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Ask a Hairstylist: What Are Fall's Top Hair Trends?


It's time for another installment of our Ask a Hairstylist series, featuring celebrity hairstylist Mark Townsend! Townsend shapes and snips the hair of Hollywood's A-list (think Mary-Kate, Ashley, and Elizabeth Olsen; Rachel McAdams; and more)В and will be answering all your pressing hair questions. Last month, he tackled the best low-maintenance cuts for every type of texture. This month, with fashion week in full swing, we posed him a question: What are fall's top hair trends?

Keep scrolling to see his predictions!

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Deep Side Part + Twists and Braids

Hi Byrdie readers!

While catwalks have long been the birthplace of many hair trends, this year proved that a major sporting event like the U.S. Open could also make major fashion waves. Venus Williams rocked natural texture in 90% humidity while still looking flawless and chic. Both sisters have always been hair chameleons, but I really love that gorgeous luxurious texture in both womens'В hair! Venus's braided 'do was everything that's needed for fall hair:В volume, texture, a deep side part, and that polish I mentioned earlier. (The volume made the style almost regal and the braids in the back gave the style a modern edge.)

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I always remind clients that wearing natural hair is not just limited toВ curly- and extremely curly-haired girls; type-4 coils (whether zigzag or spiral) can be stunning without the help of irons or chemicals.В I'm obsessedВ with deep side parts on textured hair, and this fall, we're seeing a lot of that with twists and braids at maximum volume. Last year brought the return of long, thick Poetic Justice-style plaits, and while that trend isn't over yet, we're seeing shorter, more voluminous twists take center stage.

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The key to pulling off a look like this is to keep the hair hydrated. Dove's Quench Absolute Supreme Creme SerumВ ($7) conditions the hair while adding moisture and shine. Applying it on damp hair ensures that it won't get thirsty throughout the day. I also love using Sally Hershberger's Superiority ComplexВ 24K Texturizing Paste ($40) to clean up the edges and give added grip to twists and braids. The key to keeping these textured updos modern is a deep side part, ladies. So go ahead, have fun, and rock those coils.

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Cool-Girl Half-Bun

The half-up topknot movement will continue right into the fall, and I'm thrilled about it! I did this style on Ashley Olsen for this year'sВ Met Gala,В and we've seen it recently on Jennifer Lopez and Madonna, who gave me major hair envy when I saw the pictures from her opening-night concert in Montreal. (Andy LeCompte has designed gorgeous hairstyles for thisВ that every girl needs to try out ASAP!)В

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In a sense, this is the ultimate “aggressively natural” look, considering it was once reserved for yoga classes and hours behind the computer (you know you've made some half-up pencil masterpieces in your hair before!).

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The one shift we're seeing in this look is more texture in the hair that is left down. Using a double-barrel iron to create bends in the hair or simply braiding it when it's damp will give you that perfectly undone feel. I love dry shampoo to create this kind of texture, and my new obsession is Elizabeth and James's Nirvana Dry Shampoo ($38)-it not only provides perfect grit and texture in the hairВ but will leave you smelling incredible for hours. I seriously can't tell you how many people come up to me and ask what I'm wearing after using it on a client.

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The Modern Shag

The textured shag is really exciting to me this fall. In a sense, it's a reaction to the popular lob;В with its minimal layers, the final look isВ textured,В piecey,В and sexy.

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This is the shag 2.0: flatiron not needed. The textured shag works on really well on wavy or straight texture, but the key is getting the right bangs to flatter your face shape.

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In order to get that natural-looking texture, blow out your hair using Dove's Oxygen MoistureВ Root Lift Spray ($7) at the crown for extra height. Once your top layer is blown out, feel free to rough-dry the rest for a naturally unfussed look. Sally Hershberger's Superiority ComplexВ 24K Texturizing Paste ($40) and R + Co's Foil Frizz + Static ControlВ Spray ($27) add that perfect lived-in feeling.

What do you think of these fall hair trends? Will you be trying any of them? Sound off below!