Ask the Haircut Eight Ball: What Look Should You Get This Fall?

Let this flowchart be your spiritual guide.

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Unless you're showing up at the salon *on a mission* with a well-researched Pinterest pic (opens in new tab) for your next appointment, you're probably hemming and hawing over whether to go the easy route with a trim (because us = creatures of habit) or say screw it, throw caution to the wind, and go with a full hair transformation (opens in new tab).

To save you some anxiety while you're in the chair, consult this soul-searching flowchart for fall styling inspiration first. Blunt strands for the lob trend that won't quit (opens in new tab)? A chopped pixie (opens in new tab)? Patience, young one, your hair future is soon to be revealed.

P.S. Once you've found your style of the season, see our guide for the best fall colors (opens in new tab) to take your new look one step further.

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Jennifer G. Sullivan
Jennifer G. Sullivan

Jennifer Goldstein is the former beauty & health director of Marie Claire and co-host of the award-winning beauty podcast Fat Mascara. In her quest to uncover the world's beauty secrets, she’s gotten tattooed in New Zealand, dug up turmeric in India, harvested shea nuts in Ghana, and squeezed enzyme-rich eggs from salmon in Norway. She can pluck eyebrows like a pro and has read the FDA monograph on sunscreen labeling and effectiveness—but she still can’t get liquid eyeliner to look the same on both eyes.