After summer’s beachy waves and ponytails, it’s time to try some gorgeous new long and short hairstyles for fall. Below are five of our favorites. Since the foundation of every great hairstyle is healthy hair that shines, be sure to take care of yours by using a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner with every wash, as well as a deep conditioning mask once a week.
Center Part With Waves
“Long hair this fall is having a little more fun,” says Jet Rhys, a San Diego hairstylist and salon owner. Case in point: Zoe Saldana’s sexy look at the MTV Music Awards. “This is fall’s version of glamour,” says Rhys. “Center parts are huge with smoothness at the roots and just the right amount of cascading waves on the mid-length and ends.” To get the look, apply a volumizing spray to your roots and blow-dry your hair with a round brush. Then take 2-inch sections of hair, and wrap only the midsection and ends around the wand of a curling iron. Seal your locks with just a touch of hairspray.
The Polished, Sexy Blow-Dry
The blow-dry with a round brush is back, says Roy Teeluck, a New York City celebrity hairstylist and salon owner who has tended to the locks of Michelle Williams, Brooke Shields, Rosario Dawson and Hillary Clinton. Teeluck is advising his chic clients to get a fall haircut with lots of layers and just-above-the-shoulders length. “As you blow-dry your hair, keep you fingers constantly moving through the layers so you create a casual effect that’s also immaculate,” says Teeluck.
That’s the name Rhys gives to the edgy but elegant look that Selena Gomez showed off at the MTV Music Awards. This long hairstyle is a bit labor-intensive, but worth the effort. To start, prep dry hair with a dry shampoo to give it some grit, says Rhys. Next, place a couple of Velcro rollers on the top of your head. Gather the rest into a high ponytail, divide into three sections, and braid. Remove the rollers and tease the hair gently. Take half of this section, brush toward the crown and cover the high pony. Secure with bobby pins. Take the other half of the top section, let the ends swirl around the top of the crown and secure with bobby pins. Finish with hairspray.
Simple and Accessorized
With shiny gleaming hair the star, this year’s most glamorous short hairstyles are being achieved with a single well-chosen accessory, says Nicholas Penna, Jr., owner of SalonCapri in Boston. Pin back strands of romantic waves with a vintage brooch, or weave a glittery necklace or ribbon into a braid. Want to give a chignon or bun some bling? Penna suggests securing a necklace with loose-hanging strands to the base of the bun, then pinning locks on top of the necklace as you create the updo. Let the ends of the necklace dangle for some eye-catching sparkle.
The Extreme Side Part
Got five seconds? Then you can achieve one of fall’s most striking hairstyles: the strong side part. Lower than the traditional side part, it lines up with the arch of your eyebrow and works with hair that’s long or short, straight or curly. Emmy Rossum likes to pair a deep side part with natural makeup for the red carpet. Try it! You don’t need any commitment -- just a tail comb!
Shelley Levitt, managing editor of The Style Glossy, is a former West Coast editor of Self and senior writer at People.