The 10 Hottest New Fall Hair Ideas

Allure

Up or down, sleek or tousled, there's a runway-inspired hairstyle that will work for you. Here's how to replicate the prettiest ones—straight from the pros working backstage at the fall fashion shows.

Pretty loose braid shown at Lanvin's
Fall 2011 show
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Loose Braid

Where we saw it:

At Lanvin (shown), Pucci.

How to get it:

This summer staple will still be going strong right into fall. To create the "easy, girly" braid at Lanvin, Guido applied Redken Wool Shake 08 Gel-Slush Texturizer to wet hair for hold, then roughly blew the hair dry to maintain its texture. He added a center part, then braided the hair starting at the nape of the neck, leaving the front pieces free.

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Low Ponytail Style
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Low Ponytail

Where we saw it:

Ralph Lauren (shown), Prada, Balmain.

How to get it:

The bouncy, cheerleader-esque ponytail is taking a hiatus in favor of lower, more understated styles. To create the sleek version at the Ralph Lauren show, hairstylist Guido first ran Redken Fashion Work 12 through dry, straight hair to prep it and add hold, then pulled the hair into a low ponytail at the nape of the neck. An allover spritzing of Redken Shine Flash 02 added a glossy finish.

Gorgeous glam style
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Glam & Bouncy

Where we saw it:

Oscar de la Renta, Marc by Marc Jacobs.

How to get it:

To create the soft, touchable waves that bounced down the runway at Oscar de la Renta, hairstylist Orlando Pita started by blow-drying the hair sleek, then parting the hair at the center. He tucked the front pieces of the hair behind the ears and pinned them in place so that the pins were invisible. Using a one-inch curling iron, he then curled the hair from the nape of the neck down. He back-combed the ends to add texture and set the look with T3 Control Hair Spray.

Gorgeous Soft Chignon
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Soft Chignons

Where we saw it:

Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana.

How to get it:

The classic chignon has been around forever, but this season, it got a new twist with a sweep to the side. At Chanel, McKnight first created a low side-part with a comb when the hair was already dry, then added a light misting of hair spray. He then combed the hair into a low side ponytail just below the ear. He teased the end of the tail, braided the last two inches, fastened it with an elastic, and rolled everything up into a ball, lightly securing it with bobby pins.

Flowing Half-Up Hairstyle
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Half-Up Hair

Where we saw it:

Nina Ricci (shown), Miu Miu, Giambattista Valli.

How to get it:

"It's dream hair—very French, ultrafeminine, and beautiful," said Guido of the voluminous half-up hair at the Nina Ricci show. To create it, he first applied Redken Velvet Gelatine 07 Cushioning Blow-Dry Gel from midshaft to ends, and Redken Aerate 08 Bodifying Cream-Mousse at the crown, before blow-drying the hair with a tiny one-inch round brush. He then formed pin curls and left it all to cool. Once the hair was released, Guido created a center part, lightly teased the hair at the roots, and then pulled back a one-inch section of hair from above both ears and secured it loosely. "These pieces will fall out," he said. "It's very casual."

Rumpled Texture Hairstyle
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Rumpled Texture

Where we saw it:

Balmain (shown), Chloé, Marni.

How to get it:

There are always a few styles that work for the laziest girl out there, and the superlow, superloose ponytail at Balmain was the ultimate one. To get what he called "Kate Moss hair," hairstylist Sam McKnight spritzed the hair with water (the only product used), then mussed it up with his hands. He created a center part before gathering the hair into a low ponytail about an inch or two from the ends so that the models' long layers hung free.

Simple Black Ribbon Hair Accessory
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Hair Accessories

Where we saw it:

Valentino (shown), Rodarte, Prada, Chanel, Nina Ricci.

How to get it:

From ornate jeweled headbands to simple barrettes, hair benefitted from a little careful embellishment this season on the runways. At Valentino, Guido created a soft, low ponytail, and dressed it up by wrapping a black ribbon around the model's head as a sort of DIY headband, then tying it just below the ponytail. "It's easy, but has personality and glamour," Guido said.

Pastel Pink Extensions
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Flashes of Color

Where we saw it:

Prabal Gurung (shown), Jason Wu, and Haider Ackermann.

How to get it:

Allover, full-blown wacky color may still be reserved for the Lady Gagas of the world, but a streak or two of a shocking hue is having a moment. At Prabal Gurung, hairstylist Didier Malige added pastel-pink-dyed extensions to the models' hair for gentle hints of color. After dampening the hair with Fekkai Coiff Oceanique Tousled Wave Spray, he roughly dried the hair. He then curled random pieces of hair with a large iron to create texture and finished up by adding the colored extensions and back-combing the hair at the back of the head.

Wild Ponytail Look
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Deliberate Frizz

Where we saw it:

Gucci

How to get it:

It might sound crazy to intentionally coax out frizz, but combining it with sleek, smooth hair (in one style) will balance out any unruliness. At Gucci, hairstylist Luigi Murenu created a ponytail that was polished in the front and crimped and a bit wild in back. First, he prepped the hair with mousse before parting it at the side and adding hair spray for shine and control. He then gathered the hair into a ponytail at the nape of the neck and tied it with an elastic before crimping and back-combing the tail itself for volume.

Deep Side Part
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Deep Side Part

Where we saw it:

Ralph Lauren (shown), Prada, Balmain.

How to get it:

A low side part instantly adds sophistication and drama. At the Gianfranco Ferré show, Guido used the technique to punctuate the '60s-inspired ponytails. After applying Redken SatinWear 02 Ultimate Blow Dry Lotion to the hair, he blew it dry with a boar-bristle brush, blasting the roots with extra hot air for additional height. He created a deep side part so the hair fell softly over the forehead and slightly over one brow, then gathered the hair loosely at the nape of the neck and secured it in place.

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