Hair Dos (and Don’ts) for fall

Fall’s hair ‘dos are all about angles- think choppy bobs to blunt bangs- and femininity, think pretty braids and tousled up dos on a bent.  Some looks are celebrity inspired; such as the signature Posh “Pob” and others are modern takes on styles from days gone by. One thing is certain, whatever ‘do you choose, don’t hesitate to experiment. Thankfully, this season’s fun and funky styles are oh-so-wearable.

The Pob and the Bob
Do go short for fall 2008 with looks such as “The Pob,” the asymmetrical, edgy version of the traditional bob cut (named after “Posh,” aka Victoria, Beckham) or the classic bob with a twist, think Rihanna and her concave bob cut. The great thing about the bob is that it’s a look that can be completely customized to suit your style and bone structure; think straight and sleek or choppy and asymmetrical.

These shorter haircuts also complement a range of hair colors from classic all over color to rocker chic highlights. Plus, because these hip looks call for sheared locks, hair is bound to stay healthier thanks to frequent trims.

Bangs and fringe
Bangs are back and no matter your hair type or face shape, the right kind of bangs can be rocked by all. Do pick a look that works for you, as bangs are an easy way to give your current cut a quick update.

The traditional blunt bangs draw attention to the eyes and work best on those with heart shape faces or large foreheads. Angled bangs are flattering for those with round and diamond shaped faces, and long, angled bangs are the only bang option we recommend for women with curly hair.

Don’t opt for super short bangs à la Natalie Portman, which is a look that only an occasional goddess can pull off. And avoid “mall bangs” at all costs, those are super thick bangs, circa 1980s, that begin much too far back on the head and are usually styled with gallons of Aquanet. This look is no longer considered awesome.

Unlike the recent Hello Kitty revival, fall braids are sophisticated and ladylike, more goddess than girl. And it’s not just girls-next-door sporting this feminine look, braids have also gone haute couture after being sported on the runways of designers such as Tracy Reese and Carmen Marc Valvo. Best of all, braids work for all hairstyles and types. This fall, opt for a classic braid tied into a chignon or leave locks long and flowing with a simple braid accenting just one side of the face,  as the original Gossip Girl Blake Lively did at a recent premiere.


Side swept ‘dos
Messy ponytails or tightly curled chignons have one thing in common this season; they’re best worn a bit off center. This isn’t the side ponytail of years past (that one was usually paired with braces and bangs); this look is more bed head meets beauty queen. Do wear the side swept style low on the head and don’t be afraid to mix your new side ‘do with the aforementioned braids for a look that is booth of-the-moment and timeless.


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