Fall is all about change: Starting a new school year, saying “Adios!” to your summer duds, and embracing nature’s shifting colors. Few things reinvent your look more dramatically than a new hairstyle. If you’re craving a new ‘do, take some cutting cues from these trendy new looks:
Fringe Benefits: Add some bang to your hair in the form of long, full fringe. Thick bangs that graze your brow-bone — like those rocked byNicole Richie and Zooey Deschanel — are reminiscent of bohemian ‘60s and ‘70s style (plus they’re very hip for fall!) Have your stylist use a razor on the ends to get wispy fringe that hits just below your brows, with slightly shorter length in the middle to stay clear of your eyes.
Bobs Away: Flowy and natural is ideal for summer, but fall calls for a more polished look. What’s more refreshing than cutting off those sun-streaked and waterlogged ends? Take a cue from Scarlett Johansson and Halle Berry, who both recently lopped off their locks and dared to go short.
Straight Talking: Say good-bye to your beachy, summer waves; pin-straight hair is the most-wanted look for autumn. Get a cut to freshen up your ends, use a protective straightening serum, and fire up the flatiron to get long and sleek locks like those sported by Beyonce and Reese Witherspoon.
Pixie Fix: The most daring change of all? Taking it ALL off. By definition, a pixie cut is short on the back and sides of the head (like a guy’s cut) but slightly longer on top. While it might seem masculine, the pixie is undeniably chic. Hot young starlets like Emma Watson, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Carey Mulligan are all embracing the beauty of the shorter ‘do. They chopped off their locks to channel legends like actress Mia Farrow and '60's supermodel Twiggy, but with a modern twist: It's spikier, more fringy, and looks great with highlights and lowlights.
— By Ali Straka, University of Missouri