The start of fall marks a transition in fashion, beauty and hair. Changing the latter is a quick way to refresh your whole look for the season. While the salon prices can be quite intimidating in New York, there are many affordable ways to redo your ‘do.
The lob, portmanteau for long bob, is a practical hairstyle for those who do not want the maintenance of long hair, but want the ability to put their hair in a ponytail or bun. Another benefit is that you can avoid the awkward-length growing out period if you decide to go longer.
The likes of Lady Gaga, January Jones, and Taraji P. Henson were seen sporting varieties of the lob on the 67th Primetime Emmys Awards Red Carpet. Lady Gaga styled her platinum blonde lob side-swept with the ends curled inwards, in an Old Hollywood-esque manner. Jones opted for a more relaxed look, wearing her shoulder-grazing lob tucked behind one ear. Modern and clean, Henson’s straight lob framed her face highlighting the angular cut.
As wardrobes transition into fall hues, hair color also shifts to new trendy tones for the season. The brown tones are dominating hair colors this fall. From bronde to warm auburn, hair is going to the darker side. These colors tend to be more affordable to get done at salons for those with naturally lighter or medium toned hair, because they can be done in a single process. Moreover, single process hair colors are easier to DIY with at-home dying kits. For inspiration, look to Cara Delevigne and Rhianna. Delevigne’s bronde locks are a balanced mix of blonde and brunette. Instead of going to the red side of auburn, Rhianna infused the rich color with golden tones for a lighter copper effect.
Another low-maintenance option for hair color is to simply let your roots grow out. While letting roots show used to be taboo, it is growing more popular. It gives highlighted hair added dimension and creates a dramatic effect on those with naturally brunette hair. Both Kylie Jenner and Khloe Kardashian have pulled off this look. Plus, letting your roots grow out means saving money on going to the salon, which you can instead spend on a hydrating masque to protect your hair from the drying fall weather.
If you want to avoid the commitment of chopping or dying your hair, there are plenty of quick hairstyle changes that do not cost a penny. An adjustment as small as realigning your part can affect the whole vibe of your look. On the runway, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Calvin Klein and Chloe styled the models’ hair by casually parting it down the middle, allowing the line to be a bit undefined and letting the hair have a tousled, bed-head effect. For a more streamlined variation, some designers, like Donna Karan and Zac Posen, chose to slick the hair back from a deep side part with plenty of gel, giving the hair a wet illusion along the part.
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