When the temperatures start dropping—albeit slowly—in the South, nothing says that autumn has arrived like getting a fresh chop. From bangs to bobs, and crops to long locks, the best fall hairstyles are all about making a statement as we step right into sweater season. Old-school trends are coming back with a vengeance, including airy feathered texture and smooth middle parts, while spanking-new ones are showing up strong too. (We’re looking at you, baby bangs.) Whether you want to make a dramatic chop or tweak your current cut, we’ve got the fall 2018 hairstyle inspiration you need to refresh those locks just in time for the season.
Oh, the layerless lob, how we love thee. The long bob is inarguably the most flattering cut ever sheared, and the forever-cool style makes it very clear that layers aren’t required. Add dimension to super dark hair with warm fall colors, like this cinnamon brown á la colorist Mizz Choi.
We’re here to say that blunt isn’t always better, and this fall we’re seeing a bunch of fluffy and feathery textures that make us want to float straight to the heavens. It’s all about light-as-a-feather layers you can tousle as you please, like LA-based stylist Anh Co Tran gives us here.
It’s the slightly more sophisticated cousin of shaggy bangs, and it’s the kind of fringe that works with baby bobs and long locks alike, making it an instant refresher before sweater weather hits.
Subtle Side Sweep
We’re aware that the early 2000s are over, but this side-swept bang situation is bringing back our love for the hairstyles of yesteryear, courtesy hairstylist Chris Greene. The straight long length with a deep side part is already simple and chic, but the subtle side layering brings some serious sass that we need to round out 2018.
Slept-In Straight Texture
Straight-haired gals, rejoice. This season, it’s time to finally put away the curling iron and retire those “effortless” undone-done waves you’ve been meticulously coaxing all spring and summer long. Instead, give your straight strands the most minimal bend with a simple wave spray, such as Ouai Wave Spray. It’s so laidback that it might as well be lying down (and pairs perfectly with muted copper red).
When that autumn breeze hits, let these flattering face-framing layers do the rest. No matter your face shape, those cheekbones can always benefit from some fresh layering. It’s also the quickest way to looking like a modern-day Pocahontas when the fall leaves start blowing with “all the colors of the wind” and so forth. We’re imagining that’s what LA-based stylist Sal Salcedo was thinking, anyway.
Let those curls run wild. A fringe crop is short on length, yet anything but short on texture and volume. It’s a crop length that doesn’t have to be plastered to your head, which (in not-so-breaking news) isn’t always the most flattering.
Blunt Long Layers
This season, we’re seeing thick, healthy ends win out when it comes to medium to long length haircuts. These long layers, courtesy stylist Buddy Porter, give just enough flattering movement and style to fresh color and soft waves.
Choppy Angled Cuts
We refuse to trade in the summer humidity-induced volume—frizz forgiven—for dowdy fall flatness. Period. Angled cuts ramp up that natural body, while choppy layers give it just the cool-girl touch we need.
It’s shiny, sleek, and straight—it’s the current trend: glass hair. You’ll be seeing glass hair everywhere this fall, from magazine covers to the pumpkin spice latte line. Get yourself a short, razor-sharp, blunt, geometric cut like this, ASAP.
Are we sensing a sprinkle of fairy dust? No, just a killer cut by stylist Riawna Capri. This ethereal pixie cut is giving major texture, polish, and definitely a touch of magic. It’s the modern pixie you’re going to see in the coming cooler months.
Get on the baby bang train, like these gold-flecked ones on a modern shag cut. Let’s face it: The shag haircut is never not going to be in. But we’re making a case for curly bangs on every length and cut this season.