With the onset of fall, we feel inspired to freshen up not only our closets, but also our locks. Today, we break down this season’s hottest looks and learn the best ways to execute them. As it typically does, the runway has inspired 2015 fall hair trends, and with a bit of friendly expert advice, you will be able to take these looks to the street.
COLOR TREND: Rich Fashion Shades
From granny hair and white blonde to wild pastels and monochromatic browns, coloring was summer’s hottest hair trend, and in the upcoming months, expect to see these cool tones transition into fall with warmer colors and deeper shades. We spoke with Glenda, a seasoned colorist and stylist at Element Salon, and she anticipates solid, strong colors for fall. “Anytime fall comes into play, coppers are in. But this year in particular, coppers are huge. Instead of the traditional copper, we are going to see more of a twist: rose gold, red violet and edgier fashion shades,” Glenda predicts. “This year has been dubbed ‘The Year of The Blonde,’ but instead of the summer platinum and silvery shades, steer towards a buttery, golden shade. For brunettes, try a mocha shade—a chocolate-y, rich brown.” Even pinks and pastels are making their way into this season’s styles. “We will still see fashion shades in fall, but with deeper tones, more gem tones: deep lavender, orchids.” In conjunction with these rich colors, shiny, straight hair is making a comeback. “Curls have run wild for so long, and waves are still in, but we are seeing a re-emergence of straight hair,” Glenda shares. She saw lived-in hair take over locks this summer, but now everything is taking on a richer tone and a sleeker look.
Glenda’s product recommendations:
Shu Uemura Touch of Gloss: “This gloss helps give you shiny, rich, vibrant hair (going with what is on-trend for fall). It is a really great product because it has a heat protector, which is essential if you are blow drying and using a flat iron. The product creates a veil on the hair that gives it a shiny coating–without being heavy and weighing the hair down.” Give yourself a salon-treatment feel with this hair gloss, which is sold at Element Salon for $40.
Kérastase Materialiste: “This gives your hair a great texture without making it feel gritty. If you are looking to do festival/bohemian waves, this creates a great fiber in the hair, or you can blow out your hair and make it sleek.” This voluminizing, texturizing spray immediately gives you a sense of thicker hair and has a flexible hold. Find it at Element Salon for $42.
CUT TREND: The Shag
Bobs are timeless due to their classic and iconic look. That said, expect to see versions of this cut come fall, but the shag will be more prevalent. Block any images of Carol Brady‘s later years, and instead draw inspiration from style icon Brigitte Bardot. Kyle, Escape Day Spa & Salon’s lead stylist and director of education, gave us his insight to the trend: “When it comes to styles in hair, everything is very cyclical. Hair tends to follow fashion–everything old is new again, but it always comes back with a little more finesse,” Kyle shares. “We are leaving the Downton Abbey, finger-wave, ’20s look and are moving into more of a late ’70s, early ’80s grunge.” Just as these decades’ styles have made their way to the runway, they have made their way to the hair chair. This season, you will see more layers—higher layers—around the face. “If you pull a shag cut into a ponytail, you can still have long, grown-out pieces that are face framing. Ponytails are huge right now. You can change them up three times throughout the day for three different looks. You can go from work to leisure to a night out on the town by changing the position of your ponytail,” Kyle continues. He has an affinity for length during the winter months, as he believes long hair feels more comforting on cooler days.
When asked about length and hair type, Kyle informed us that there is a more personal approach to hair these days: “Everyone previously wanted a specific look—the Princess Di, the Jennifer Aniston or the Posh—but now people are gravitating to what looks good on them. If you have an experienced stylist, you can achieve any look if you pair it with the right product. Shags can be done on thick hair. Shags can be done on fine hair. If you own it, you are going to look good in it.”
Kyle’s product recommendations:
“Right now, we are really big into texture sprays. What it does is it gives you a nice, soft hold, even on fine or greasy hair, because it is similar to a mix of dry shampoo and a voluminizer. It comes out dry, like a powder in a can. It will absorb any excess oil during the day, and if your hair falls flat, you can take your hands and shake it free. The soft hold gives body, but it does not give you the crunch of hair spray. Especially with the shag, you want to see it move.”
Kérastase V.I.P.: This dry voluminizing and texturing spray promises body, volume and hold. It keeps your hair fresh during the day and allows for quick restyling. Find this at Escape Day Spa & Salon for $39.
Shu Uemura Texture Spray: It gives your hair texture and long-lasting hold. For extending your blowout, creating waves and achieving a tousled hair look, purchase this product at Escape Day Spa & Salon for $37.
STYLE TREND: Waves, Accessories, the Lob and Knots
As you are prepping for fall events and special occasions, consider a low, messy chignon. Deidre DeFelice, director of operations at The Blowout Co. of Nashville, suggests a style that is more representative of a knot than a bun. For a day-to-day look, she recommends: “Keep your flat iron put away! Texture is still in. The ’70s are back when it comes to fashion this fall (flare jeans, suede, etc.), which keeps the middle part and boho waves on-trend for hair.” Accessories can also help you achieve the ’70s vibe. “Leather headbands will be everywhere, helping cover your dirty hair, if you don’t have time for a fresh blowout,” Deidre shares. As mentioned, the lob is here to stay and looks elegant when paired with a deep side part. If you are keeping with longer hair, enhance your natural texture by letting your hair air dry and then adding waves with a hot tool, instead of starting with smooth, straight hair. Diedre tells us, “It will keep that natural, undone look, but define the curl a little. The Blowout Co. can help you achieve any of these fun, trendy looks for fall!”
Deidre’s product recommendations:
Kevin Murphy Hair Resort Spray: Use this product to give you the perfect tousled look. The honey, citrus and tangerine will give you a surfer look and will leave a lasting, fresh scent. Grab some for $25 at The Blowout Co. of Nashville.
Davines Medium Hold Hairspray: If you are looking to give your hair a great, weightless hold, try this spray, which gives hair structure, without leaving a residue. The natural ingredients moisturize your hair while protecting its health. Get it for $29 at The Blowout Co. of Nashville.
Thank you to the seasoned stylists at Element Salon, Escape Day Spa & Salon and The Blowout Co. of Nashville for helping us tackle fall hair trends 2015. To find even more experts at the best salons in Nashville, visit the SB Guide.