The Prettiest Fall Hairstyles to Copy

Time to experiment.

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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?

beverly hills, california   february 09 florence pugh attends the 2020 vanity fair oscar party hosted by radhika jones at wallis annenberg center for the performing arts on february 09, 2020 in beverly hills, california photo by daniele venturelliwireimage,
Daniele Venturelli
An Off-Kilter Top Knot

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.

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hollywood, california   february 24 tessa thompson attends the 91st annual academy awards at hollywood and highland on february 24, 2019 in hollywood, california photo by frazer harrisongetty images
Frazer Harrison
Brushed-Out Curls

Use a medium-barrel curling iron to wind the hair into spirals, then brush them through for a glamorous look.

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beverly hills, california   february 09 kerry washington attends the 2020 vanity fair oscar party hosted by radhika jones at wallis annenberg center for the performing arts on february 09, 2020 in beverly hills, california photo by george pimentelgetty images
George Pimentel
Waves and A Barrette

Something sparkly ups the formality alongside some simple waves.

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new york, ny   february 07  rihanna arrives to bergdorf goodman on february 7, 2020 in new york city  photo by james devaneygc images
James Devaney
The Side Slick

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.

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london, england   february 01 saoirse ronan attends the ee british academy film awards 2020 nominees party at kensington palace on february 01, 2020 in london, england photo by karwai tangwireimage
Karwai Tang
A Scrunched Pony

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.

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Jacopo Raule
One Long Plait

A braid this major is the ultimate excuse to try those clip-in extensions you've been thinking about.

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paris, france   september 30 maisie williams is seen, during paris fashion week   womenswear spring summer 2020, on september 30, 2019 in paris, france photo by edward berthelotgetty images
Edward Berthelot
An Edgy, Wet Slick

Rake some gel through your roots with a brush, and voila.

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paris, france   october 01 india moore attends the louis vuitton womenswear springsummer 2020 show as part of paris fashion week on october 01, 2019 in paris, france photo by jacopo raulegetty images
Jacopo Raule
Strategically-Placed Cornrows

Micro cornrows joined by bantu knots above one ear complement a side-swept bounty of curls.

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new york, new york   september 06 zendaya attends the 2019 harpers bazaar icons on september 06, 2019 in new york city photo by dia dipasupilgetty images
Dia Dipasupil
Bombshell Curls

If you've got curls for days, just add some volume and embrace your natural texture.

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cannes, france   may 12  bella hadid attends a dior dinner during the 71st annual cannes film festival at jw marriott on may 12, 2018 in cannes, france  photo by pascal le segretaingetty images
Pascal Le Segretain
The 50/50

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.

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london, england   october 03  lily rose depp attends the king uk premiere during the 63rd bfi london film festival at odeon luxe leicester square on october 03, 2019 in london, england photo by mike marslandwireimage
Mike Marsland
A Sexy Chignon

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.

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Jamie McCarthy
An Elegant Braided Bun

Braids wound up into an architectural bun is as regal as it gets.

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John Phillips
A Wrapped High Pony

Some loose tendrils around the face and a band of hair wrapped around the base keeps a high ponytail from looking too severe.

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Max Mumby/Indigo
A Proper Headband

Keep your strands out of your fave with a velvet band for a sophisticated touch.

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