6 Fashion Girl–Approved Haircuts That Are Perfect for Fall

Managing our hair has proven challenging in more ways than one this year. With salons closing their doors for months on end, we're taking hair-related tasks previously left to the pros into our own hands. But for those not brave enough to take on the stress of at-home hair dyeing and shaky-handed trimming, it's been a period of overgrown roots and scraggly lengths fit for Rapunzel. One thing's for sure: It'll be a real treat to (hopefully) visit our beloved hairstylists for the first service many of us will get this year: fall haircuts.

Fall is all about change, and according to the six fire celebrity hairstylists we tapped to tell us which cuts will take off this season, that same vibe will extend to our hair. And while the understated haircut trends of yesteryear won't disappear completely, there are some funky new varieties bubbling up among celebrities and fashion girls alike.


Ahead, get all the expert intel about the fall haircuts that will be taking over throughout the autumnal equinox, along with ideas for wearing them just like the fashion set already is. Be sure to save your faves for your next hair appointment, and don't forget to shop the sprays, creams, and tools our pros say you'll need to keep your freshly chopped tresses on point all season.



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Surprise, surprise, bobs are still among the most popular haircuts we'll see this season. This stylish crop pairs perfectly with all the clavicle-exposing tops you'll be clinging to as summer slips away, and according to celebrity hairstylist Jennifer Yepez, a whole new flock will likely take the plunge into bob life over the coming months. "I think we are going to see a lot of short haircuts, especially after everyone has been at home and wanting to try a change. Getting out of quarantine with salons open, people are going to go for the fresh cut," she predicts. Celebrity hairstylist Lacy Redway agrees, adding that we'll see many variations of this look, including varying lengths and textures.


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"I love a blunt cut bob where the ends are softened with a slicing technique, instead of layers, to give movement and eliminate weight through the ends," explains celebrity hairstylist Peter Lux. "This is a great cut for someone who likes to move their hair a lot and likes to wear it without being restricted to wearing their part on one side. Left, right, or middle, everything works."

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For those who committed to a bob last year, the grow-out has probably gotten real. That's why celebrity hairstylist and creative director César DeLeön Ramîrez is calling out almost-long tresses as a style to watch. "All those trendy bobs and lobs are no longer bobs and lobs. They are almost long now, and it’s sexy," he says. "I love this length just below the collarbone. It’s super chic and also a very versatile length."


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Lux loves that this particular length suits so many different hair types. "A shape I find really flattering for wavy and curly textures is a soft layered cut with longer bangs and length within the perimeter of the hair to maintain length and so the shape doesn’t become too round," he says. "The fringe looks great a little longer and with soft ends, which enhances the texture and makes the hair move better." It's an art, really.

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Our expert crew is also predicting massive texture by way of long layers this season. "This fall, we’ll also see natural textures cut into layers with a textured fringe. That cut looks great at all times and on all hair types," says celebrity hairstylist and Flawless by Gabrielle Union co-founder Larry Sims. "The grow-out on it is great. This cut screams volume, carefree, easy, and effortless." Redway also notes that these low-maintenance, maximum-impact cuts tend to gain traction during times like these. "Right now while we are in a pandemic, I think everyone is trying to go back to basics and choose haircuts that are not too high-maintenance," she adds.


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"I think women are now enjoying their natural hair, so they want to be able to wear their hair curly or wavy natural and then also wear their hair blown out and styled," says Yepez. And this cut certainly allows for both.

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Alexa, play "Not the Bayang!" This viral TikTok tune may have brought bangs to the forefront of everyone's minds for a moment this summer, but celebrity hairstylist and owner of LunaBella Makeup & Hair Salon Christin Brown thinks the bangs movement will keep that same energy into fall. "The amount of folks that consistently think about getting bangs but resist the temptation due to a botched past experience surpasses most haircut decisions," she says. "However, I feel that people will finally be taking the plunge this fall." Ramirez agrees, adding that the extended time away from hairstylists is even transforming bangs for those who've already had them. "After months without a bang trim, I can see short bangs becoming swoop bangs, bringing the side part back to center stage and replacing the center part," he predicts.


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Yepez says those famous fringey, Brigitte Bardot–style bangs will be a leading style as well. "I like the longer bangs that you can style like a full bang but also part it and have it swept away," she comments.

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Our experts agree: The motto this fall is texture, texture, texture. As such, they're foreseeing some big shapes on the horizon. "With quarantine hair being longer than ever for the vast majority, many of my clients are coming in begging to remove the hair away from their faces and off the shoulders. They want a lift, volume, and a bold look that doesn't say that they've been stuck at home for months," says Brown. She loves a cut with a weight line just below the earlobes that creates a steep line up toward the crown of the head for a gorgeous silhouette from all angles.

And according to Sims, we can expect to see bigger afros this season, too. "It’s powerful and beautiful no matter the length," he explains. "Many people are embracing their natural textures, and I love it. The classic roundness of an afro never gets old."


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The crisp air and changing leaves of fall are some terrestrial signals of a fresh start. If you're seeking a new start with your mane, you're in luck because our experts are predicting ultra-short cuts will have a major moment this season. "Super-short hair could be the start of a transition for some people. It could mean more than just a haircut—perhaps a restart," says Redway. Sims concurs, stating that buzz cuts will see an uptick. "As we’ve adapted to our new normal, people are using this time to get rid of damaged hair and old energy. Cutting it all off feels fresh and new," he says.

Brown says we'll also see endless variations on the classic pixie cut. "Sometimes, you just have to leave it all on the floor, and a curly pixie cut is a bold way of achieving that. It's easy, it's sexy, and it's fairly low-maintenance," she says. "There are different versions of a pixie cut, so the cut is not a one size fits all. You can go long on top, short all around, side parts, and more."


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Associate Beauty Editor

Courtney Higgs is a Cancer sun, Libra rising beauty enthusiast with about six years of experience in the editorial space. She was previously Who What Wear's associate beauty editor after spending many years working on the West Coast edit team at InStyle Magazine. She graduated from California State University, Northridge, with a BA in communication studies and pivoted to editorial after spending her college years working in the legal field. Her beauty philosophy is simple: She believes there are no wrong answers and that discovering our favorite beauty products and rituals is a journey, not a sprint. When she's not geeking out over products, she can be found adventuring around L.A. with her fiancé; watching reality TV with their French bulldog, Bernie Mac; or relating way too hard to astrology memes.