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From haircuts to hair colors, there are plenty of ways to switch up your hair for the new season. But if you’re not looking for a permanent change this fall, the aforementioned may not seem too appealing. One of our favorite, low-commitment ways to give ourselves a mane makeover? A new hairstyle, of course! Whether you’re pulling from your repertoire of classics or attempting something trendy, styling your ‘do the right way can make it feel totally new. If you’re wondering what your options are, we assure you they’re virtually endless. That being said, we’ve narrowed down a few of our favorites to make your life a little easier. Keep reading for step-by-step tutorials on 20 fall hairstyles that will no doubt upgrade your autumn beauty look!
There’s nothing wrong with keeping things simple. After all, your basic three-strand braid is a classic for a reason.
What you’ll need:
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Get the look by following these simple steps:
Give your hair more grip and body, and get a better braid by spritzing with a weightless texturizing spray.
Split your hair into three even sections.
Cross the right section over the center section, then cross the left section over the middle.
Switch back and forth between which section is crossing over the middle, repeating until you’ve braided all the way down the length of your hair.
Obviously, you won’t want your braid to budge. Use an elastic to tie off the end.
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Gently pull a brush through your hair to remove any tangles. Brush your hair backward, pushing all of it behind your head.
From the top of your head, gather a large chunk of hair and split it into three pieces.
Before you can French, you’ll want to braid as if you’re creating a standard three-strand plait. Do this for just a few rows until you’ve successfully gotten the braid started.
Keep braiding almost exactly the same as you were, but begin introducing new pieces of hair. When you cross a section over the middle, add a small piece of hair from outside of the braid.
Continue to braid, adding more hair as you go, until you’ve run out of hair to incorporate.
Braid the rest of the way down without adding hair, just as you would normally.
Add an elastic.
Trust us; there’s nothing fishy about a fishtail braid. You’ll love this look, especially once you realize how unbelievably easy it actually is.
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Pull your hair to the side and over one shoulder, then split it into two sections.
Add a piece of hair from the outside of one section to the inside of the other. Repeat this process, switching back and forth between both sections.
Once you’ve reached the bottom of your braid, tie off the end.
Braids don’t have to be prim and proper. Tug at sections to puff up the braid and create an undone look.
When you’re finished fussing with your fishtail, spray a strong hold hairspray to help ensure your look lasts.
Forget about your go-to messy bun (temporarily, at least) in favor of this super-sweet bun hairstyle.
Use a fine-tooth comb to smooth out any lumps and bumps before tying your ponytail off with a hair tie.
Spray your ponytail with hairspray and use a fine-tooth comb to brush your hair down toward your elastic to create volume and a slightly rougher finish.
Gently twist your messy teased pony into a bun and pin it in place, making sure that none of your pins are sticking out.
A quick spritz of hairspray will help lock your sweet ‘do in place.
You may be long past your days of playing double Dutch on the playground, but you’re never too old for double Dutch braids (or a bit of jump roping). Double the braids, double the fun.
What you’ll need:
Go through your strands with a comb to smooth them out, then create a middle part, dividing your hair into two sections.
Focusing on just one side of your head, separate the top layer of the section, then split it into three equal pieces.
Creating a Dutch braid is similar to basic and French braiding. The big difference is, instead of crossing over the middle strand, you cross under. Cross the right strand under the middle strand, and then bring the left strand under the middle to kick start the braid.
As you continue to braid, add small pieces of hair to each strand before crossing them under the middle section. Keep going until you’ve completed one braid, securing with a hair elastic.
Repeat on the other side of your head, so that you have two Dutch braids.
You know the drill!
Tragically, we can’t all afford bejeweled tiaras and crowns. For something slightly more attainable, try rocking a crown braid to get your royal treatment fix.
What you’ll need:
Hair gloss or serum
Use a comb to form a middle part and separate your hair into two sections, one on each side of your head.
Following the basic braid tutorial (above), braid each of the two sections and secure the ends with small, clear elastics.
Wrap one of the braids up and over your head, pinning the ends behind your ear.
Do the same with the other braid, pinning the two together to form your crown.
Crowns are meant to be sparkly, so you’ll want to finish things off with some shine. Spritz your hair with a glossing mist, focusing on the braids.
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Always spray a heat protectant onto your strands before using heat tools, being sure to coat your hair evenly.
Using a curling iron with a large barrel, put your hair in big, bouncy curls.
You should be used to this step by now! After giving yourself a deep side part, split your hair into three sections.
Begin with a basic braid, crossing the strands on the right and left over the middle.
Add a piece of hair into the right strand, then cross it over the middle.
