From Colors to Cuts, These Are the Hair Trends That Will Matter Most This Fall

Talking about the onset of fall can be fairly stressful when you're still enjoying the dog days of summer and the lovely relishes that come with it: socially distanced s'more assemblage, daylight at 8 p.m., and sweat-inducing temps at 8 a.m. Alas, fight though we did, it's officially time to start thinking about fall and how our skincare routine, wardrobe, nail game, and hair color can be adapted as we prepare to ring in the new season. (If you're so inclined, of course.)

ICYMI, we already published a pretty extensive guide to 2020 fall hair color, but we thought we'd round it out with an expert-led side serving of haircut, hairstyling, and hair accessory inspiration. Below, we're recapping the fall color trends we discussed earlier this summer in addition to sharing a fresh new crop of fall hair trend predictions from some of the best celebrity hair experts in the industry. Ready your camera, and keep scrolling! 


Party In the Front
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"From knee socks and platform sneakers to wide-legged pants, the '90s are back," notes celebrity colorist Jeremy Tardo. "This hair-color trend is bringing us '90s vibes with a twist. Think Ginger Spice meets Rogue from X-Men, and a few modern-day references include BeyoncéJackie Aina, and Sable Yong, who credits Elizabeth Hiserodt at Cutler Salon for her stunning color." 


Back to Natural
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"After all of the quarantine hair disasters, lots of people are opting to get back to their roots," shares Tardo. "A return to more natural colors will give overprocessed strands a healthy break. Celebrities like Jane Fonda, Jourdan Dunn, and Julianne [Hough] are great examples."


Poppy Red
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It seems as though every celebrity has been debuting a new, ultra-juicy iteration of red this summer, and according to pro colorists such as Tardo and Chris Appleton (who just took Kim Kardashian West to her stunning shade of cherry!), this hue will have legs well into fall. FKA Twigs and Sarah Hyland have also tried the trend. 

"Summer's pink hair color trend is making way for this bright hue," emphasizes Tardo. "Because shades like poppy and cherry are more pigmented than the pastel colors of late, it will have more wearability, and it will still look rich even as it fades."


Wheat Blonde
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Bright blonde is timeless, but Tardo tells us to expect glowing shades of wheat blonde (à la Chrissy Teigen, Jennifer Lopez, Jasmine Sanders, and Ciara) as autumn sets in. Plus, this tone, he notes, is easier on the shade and will add more shine and gloss back into sun-bleached or damaged strands. 


Russet Red
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Yes, more red! But, according to Tardo, this fall color trend is a deeper, richer, more "natural" take on the aforementioned juicy hues like poppy or cherry. Celebrities such as Issa Rae, Zendaya, and Madeline Brewer all have iterations of the hue. 

"Auburn tones make this hair color look natural and rich," explains Tardo. "It is great for adding depth to the hair while maintaining more brightness than we get from darker brunette shades or ultra-light red tones."


Neon Contrast
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Dua Lipa, Amandla Stenberg, Billie Eilish, Kristen Stewart—what do all of these celebrities have in common? Eye-catching, juxtaposed hair color. 

"For fall, the fashion-forward can expect to begin seeing more high-contrast hair color trends," predicts Tardo. "Color blocking in hair is about to have a big moment. We are beginning to see panels and large sections of hair colored differently than the hair that lies right next to them. Boredom with balayage is creating a space for creativity in hair color." 


The Modern Mullet
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"It might sound crazy, but the modern mullet worn by celebrities such as Miley Cyrus and Barbie Ferreira is making a major comeback," celebrity hairstylist Justine Marjan tells us. "This look is shaggy, edgy, easy to style, and can be cut to work with your natural hair texture."

As far as styling the cut, Marjan suggests using R+Co's Aircraft Pomade Mousse ($32) and the diffuser attachment on your hair dryer. (This one from GHD is a favorite.) To finish, give your strands a bit of hold using Tresemmé's Tres Two Extra Hold Hair Spray ($6). 


The Lob
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"As salons start to reopen, everyone is ready for a big chop, and the classic lob isn’t going anywhere," Marjan predicts. "We’re seeing versions that range from the chin to the collarbones and lots of straight variations that are worn behind the ears." Marjan suggests looking to celebrities such as Dua Lipa and Olivia Culpo for inspiration.

"This cut will be going strong for the rest of 2020 due to its ease and versatility," adds celebrity hairstylist Cynthia Alvarez. "It’s a great option for people who want shorter length hair but still want the option of pulling it up and off their face. It can be worn straight or wavy and can even be worn in a cute half-up style."


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"Face-framing fringe is the perfect transitional haircut to get you through the seasons," explains Marjan. "This cut draws attention to the eyes, opens up the cheekbones, and is perfect for growing out any DIY bangs you cut during quarantine."

Once you book with your stylist, Marjan suggests asking them for "soft, eyebrow-grazing bangs" that are longer at the temples but blend smoothly into the rest of your haircut.


'70s Bangs
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"During this pandemic, monthly trims might not be realistic, so switching to a low-maintenance cut is key," says Alvarez. "Since curtain bangs grow out gracefully, you won’t need to trim them every two weeks like you would with shorter bangs, which typically require more maintenance. This cut works well with any length of hair or texture."


'90s-Inspired Blowouts
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According to Marjan, volume will be back in a major way this fall. To perfect your blowout, you can opt for Wet Brush's new Break-Free Volume & Body Round Brush ($17), or you can try out GHD's Rise Hot Brush ($189) to fake a blowout on already dry hair.


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This summer, celebrities like Addison Rae and Hailey Bieber (who was styled here by hairstylist Amanda Lee) have proved pigtails to be anything but childlike, and Marjan predicts the whimsical trend will have legs into fall. 

"Make them modern by wearing them half up and putting the placement toward the back of your head," she notes. "They’re also the perfect way to camouflage dirty hair in a pinch."


Baby Braids
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"The two-strand tendrils of the '90s are getting a vamp up this fall," predicts Alvarez. "You can wear this style in so many ways: with a fresh, bouncy blowout or paired with beachy waves to create a more lived-in vibe. To recreate the trend, plait a tiny section of hair on each side of your part, leaving the rest of your hair down or pulled back. Add some thread or ribbon to the braid for an eye-catching effect. To finish, spritz Amika's Un.Done Volume and Matte Texture Spray all over."

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Erin has been writing a mix of beauty and wellness content for Who What Wear for over four years. Prior to that, she spent two and half years writing for Byrdie. She now calls Santa Monica home but grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and studied writing, rhetoric, and communication at University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. She studied abroad in Galway, Ireland, and spent a summer in L.A. interning with the Byrdie and Who What Wear family. After graduating from UW, she spent one year in San Francisco, where she worked as a writer for Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen before moving down to L.A. to begin her career as a beauty editor. She considers her day-to-day beauty aesthetic very low-maintenance and relies on staples like clear brow serum (from Kimiko!), Lawless's Lip Plumping Mask in Cherry Vanilla, and an eyelash curler. For special occasions or days when she's taking more meetings or has an event, she'll wear anything and everything from Charlotte Tilbury (the foundations are game-changing), some shimmer on her lids (Stila and Róen do it best), and a few coats of the best mascara-type product on earth, Surratt's Noir Lash Tint.