We all appreciate the beauty of a catwalk hairstyle, but more often than not, they just don’t translate to real life. A life in which we need to be everywhere, do everything and look fabulous while we’re at it. Which is why we look to the women attending the shows to see which hairstyles get them around town looking cool and pulled together. This season we noticed one very strong similarity between all the women on the street: natural hair texture. Everywhere we looked, women were embracing the hair they were born with, be it thick, tight curls or super-fine lengths. We also spotted a new contender for A/W 16’s biggest haircut: the swept-over bob, plus more fringes than we could shake a hairbrush at. So what are you waiting for? Keep scrolling, because we guarantee your new-season hairstyle is just a few clicks away.
Rather than smooth out the fringe, the texture has been embraced. Tame curls with a smoothing serum like Percy & Reed No Oil Oil for Thick Hair (£14).
Hands down, this is the haircut of the new season.You heard it here first. A short, wavy side-swept bob takes a little more commitment that a lob, but it looks damn cool.
Naturally straight hair can look a bit lacklustre left to its own devices. Add interest with a soft and simple half-up 'do.
We are obsessed with the natural waves here, but it's the fringe that's really got us wanting a haircut. The longer asymmetrical length means it can be worn as a full fringe like so, or swept over and worn as a side fringe.
Alexa Chung once told us that when she leaves the house with wet hair, she tucks it behind her ears; that way once it's dry, you get a pretty bend in the front of hair, just like this. Take a little time to smooth your fringe (if you have one) and the top of your hair; that way you can let the mid-lengths and ends do whatever they please and you'll still give the illusion of being pulled together and groomed.
Having a particularly bad hair day? Don't fight it. Roll with it by piling the hair on top of your head in a messy bun and giving off an IDGAF vibe.
Naturally fine, straight hair looks pretty groomed from the off (lucky you). Your main concern is flyaways and static, so mist with Davines Volu Hair Mist (£23) to give your lengths some oomph. As an aside, if you're in the market for a fringe, a long, middle-parted version can give the illusion of body around the face.
We're 99% sure fringes are making a strong comeback if the street style looks from fashion month are anything to go by. Most were mussed up, which ultimately makes them look cooler and more carefree.
No time to style? Simply give your fringe a little smoothing TLC and then pull your hair back into a low pony; no one will be any the wiser.
Oh, hello, side-swept bob (again). This time it's super blonde, and we are super envious (rings hairdresser). Keep platinum hair looking bright with Bleach Silver Conditioner (£5).
Naturally thick, straight hair can look groomed with minimal effort. A blunt cut helps, so book in with your hairdresser every six to eight weeks to keep your ends looking fresh.
We love the hint of lilac that adds interest to the short cut. A simple sweep of the hair over to one side using a heated brush like the Remington Keratin Volume and Protect Air Styler (£39) and a little hair spray is all that's needed.
As curly girls know, it's best to leave hair to dry naturally and do its own thing. But to give your curls a helping hand so as not to frizz up, apply Bumble and Bumble Defining Curl Creme (£24) to damp hair.
Another swept-over bob—three's a trend.
A simple styling trick, but tucking the hair behind your ears instantly adds order to hair that is left a little more undone.
Fine hair benefits from a piece-y fringe like this one. You may need to section your fringe and wash it daily if it gets greasy, or use a lightweight dry shampoo like Living Proof Healthy Hair Dry Shampoo (£13).
We love these windswept big curls. The definite mid-length haircut and considered centre parting add a little structure to the tumbling curls.
A full fringe can feel heavy, so some cleverly placed balayage around the face can lighten everything up.
If you really don't have time to style your hair, embrace your natural texture and wear a look-at-me collar or necklace to juxtapose your undone hair.
A quick and easy way to make naturally wavy hair look groomed is to smooth the hair around your face. Use the ghd Platinum Styler (£165) to groom (not straighten) the hair.
Who says you can't embrace a beachy hair texture in autumn? Not us. Emphasise that salty, airy texture with O&M Surf Bomb (£22).
We say if you've got it, flaunt it. How amazing does this afro look? The key with curly hair prone to dryness is to keep it hydrated. Try Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Hold & Shine Moisture Mist (£10).
Don't be afraid to let curly hair do its own thing. And don't be put off a fringe; just ask your hairdresser to cut you a longer fringe to accommodate for it bouncing up when dry, and also so you don't have to spend lots of time styling it.
Usually wear you hair in a centre part? Try sweeping your hair to one side instead; the added volume from pushing your hair into a part that's unnatural will add a focal point.
Most women with curly hair avoid a short style, but it actually adds great texture to the cut. Make the most of a short, curly hairstyle by ramping up the shine with Charles Worthington Shine Booster All Over Gloss Spray (£6).
This slightly longer version of the swept-over bob proves that this haircut is easy and stylish to grow out. We're sold.
An easy way to add waves into hair is to create two braided pigtails from the ear down leaving a couple of inches of hair out at the bottom so it's straight. Leave to dry, unravel and muss up with your fingers.
Next up! 48 stunning hair ideas for autumn.