5 Hairstyles That'll Save Your Fall

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What comes to mind when you think of hat hair? Most likely, an imprint of the cap’s brim leaving an unsightly, bowl-like crimp; flattened, greasy roots; and maybe some cartoonish squiggly lines emanating from the poor, hapless noggin.
Now, think about the prettiest, most chic hats you’ve seen this season. From felt fedoras to wide-brim Panama hats to tricked-out leather caps — an outfit just isn’t complete without the appropriate headgear. But, that doesn’t mean your hair has to suffer.
We’ve not only come up with hairstyles that look damn good with the hats on, but, if you want to give your head some air, you can take off your topper without shame. With brilliantly placed braids, a piecey fringe that’s fit for any concert, and a pigtail bun that would upstage Princess Leia on her best day, the styles ahead will change your idea of hat hair forever.
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Lioness’ Mane
The baseball cap has always been around, but the blue leather takes it off the dirt mound and into any event where you want to stand out. We loved the idea of pairing the smallness of the structured cap with a wild burst of curls. If you already have ringlets for days, you can play up the texture and snap on a cap. As for everybody else, ahead are a few simple steps to help you fake it.

Études Leather Baseball Cap; Ann Yee Turtle Neck; Apiece Apart Vest.
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Start by spritzing your ends with a dry texturizing spray, like Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. Then, part your hair, starting from the nape of your neck, into one-inch sections.
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Use a ¼” wand and wrap an equal section of hair around the wand. You don’t want the hair to sit flat on the rod. Rather, “let it twist, so that the curl pattern isn’t so perfect,” says hairstylist Laura Polko.
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Randomly — and frequently — switch up the direction of the curls to break up the continuity of the waves. Imperfection is perfect here.
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Once you’re done curling all around your head, pull apart the curls with your fingers, starting from your roots to your ends. Then, take a brush and backcomb random large sections of hair until you get the volume and texture you want. “You’re looking for frizz, here!” says Polko.
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If you don't have naturally curly hair and you want to shake things up, this is an easy, imperfect way to play with curls and not risk screwing it up.
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To play with primary colors, we’re going with a bright red lip, using Nars Audacious Lipstick in Lana. Makeup artist Heather Heiman says, "You can’t go wrong with a classic."
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Punk & Proper
This felt riding hat has a prim-and-proper aesthetic, so we’re pairing it with a hairstyle that has some rock ‘n’ roll edge. “This way it’s wearable for every situation, as opposed to just a polo match,” says stylist Jen Steele.

Études Wool Cap; Audra Top.
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You want hair-raising volume here, so prep damp hair with a mousse, like Oribe Grandiose Hair Plumping Mousse. Then, flip your hair upside down, directing the hair down and forward. Take random sections of hair and twist it while blowdrying, so when you break it up, it has texture, says Polko.
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Starting at the nape of your neck, crisscross large bobby pins into a V shape. Make sure to catch any short layers and keep them at least two inches from your hairline so that the hat covers them up.
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Then, pin the hat at a jaunty angle to let your wild fringe peek through. And, if you do want to take your hat off and give your head some breathing room, bobby pins on display is the trend du jour, after all.
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Once the cap is on, amp up the texture in your front layers by rubbing your hair in your fingers while dousing it with hairspray. If there are any pieces that are too long, backcomb them so they become shorter. You can also use surf spray to break it up, or some hair clay to make it piecey.
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For the makeup, we kept it simple with a lilac lip for fall. Heiman says, “If you want to step outside of the red-orange box, but not go as dramatic as a dark plum, this is a good meet-in-the-middle shade for something that’s pretty and edgy at the same time.” Here, we used MAC Matte Lipstick in Heroine.
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Indiana Jane
This structured Panama hat with its flat wide brim is replacing its floppy-brimmed sister of summer. We’re pairing this with a throwback 'do that's as easy as it is nostalgic.

