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Between the comfortable wardrobe, the views of fall foliage, and the specialty beverages (hello, pumpkin spice), we simply can’t get enough of everything autumn offers. What we get excited about the most, however, is seeing the latest fall hair trends trickling onto our social media feeds.
Whether you plan to kick off the new season with a fall hair color transformation, chic accessory, or layered haircut, we’ve got you covered! We compiled a list of every fall hair trend for 2023—and we even have some expert insights, too. Keep scrolling for 45 ideas you’re destined to fall for.
The Best Fall Hair Trends to Try In 2023
“[Based on] what I see in the salon, and what my VIP clients are into and asking for, I think (and hope!) inky, cherry red will be trendy this fall,” says celebrity hair colorist Jenna Perry. “Not punk rock but more of a cherry cola vibe.”
“For fair skin tones, I would add more red. For darker or cooler skin tones, I would stick to red violet,” Perry says. She recommends a gloss cocktail that includes Redken Shades EQ Hair Gloss in its R and RB ranges, maybe some Red Kicker and even a tiny bit of brown with NB. A Redken colorist can concoct the perfect cherry cola potion for you—see here why Redken Shades EQ is the #1 acidic demi permanent hair color in the United States, and the healthiest way to tone!
Save your dark ash blondes for winter—this fall is all about bright, airy shades like sand dollar. Perry describes it as “a sandy champagne blonde that’s muted but still has a little golden hue to it.”
Essentially it’s a neutral blonde, so it’s pretty universal. Ask your colorist for a Redken Shades EQ Hair Gloss in Hamptons (9GI), Iridescence (9VG), or Irish Creme (9NB)—or cocktail this trio.
Since brunettes continue to reign supreme, Perry says tuscan leather—a milky brown shade —should be on your radar. “For red undertones, I would go for more of a beige brown. For olive skin tones, I would add more rich tones, like gold,” she says.
And if you’re at a salon that carries Redken Shades EQ or CGL formulas, here’s her advice for nailing the hue: “It depends on how the client’s color lifts, but I would use the NWs, GBs and NBs. I always love a Yellow Kicker to add in some of that tonality and also cocktail in any other colors that work.”
Another surprising must-have, per Perry’s clientele? Ombre.
“Ombre hair is coming back,” notes Perry. “Ombre has a more updated, modern version at the moment…It’s natural and the lines aren’t as harsh and streaky.”
“This new version is all about sun-kissed ends,” says Perry She credits Redken Shades EQ Hair Gloss in Cream Soda (9NW) and Golden Apricot (8WG) as her favorite combo for achieving a beautiful honey shade perfect for the ombre trend. And if your hair is a little bit darker, she suggests asking your colorist for Chestnut (7NB) with a little bit of Golden Apricot. Perry also notes the beauty of this trend is that there’s little maintenance since your modern ombre will grow out naturally! That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still take care of your ombre…
Since ombre requires bleach to lift the ends of hair, invest in a hydrating and repairing hair mask to help undo some of the damage. We’re partial to Redken’s Acidic Bonding Concentrate 5-Min Liquid Mask, which is suitable for all hair types.
Whether you need to skip wash day due to a busy class schedule or just want a lower-maintenance fall styling routine, slicked-back styles are where it’s at. Work Redken’s Max Sculpting Gel through your hair before slicking it back for a strong-hold, high-shine finish.
Copper was the hue of the summer, and we’ll be taking her well into the fall. Get ahead of the curve by asking your stylist about Redken Shades EQ Hair Gloss in the Copper Blondes range. Here, Redken artist Amber Maldonado opted for Copper Blondes in 07AA Turmeric mixed with another Redken Shades EQ formula in 08WG Golden Apricot.
Jet Black Hair Color
Think again if you thought you couldn’t pull off jet-black hair color. This vampy shade is perfectly moody and gothic for autumn and beyond.
Black and Blue
Speaking of black hair color, add a spooky twist to your look by incorporating strokes of navy to create a midnight-inspired balayage.
Quick And Bouncy Blowouts
Classic, bouncy blowouts are in for autumn, and they don’t have to take a chunk out of your busy schedule to achieve. A blow dry primer like Redken Quick Blowout can help reduce blow drying time so you can achieve an effortless blowout without sacrificing results. The product is also formulated with rich oils to control frizz and nourish your strands.
