Whether you're a current student or hung up your graduation cap years ago, September always brings a sense of renewal. Maybe it's the act of whipping out your flannels from the back of the closet, heading home from a summer abroad, or relishing in the welcome drop in temperature—but for whatever reason, it feels like time for a reset, at least for me. I find that as I archive my tank tops, bathing suits, and Rowing Blazers shorts in favor of boyfriend jeans and fisherman sweaters, I also crave a change when it comes to my hair. My summer hairstyles usually end up looking devil-may-care thanks to sweltering heat and miscellaneous water sports, so by the time Labor Day rolls around, I'm ready to bring some polish back to my look. I always see fall as a chance to up my hair game. Think braids, buns, and curls of every size. Hats. Headbands. Silk scrunchies. The works.
Luckily, I have inspo to spare thanks to MC's favorite celebs. And sure, they've got pro stylists around to perfect their coifs, but copying their looks at home easier than it looks. 'Tis the season to be ambitious, after all. That's why we've rounded up the best hairstyles to try this fall for all lengths and textures, inspired by the prettiest strands we've seen this year, and offer a little insight into how to get their looks. Hey, thirty days hath September, right?
This style is all about the details: an imperfect angle, a tiny braid, and some hair sticking out at the ends makes for a more memorable bun.
Use a medium-barrel curling iron to wind the hair into spirals, then brush them through for a glamorous look.
Perfection isn't what we're after with these cool bends—the more tousled your hair looks, the better.
Something sparkly ups the formality alongside some simple waves.
Side part your hair and secure the front sections from each side at the nape of your neck with a clear band for an alternative to the standard half-up, half-down look.
If you've got shorter strands, secure them into a tiny pony at the nape of your neck and scrunch the hair left up front.
A braid this major is the ultimate excuse to try those clip-in extensions you've been thinking about.
Rake some gel through your roots with a brush, and voila.
Micro cornrows joined by bantu knots above one ear complement a side-swept bounty of curls.
If you've got curls for days, just add some volume and embrace your natural texture.
This style is all about contrast. Slick your strands tightly against your scalp with gel, then wind up what's left into a loose twist.
To spice up a messy bun, take two good hunks of hair at the front of your part and give then a little bend with a flat iron.
An updo doesn't have to be difficult. Add some bends to your strands with a curling wand, then wind your hair into a loose twist and secure with bobby pins.
Braids wound up into an architectural bun is as regal as it gets.
A deep part helps create volume for textured waves.
To keep this style looking more elegant than adolescent, secure each pigtail with a clear band closer to the ends.
If you're in the mood to let your makeup shine, flat iron your mane and tuck it behind your ears.
Some loose tendrils around the face and a band of hair wrapped around the base keeps a high ponytail from looking too severe.
After you shower, spritz a texture spray into your roots and let your strands air dry for a cool, imperfect look.
Keep your strands out of your fave with a velvet band for a sophisticated touch.
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