Hair styling is full of contrasts. You have curly hair and wish you had straight. Or, you achieve a smooth look through a myriad of products and styling tools and then have to fight your mane’s natural inclination to puff out in the humidity. So it comes as no surprise that hair trends for fall are also a study in contrasts – the return of the ladylike, head-to-toe polished look (think Anne Hathaway) in competition with a more boho, free-spirited approach to hair styling (think Mary Kate Olsen; okay now stop, I wouldn’t inflict that on anyone for too long).
The ladylike look was championed at Marc Jacobs, Peter Som and Versace. Anyone who watches Breakfast at Tiffany’s on repeat will love this look. Even if you’re not brave enough to don a hat and gloves, a few tips can make the hairstyle achievable.
For a sleek chignon, blow dry hair straight and smooth with a blow-dry lotion. Pull it back into a ponytail at the nape of your neck and neatly wrap it into a bun, adding hair spray for lasting control and frizz-free shine. Redken recommends their satinwear 02 ultimate blow-dry lotion and forceful 23 super strength finishing spray.
On the other side of the spectrum a matte, dull texture was seen on runways such as Prada, Balenciaga and Pringle of Scotland.
To get a rougher, textured look begin by applying a thickening lotion to damp hair and roughly dry the hair using high heat and your hands. No shine serums here! For this look try Redken’s thickening lotion 06 body builder.
As fall welcomes dryer, colder weather for much of the country, perhaps these hairstyles will actually be attainable! It’s hard to imagine as the humidity attacks your follicles, but practice these techniques and you’ll be styling your hair like the chic set this autumn.