Drop down the left strand and pick up a new section of hair, crossing it over the middle strand in place of the dropped strand.
Repeat steps five and six to create the waterfall effect until you’re happy with the length of your braid.
To stop your masterful style from falling out, secure the end with interlocking bobby pins.
If you love letting your long hair flow in all its glory but still want to keep it somewhat contained, try this half-up double fishtail hairstyle on for size. The best part is, it’s super-simple to create!
Mini clear elastics
Take the time to detangle your tresses and only move on to the next step when your comb glides easily through your hair.
Grab a small section of hair from each side of your head and twist it back toward your crown. Pin each twist in place at the back of your head, then grab two more sections from just below the first two. Twist those until you’ve completed your second round of twists, at which point you can secure all four twists with a mini clear elastic.
Using only the ends from your two sets of twists, fishtail all the way to the ends and secure with a clear mini elastic.
To make your pretty hairstyle look especially whimsical, gently tug at your fishtail braid to add a little extra volume to each stitch. Then do the same to your twists for even more volume. Voila!
We’re especially fond of this braided hairstyle since it incorporates multiple types of braids.
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After you hop out of the shower, use a wide-tooth comb to gently detangle your hair.
While your hair is still damp, flip your head over and spritz every last strand with wave spray. After you’ve sprayed your hair, flip your head back over and scrunch it a few times to help create waves. Once your hair is fully dry, run your fingers through it to help loosen up your waves.
Grab a small section of hair on one side of your head an inch or two down from your part. Twist this section of hair back toward the crown of your head and pin it in place on the opposite side of your crown as if you’re wrapping it around your head, without going fully around to the other side. Before pinning your twist in place, hold it with one hand and use your other hand to fluff the twist up for a more undone feel.
Repeat step three on the opposite side, then repeat the back and forth process once more so that you have four twists altogether.
To do this, split your remaining hair into two equal sections, a top and a bottom layer. Then, split the bottom section into two equal side-by-side sections so that you're left with three sections in total.
Keep it simple and weave the bottom sections into traditional three-strand braids. Secure each braid with a clear mini elastic before gently tugging from the ends up to create a more voluminous set of braids.
Split the remaining top section in two to create a fishtail braid. Once you reach the ends of your fishtail braid, secure it with a clear elastic before gently tugging at each weave to create a fuller-looking head of hair.
Now that all of your braids are woven, it’s time to combine them into one gorgeous boho hairstyle. All you have to do is pull your two traditional braids together at the ends with a little bit of space between the lengths before pinning the top fishtail braid in the middle of the two. Once everything looks layered just right, pop a few bobby pins through the underside of the braids so that they’re hidden. Spray with hairspray, and you’re ready to show off your strands!
One of the best ways to style day-two hair is with braids. So, instead of a super-quick messy bun, try this intricate braided bun for a fun update on your lazy girl autumn look.
Rat tail comb
Clear mini elastics
Drag the tail-end of your comb down the middle of your head to part your hair.
Starting at your hairline and moving straight back, weave inverted braids on each side of your part. Make sure to keep your braids focused at the top of your head, instead of on the sides. Once you reach your ends, tie your braids off with clear mini elastics. Gently pull apart your braids starting at your ends and working your way up to your hairline. When you reach the top of your head, pull mainly toward your part, so you don't create a wider appearance on the side of your head.
Wrap your two fluffy braids around each other and pin them in place to create a messy woven bun. Pull out a few strands here and there to make it look a bit more effortless.
A quick spritz of hairspray will help your braids stay woven throughout all your autumn activities.
Easy peasy and extra-pretty, too. This simple flipped braided bun is an update on one of your childhood faves, and now it’s perfect for your nine-to-five.
Clear mini elastic
Wrap your hair tie around your hair once or twice to create a loose but secure low pony.
Create a hole above the base of your pony, and just like when you were a little girl, flip your pony through the hole to get an inverted look.
Weave a simple three-strand braid down to your ends. Secure it with a clear mini elastic, then fluff it up a bit for a more voluminous look.
Pull your braid up through the space above your hair tie and pin it in place on the underside of your pony. Make sure that your bobby pins are hidden from view and you're done! Told you it was easy!
If you’re one of those girls who constantly has a hair tie on her wrist, waiting to (inevitably) pull up her hair, why not start with a more streamlined look right off the bat? Instead of pulling your hair into a sloppy pony midday, give this mix and match braid a try.
Using a rat tail comb, divide your hair into four sections. Leave the front two sections loose and combine the back two sections together into a high ponytail.
