According to Pinterest, the biggest spike in searches for new haircut styles comes around the second week in September. Which isn’t surprising when you think about it… Research has shown that as adults, we’re programmed to never really shake off that September back-to-school feeling, meaning it’s basically science that makes us feel the need to spend our money on new stationary, clothes… and, well, haircuts.
So if you’re looking to mix things up, go for the chop and reinvent yourself for the whole “new term, new you” season, you’re in the right place. We’ve chatted with some of the best hairdressers in the biz to find out what the new autumn/winter haircut trends are set to be this season. Are bobs here to stay? Are layers out? Will micro-fringes ever suit anyone other than Bella Hadid? Here’s what our favourite hair stylists have to say when it comes to A/W haircut trends…
THE DUA LIPA BOB
Sam Burnett, owner and creative director at Hare and Bone, thinks we should be looking to Dua Lipa for inspiration…
“Moving forward, it’s not about long wavy hair. It’s time to make room for more structured cuts—think bowl cuts and graphic shapes. The lob/bob is heading towards the same style pop queen Dua Lipa is wearing at the moment. She’s definitely the one to watch in terms of hair inspiration. It’s time to go shorter, blunter and bolder!”
Tom Connell, artist director at Trevor Sorbie, thinks blunt ends are perfect for the winter months…
“As winter approaches, I predict we’ll see a return to simpler, more wearable hair, and clients will want to remove the dry, overprocessed ends of summer. Blunt, heavy one-length lines will make hair more manageable during bad weather, and still look fresh and cool.”
THE BOYISH BOB
Patrick Wilson, Color Wow artistic director, is hailing the “boyish bob” as the style of the season…
“For me, it’s all about the ‘boyish bob’ this autumn/winter. It’s similar to those of Margot Robbie and Hailey Baldwin, but slightly shorter for this season. A big inspiration for this is model of the moment Cara Taylor. It’s the perfect length, just sitting on the jawline. It’s a fresh update to the lob everyone has done.”
THE ONE-LENGTH LOB
“Long hair is always going to be in fashion, but for me, it’s now about keeping the hair at one length and growing the layers out. My top tip would be to have the base line cut with clippers rather than scissors to keep the perimeter blunt to give a really clean finish.”
THE COOL-GIRL LUXGRADE
Sam McKnight, hairstylist and founder of Hair by Sam McKnight, predicts a more polished, luxe look going forward…
“We’re going to see an evolution of cool-girl hair. This season, it’s going to be more finished—extra polish, shine and generally more luxe. People want hair that looks like great hair rather than a great hairstyle.”
THE SPLIT FRINGE
Adam Reed, ghd brand ambassador and co-founder of Percy & Reed, on the Camilla Cabello “split fringe” and Meghan Markle’s healthy hair…
“This autumn, we see a return to beautiful, healthy hair. Meghan Markle is certainly one person who has inspired this. Since her wedding, she’s become more formal in her styles, but she maintains a softness with healthy, glossy, non-mumsy hair. The French-inspired split fringe is also a fantastic trend. With a beautiful soft, natural texture, it’s the modern take on a ’70s shag. Alexa Chung and Camilla Cabello are showing how wearable this trend can be.”
The Midi Length
Maria Galati, head of training at Taylor Taylor London, is seeing an increase for the longer lob…
“The midi length is huge right now. It’s slightly longer than the lob we’ve seen for the last few seasons, and can be worn up or down to suit different styling trends. It’s such a versatile style and works on all hair textures and face shapes.”
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