The Raddest Fall Haircut Trends From L.A.'s Top Stylists

PHOTO: COURTESY OF Mischelle Navar.
We doubt you need much convincing that it's almost time for a fresh fall chop. Not only does a new cut perfectly mark the change of seasons, but it's also completely necessary after a long summer of strand-damaging salt, sun, and chlorine.

As far as inspiration goes, we've discovered a few key haircuts coming out of L.A.'s top salons that are modern, beautiful, and — to put it plainly — really cool. This season is all about mid-length (no more boring reputation for this one) bobs, lobs, bangs, and choppy layers galore — particularly the longer in the front, shorter in the back A-line cut.

The only caveat? These looks are a little tricky to explain, so you'll need to bring in a photo (or this story) cued up on your phone. "Not everyone speaks the same, but everyone can see the same," says hairstylist Riawna Capri, co-owner of the Nine Zero One Salon.

Ahead, all the eye candy you'll need to score the perfect chop for fall.

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PHOTO: COURTESY OF Anh Co Tran.
Stylist: Anh Co Tran
Salon: Ramirez | Tran

What to ask for: A mid-length, soft, A-line cut with long layers

"This is an in-between length that was once thought to be very 'soccer mom,'" Tran says. "But [if you] make it A-line, meaning it's longer in the front, the cut becomes modern and cool." In order to avoid it looking dated while styling, Tran warns not to over-curl. Instead, add bends with a curling or flat iron and blast hair with a texture spray. Hate the blowdryer? Just spritz with salt spray and allow it to dry naturally.



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PHOTO: COURTESY OF Riawna Capri.
Stylist: Riawna Capri
Salon: Nine Zero One

What to ask for: Long, piece-y layers

A good fall cut doesn't have to be a much-shorter cut. "Trimming off the dead ends in a not-so-structured way adds body and bounce to hair," Capri says. She describes this cut as piece-y and free-flowing, and says it will work for any hair type or texture, except for very curly hair. When it comes to styling, less is more. "A little dry texture styling spray will maintain the edginess by keeping it a little disheveled and not too perfect," she says.

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PHOTO: COURTESY OF Shai Amiel.
Stylist: Shai Amiel
Salon:
Capella Salon

What to ask for: A clean outline with lots of shattered layers throughout

If you want to refresh your curly hair for fall, look no further. "This is the perfect cut if you want big hair or soft curls," says Amiel. "The lighter tips add dimension to accentuate bouncy hair, which creates movement." So make sure your stylist does lots of all-over layering. With styling, Amiel says the most important thing is patience. "Let your hair dry all the way before you play with it."


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PHOTO: COURTESY OF Mischelle Navar.
Stylist: Mischelle Navar
Salon: Andy Lecompte Salon

What to ask for: A long bob with long layers throughout

Looking for a versatile cut that is just long enough to pull into a ponytail? This lob is for you. For easily styling, Navar recommends this cut for medium to thick hair — and be sure your stylist adds layers in the back as well as the front, to add movement. It can go beachy and messy or polished and smooth — just keep those layers long.





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PHOTO: COURTESY OF Leanne Citrone.
Stylist: Leanne Citrone
Salon: Andy Lecompte Salon

What to ask for: A blunt, mid-length cut with short, choppy layers along the crown

Want to grow out your long bob? "This is great for fall because it's a nice transition," Citrone says. The collarbone length has all the feeling of being long without actually being long, she adds. To score a similar look, be sure to keep the layers short and isolated around the face, which delivers a shaggy, perfectly undone vibe, without removing the length. To style, blowdry it with a brush; add a few bends with a one-inch iron; and blast with texture spray (for fine hair), or rake a texture paste (for thick hair) or styling cream (for frizzy hair) through ends.
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PHOTO: COURTESY OF Liz Sustaita.
Stylist: Liz Sustaita
Salon: Ramirez | Tran

What to ask for: An A-line, undercut bob with bangs

Have natural waves or curls and looking to go short? This cut is for you, Sustaita says. It looks best when the wearer isn't afraid to embrace her natural texture and let it be shaggy. "You can enhance your curls or waves by using Oribe's Gloss on damp hair," she says. Then let your locks air-dry, or use a diffuser to speed up the process. Remember to define random sections with a curling iron that is the same size as your waves or curls. "This will create a more natural, effortless look."
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PHOTO: COURTESY OF Shai Amiel.
Stylist: Shai Amiel
Salon:
Capella Salon

What to ask for: An undercut, graduated bob with strategic layering

"I combined the idea of a graduated bob with the '70s shag," Amiel tells us. "I gave her shorter bangs for a little extra drama, which also breaks up the look of a rounded Afro; but I also left long pieces in the front for definition." He notes this cut is best for curly hair that lacks fullness, because it delivers tons of volume. (Those with full, thick curls can wear it, too — just ask your stylist to remove some of the bulk.) To mimic the style seen here, Amiel suggests flipping over your hair before applying any products, which will help you avoid weighing down the top sections.


