NYFW’s Top Hair Trends Are Actually Pretty Simple

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Admittedly, there are many fashion month hairstyles that might be somewhat tricky to try in real life. You probably don't have time to affix real roses to each one of your curls, a la Rodarte, or paint your bangs white, like at Jeremy Scott. But Fall 2019's runway hair trends that are near and dear to my heart are the ones that you can actually recreate at home.

Sleek and easy low ponytails, natural hair cornrows, airy curls, crimps, and no less than 1,000 different barrettes and hair accessories were all spotted throughout New York Fashion Week Fall/2019... and you know what? All of those styles looked just as cool as the avant-garde moments that are mainly meant for theatrics. What's better is that many of the styles — seen at Christian Siriano, Oscar de la Renta, Staud, Cushnie, Michael Kors, and more — work for a variety of textures and lengths, too, so no one is left behind. So while that pair of combat boots, swishy maxi dress, or Proenza Schouler handbag might not be available for another few months (sorry!), you can definitely try these hair trends any time... no waiting list necessary. See the looks ahead, and shop the hero products used to create them.

Airy Curls

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At Staud.

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At Michael Kors.

The seventies are back in a major way, and you can't pay homage to the trend without larger-than-life hair. Backstage Michael Kors, lead hairstylist Orlando Pita told me the secret to creating turned-up volume, even when your hair is flat: Using an extra large hairpin, weave a strand of hair and press it with the straightening iron for a few seconds. Once you take it out, you'll have all the frizz you need.

And at Staud, Peter Gray for Cutler/Redken kept the top of the hair very flat, opting to let the bottom air dry to create the illusion of funky fluff.

Natural Hair Cornrows

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At Michael Kors.

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At Oscar de la Renta.

When protective styles come to mind, most people automatically assume that they're done with extensions. And that wouldn't necessarily be wrong... the addition of faux hair in these styles actually helps protect your real hair, since it's somewhat shielded. However, a handful of Black models wore their own hair braided — and it looks just as chic as waist-length braids.

Crimped Hair

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At Mansur Gavriel.

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At PH5.

Hopefully you didn't toss that old three-barrel iron from a couple of decades ago — because crimps are in. Laurent Philippon for Bumble and bumble used different-sized sections of hair to create variety in the curl pattern, then brushed the hair out for an airy finish. But at PH5, Rodney Cutler brushed the hair up to create a more triangular shape.

Low Ponytails

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At Cushnie.

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At Christian Siriano.

Who says that Advil is the only way to cure your high ponytail-induced headache? All throughout fashion week, models wore the style so many different ways: Justine Marjan aimed for an elegant vibe at Cushnie, with a sleek center part and shine. And at Christian Siriano, she edged things up by adding actual chains to the models' hairstyles, secretly wrapped around a concealed bungee cord.


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At Grayling Purnell.

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At Oscar de la Renta.

Hair accessories are accoutrements that never go out of style — and it was nice to see them on the runway and worn in real ways alike.