There will always be pros and cons to every hair length — be it be short, medium, or long. When it comes to long hair, you know the drill: it takes a bit more (OK, fine, a lot more) time to blow-dry — with a pool of unwanted sweat a factor of the process. But, the upside here is there are tons of hairstyles that you can play around with, and plenty of them are extremely low-maintenance. So, if you’re on a mission this upcoming season to get out of that messy bun hair rut, you’ve come to the right place. According to experts, the fall 2022 trends for Rapunzel-like strands run the gamut from cool bun knots to ‘70s-inspired shags.
For starters, Christine Symonds, a celebrity hairstylist whose clientele includes the likes of Kaley Cuoco and Jenna Dewan, feels that more and more people are holding onto their length for fall and winter, while also playing with extreme layers and movement. “A modern mullet is something I keep getting requests for and playing up really short layers with long overall lengths,” the expert tells TZR. Symonds also notes that fringe is making a comeback more than ever before. “Everything from curtain bangs to a strong straight across [the] look,” she says about the trending style.
To add to that, Takisha Sturdivant-Drew, a celebrity hairstylist whose client roster includes Kerry Washington and Yara Shahidi, says when it comes to long locks, people are going for popular edgy, bohemian, and bold looks. “Going into the fall we will see a lot more creative ways to top off the look with loc buns with the sides short and designs on the scalp, and twisting them up and some left free,” she tells TZR. “It’s great because if you don’t have locs, you can get some faux ones easily.”
Long hair folks, get excited: Ahead, find 12 hairstyles to test out this fall. Plus, products for salon-worth hair, every day.
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Straight and Sleek
If your fall plans call for special events, you can’t go wrong with this sophisticated look. To achieve at home, grab a heat protectant, blow dryer, and flat iron. Be sure to blow dry hair with a traditional brush vs round to avoid volume as you’ll want this one to stay as flat as can be. Next, take your flat iron and smooth out the rest of the hair. Lastly, spritz in a shine spray for a glossy finish.
Curtain bangs might be trending this year but the style originated in the ‘70s with Farrah Fawcett and other Hollywood muses’ support. This fringe opens up like a curtains, works great on long hair as it perfectly glides into the rest of the mane. To exaggerate your natural texture, work in a generous amount of salt spray (bonus: this will also help any frizz.)
Any curly girl knows that curls can have a mind of their own. Sometimes they are basking in their spiral glory, other times they lay flat and limp, begging for moisture. And if you have more of them, like with long hair, these situations can run rampant. A great way to combat that is by adding in layers, allowing each curl a place to reside and thrive. For maintenance, layered curls will flourish with a curl cream and a good diffuser.
If you don’t currently have long hair but crave it, achieve the look with human hair or synthetic extensions. A great way to play around with color, length, and hair texture, extensions have endless style options. As a reminder, if parts of your hair will stick out, it’s best to stick with your current texture extensions to minimize manipulation.
Add Some Bangs
Bangs will still have a huge moment throughout the fall, according to Cynthia Alvarez, a celebrity hairstylist who works with Shakira and Skai Jackson. “Long hair can drag a face down and be unflattering but when you add layers and/or a flirty fringe it gives your hair a perk up,” she explains. “Blow-dry with a round brush and you’ll have flirty movement in the crisp fall air.”
Sturdivant-Drew loves a full bun knot on long hair, especially with a bit of texture mixed in. To achieve this look, the hairstylist will start off using a leave-in conditioner and then go in with a detangling brush to help reduce the level of frizz while keeping some curls. “Then, brush the hair up into the center while letting some hair fall naturally in the front and back,” she explains. Lastly, she’ll secure the look with hairpins.
The Long Shag
It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that the shag is sticking around for fall, as more and more of the Hollywood set (see: Billie Eilish, Cara Delevingne, and Taylor Swift) have been joining in on the ‘70s style. Ryan Richman, a celebrity hairstylist who works with Madelaine Petsch and Olivia Rodrigo explains that, “the shag can add soft volume and texture to your style while always looking cool and edgy.” To achieve the nostalgic style, he recommends using a curling iron or flat iron to add wave to blow-dried hair. “Use alternating directions and even different size barrels for some variation throughout your style,” he explains. “Finish with MONAT STUDIO ONE Dry Texturizing Spray for extra volume and airy texture.”
Embrace Your Texture
Owen Gould, a celebrity hairstylist who works with Hunter Schafer and Barbara Palvin, is seeing a lot of natural texture this year. “Women with long hair have always had the advantage of being able to twist their long hair up into a bun, leaving it for a few hours or even overnight and then having this great wave once they take it down,” he explains. “A good dry shampoo like R+Co’s Death Valley can really help enhance this look.” Easy and effortless for fall!
“Voluminous curly hair is always on-trend, but especially so in the fall,” Alvarez notes. In fact, she says that less humidity equals flourishing curls. And when it comes to keeping frizz at bay, the hairstylist says it’s key to choose the right products. “I like to use Sky Organics Curl Care Wash Day Shampoo and Detangling Conditioner to cleanse hair without stripping it,” she explains. “I then follow with Sky Organics Curl Care Bouncy Curl Cream because it’s light enough that it won’t weigh the curls down but effective enough so the curls have definition and bounce that lasts.”
According to Symonds, blowouts with beautiful bouncy ends are all the rage for fall. “The straight end look with a beach wave is on its way out,” the expert explains. “People are opting for a more polished bouncy look to highlight healthy hair.” To get the sought-after finish, the hairstylist recommends using a large round brush and blowdryer to blow out your strands while making sure to focus on your ends to seal the cuticle. Then, finish off by setting sections of the hair with clips and let them cool.
If you’re on the hunt for something simple for your hair this fall, this one is for you. Sturdivant-Drew achieved the colorful natural texture look above by first starting off with TSD Hair Flower Extract Conditioner, and then let her hair air-dry. “While the hair was wet I took my Tangle Teezer Ultimate Detangler Naturally Curly Brush, and went through the hair to detangle it,” she says. “I parted the hair down the middle and took two sections of the hair on the left and right and pinned it back.”
Now that you’re up-to-date with the latest trends, ring in the new season with a fresh new look.
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