The Hairstyle Every Celeb Is Wearing For Fall

For most, the term ''80s hair' doesn't conjure up pleasing images. But before you swear us off for even suggesting we tap into the era of over-processed perms, side ponytails, and teased bangs, just hear us out. One of the chicest looks from the age of excess is back in a big way — and it's sweeping Hollywood. Enter: the wavy brush back.

The look is simple: Wavy strands that have been styled so they flow back and away from the face. Now, before you think you'll look like a wet dog, note that this isn't the same slicked-back trend that dominated Hollywood this summer. We repeat: This is not a wet look. Instead, celebrity hairstylists are getting clever with products by molding and setting the hair, so the result is matte or shiny (it's up to you), not wet or drippy.

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Vanessa Hudgens

The star has this rad look on repeat — and for good reason. (Pssst... You can peep both sides of this look here.) It's fresh, flattering, and best of all, easy to copy. "It's all about molding the hair," hairstylist Chad Wood tells R29, "It's about creating a shape and movement with the hair while making it look soft and natural."

So how is it done? Comb a medium-hold product suited for your texture through damp hair (mouse is great for fine to medium-weight hair, gel is good for thick and curly hair, cream is great for dry or textured hair), then blowdry or clip the hair toward the back of the head. This provides the mold.

Once dry, you can add your waves or curls, but, again, make sure they're all going back, clipping them to the scalp to cool as needed to keep the direction consistent before the final step....
Shay Mitchell

"Hairspray and clips are the secret to the brushed back look," Wood says. Once dry, tilt your head back, mist the hair with hairspray, and blast it with high heat on a slow speed from your blowdryer — which will dry the spray and lock it into place — then push and pin the hair into waves with creaseless clips (you can find them at any beauty supple store), Wood instructs.

Need to keep your long length out of the way? Copy this look, which is actually braided.
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Vanessa Kirby

Hairstylist Adir Abergel used a very similar technique on actress Vanessa Kirby here: First, he layered mouse (Virtue Uplifted Volumizing Whip) into her damp hair from mid-lengths to ends, followed by styling cream (the brand's Polish Un-Frizz Cream, for which he is the creative director), then dried her locks using a large round brush while pulling the hair away from the face. Once dry, he created not-uniform curls with a 1.25-inch iron, raked some styling cream through her hair for shine, pushed it all back off her shoulders, and finished with a good amount of hairspray.

"The brushed back trend is really sexy and super feminine," he tells R29. "It really shows off the face, yet still feels soft. It's a super chic, very relevant look."
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Tessa Thompson

Hairstylist Lacy Redway gave actress Tessa Thompson this glossy look for an event earlier this week. Redway kept her curl pattern tight and moisturized for a sleek, but still textured, finish.
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Adriana Lima

Hairstylist Laura Polko created this iteration, then flipped the script by pulling the length forward, over Lima's shoulders. The result is hair that's out of the way, but hugs the neck to frame the face.
Lucy Hale

One part Fatale Attraction, one part "Addicted To Love," this look is great for those with short, straight hair as well.
Tatiana Maslany

Fans of cult show Orphan Black already know that the Canadian actress is the ultimate chameleon — and her red carpet look is no exception. Here, Redway gave the star a matte finish and soft part, adding a '20s vibe to the look.
Photo: Stephane Cardinale/Corbis/Getty Images.
Jennifer Lawrence

Hairstylist Jenny Cho gave Lawrence a super-glossy, but not wet, texture, then made it modern with a side part and brushed back top section.
Chrissy Teigen

Polko also created this look on Teigen, which is, by far, the most subtle in this slideshow. Bonus: The softer feel allows for less styling. Just slick one side down and focus your energy on the more-dominant side for the brush back.
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