Instagram's It Girls Agree—These Are the Only Hairstyles That Matter for Fall

Fall fashion and beauty are finally in full swing, and we're turning to Instagram's It girls for endless hair inspiration this season. Not only are they notorious for their ability to take any style and show a million ways it can be worn off the runway, but they're also pros at identifying the popular styles before they pick up speed. We've scrolled through hundreds of Instagram posts from the most recognizable content creators, models, and fashion people to compile the hairstyles they've been all over lately. Get ready to screenshot!

1. Messy Ballet Bun



The reigning queen on aesthetic-led beauty trends, Hailey Bieber, has been spotted rocking what could only be described as a messy ballet bun. The style features textured face-framing strands and cascading tendrils pulled loose from the bun.

2. Chocolate-Colored Curls

The last weeks of summer may very well have been dominated by the "cowboy copper" hair color trend, but this fall, we're fully expecting chocolate-colored curls as the breakout star of the season, as worn here by New York–based content creator Maggie McCormack.

3. Slicked-Back Bun



A slicked-back bun is a fast and fuss-free style that looks effortlessly chic. Everyone from model Jasmine Tookes to socialite Sofia Richie Grainge has been photographed wearing it while attending spring 2024 fashion shows in New York, Paris, and Milan.

4. Elegant Topknot



Popular year-round, elegant topknots will continue to dominate well into the fall. Symphani Soto is pictured here wearing the cool girl–approved style with loose strands escaping from the updo to complement her face-framing strands.

5. Pinned Back at the Crown



You heard it here first: Sleek strands with slicked-back sections will be everywhere over the next few months. We're taking notes from one of model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's recent Milan Fashion Week looks for this one.

6. Claw-Clip Chignon

Break out your chunky claw clips! Claw-clip chignon styles are popping up everywhere on our For You pages as we head into fall. It's the perfect effortless style for everyone with schedules that don't include much wiggle room for more detailed styles.

7. High-Volume Ponytail

Looking for a quick, five-second hairstyle that will pair perfectly with all your fashion-forward fall looks? Try re-creating a fun and flirty high-volume ponytail like the one worn by content creator Mishti Rahman.  

8. Curly Cut



If you have naturally curly hair and are tired of the extra steps it takes to style it every day, it might be time to finally schedule a curl cut at your salon. That way, you can wake up with pre-styled, healthy-looking curls. Emmanuelle Koffi has the right idea!

9. Face-Framing Tendrils



Sometimes, it's the little details that upgrade a hairstyle from cute to iconic. The next time your hair is up in a bun or ponytail, take cues from Emma Leger and pull out some face-framing strands to bring attention to the face.

10. '90s-Inspired Bob



Nineties-inspired hairstyles are in again, and we're all for it. Give your bob the throwback treatment by adding a zigzag headband for added intrigue. Extra points if you match your headband to your frames like Mary L. Jean did! 

11. Wispy Bangs

Blunt hairstyles may be trending again, but we're also seeing a sudden rise in wispy, long bangs that fall right around the eyebrows, as modeled here by Megan Adelaide Vega. The wispier, the better, we say.

12. No-Fuss Braid



Short on time? Re-create model Anaa Saber's New York City style by pulling your hair into a messy braid and leaving out a couple of textured strands to look like an effortlessly cool model off-duty.

13. Textured Bob



Laura Harrier's textured bob created by hairstylist Rikke Gajda for New York Fashion Week is the stuff of dreams. It keeps her glowy makeup front and center while adding a bit of edge to her otherwise timeless look.

14. Classic Blowout



You can't wrong with a classic blowout. Sabina Socol shows us her take on the style with volume, shine, and epic layers. Maybe you should consider taking this pic with you on your next trip to the salon for inspo.

15. Goddess Braids



Goddess braids (also commonly referred to as bohemian braids) were trending all summer and don't seem to be going anywhere for this fall. Soto opted for an ombré blonde finish that complements her skin tone perfectly.

16. Waves + a Side Part

Once again, Sofia Richie Grainge has taken a style we all know and love and made it look beyond luxurious. It's frizz free and perfectly coiffed and has just the right amount of bounce. In other words, it's the ideal hairstyle for all your more formal fall affairs.

17. Pinned Bun



Everyone needs a trusty hair pin to keep their locks in place with little to no effort or time spent worrying about a finished look. Here, content creator Sasha Mei wears her oversize hairpin tucked into a simple bun.

18. Ribbon Details



Remember when we ID'd ribbon hairstyles as one of our favorite NYFW beauty looks for this year's shows? Well, it's also taking the fashion world by storm off the runway. We're in love with how Sarah Solinger styled hers!

19. Italian Bob



Glamorous Italian bobs are finally giving French bobs a run for their money. Fashion-and-beauty creative TyLynn Nguyen wears her with flicked-under ends for instant bounce and shape.

20. Hush Cut



Have you tried out the hush cut yet? Check out how stylish it looks on Allison Ho. The trend has its roots in Korea and is all about layers and bangs while being incredibly low-maintenance. Flattering on all face shapes, this is one style we'll definitely keep an eye out for this fall.

21. The "Wet" Ponytail



Embrace your inner siren by trying an ultra-textured ponytail this fall. The secret? Pairing a non-sticky hair gel with a cream for a chic finish. To avoid having wet-feeling hair, lock down the style with a high-shine serum or holding spray.

22. Sporty Headbands



We'll also be seeing a lot more sporty headbands as a trending hair accessory this season. Try wearing it with straight hair parted at the center like Mei did in this shot. The best part? It's probably one of the cheapest accessories you can get your hands on.

23. Messy Bun



With all this talk about buns for fall, we can't leave out one of the most popular variations. For a night out on the town, Leger wore a messy bun that we haven't stopped thinking about since it popped up on our IG.

24. Chunky Grunge Braids

One of the most unexpected hair trends this season is the meteoric rise of chunky grunge braids on and off the runway. Here New York–based model Chanel McKinsie wears her thick two-strand braids accessorized with safety pins.

25. Curtain Bangs



Curtain bangs will also be popular this season. Whether your hair is in a bun, a ponytail, or free and loose, you can count on curtain bangs to add the right amount of intrigue to any fall outfit.

Helpful Products

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You can never have too many finishing hair sprays. This one by Shu Uemura delivers long-lasting, buildable hold for all your texturized blowouts, slicked-back buns, and chic updos.

Customer review: "This hairspray did wonders. I sprayed it on my edges and it held them in place all day. Moya Hold Hair Spray also adds shine to my hair."

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Customer review: "This product is amazing! I am such a fan of a sleek slick back and this product not only holds everything in place but keep its shiny and glides evenly. You will not be disappointed!"

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