Fall hair fashions are running the gamut from fettered/unfettered to flowy styles with soft, gentle bends. Hair can be straight and hippie chic, or mussed in a planned, sensuous way. What all fall styles do have in common, though, are artful haircuts that revel in precise shapes, have plenty of punch and personality, and allow beautynistas to look whimsical or beguiling. Another commonality: volume. Forget the head-hugging ’dos that hang limp as wilted lettuce or, worse yet, board straight…uh, make that bored straight. This season’s buoyant styles have natural volume and movement that can best be achieved by styling hair with a large, round brush, splow-drying (a retro technique where a lightweight styling aid is sprayed onto hair as it is blow-dried for volume and body), using a light touch when flat-ironing to create finished textures, and occasionally putting some strategically placed teasing at the crown.
“This fall is about having an edge to your styles in order to balance out the super-feminine fashions,” informs Dean Banowetz, Joico celebrity spokesperson and lead stylist for Fox’s smash hit American Idol. “They’re classic yet edgy, and detailed without being fussy. Length isn’t a factor for fall—both short and long hair are hot topics—but the training required to bring any length and style of hair to life is a must. To this end, classic haircutting shapes are key.”
—Jeryl E. Spear