Skunk Stripe Hair
When it comes to hair colors for the fall, you can expect to see a lot of skunk stripe hair on your social feed. This color technique features color-blocked shades of light and dark that contrast perfectly. Ask your colorist for one skunk stripe or face-framing pieces.
Light On the Top, Dark On the Bottom
Continuing with our series of high-contrast hair trends, another option is to color the bottom half of your hair a dark shade while lightening the top.
Feathered ‘70s Layers
Bell bottoms are back, so it’s no surprise that ‘70s hair trends are, too. Channel your favorite ‘70s icons with cascading feathered layers. You won’t regret it!
Speaking of retro hair: How about flipped ends for fall? A flat iron is the quickest and easiest way to achieve the style. Just be sure to prep your mane with a heat protectant like Redken Thermal Spray 11 Low Hold.
Here’s another fall haircut trend that’s taken the internet by storm: the wolf cut. This chop is halfway between a shag and a mullet with tons of bouncy layers, perfect for anyone who wants effortless body and movement. All you’ll need is a few spritzes of texturizing spray like Redken Dry Texture Spray before heading out the door.
Another throwback trend we can’t get enough of? Claw clips (or jaw clips, if you prefer to call them that) are sticking around for fall. Watch the video above to learn how to achieve a simple, cute claw clip updo for thick hair.
The modern mullet trend is nothing like the rockstar look from the ‘80s. 2023’s version features shaggy, piece-ey layers that can be easily styled with a texturizing hair paste, like L'Oréal Professionnel’s Tecni.Art Architecture Paste.
We can’t open Instagram these days without seeing a new red or orange hair color on our feed—and we’re not upset about it! Get into the fall spirit with an on-trend ginger hair color. This fiery, warm-toned trend can be customized to flatter any complexion.
If you prefer a more cool-toned version of red hair, you can’t go wrong with burgundy. This purple-tinted hue between red and brown is always a hit during the autumn months.
The hair world is going crazy for the modern shag. This naturally-textured, choppy cut (inspired by classic ‘70s and ‘80s shags) is so easy to style, especially if your stylist gives you well-blended layers.
Good news: if you doubted that a shag cut would work for your ringlets, think again! The modern shag is just as stunning on curly hair textures. Simply use a dime to quarter-sized amount (depending on how much hair you have) of curl lotion like Mizani True Textures Curl Enhancing Lotion to add definition to your ringlets, hydrate your strands, and enhance your texture.
Whether you’re going gray naturally or embracing gray as a statement color, the good news is that you won’t be the only one! More women are sporting gray hair than ever before. Keep your hue brass-free with a toning shampoo and conditioner like Matrix So Silver Purple Shampoo and So Silver Conditioner. This system uses purple pigment to tone silver or gray hair while nourishing your strands.
This shade is new on our fall hair color trends radar, but we’re expecting to see a lot of it in the coming months. Sunset brown hair is a warm-toned, medium brown with hints of auburn. Since it only leans slightly auburn, it’s super easy to maintain.
For those who don’t like to go super light, we have some inspo for you, too. Honey blonde is one of our favorite shades for spring and summer; luckily, it’s just as on-trend for fall. Be sure to ask your colorist for a balayage or a blend of highlights and lowlights to keep your hue as low-maintenance as possible.
While honey blonde is lower maintenance than platinum, you’ll still want to use a shampoo and conditioner like Biolage Color Last Shampoo and Conditioner to prolong and preserve the life of your color.
Want to add a taste of honey to your brunette hue? Opt for honey blonde’s cousin, honey brown. Watch this gorgeous hair transformation if you need any more convincing!
Styling by @madisonsullivanhair
Curtain bangs are the fall 2023 bangs trend. They can be worn in various lengths and styles to compliment different hair textures and face shapes. Want to get inspired? Check out the curtain bangs transformation above.
Another fall favorite year after year, cinnamon hair color is back for 2023. While we recommend seeing a pro for any permanent color change, you can test the waters of cinnamon hair before committing with a color-depositing conditioner like Biolage Professional Color Balm Cinnamon Color Depositing Conditioner. This conditioner gives your brunette hue a temporary cinnamon tone in ten minutes or less. It also leaves your strands ten times more conditioned after just one use.
We couldn’t go without mentioning caramel highlights. This color always earns a spot on fall hair trend roundups and for a good reason! The warm-toned, low-maintenance hue works for every skin tone and screams fall vibes.
