Ask a Hairstylist: What Are Autumn’s Top Hair Trends?
Ever wish you had a personal hairstylist at your beck and call, ready to offer expertise on all your pressing hair dilemmas? We did, too, hence our Ask a Hairstylist series featuring celebrity hair guru Anthony Nader. (He’s responsible for styling many an A-lister, and coifs just about every beauty editor in Sydney. Oh, and he's styled hundreds of runway shows and editorials, including our very own shoot with Samara Weaving.) In this series, Nader offers up the next best thing to a 24/7 hairstylist: a seasoned pro willing to answer all your burning (not literally… we hope) hair questions.
For this month’s column, we had one thing on our mind: autumn. We asked Nader to walk us through the two hair trends he predicts will be biggest this season.
Keep scrolling to see his answer.
Over the last season or two I've noticed that old classic, "carefree hair", has been changing ever-so-slightly. The variations have been subtle, but they're noticeable to the trained eye. The reason these modifications are so hard to spot? The tweaks that keep this style feeling fresh are all in the details.
Let me explain. A few seasons ago it was all about a preppy, J. Crew-style 'do that looked uncontrived but was really the result of a fair amount of work. (Think: loose knots that appear effortless but have actually been carefully styled to give off a "didn't spend any time on this" vibe.) Next, we ventured across the pond and embraced "French girl hair". This iteration was huge last season, probably because it's disheveled nature gave girls another excuse to sleep in. The identifying feature was very insouciant Parisian; a slightly overgrown style that gave off the appearance of having skipped your 6-weekly trim.
So where are we taking it this autumn? Drum roll please for the style I'm coining "the British invasion". For inspiration, look no further than Burberry's latest campaigns. Notice how the hair has an airiness and cleanliness to it? It moves and the ends are healthy—that's the big difference. Overall, it's about looking less "styled". (Although we all know the magic is in the scissors, this is definitely not a zero-maintenance situation.) Good news for girls who aren't sure whether or not to grow out their lobs; it doesn't matter how long or short your hair is, as long as it's in good condition. For go-to role models look to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Cara Delevingne, Lily Donaldson and of course Kate Moss.
As for on-trend colours this season, we're moving more towards full-bodied shades which make your hair look shiny and healthy. (Gotta love the consistency.) Gone is the "beach balayage" of summer and any colour that emphasises dehydrated or tortured hair.
Full-bodied colours aren't stripy or two-toned, they can either be a solid block colour or what we refer to as "tortoiseshell highlights". This technique creates a subtle, multi-toned pattern using two or three complementary colours where the colours fuse together. It's perfect for playing up your natural texture and any movement in the hair.
The colour palette is good enough to eat. Think along the lines of golden caramel, smooth vanilla, warm honeycomb and milky beige for blondes, and rich espresso, deep mocha tones and chocolate velvet for brunettes. Can't forget the redheads; their go-to colours are rose gold, bright merlot, rich cherry and warm cocoa.