stylists—it's pretty easy for us to predict which haircuts will be hot topics this fall. And this season, we've found 15, in particular, we're especially jazzed about. Keep scrolling for the only haircuts you need to know about this season.
Now, it's just up to you to decide which one to fall for.
A tad avant-garde, the look of sheared baby bangs isn't necessarily everyone's cup of tea. That being said, the cut is having a non-negotiable moment. And while we first noticed the look on high-fashion runways (it's inherent edge practically drips haute couture), it's simultaneously merged seamlessly into the realm of the A-list.
Emma Watson, Zendaya, and Sofia Boutella (pictured here) are just a few notables who have made the cut a red carpet regular and a sure bet for fall. It's an especially great option if you already have fringe and are looking for a fresh update.
Fluffed & Feathery
Model Jourdan Dunn is one of our all-time favorite hair chameleons and never fails when it comes to delivering a new jaw-dropping haircut. Though she does experiment with length, we're swooning over this this chin-grazing cut. Fluffed and perfectly feathered at the bottom (but not so much to appear stringy or in a way that sacrifices her gorgeous volume), her cozy take on the bob signature is well worth noting.
Victoria's Secret Angel by day, Charlie's Angel by night. We're obsessed with Elsa Hosk's chop for two reasons. First, it nails the perfect mid-length for those who might want to go shorter but don't want to sacrifice completely. (Tell your stylist to shoot for the collarbone or even one to two inches below.) And secondly, it mimics the quintessential face-framing fringe synonymous with the original cast of Charlie's Angels circa the '70s—think Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith, and Jill Munroe vibes.
Hosk's abbreviated length, however, keeps the haircut modern and far from outdated.
Polished Side Bangs
Though we will forever love Halle Berry's signature pixie, we have to admit we are here for the longer length. To keep the sparkling straight look from feeling meh, Berry opted for sweet side bangs sleekly parted and tucked to maintain the focus around her face and balance out her chest-grazing length.
What's interesting about this haircut on actress Madeline Brewer is that if the flip were reversed (and still paired with those Marcia Brady–esque pins), the vibe would feel very much '60s and '70s. Flipped under, however, the style completely changes its tune. We've seen multiple celebrities sporting this cut and think it would look especially chic paired with a faux-fur jacket and knee-skimming boots. (What can we say? It just screams fall.)
Peter Pan Pixie
Ever since she shaved her head back in 2017, Cara Delevingne has kept us riveted with her next best hair move. But this true pixie cut is one of our favorite moments, hands down. Whether or not you think she looks more Pan or Tink, it's hard to deny the fantastical, fairy-esque undertones of this fall-perfect cut. Bonus points if you go platinum.
We're still not over Kerry Washington's epic afro from the 2018 Met Gala. The cut has gained momentum (thanks to other hair-blessed beauties like Solange Knowles, Yara Shahidi, Zendaya, and more), and we don't see it fading as we make our way into cooler temperatures. To make it feel more seasonal, try adorning it with a gorgeous barrette or pin as seen here on Washington.
Saoirse Ronan is one of our ultimate beauty muses, and while we've had an especially loving moment with her makeup MO, we're equally obsessed with her prim and pretty haircut. Feathered just enough at the tips to complement her fine texture, it's kept voluminous and interesting thanks to her deep-parted side of fringe and just the right amount of muss.
Cropped With Fringe
Ruby Rose just might be our favorite perpetual pixie due to how consistently versatile she proves the cut to be. Many people fear a pixie or shorter crop because they assume their styling options will be cut in half, but Rose's ever-evolving look has us convinced otherwise. Since fringe is always huge come cooler seasons (and really, it's had a shining moment all year), we're loving her expert combination of the two: bangs plus super-short length is superbly chic.
Foolproof Face Frame
Despite the fact she continuously teases us on Instagram with wigs and strategic styling, we don't know if Emily Ratajkowski will ever actually wander from her trademark cut: effortless, face-framing layers. Not only is this haircut flawless, but it's also epically easy to style and maintain.
Length Fit for Fantasy
Take one look at the Kar-Jenner clan and you can probably guess their recent on-and-off commitment to Game of Thrones–esque length would take off into the stratospheres of trend-making. Sure enough, we've seen fantastically inspired length all over the red carpet (see Joan Smalls above!), and celebrity hairstylist Eloise Cheung even cited the cut as one to try before you die. If you're curious, we recommend one of two paths: a commitment to growing out your length with a lot of mini trims along the way (so your ends don't read scraggly) or opting for some ultra-long extensions.
For sanity's sake, we'd probably recommend the latter.
We consistently look up to actress Yara Shahidi for her constant delivery of inspirational beauty moments. (We pretty much want to copy every single hair and makeup look.) Here, she demonstrates just how gorgeous her natural curls look when cut bluntly to showcase an on-trend bob and bangs. The result is smashing and seasonally on point.
Side-Swept & Long
Though Bella Hadid often has shoulder-grazing length, we can't deny this extension-studded haircut would be the perfect look for fall if you're in the mood to keep your length or grow out your current cut. Layers are present but minimal (mostly to enhance swing and movement) and a side part helps to enhance volume for what's otherwise a sleek and polished finish.
While romantic, flowing length used to be Margot Robbie's go-to, the actress has been experimenting with a hint of edge (and length play), and we've been taking notes every step of the way. For fall, we love this unexpected take on the lob, characterized by dramatic side-swept bangs and blunt yet ever-so-slightly textured ends.
Sleek, Straight, & Short
The epitome of glass hair, Lucy Hale's covetable and chic short crop is so apropos for fall. We've seen celebrity after celebrity try the cut out for size, and we can't stop staring at its undeniable polish. The cut is defined by blunt ends sheared away to chin length, straight styling, and a stark center part. Oh, and loads of shine.