While we're not exactly psyched about summer coming to an end, we can't help but be excited for the fresh start that comes around at the start of fall. Coats come out, makeup gets darker, and the weather finally cooperates for us all to test-drive hair.
See how celebs rock their new looks, and learn some tricks yourself!
The best fall haircuts for every length and texture
The best fall haircuts for every length and texture
The Best Fall Haircut for Very Long Hair: No-Layer Layers
Yes, we know this is an oxymoron, so we'll let Cho explain: "Think of them as long layers that blend away when blown smooth," she says. "They help add movement to long hair." If you take a look at Hadid's hair, you'll notice that her layers are so subtle that her hair almost appears one length. But stare longer, and you'll see they're there even as far up as right below her chin.
The Best Fall Haircut for Super-Fine Hair: A Multi-Length Pixie
While the pixie cut was already deemed one of summer's best chops for fine hair, hairstylists agree that it still deserves to hold that title for another season. The trick to taking yours into fall, according to celebrity hairstylist Sarah Potempa, is to add subtle layers through the ends. Not only is this a fresh update to the blunt cuts that were all over Instagram earlier this year, but by making sure your pixie is multi-length, especially in the front, it'll have an "edgier look" thanks to the piecier texture.
The Best Summer Haircut for Short Hair: Overgrown Pixie
So, you've been rocking a pixie cut all summer and now it's slowing approaching bob territory. You're the perfect candidate for a shaggy, overgrown look. "Grown-out pixies like Sarah Paulson's are an easy, fun hairstyle for transitioning into the fall," says Suave Professionals celebrity hairstylist Jenny Cho. "Use a little texture spray and air dry your hair or diffuse-dry it to bring out a natural wave." If you're worried about the awkward grow out, here are our best tips for making it virtually unnoticeable.
The Best Fall Haircut for Short, Thin Hair: A No-Frills Bob
"I love a bob on someone with finer hair," says Cho. "Whether it's chin- or collarbone-length, it all seems to help create the illusion of thickness." By keeping the ends blunt, you'll be able to help create that strong shape like Cate Blanchett's style. And considering the fact that this shorter cut instantly flatters all face shapes, we can't help but feel like this look is a win.
The Best Fall Haircut for Spiral Curls: Blended Lob
Step 1: Get thee to a stylist who specializes in curls. Step 2: Ask for blended layers. "You want a vertical haircut where all of the layers blend into one another so they fall naturally and not in shelves," explains Potempa. This will result in a rounder shape with softer edges like Jessica Szohr's look here, whereas blunt ends create the more polarizing triangle shape—not that we love it any less.
The Best Fall Hairstyle for Short Hair: Below-the-chin Bob
"A just-above-the-shoulder cut with subtle layers at the ends is a great look for fall," says Potempa. "You can style it with soft waves or wear it sleek and straight—it's really versatile." For a more updated look, try out Jennifer Lawrence's semi-retro waves instead of the usual textured, beach waves you've been rocking all summer long.
The Best Haircut for Medium-Length Hair: A Fringed Lob
Meet the shag's sophisticated cool-weather sister: the fringed lob. According to Cho, the secret to Cara Delevingne's shoulder-skimming, shaggy cut is slicing small edges of hair to add a fringe, while keeping the rest of your hair all one length. The piecey ends will create an airy, undone vibe. (Note: This is a look best left in the hands of a skilled stylist.) With a cut like this, we recommend adding a slight bend to the midshaft potion of your hair and keeping the last inch straight to take any roundness out of the cut.
The Best Fall Haircut for Thick Hair: Deep Layers with Subtle Side Bangs
Shear the weight out of thick hair with deep, inset layers. "Face-framing layers and side-swept bangs help to open up your face and transition you from beachy hair to a more polished and fresh feel for fall," says Potempa. Even better, this piecey cut takes some weight out of the back of your hair and gives it more movement.
The Best Fall Haircut for Straight Hair: A Shoulder-Sweeping Blunt Cut
Call it the Rachel, call it the Hailey Baldwin, or call it your next look—whatever you name this cut, it's happening and it's everything if your hair tends to fight off curls. "A mid-length blunt cut is perfect for straight hair this fall," says Alvarez. "This style gives straight hair a lot of movement and the mid-range length helps keep it from being weighed down."
The Best Fall Haircut for Wavy Hair: A Polished Lob
The big difference between summer's lob and fall's is all in the way you style it. "A soft smooth blowout—less beach wave and more of a clean polished look with movement—will work well for this kind of hair," explains Cho. "A good moisture cream is a great way to achieve this result, so I recommend layering in Suave Professionals Luxe Style Infusion Smooth Light Weight Weather Proof Cream and a medium-hold mousse before blow-drying your hair with a round brush."
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The Best Fall Haircut for Straight, Thin Hair: An Airy-Ended Cut
As any girl with fine hair knows, creating movement or volume in your hair can seem virtually impossible. The solution? A blended, one-length haircut with subtle layers throughout, says Potempa. Avoiding blunt ends and opting for an off-center part will also help introduce movement into your hair without the need for heavy styling products.
The Best Fall Haircut for Wavy Hair: Long with Layers Starting at Your Chin
If your hair falls somewhere between wavy and curly, Alvarez recommends adding a few different lengths to your hair (not deep layers!) in order to best play up your texture. "The different lengths help waves fall into place—and make it easier for you to use products—so your hair doesn't end up frizzy," she says. For smoother, more defined waves, Alvarez advises using Dove Style + Care Curls Defining Mousse ($4) to damp hair for added volume and softness. And make sure to avoid these unintentional hair habits that can cause hair to frizz.
The Best Fall Haircut for Long Hair: Layers From the Chin Down
Not every refresh requires a major transformation. Here's a perfect example of where a little trim can go a long way. "Fall is all about more structured, polished looks, so try soft layers from the chin down," says Potempa. That way, when you wear your hair wavy or curly, it'll add just enough movement and remove any bulk that typically weighs your hair down.
The Best Fall Haircut for Long, Curly Hair: Lengthy Layers
There's no such thing as cookie cutter curls, especially for thick hair. With that in mind, it's important to know that when it comes to finding the best haircut for long curls, it's all about enhancing what you already have. Case in point:Zoe Saldana's long layers, here. "I always recommend layers and a defined shape for clients with thick curls," says Dove celebrity hairstylist Cynthia Alvarez. "Long or short, a layered cut is always flattering as it keep hair from becoming too voluminous."