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PHOTO: COURTESY OF Anh Co Tran.
Stylist: Anh Co Tran
Salon: Ramirez | Tran

What to ask for: An A-line, mid-length cut

Seem familiar? You may know Tran's work from R29's styling tutorial on his famous long-bob haircut. If you love his signature bedhead look, but you're not ready for a lob, try this cut instead. "The back is shorter than the front, so it's great for someone who doesn’t want to go too short, but still wants more of an edge," he says. Tran notes that the cut works on all hair types and textures, but is easiest to style if you have naturally straight or wavy locks. His advice? Don’t make it too curly, or it won't feel modern; and keep a texture or beach spray on hand to muss it up.
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PHOTO: COURTESY OF Chris Greene.
Stylist: Danny Rishoff
Salon: Mèche Salon

What to ask for: A soft, long bob with face-framing layers

Craving volume? Rishoff gave actress Lesley-Ann Brandt a long bob with soft, face-framing layers to ensure her hair stays light and bouncy. “If you have thick or curly hair like Lesley-Ann, you don't want the layers to be cut too short,” he says. “Tell your stylist you want some flattering layers around the face, and to pay special attention to leave the layers in the rest [of the hair] nice and long.” Then, let your strands air-dry! “Try working with your natural texture, and refining pieces around the face and through the top with a curling iron or flat iron.”
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PHOTO: COURTESY OF Spoke & Weal.
Stylist: Clay Nielsen
Salon: Spoke & Weal

What to ask for: Long, soft layers

For an easy long-hair update, look to Nielsen's advice. "This is a soft and modern, long-layered haircut that will look good under hats, in braids, and with a classic center-part this fall," he says. "And it will look good on all hair textures." The secret to pulling off the shiny style? "Don't cover up a bad blowdry by using a flat iron," he says. "Only use a flat iron to enhance your already sleek strands for a super-straight style." Translation: If you want to score this style, it's time to brush up on your blowout skills.
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PHOTO: COURTESY OF Riawna Capri.
Stylist: Riawna Capri
Salon: Nine Zero One

What to ask for: A highly textured cut between a bob and a lob

Loved Julianne Hough's shaggy bob? That came courtesy of Capri, who gives similar cuts to Angelenos on the regular. The secret? This chop is a little longer in the front, and has more dimension than a traditional bob, thanks to the hidden layers. It's an easy cut to style, but whatever you do, don't pick up a round brush! "Do not blow it out, because then it could turn into 'the soccer-mom cut,'" Capri says. "Let it air-dry, then throw in a tousled wave. A sea-salt spray is your best friend."
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PHOTO: COURTESY OF Liz Sustaita.
Stylist: Liz Sustaita
Salon: Ramirez | Tran

What to ask for: A sharp, super-blunt, A-line bob

"This cut looks perfectly symmetrical when parted in the middle, but gives the illusion of an asymmetric cut when parted to the side," Sustaita says. "It's edgy, chic, and versatile." Unless you plan to blow out your hair daily, this cut is best for straight locks. Your stylist should adjust the cutting technique based on hair weight. "If your hair is thick, ask that the ends be thinned out so that the hair lies smoother and flatter against your head," she says. "If you have thin hair, ask that there is no thinning or point-cutting. The hair needs the density at the ends to show the shape of the cut."
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PHOTO: COURTESY OF Katie Rose Arnold.
Stylist: Patrick Ludlow
Salon: Spoke & Weal

What to ask for: A softly textured, collarbone-length cut with strong bangs

Like Tran, Ludlow believes a mid-length chop needs a modern touch to feel fresh and new, which is why he gave blogger Katie Arnold strong bangs to juxtapose with the soft cut. "A balance between the [bangs] and the soft length modernizes it," he says. "The layers give the hair movement, but you shouldn't notice them. Ask for your hair to fall naturally, just below the shoulder line."