Top 5 Hairstyles for Fall 2011
By Nan Werther
, last updated January 26, 2012
With so many wearable trends hitting the runways, it's hard to find a hairstyle not to love this fall. Whether your preference is for long or short, up or down, there are many ways to wear your hair. This fall, hairstyles are elegant, whimsical, playful, and influenced heavily by the 1970s.
Bangs Are Back
This fall enjoy a longer, romantic bang in several wearable ways. Cultivate an effortless retro look similar to Jane Birkin's with heavy, blunt fringe that falls around your eyebrow. Longer lengths are more forgiving for different facial shapes and sized foreheads, but can be difficult to achieve the right effortlessness with hair that is naturally textured or curly. Wavy and straight girls will fare better here. Ask for heavy bangs that taper just a bit on the sides and pair with long, loosely-kept hair parted down the middle.
Another retro-inspired way to wear your longer bangs is to coax them into a dramatic swoop. Tousle your bangs for a natural look and pin to the side with a gorgeous barrette. For a sleeker look inspired by Louis Vuitton's fall runway show, use a light gel for texture and hold and blow dry your bangs with a round brush to get a smooth sweeping line off to one side. Wear with hair down or up in a low-bun, also perfect for fall.
Ombre, or dips, are all the rage with fall hair. These gentle highlights gradually lighten the hair towards the bottom to achieve a natural looking finish akin to spending several days in the sun. Great for brunette hair, the affect can be subtle with a controlled gradient or dramatic with a severe delineation between the natural hair color and the highlights. Either way, this is a great way to keep your natural color, while emphasizing its length with beautiful and creative highlights.
This fall mix up your everyday look by deeply parting your hair on the side. A great look for ponytails, as well as wearing loose and free, the deep part gives a slightly sassy look to an otherwise simple hairstyle and is an easy way to change up your routine. The best way to find your perfect part is to place a comb vertically against your hair. Where the comb and your head stop touching is the point where you should part your hair. Curly girls might need to secure their hair with some bobby pins if wearing loose to keep its shape.
Two of fall's hottest trends are hair accessories which all but make the look. One of the more creative trends that's come off the runways in a while is adding a feather to a hairstyle. You can tuck a pretty feather into a low bun, or pin it into your hair with a barrette. Other, slightly more permanent ways include bonding the feather to the hair shaft to make it look like a natural extension of your hair. This is such a fun and playful way to add a touch of color!