"It's very British-fashion-in-the-'70s," hairstylist Luigi Murenu said of the thick fringe he created for Emilio Pucci. "Those cuts are still very fashionable today." And that's no joke—have you seen the red carpet lately? Wispy bangs likes these (models here actually wore clip-ins, ideal for noncommittal types) flatter oval and heart-shaped faces, but the real trick to acing them is in the length: "The bangs have to be short in the middle and longer at the temples—they need to be long," Murenu said.
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We can say we're sick of big Kardashian curls all we want, but who are we kidding? These loose, bouncy waves are insanely glamorous—and even better, they're not out of reach. Hairstylist Orlando Pita started with dry hair and brushed it straight, then twisted sections around a one-and-a-half-inch curling iron. To set the shape, he tucked the curls into rolls and pinned them down. He spritzed the entire head with hair spray and, after a few minutes, unpinned the curls and brushed them to loosen things up.
These aren't basic beachy waves: Tons of mousse boosts texture, while a pretty half-up braid with an elaborate twist makes this look fairy tale-worthy. "We used a lot of mousse because we wanted hold and didn't want the waves to be perfect," said hairstylist Odile Gilbert. She drenched hair with John Frieda Frizz-Ease Curl Reviver Styling Mousse and blew it dry, then wrapped pieces around a two-inch curling iron, leaving the ends straight. Gilbert broke up the waves with her fingers before braiding sections on both sides of the face toward the back. When she reached the back of the head, she joined the braids with an elastic, twirled a piece into a rosette shape, and finished braiding the rest of the ponytail.
Low-maintenance doesn't mean sloppy, and this sleek ponytail is proof. After blowing hair straight, hairstylist Anthony Turner parted it deep to the side in a pristine line and brushed it into a low ponytail, securing it at the nape of the neck. He ran over flyaways with hair wax ("The front is immaculate—there's not a hair out of place," he said), and gave the ponytail a slight bend by wrapping it around a one-and-a-half-inch curling iron. "There's a confidence in the hair," Turner said. "She means business."
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Another low, side-parted style, you say? Not quite: This version has a much softer silhouette, thanks to some gentle draping and a cool croissant-shaped chignon. Hairstylist Guido roughly blow-dried hair using his fingers and Redken Guts 10 Root Targeted Volume Spray Foam, parted hair very low on one side—about three inches from the ear—and misted Redken Powder Refresh 01 Aerosol Hair Powder/Dry Shampoo all over to boost texture. As Guido gathered the hair into a low ponytail, he swept the section in front loosely across the forehead. He teased the ponytail with a comb, then rolled it into a chignon, leaving the ends hanging to the side. "It should look like you've done it with your hands," he said.
Cool and polished, without the squeaky-clean cheerleader feel—that was Pita's goal at Michael Kors. "It's athletic," he said, "but the way we're doing it is really sleek and perfect and shiny. It has a chic edge to it." He prepped models' hair with volumizing spray and blew it dry with a round brush, pulling it straight back to eliminate the part. He brushed hair into a ponytail in the middle of the back of the head, in "a kind of '90s, minimal way," then wrapped a section of the ponytail around a two-inch curling iron and tied a piece of latex tape (the kind you find at a sex shop) around the base.
Even if you've tried every ponytail known to woman, this retro-inspired style is probably new to you. "We pulled a picture reference of Catherine Deneuve in the '60s," hairstylist Garren said. "The way she pulled her hair up to the top of her head in a ponytail and it would just flip at the bottom—we decided to take it a step further." After pulling hair into a ponytail, Garren pumped up the volume (think lots of teasing) and pinned the ends under at the nape of the neck.
We love a good fishtail, but sometimes, basic is better. And this braid—with its straight center part—looks like it jumped right out of a Dutch painting. That was Guido's intention: "It's pure and innocent, but with a lot of style," he said. He prepped hair with Redken Satinwear 02 Prepping Blow-Dry Lotion and blew it out straight, parting it right down the middle. He then combed it flat against the nape and began braiding over the models' left shoulder. He smoothed flyaways with a spritz of hair spray and wrapped a leather headband about a half-inch past the hairline, covering the edges of the ears. "It's a very clear vision of youngish beauty," he said.
There's in-your-face sexy—and there's this voluminous, retro bun. "There's that ease of beauty, and it's very sexy in a conservative way," Guido said. He started by blow-drying hair with volumizing mousse, spritzing Redken Quick Tease 15 Backcombing Finishing Spray over the crown and teasing the entire back of the head. He added a one-inch part in the middle and gathered hair into a soft but flat chignon in the back. The finishing touch? A bit of Redken Shine Flash 02 Glistening Mist for shine. "It has a movie-star quality from yesteryear," Guido said.
"It's a little bit boyish, a little bit rock and roll," Guido said. It's also totally wearable, no matter the occasion. Guido blew hair dry with a round brush and pulled the front section upward. He made a side part, combed that front section back to imitate a man's comb-over, and hair sprayed the look in place. "The comb marks give you the toughness, but it's still glamorous, still sexy," he said.
Beachy waves, topknots, and head scarves are out-and these ten hairstyles are in. We rounded up this fall's must-try looks, inspired by styles seen at Diane von Furstenberg, Anna Sui, Michael Kors, and more.