3 Gorgeous Fall Hair Trends and How to Create Them at Home

Fashion Week isn’t only indicative of the sartorial trends you end up seeing in stores. It also sets the tone for hair and makeup looks that have captivated the industry’s attention. Beauty and fashion expert David Pirrotta of David Pirrotta Brands has spent countless hours in the company of style influencers in his 20-plus years of experience in the industry — and he’s no stranger to trend-watching the catwalks.

For this season, he’s highlighted three of the most important hair trends and how to ’do them at home. From embracing your locks’ natural texture to tying your strands into a knot and doing the wave, the season is looking mighty pretty.

1. Texture

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Texture is the name of the game | iStock.com/Tverdohlib

It is no surprise texture is one of Pirrotta’s top hairstyle trends for the season. After all, the Fall 2016 runways were all about texture — and not just in the nubby knits, woven sweaters, and fuzzy furs that walked down the catwalk. The beauty looks were just as textural, with wavy, curly, and straight hairstyles all playing in harmony. For many designers, such as Altuzarra, Missoni, Zac Posen, and Diane von Furstenberg, there was nary a flat-ironed ’do to be found. Instead, it was all about celebrating the texture of models’ natural strands with slightly more mussed-up looks. Gucci and Louis Vuitton even went a step further with fully crimped, frizzed looks that had texture in spades.

As luck would have it, this fall hairstyle couldn’t be easier to follow. “Take it back to your roots and showcase your natural hair,” Pirrotta said. “There’s no need to recreate a coveted look.” The trend is all about embracing individuality. Here, it’s okay to have hairs out of place. The win is in the beauty of the untamed, au naturel side of your strands. For a tiny bit of help and staying power, Pirrotta advises applying SACHAJUAN Hair Mousse on wet hair before diffusing your locks with a hairdryer. For a bit of added volume, you can also add SACHAJUAN Volume Powder to pump up the textural effect.

2. The knot

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Woman sporting a bun | iStock.com/michaeljung

It’s time to tie the knot this fall. “The ponytail is out and the knotted bun is in and here to stay,” Pirrotta said. And these knots are far from one-size-fits-all. They can pack plenty of personality — from messy, looped knots, to intricate twists to prim and proper buns. This look took the fall runways by storm, too. Design houses such as Derek Lam and Temperley London boasted messy-chic, tied-back knots while Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, and Loewe went a more glam route with a composed bun.

There’s tremendous flexibility in doing this ’do at home, too. “Your recreation of the knot can be effortlessly messy or sleek and chic,” Pirrotta added. One of the easiest incarnations of the knot is to simply wrap your strands around the hair tie of a ponytail and secure them properly with bobby pins or another hair tie. Finish with a strong-control hairspray for all-day staying power.

3. Waves with a center part

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Do the wave | iStock.com/mirelabella

Taking texture a step further, this third trend is all about putting a bit of body and volume into your strands. “Wavy hair screams luxury,” Pirrotta said. It’s the new contemporary luxe factor of relaxed ease and effortless sexiness. “Wavy hair has to look natural and effortless,” Pirrotta added.

He said the look can be achieved by wrapping large sections of hair around a large-barrel curling iron, or even with standard hair rollers. “But, never ever let your hair look as if you just took it out of rollers,” he advised. Tousle it around and mess it up a bit. A finishing spray such as SACHAJUAN Ocean Mist (or any sea-salt spray) can be used to provide even more texture and volume. The center part just adds the youthful cool factor. Models at BCBG, Roberto Cavalli, Ralph Lauren, and Versace all were flaunting center-parted waves for fall.

All in all, when it comes to your luscious locks, it’s a season rich in texture, curls, and volume — with an updated way to tie your hair back, too.

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