With fall fast-approaching, you’re probably shopping for cropped sweaters, moody nail polishes — and a new haircut. Maybe a summer spent under the harsh sun did damage to your strands, or maybe you’re just looking to usher in a new season with a fresh look. To help narrow your search, Bustle called on a handful of celebrity hairstylists for the fall 2022 haircut trends that you’ll be seeing all over your social media feed and peaking out from beneath beanies IRL.
The hair care gurus expect the ease of summer to carry through to fall. Think effortlessly cool blunt cuts, and shaggy layers that don’t need much more than a hit or two of texturizing spray and few finger fluffs. Ahead, discover 14 of the trendiest fall 2022 haircuts that are sure to warrant a text to your hairstylist.
Hairstylist and Mizani curl specialist Antonia Wazir notes that fall is the time for those with naturally curly, kinky, or coily hair to pull out the intricate protective styles that are fit for any occasion. They’re chic and guaranteed to make a statement. Plus, these looks protect delicate strands from the season’s colder, drier air that can wreak havoc on hair.
Through fall, New York- and Charlotte-based hairstylist Dhiran Mistry thinks messier, grown-out bobs “will have a moment.” This look is perfect, Mistry says, for the people who don’t want to commit to keeping it super short and instead want a cut that’ll just barely kiss the collar of a cute jacket or peek out from underneath a fuzzy beanie.
The ‘90s and early aughts are back, and for a haircut that perfectly captures the mood, Chicago-based hairstylist and cutting specialist Gia Wendt says consider longer layers with plenty of face framing. “It reminds me a lot of Jen Aniston in the late ‘90s/early 2000s,” she says. “I’m noticing some of my clients wanting the heaviness of the long layers with the openness of the face framing.”
This season, Wazir says she’s noticed that curtain bangs are starting to give way to the resurgence of side-swept fringe. There’s a bang style for your every mood for fall 2022.
Heavy Front Layers
Mistry says, “I’ve been doing a ton of heavy face-framing and front layers lately.” Why so popular? He says it’s the perfect versatile haircut. Wear your hair down in a blowout, or put it up in a ponytail or updo, leaving just the front layers out for a totally saucy look.
Soft Bouncy Layers
Expect the ‘90s nods to continue by way of collarbone-kissing haircuts that feature soft, super bouncy layers. “Think Rachel from Friends meets Farrah Fawcett. It’s all about movement,” notes celebrity hairstylist Mia Santiago. Cosmetologist and celebrity hairstylist Sunnie Brook says the keys to nailing the look that’ll be everywhere this fall are clean ends, a round brush, and a volumizing spray or mousse for all-day life.
‘70s Style Cuts
Beauty expert Arianna Blean expects that haircuts will be used to channel the easy, too-cool-to-care vibe of ‘70s come fall. Keep an eye out for heavy face-framing layers, a great way to update your look or grow out old bangs without committing to a full chop, Blean notes. Celebrity hairstylist Kylee Heath expects long and layered versions, particularly — dubbed the butterfly cut.
If you’re determined to lose some length — and do away with summer sun and pool damage — then a big chop may be just what you need. Blean says they’ll be everywhere this fall, and the most daring will go with a blunt cut for a razor sharp, totally chic look. Another plus? “This will make your hair feel fuller, too,” she notes.
The Wolf Cut
The mullet-shag mashup known as the wolf cut has become a cool-gal fave and it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, according to Santiago. “The wolf cut is definitely a top contender,” she says, adding that she expects the edgy cut to be a go-to this fall. Anabel Santos, a stylist at Sally Hershberger Salon in New York City, once told Bustle, “The base of the style is a mullet, but the cut is wilder, with lots of length, layers, and texture.”
This one is a modernized throwback to the cut seen on the sexy “it” boys of the ‘90s and early 2000s, and it’ll be everywhere this fall, predicts Heath. And it’s not just limited to guys this time ‘round; anyone with shorter hair can rock the look. “People are looking for more ways to have wash-and-go hair,” she says. With the right cut for your texture, surfer curtains are the perfect easy, get-up-and-go style.
Slick bobs are forever in style, and Ohlmeyer doesn’t think fall 2022 will be any different. For a clean start free from summer damage, she says she expects a slew of chops, including “floating, non-fussy bobs.” Blean also anticipates plenty of chic bobs.
Let Santiago tell it: “Bottleneck bangs are it for fall!” Keep a look out for bangs that are shorter in the middle and longer on the sides, and then parted to create a bottleneck shape. And bottleneck bangs are wonderfully versatile. “This trend looks killer in a blowout or with an updo,” Santiago says. Heath adds,” If you’ve always wanted to try bangs, now is the time. They’re just so flattering and can elevate any look.”
Bangs in the heat and humidity of summer are only for the lionhearted, but cooler fall temps make rocking bangs much more manageable, Brook notes. Plus, bangs are an easy way to refresh your look without a complete overhaul. “Making the decision to cut your bangs can be scary, but if you’re getting the itch for some face-framing fringe, fall is the right time to get them cut,” Brook says.
Larry Sims, celebrity hairstylist and co-founder of Flawless by Gabrielle Union, thinks come autumn, it’ll be all about the shaggy haircut. He says he just gave Union a razored shag with curtain bangs, “and we’ve been loving it.” Heath agrees and expects for folks to fully embrace the piece-y, undone ease of shag haircuts this fall.
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