This past week or two we have been living in that late summer/early fall phase that has me looking forward to wearing the coziest sweaters, watching the changing of the leaves, actually enjoying an outdoor workout without the fear of heat exhaustion, and dare I say tasting that infamous fall coffee flavor that is popping up in another food item every day! To celebrate this refreshing and welcome change, I would like to share with you my three favorite hair styles (in no particular order) for this fall. I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do and finish this read feeling inspired to try something new for yourself!
The Ponytail with a Twist
For me, taking a ponytail beyond gym functionality is a bit out of my norm. However, with heat waves behind us, I am ready to ditch the topknot as my go to style! This look started off with dry texture spray on second day waves and then a considerable amount of backcombing at my roots. I formed a ponytail with all but the top of my hair, and then added that top piece in by twisting and wrapping it around the ponytail and securing it with a bobby pin. This look would be perfect to wear from the office to happy hour.
The Glassy Lady
This style was inspired by the Hollywood trend that is glass hair- smooth, sleek, and generally at bob length. Although this bears a loose resemblance at best (due to my longer length and the fact that I have layers) , I knew I needed to experiment with styling a low volume look with a polished feel that is nothing like the current standby of beachy waves. To achieve this, I gave myself a round brush blowout with a smoothing lotion and then curled my hair under and (gasp!) toward my face with a 1 1/4" barrel iron and a generous amount of flexible hairspray, before smoothing it all with my paddle brush. Clearly, this goes against everything we've been instructed to do since 2015, and perhaps that is why I am loving it! I would wear this style out to dinner or for a special date night.
The Side Slick with Serious Texture
I am so happy to see that fancy bobby pains are making a big comeback for everyday wear! I like to create a texture more intense than the typical loose waves to really emphasize the asymmetry that happens when one side gets pinned back. To achieve this, I used a standard crimping iron starting at my roots and going about half way down the hair length, while making certain to end the crimping in each section on a different distance from the ends (think; nothing too uniform, here). I skipped about 1/2 inch from my front hairline so that the crimping would not be seen around my face. Then I brushed it all out to have insane volume and puffy hair. After this, I used small sections and wrapped them around a 5/8" barrel iron. I layered my dry texture spray and flexible hairspray throughout the crimping and curling process. Finally, I messed it all up a bit before sweeping one side tightly over my ear and securing it with my bobby pins. To make things really convenient, the added texture really gives the pins something to grab onto and helps them stay in place. I would wear this for a night out with the girls.
Note: the pins pictured here work incredibly well, and are available from Riley Rose for under $5. for the set! They are available in store and not on the retailer's website.
Happy Hair Styling!