As the seasons begin to change and we prepare to trade in our summer wardrobe for cozy fall looks, it's also time to think about our hair — and celebrity hairstylist Monaè Everett has been thinking about fall hair trends for quite a while now.
Having just finished working on a Netflix film with actress Dominique Fishback, and now jumping into work with the women on Power’s new spin-off series, Everett has gotten to experiment with some styles she predicts will be trending come autumn.
Classics looks like the half up and half down and the perfect ponytail will both be making an appearance this fall, according to the stylist. She also sees a shift from long, straight hair to short natural styles on the horizon — and throwback styles from as far back as the 50s may make a comeback, too.
To help us get prepared, Everett spoke with InStyle to share a few hairstyle trends for fall, and how to best achieve these looks.
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The Perfect Ponytail
"I think the creativity of the ponytail is really taking off," the stylist shares. "I love that every hair texture can rock a ponytail and you can use it for everything from going to the gym to a super elegant [virtual] red carpet. I like the perfect ponytail in particular, which sits right in the center of the head."
If you want a smooth finish like Alicia Keys, opt for a product like Afro Sheen's Slick Back Cream Styler, then use a hard brush to slick down your hair.
Half Up Half Down
"The half up half down style does not seem to be going anywhere," says Everett. "For that, it's a little bit of hair in the front with the rest down. That's a tribute to when they were doing it in the 50s with a whole lot of volume. Now it's a way to have a really nice, usually big, style that shows off your face, but you still have the overall look of your hair being down."
Grab T3's Curl ID Smart Curling Iron to create loose waves like J.Lo's.
Textured Hairstyles: Locs and Tight Coils
According to Everett, "Any highly textured hairstyle is here to stay, whether that is locs or tight coils."
Of course, Ava DuVernay's signature locs are the real deal, but if you're not ready to make the commitment yet, there are a number of faux loc styles to choose from.
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Cropped Styles: Curly Pixies
"Cropped styles are in," the stylist says. "The short coily style is like the natural version of the pixie. I think people are really into showing their natural hair and natural texture — the weave look is kind of heading out."
Lupita Nyong'o's go-to hairstylist Vernon Francois has his own line of products to make your curly or coily pixie pop. Opt for the Pure Fro Shine Serum from his collection if you have gorgeous type 4 hair like Nyong'o.
Big Natural Afros
"I think the bigger the natural afro, the better," exclaims Everett. "I love that natural girls are really shining with huge, wide hair."
Use OGX's Argan Oil of Morocco Dry Oil Shine Mist when you're done picking out your hair to add some sheen to your 'fro.
"Strongly shaped updos are coming back," the stylist predicts. "And it's not like older prom styles."
Depending on your hair texture, you may need a little help to make sure the style doesn't look limp after a few hours. If that's the case, grab a bottle of the Luminous Hairspray Strong Finish from Moroccanoil for extra hold that won't leave your hair feeling crunchy.
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