Fall 2021 haircut trends you’re about to see everywhere
With fall just around the corner, it’s time to swap pineapples for pumpkins and bikinis for comfy knits. Maybe you also want to switch things up with your hair and crave that fresh start feeling that a new cut can provide. Seems familiar? Then you’ve probably also spent a lot of time browsing through social media inspiration for your next activity – and for good reason. You see, today’s top hair trends are all taking shape on TikTok, according to Ryan Richman, celebrity hairstylist and brand spokesperson for Unite Hair. (Related: These Hair Growth Treatments Are All Over TikTok – Are They Worth Trying?)
But even if you haven’t browsed through Gen Z’s favorite social media app yet, you can still get a feel for the trending looks on the “Tok” and determine the best of the moment for you. Coming up, hairstylists are sharing some of the best hairstyles everyone will be wearing this season and how to style them once you leave the salon.
The late 90s and early 2000s are back in full force, with low rise jeans, platform shoes and tube tops all making a comeback. Another turn of the millennium style that’s also trending this fall? Feathered layers, according to Richman, who adds that they work well for all hair types and, when long, tend to air dry well. ICYDK, plumage is a cutting technique used by professionals to create soft ends, which can lighten the weight of thick hair and give bouncy blowouts. To achieve such smooth and glamorous waves, Richman suggests applying mousse to your locks, flipping your hair inside out, and roughly drying it. Then take a medium to large round brush and continue to blow-dry your hair until you’ve achieved Addison Rae level locks.
90s inspired bobs
The bob is usually making its way onto annual hair trend lists in one form or another. This season, the “90s style, asymmetrical, long front” in particular has a moment, said Ashanti Laation, celebrity hairstylist and CEO of VIP Luxury Hair Care. Since there are many iterations of the bob, your best bet is to bring a reference photo (like the one of Kim K. above) to your stylist to help them explain what shoulder-length cut you’re hoping to achieve, Laation recommends. . But she also encourages you to be open to what your stylist thinks makes sense for the texture, density, and current length of your hair. (Related: Buyers Say This $ 6 Hair Cream Seals Split Ends Between Haircuts)
While it’s been a hit for some time now, the ’70s-inspired shag trend is still going strong, Richman says. The style, which consists of choppy layers, “can add soft volume and texture to your style while still looking cool and edgy,” he says. This look helps embrace your natural texture, but getting that perfectly undone look can take some effort if your hair is straighter. After getting the cut, Richman suggests drying the hair (no brush needed), then using multiple curling irons with different sized barrels, curling the hair in alternate directions to add variation, then finish with a texturizing spray. (Related: The Best Texture Sprays That Won’t Leave Hair Sticky or Crackle)
Another retro (and very polarizing) look making a comeback? The mule. This “business in the front, party in the back” style pushes the shag a step further as its short layers extend all the way around the head. If you’re skeptical, rest assured that the trendy version of the mullet is “not the ’80s version you might have seen in a country music video,” according to Laation. Instead, a softer iteration that’s more of a cross between a shag and a mullet – hairstylists refer to the look as the “wolf haircut” or the “shullet” on social media – is in favor. (Related: Buyers Swear This $ 13 Hair Mask Is The One Thing That Saves Their Dry, Damaged Hair)
In addition to blunt bangs, curtain bangs – center parted bangs – have a moment, Richman says. “Bangs are a great way to change up a bit of style without having a full haircut,” he says. “Curtain bangs have been very popular on TikTok because they are softer, longer, and grow easily.” In other words, they can be a good option if you’re not ready to commit to shorter bangs. To style curtain bangs, Richman suggests applying a volumizing spray such as Unite Hair’s BOOSTA Volumizing Spray (Buy it, $ 29, dermstore.com) to towel-dried hair, then blow-dry, lifting. bangs with a medium round brush as you go to build body.