If you’re committing to highlights hair for fall, you must also amp up your hair care routine with products specifically formulated to nix any brassy tones. We suggest picking up the complete Matrix Brass Off system, including the shampoo, conditioner, and leave-in spray. This strengthening three-step routine helps reinforce weakened bonds and revive all types of lightened hair. When used as a complete system, it leaves hair softer, shinier, and stronger.
Chunky Face-Framing Highlights
These ‘90s-style chunky highlights continue to trend. Add instant brightness and dimension to your all-over color with blonde face-framing pieces.
Cool-Toned Fashion Colors
Like pumpkin spice in your coffee, warm tones and autumn pair perfectly together. However, don’t sleep on cool-toned shades this fall. We predict you will see a lot of them, such as this gorgeous blue. Always use a shampoo and conditioner system like Matrix Keep Me Vivid Shampoo and Conditioner to keep high-maintenance fashion colors from fading quickly.
Long Bob Haircuts
Long bobs (or “lobs”) have been rising in popularity this summer, and we predict the popularity will continue into the fall season. Ask your stylist for a blunt or layered cut above your shoulders. Pro tip: Give yourself a deep side part for an instant volume boost.
Smooth And Shiny
Who says sleek, straight hair is boring? Pin-straight, smooth strands is one of the hottest fall hairstyle trends. It’s all about creating a polished, frizz-free texture. To get the best results, prep your hair before styling with a smoothing shampoo and conditioner like Redken Frizz Dismiss Shampoo and Conditioner. This system gently cleanses and conditions while taming frizz and creating smoothness and shine.
Go against the grain with an asymmetrical bob. If you want to keep your asymmetrical haircut in tip-top shape, expect to head back to the salon for a trim every six to eight weeks.
The blunt bob is another fall hair trend you won’t want to miss out on. Don’t forget to pencil in an appointment every few weeks to keep your ends healthy and uniform length.
Are we ever not thinking pink? It seems like pink hair is always on trend—and that’s because it is! While there are a ton of pink shades to choose from, we love pale, pastel pink for fall 2023.
If you’re starting out as a blonde, you can even get a temporary splash of pink hair at home using a color-depositing hair mask like Redken’s Color Extend Blondage Color Depositing Mask for Rose Blonde. This formula adds a touch of pink to your blonde hair in just five minutes while conditioning and adding shine.
We always recommend leaving it to the pros when it comes to protective hairstyles for natural hair. Luckily, there’s a ton of pro-created braid inspiration on Instagram (we’re obsessed with these braided pigtails).
Speaking of pro-done braids, ever heard of stitch braids? This protective style is perfect for fall. Watch the video above to see how stylist Nastacia Crooks-Brady creates the look.
You don’t have to give up beach waves just because summer is over. We’re going to be embracing effortless, tousled texture all throughout fall. A formula like Shu Uemura Art Of Hair’s Wata Wave Texture Spray can help you achieve buildable texture with a flexible hold.
Hair bows, like this adorable silk ribbon one, will add a cute and simple touch to your fall ensemble.
Getting ready for fall wedding season? Don’t forget to embellish your updo with pearl hair accessories.
Middle Part With Barrettes
Don’t think we forgot about the barrette accessory trend, which started gaining love on social media a few years ago and hasn’t stopped since.
Stacked Statement Barrettes
If simple barrettes aren’t your style, a statement look with stacked barrettes is exactly what you need to kick your style up a notch.
Keep it simple with your fall hairstyle with a messy bun. We particularly love this look paired with natural curls (and maybe an accessory or two).
So much of 2023 has been about embracing natural hair texture, whether blessed with straight hair, waves, or ringlets. If you're a curly girl, upgrade your fall hair routine with the Kérastase Curl Manifesto system. This line offers care and styling products that shape, hydrate, and strengthen any curl type.
Fall 2023 hair trends have a little bit of an effortless vibe, and a little bit of a smooth, sleek vibe. Want to embrace both? Try this dual-texture ponytail. Smooth the hair around your crown with a hair gel like Biolage Professional Gelee Styling Gel, and leave the rest of your mane natural.
We’ve seen some major hair transformations this year, but none compare to the big chop. The big chop is when someone with chemically altered hair (think relaxers) decides to cut it all off. This is a good idea for anyone who wants to start with a clean slate for a new season. What better time than autumn?