We’re all about this fabulous Indian Summer we’ve been experiencing lately, and although it’s tempting to bring out our flip-flops and barbecue grills again, we’re also kind of excited for a change. Fall has always been the season where beauty and fashion grow up, so to speak; editorial looks come to the fore, and a lot of them take on a more dialed-up, runway-ready aesthetic. It’s serious business, and even fall’s shorter hairstyles aren’t exempt—we’re forecasting some fierce looks out there for the upcoming months.
Thinking of lopping off some damaged ends after the summer, or maybe you want to transition into another look for a new season? Look no further than our rundown of awesome short fall hairstyles. Read on to discover some of our favorite looks:
6 Fresh Fall Short Hairstyles
1. Textured Pixie
Let’s start off strong: A super-short pixie cut might sound sweet, but this style packs a major punch. First off, it sets off the dramatic eye makeup and colors that everyone will be sporting come November. Secondly—and most important—it gives that rumpled, French-girl bedhead that’s flattering on almost all face shapes. Highlight this too-cool-to-care feel with a wax or balm, like Bed Head by TIGI Manipulator, wiggled through from front to back.
2. Cali Shag
We’re predicting that the haircut that’s taking L.A. by storm will stand strong till the cooler months. How could it not? The shag is versatile enough to be low-key glam in the daytime, but can also be amped up come evening with a bit of mousse (we love the structure our curls get from Suave Professionals Luxe Style Infusion Curl Defining Soft Touch Curls Mousse). Showcase all that retro texture, from your fringe to your tips, by blowdrying with a diffuser.
3. Cleo Bob
The blunt bob, paired in this rendition, with an even blunter bang, is one of those things that seems too extreme, until you see it in real life and are blown away by its sex appeal. Sure, it can seem a bit unforgiving, especially on those with rounder faces or super curly hair; but worn a bit disheveled, like with a slight wave, and it becomes a wash-and-wear look that doesn’t need much to make a statement—seriously, a hair volumizer blown out throughout the lengths, such as TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Hair Maximizer, can help give all the structure and bounce this style needs.
4. Chunky Lob
If you rode the lob train this summer, congrats for being an early adapter. Otherwise, it’s still not too late to catch the year’s most-searched-for hairstyle. As far as short hair looks go, the chunky, middle-parted lob is one of the easiest to wear yet. Everyone from Hollywood to your Instagram #wcw has sported this look, which features bendy, salty-looking waves achieved by cutting subtle, uneven layers just below the chin. The key to the look is its surf-to-turf vibe, achieved by spritzing on some texturizing spray, such as Suave Professionals Sea Mineral Infusion Texturizing Sea Salt Spray, before blowdrying.
Now that the humidity levels are leveling off, it’s a great time to put away those protective weaves and wear your natural texture unobstructed. A short, neatly clipped Afro is a fashionable way to start off the season—some say wearing it with a slight taper towards the neckline gives a more modern feel too. Just make sure those lengths are optimally conditioned with a leave-in serum (we like Dove Absolute Curls Supreme Crème Serum) so your curls stay springy, or in the case of coiled textures, well-moisturized.
6. Soft Bob
A rounded, non-layered bob, whether rendered on short hair looks with waves or cut straight across, is preppy and angst-free—or, how we’d all like to be at the start of the school year. The fresh, slightly nostalgic look complements a myriad of face shapes, and only needs some slight tending-to for moisture maintenance with S Factor by TIGI Smoothing Lusterizer. The collar-dusting length also shows enough hair under those mid-season hats and bonnets, integral to spicing up any fall wardrobe.