The Coolest Hair Trends To Try Right Now

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Greeting fall with a new 'do sounds dreamy to us. In fact, there's no better way to welcome the new season than by sitting down in your stylist's chair and reinventing your look.
While summer held a rainbow of trends from warming, hygge color to LA's favorite textured lob — we're looking to the future. According to celebrity hairstylist and creator of Ouai hair care, Jen Atkin, and Tresemmé stylist, Jeanie Syfu, this season will be about making subtle tweaks to what you've already got. So maybe it's time to go for those layers or test-drive some eye-grazing bangs — which is perfect for those out there who are afraid of a major chop.
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Eye-Length Fringe
Want change, but feeling hesitant about a big chop? Atkin suggests long bangs. "I'm loving fringe that hits right at the eye," she says. "It's a great way to change up your look without having to take off a lot of length."
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Bonus: Long bangs are incredibly versatile. If you're not feeling a center fringe one day, just sweep 'em to the side or pin 'em back. You can also style longer bangs in interesting ways. "Add Ouai Matte Pomade to the ends for a more piece-y, textured fringe," Atkin says.
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Fringe works on any texture — even curls! Hairstylist Shai Amiel suggests asking for a mixture of short and long pieces within your bang for a similar look to what you see here.
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There's something about this curtain fringe and cashmere texture that just screams fall.
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Natural Hair Textures
This past season, hairstylists sent more and more models down the runway sporting their natural hair textures — and Syfu encourages everyone off the runway to follow suit. "We don't have time to fuss over blowing out our hair and fighting what it naturally wants to do," she says. "I think it's so important to know what your hair and lifestyle can handle to keep your look chic and effortless."
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She says that in order to ace the natural-hair look, it's important to have a frank conversation with your hairstylist. "Whether I am cutting someone's hair for the first time or not, I always consider their lifestyle and how much time they are willing to put into their hair," she says.
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Tip: Be upfront with your stylist about the products you use. It's not a bad idea to go into your session with air-dried strands, so your stylist can get a good read on your 'do. "My goal is to make your hair look the best I can with less effort in styling by enhancing what is already there," Syfu says.
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If you're new to rocking your natural hair, you can always start off small. Take a cue from Gabrielle Union, who wore playful (but chic) double buns.
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Or, if you're feeling bold, chop it all off! A big chop, like Keke Palmer, promotes the growth of a new, healthier curl pattern — and highlights your gorgeous features even more.
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Sanaa Lathan is another star who dared to go super short this year — and she's never looked better.
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Meanwhile, Taraji P. Henson let go of her split ends by letting stylist Tym Wallace chop her hair into this gorgeous tapered cut.
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Mid-Length Chops
The lob has been wildly popular for years, but 2017's rendition is a bit different. Namely, Atkin says this mid-length style has a lot more layers. "This is a fun, stylish way to take your lob to the next level," she says.
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If you're already rocking a shoulder-length 'do, you may not even need to take off any length. Your stylist could simply add a few layers. By cutting in some texture, you can achieve all manner of looks — like Hailey Baldwin's beachy waves.
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But if you don't want to wear it wavy, straight looks just as cool in this style. Joan Smalls' razor-sharp cut is accentuated with a precise center part.
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"Not [a] better carpet to show it off than the MET!" Bella Hadid captioned a pic of her new cut.
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Long, Shiny Strands
Break out your blowdryer, because Atkin predicts the long, glossy blowout is back. "I think that a lot of the girls that cut their hair shorter this past year will be ready to grow it into long, one-length, blunt hair," she says. "Think Cher and Ali MacGraw's long, gorgeous hair."
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Although bobs and lobs have been the talk of the town as of late, Shay Mitchell makes a case for the revival of long, straight, and super-shiny hair.
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If you do decide to go the grow-out route — instead of just slapping in some extensions — remember to get regular trims. They'll keep your ends in great shape.
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Cool-Girl Shags
The shag was huge in 2016 — and it doesn't seem like it's going anywhere. "What I love about this silhouette is that the cut really styles itself with soft lines and seamless layers," Syfu says. "It can work on straight and wavy hair, long or short."
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Syfu says there are many variations on the shag, which can be tailored to your face shape. "The trick to making this cut work is to have your stylist create soft lines with their scissors by point-cutting or using a razor," she says. Just make sure to have a convo with your stylist ahead of your snip to ensure you're on the same page.
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Shags need not be short! This look is considered a mid-length chop — and the perfect first step for anyone who wants to give the cut a try without losing their length.
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But the best part about a shag is how versatile it can be. Part your fringe any way you'd like and your look is transformed in minutes. Heat-style for a polished look or air-dry for something more playful and fun — the possibilities are endless.
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Olivia Munn cut a foot off her long locks to score this look — a rad, choppy bob that is as versatile as it is chic.
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Bold Chops
This is the year! Time to take the plunge and test drive a dramatic style. Syfu says that bold, graphic cuts will be huge. "Think heavyweight lines that make your hair swing, like the iconic bobs and wedges," she says. "I'm also spotting undercuts, buzzed hair, short bobs, and bold bangs all over."
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"These styles make a statement and can give you an edge that can be quite feminine," Syfu says. "It gives a strong focus to your gorgeous face, neck, and shoulders." So if you're ready to go bold, a blunt bob like this is a killer option.
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Justine Marjan is the hairstylist behind Olivia Culpo's new short chop, which we're calling the "sci-fi bob." To score the cut, ask for blunt bob that's "below the chin and jawline, but above the shoulders with a very clean, blunt finish," she told R29. "For the most flattering finish, the angle of the bob should be similar to the angle of your jawline and the length will depend on your face shape."
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Hairstylist Riawna Capri gave Nina Dobrev this short chop, which features a slight A-line and textured ends.
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