First comes pumpkin spice everything then comes a fresh haircut. Hang on to your summer forever mood all you want but come this fall your mane will be begging for a brand-new 'do. To help you figure out where to go with the shears, consider these five fall haircut trends, courtesy of LA's top hairstylists, below. Think chin-grazing bobs, Brigitte Bardot-esque bangs, and more.
1. The Modern Shag
Lots of clients are growing out their blunt bobs/lobs and a modern shag will help them feel stylish again. Ask your stylist for concave layers and to face frame with lots on texturizing.
Works well on: Straight and wavy hair.
Doesn't work well on: Super curly hair because the texturizing could make it more unruly.
Maintenance level (1=least maintenance, 10=high maintenance): 3. It should grow out nicely into long layers, however if you want to keep the shape and length, you'll want to trim it in around 3-4 months.
2. The Asymmetrical Lob
Bobs and lobs have been everywhere for the last couple years. They seem to still be one of my most requested haircuts. As summer is wrapping up, I definitely have more and more clients request blunt and asymmetrical bobs. Consultation is key. Be sure you and hairstylist take into consideration your texture and your daily styling.
Works well on: Blunt and asymmetrical bobs can be flattering for most hair types, from straight to curly texture.
Doesn't work well on: Extremely thick/course hair can be a bit challenging when considering a bob.
Maintenance level (1=least maintenance, 10=high maintenance): Having a bob definitely requires a bit more maintenance. Some clients tend to visit the salon every 6-8 weeks to maintain their length and keep their shape. I'd rate bobs at a 5.
3. Brigitte Bardot Bangs
Soft concave bangs for fall. Shorter in the middle and gradually gets longer towards the sides. Think sexy Bardot bangs. Pair them with any length and style.
Works well on: Just about any hair texture. Straight, wavy and even curly.
Doesn't work well on: On curly hair you do need to be mindful of the bounce back when wearing curly and when you blow it out straight.
Maintenance level (1=least maintenance, 10=high maintenance): These bangs are a 4. Use dry shampoo in case they get a little oily from your forehead. Dry shampoo and texture spray are also great to add some volume and texture. You'll probably need bang trims every 3-4 weeks to keep them tip-top.
4. The Chin-Grazing Bob
The super short blunt bob. Tell your stylist you want something that is the same length all the way around and that sits around jaw-chin length. Ideally this is all one length for a super dramatic finish.
Works well on: Fine-medium hair types and straight-wavy hair textures.
Doesn't work well on: If your hair is too thick or curly it can end up looking triangular or mushroom-like.
Maintenance level (1=least maintenance, 10=high maintenance): Probably a 5. Styling yourself will be easy, as this cut looks great air dried and is short enough that flat ironing or blowdrying is super fast. I would suggest OUAI Air Dry Foam for air dry days, and Tresemme Repair and Protect 7 Leave in Conditioner on days that you are blowdrying with the GHD Air Blowdryer. Because the length is so short, the growout can seem fast. It will probably need a trim to maintain the length every 4-6 weeks.
5. The Blunt Bob
The blunt bob! Ask your stylist for a bob haircut with no layers and a strong perimeter. Anywhere from just above the shoulders to the jaw line.
Works well on: I personally feel this haircut works best on fine to medium hair that’s straight or has a slight wave. This makes it extremely wash and go-friendly and you don’t have to do much to it.
Doesn't work well on: If you have very curly hair that you want to wear curly, I suggest layering so it doesn’t feel so heavy and triangular. But, if you’re willing to put in the work and style this haircut it can work for most textures.
Maintenance level (1=least maintenance, 10=high maintenance): If you have straight hair, it’s a 1 on the scale. If you have any texture to your hair, you will need to put in the work and style it. I recommend a blow dryer and flat iron in this scenario which brings the rating to a 7. If you want to maintain the shape and sharpness of a blunt bob, I recommend getting it touched up every 6-8 weeks.