Fall's Hair Trends: New York and London Stylist Shares Secrets

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Deborah Harry and Rose McGowan
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Fashion Editor20 October 2017

Are beach-y waves fall 2017’s most on-trend hair look? According to New York and London based senior stylist, Lisa Carroll Ellwood, absolutely. Here’s everything you need to take summer’s hottest hair look into autumn, and all without going to the salon. In fact, with this look, there’s no blowout required.

Ellwood, who is a senior stylist at Ludlow Blunt in Brooklyn and Kennaland in London, says that for fall 2017, face-framing layers (a nod to the 90s) and curly shags as well as longer bobs are not only popular, but practical. Especially if you color your hair, you don’t want to spend a lot of time adding heat to it. “Pick your poison,” Carroll says. “Color or heat. Of course that doesn’t mean people with color-treated hair can’t use heating tools on occasion; they’re just not for everyday use.”

So, how do you achieve summer’s beach-y waves sans a heated styling tool? Easy. Here’s Carroll’s routine that even the laziest fashion girls can follow. “It’s all about the right product,” she says. “Without product, color-treated hair looks fried. With hair, you’ve got to fake it ’til you make it.”

Autumn beach-y waves, straight out of the shower

Since you’re not coming from the actual beach, you’re aiming to recreate that fresh surf-kissed hair look. Here’s what you need:

1.) Towel dry with turban


Turbans cut air-drying time in half, as they’re made with microfibers that absorb water without creating frizz.

2.) Apply leave-in spray conditioner


Before your hair gets too dry, Carroll recommends you add a layer of conditioning spray. This product is a must for the stylist.

3.) Apply finishing cream


OK, you’re not quite finished, but a finishing cream adds moisture while gently molding the hair in place. Use your fingers to make spiral curls, or crunch your hair between your fingers, once you’ve applied finishing cream. Curls will form as your hair air dries.

4.) Apply a curl enhancing mousse


The mousse of today is not your mother’s mousse. “Mousse has come a long way,” says Carroll. In London she says, “Everyone is about Vidal Sassoon. Blunt bobs are on trend, but if your hair has a natural wave, why fight it? You can achieve a Vidal Sassoon look by keeping your curls polished and your fringe out of your face.”

5.) Never use a brush


When you’re not using your fingers as styling tools, a wide tooth comb (no brush, as the bristles will cause frizz) will help keep everything in place.

6.) Apply salt hair spray (sparingly)


“This is going to dry out your hair,” says Carroll. “But a little can go a long way, so just be prudent.”

7.) Take a multivitamin daily


Hair health starts from the inside. “Supplements are key to healthy hair,” says Carroll. “In addition to applying a weekly hair mask, you should be taking a daily multivitamin.” According to Medical News Today, essential vitamins can help maintain the health of your hair. Essential vitamins include A, C, D, E, K, and the B-complex group, all found in a daily multivitamin.

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