Split each front section of hair into three sections and begin weaving Dutch braids at your hairline. Continue adding hair into your Dutch braids until you reach the back of your head, at which point you should keep braiding one section all the way to the ends while combining the unbraided ends of the other side with your high ponytail to give it more volume.
Before wrapping your ponytail, tighten it to boost the volume a bit. Then, take the fully-braided side and wrap it around the hair tie to conceal it. Use a bobby pin on the underside of the ponytail to tuck the ends in place.
You can start off with whatever braiding technique you’d like: fishtail, traditional, or rope. Whichever you choose, braid an inch or two down your pony before moving on to the next step.
Time to switch things up with a new weave. Take your pick, ladies.
Once you reach the ends, tie your ponytail off with a clear elastic. Wrap a small strand of hair around the elastic to conceal it and tuck the ends into the underside of the hair tie. Once your pony is fully secured, fluff it up a bit starting at the ends and working toward the base.
A spritz or two of hairspray can help keep your hairstyle high and tight for whatever the day has in store.
You’ve seen your favorite celebs rocking this dual-textured look, and now it’s your turn. With the right technique, you’ll look equally as A-list.
Fine tooth comb
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After you hop out of the shower and detangle your hair, apply a dollop of styling cream from your hairline back to your crown and spritz with wave spray from your crown down to your ends. This application technique can help ensure that you create the perfect textured look.
As your hair air dries, run your comb from your hairline to your crown to aid in smoothing, and scrunch your ends to help with defining your waves.
Using your fine-tooth comb, divide your hair into two sections. Smooth your hair as much as possible from your hairline all the way back to your crown and secure the top section with a clear elastic. Once your hair is secured, twist the ends and loop them into a top knot. When securing your knot, allow some of the ends to peek out to embrace the season’s beloved octopus bun trend.
Using your fine-tooth comb, gently tease your waves for a more textured look.
To combat any humidity, wind, or any other hair destroying-force, spritz your fall hairstyle with a weather-control hairspray.
Make an impression as you walk out of every room with this fun, flipped braided bun.
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Boar bristle brush
Spritz dry shampoo onto oily roots before styling your hair.
To create your upside-down braid, flip your head over, and grab a section of hair at the base of your neck. Split this section of hair into three strands and begin weaving a Dutch braid, adding new hair as you go all the way up to the crown of your head. Once you reach your crown, tie your braid off with a clear mini elastic. Fluff up your braid before starting the next step.
Next, use your boar bristle brush to smooth all of your hair back into a high ponytail. Combine this hair with the ends of your upside-down braid and tie it all together with an elastic.
Spin your hair into a twist, wrap it around the base of your ponytail, and pin it in place to create your bun.
Spritz your hairstyle with a bit of hairspray to complete your look.
Why weave one braid when you can have three?
Lobster claw clips
Instead of a middle part, separate the top layer of your hair into three equal sections along the top of your head. Clip two sections out of the way while you work with the first section.
Split your section into three more equal sections and weave it back into a Dutch braid, incorporating new strands as you go. Once you reach your crown, tie your braid off with a clear mini elastic.
Make two more Dutch braids along the top of your head using the same process from the previous step.
Twist the ends of your braids into a bun and fluff them up for a more voluminous look that conceals all the elastics. Once everything looks just right, pin your bun into place, leaving the bottom layer of your hair down.
We love this otherworldly look for fall. The triangular shape plays up your facial features while the intricate braids and fluffy buns add endless style.
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Spray a wave spray onto damp hair to boost your hair’s natural wave pattern. Give it a little help and build more texture by scrunching your hair.
Create a center part down the middle of your head using a rat tail comb. Then, drag the tail end of your comb from your hairline back toward the crown of your head in a triangular shape so that you have a section of hair that starts off about an inch wide and gradually gets bigger around your crown. Clip the triangular section out of the way with a lobster claw clip.
Starting on one side of your head, split the hair along your hairline into three sections and begin weaving a Dutch braid. As you move back toward the crown of your head, continue to add new sections of hair into your braid. Once you reach your crown, tie your braid off with a clear elastic. Before moving on to the next step, use the tail end of your comb to fluff up your braid.
Hold the ends of the braid straight in the air and use your rat tail comb to tease it by combing your hair down toward the base of your braid.
Twist your teased braid around itself to create a cotton candy bun and pin it in place. Don’t worry about making it look perfect because ends sticking out is all the rage right now.
Repeat the same steps on the other side of your head to create a symmetrical look.
Spray your braids with hair spray—and be generous.
Next, transform your hair color in time for the new season with any of these 21 Fall Hair Colors to Try in 2019.
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