OK, so the back-to-school blues may be no fun, but there’s no denying that there’s something so invigorating about the fall. The air turns crisp, the leaves change color, you bust out the cozy scarves, and pumpkin spice everything. And what better way to mark this fresh start than with a new fall haircut? Not only is it an easy way to change up your look, but it’s also a great opportunity to snip off dead ends and undo any summer-induced damage that’s taken a toll on your tresses. Ahead, top stylists share seven different fall hairstyles—with options for all lengths and textures—you’re guaranteed to fall for (sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves).
For Short Hair: Tousled Bob
If all that fun in the sun and surf has done a number on your hair, now is the ideal time to take the plunge and go short, removing any remnants of summer damage in the process, says Giovanni Vaccaro, the artistic director of Glamsquad. Not to mention that short styles are also very on trend this season, he adds. A collarbone-grazing cut, like the one seen here on Ashley Graham, is a universally flattering length that’s short, yet still versatile enough that your styling options won’t be limited. Also nice about this length? “A short cut will complement all your fall fashion picks—think collared shirts, scarves, and high neck coats,” says Maggie Corine Puett, a stylist with the Bob Steele Salons in Atlanta.
To keep your look fresh, “Add texture by using a flat iron, rocking your wrist back and forth among small sections to create a subtle bend,” says Vaccaro, who calls this the ultimate “cool girl hair.” Sold.
For Short Hair: Choppy Pixie
If you’re ready for something more dramatic, opt for a super cropped cut—fall is all about change after all, says Puett. This bold pixie is especially choice for those with straight, fine hair. If your strands are thicker or curlier, it’s going to require quite a bit more effort in the daily styling department, points out April Cason, a stylist at the Bob Steele Salons. Piece-y layers add lots of texture and interest, and fall is also a great time to incorporate a wispy bang, since you won’t be dealing with the humidity and sweat that make bangs tough to style, she adds.
For Medium Hair: Bouncy Volume
“No matter whether you’re trying to grow out a shorter summer cut or want to go shorter gradually, this in-between length is no longer considered awkward,” says Vaccaro. Plus, a cut that hits just past the shoulders is the ideal base for va-va-voom volume. It’s also surprisingly easy to create this full look. Forget using a small curling iron on multiple small sections of hair (because, really, who has time for that, especially on rushed mornings when the back-to-school frenzy is real). Instead, use a large, two-inch iron on a few large pieces of hair, suggests Vaccaro. Pro tip: Alternating the direction in which you wrap the hair around the iron will create even more volume and fullness.
For Long Hair: Long Layers and Warmer Tones
“If your hair is healthy, now’s a great time to rock a long cut,” says Puett. “Many of my clients who have kept their hair off their necks in the summer are finally able to let it down come fall.” Show off that length by accentuating it with long layers, blended in seamlessly throughout, and a few face-framing pieces. And if this doesn’t feel like enough of a change for you, consider playing with color, too, especially if you’re a blonde. “A great way to transition your hair from summer to fall is to embrace the rich, cozy colors of the season. Keeping it blonde around the face allows you to still maintain some of that summer brightness, but the subtle warm tones throughout the rest of the hair make it more of an autumnal look,” explains Danielle Maglione, also with the Bob Steele Salons.
For Natural Hair: Soft Bangs and Highlights
Embracing your natural texture is yet another big trend for fall. The key to making it look as good as possible? “Shape and color really matter when you’re keeping your hair au naturel,” points out Vaccaro. Something as simple as adding a soft fringe and some warm highlights that complement your skin tone—as seen here—can make a big difference in the end result, enhancing what your momma gave you.
For Curly Hair: Curly Shag
According to Vaccaro, this cut is one of the biggest hair trends of the year, especially for fall. If you already have a naturally curly texture, you’re one step ahead of the game and don’t even have to worry about creating spirals. You’re also in luck since the change of seasons marks a noted drop in humidity…and the likelihood of your curls frizzing and poofing up. Ensure they stay extra smooth by using the diffuser attachment on your blow-dryer, and gently scrunching your hair, but never running your fingers through the curls, adds Vaccaro.
For Coily Hair: Passion Twists
This passion twist style was big for summer and isn’t going anywhere come fall, says Vaccaro. And while you likely wore them piled up or pulled back during the hot weather, now’s the time to let them down and show off the length and intricate detailing. Creating the look does require some time and effort—and is best achieved when weaving extensions in along with your natural hair, Vaccaro notes—but the finished result is well worth it.