Janessa Leone Jane Hat, $165, available at Janessa Leone/a>; UTA Side Seam Tech Turtleneck, $415, available at Apiece Apart.
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Begin by parting your hair straight down the middle, all the way to the nape of your neck.
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Tie each half with a clear elastic. Simple beginnings, right?
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Start braiding each section into a regular plait.
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When you pull each section over to the other side of a braid, you tend to run your fingers through the ends after every crossover. But, instead of doing that, let the ends tangle together and create a knot by itself, which ultimately creates a hole in between the braided top and the knotted bottom.
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As you close in on the knotted ends, just grab the tips and slip it through the hole, to tie the end of the braid without an elastic. You'll never have to bum an elastic again.
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If your ends are soft and not knotting well (not a bad problem to have), Polko suggests spraying product into the ends to give it some roughness and grit, so your hair has something to hold onto.
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Wrap each braid into a little bun, pinning them into place with bobby pins.
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Finish the look with a deep berry lip (we're using NARS Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte) and keep the rest of your makeup neutral. To get rid of any flakes on your lips, Heiman advises dipping a clean spoolie (AKA a disposable mascara wand) into lip balm, and lightly rubbing it over your pout.
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“Nobody really wears pigtails, and there are very few ways to wear them that’re work-appropriate,"says Polko, "but these low buns are perfect for any age and situation." This is also a great substitution for topknots and billowy buns for those with fine hair.
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Very Indiana Jane, don’t you think?
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Yeehaw For Fall
Alright, so straw hats instantly conjure up haystacks and cows grazing in green pastures, but just 'cause summer is over doesn’t mean we don’t have the style savvy to make straw fall-appropriate. Steele says this pleated Acne hat, with its burnt red hue, transitions the straw into fall nicely.

And, for a woven hat comes a woven hairstyle. Whether you’ve always wanted to try bangs or you feel naked without them, this twist on the classic crown braid is a fun variation on the side-swoop.

Acne Studios Hat; Topshop Flower Burnout Shirt, $70, available at Topshop.
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First, section off your hair at the round of your head, from ear to ear.
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Then, part the hair down the center. Starting with the left side of the center part, start a reverse French braid. The key to doing a reverse braid is putting each section under the other, so the braid sits on top of the hair.
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When you hit your front hairline, you want to start grabbing hair from the right section to start migrating your braid to the right.
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To create a starker angle, you can go further back to pull in longer pieces of hair into your French braid.
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Continue the braid down the hairline until you’ve collected all your hair, then tie the ends with an elastic.
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Tuck the elastic under the braid and pin it, so you don’t see the ends, for a clean, unbroken finish.
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As for the makeup, you heard it here first: Pink is making a comeback. “It’s not just for little girls anymore,” says Heiman. To pull it off, just make sure to use different shades of pink. We did a Barbie-pink lip using Inglot Lipstick in #52, and paired it with metallic pink eyeshadow and dark brown liner.
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“Since this style emulates bangs, it won’t stress out bang girls who feel empty on their forehead,” says Polko. It's also a sweet way to get all your hair out of the way. Consider it your new dirty-hair escape.
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Fishy Waves
A flowy hat might read more boho, but the emblem patch makes it feel almost regal, elevating the hat from its boho vibes. To match, we’re creating a looser, lived-in style that you can do with any texture, any length, and any level of braiding aptitude.

Littledoe Gibson Hat, $525, available at Littledoe; Lisa Perry Sweater.
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To start, you’re going to want to amp up any natural texture you’ve got. Spritz with surf spray to dry hair and work your hands into the roots to get lift. Then, pull out an inch and a half of hair to start creating a fishtail braid. You want to split the hair into two halves, which you’ll hold with your middle and thumb fingers, then use your pointer fingers to take small sections from the outside to the inside of the other side.
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As you're braiding, Polko advises, “Keep telling yourself: Outside to inside. Outside to inside.”
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We’re going to use the non-elastic technique we used earlier, allowing the ends to knot and flipping them into the hole to tie it in place.
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Once your braid is complete, gently tug on the sides to make it feel a bit messier. Repeat, doing two to three braids on each side. This is also an easy way to add dimension and texture to fine hair without having to use a curling iron or tons of product.
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To echo the navy in the hat, Heiman created a blue cat-eye using Ardency INN Modster Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner in Deep Blue. “To intensify the look, bring the liner all the way down the tearduct and into the inner waterline of the upper lashline,” says Heiman. Who knew blue could be so striking?
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