Amazing hairstylist and friend Mallory Zenner is going to fill us in on what hairstyles make the cut for the fall season!
Fall/ Winter 2017 Hair Trends
As I sit here sipping chai tea, mourning the death of summer, I have a hard time wrapping my mind on the upcoming seasons. While many of you are prepared, locked and loaded with your pumpkin spice double-shot latte, ready to ditch your summer blond for that rich, new fall red, others are still holding on to the last threads of summer. The best part about Fall on the East Coast, is that we have Indian Summers, which allow us to hang on to warm weather a little while longer while also appreciating the early Fall. We understand the need to keep tank tops in the closet, while also getting the riding boots down from storage. Fall brings a feeling of comfort, retreat, and with kids back at school, the time and ability to focus on ourselves. Unsure of where to take your look this Autumn? Hopefully, some of these up and coming trends will inspire you.
Fall tends to be the most dynamic time of year for change. As a haircutter, I cut off more hair from September to November than I do any other time of the year. Which is fitting for my first trend forecast.
The DRAMA Cut
This season’s cut will be dramatic length removal. One of the most bold things to do is go short, cropped, and dare I say … pixied? Is it due to the call of the feminist movement? Saying
“sayonara” to traditional archetypes? … maybe. Is it a trend in androgyny; making the difference between men and women less stereotypical? … could be. Or, could it be that your beautiful face doesn’t need to hide behind three feet of mermaid hair? … most likely. I’m not saying EVERYONE should lob it off. Not every look is suitable for everyone, but I do see the mermaid hair fading way to the drastic change of a short look.
THE “MOMU” - Modern Mullet
While I was trying to fight the truth, deny my hair the realness it deserves, I have to come clean. I, Mallory Zenner, have a “MOMU.” It’s not a shag—it’s a modern mullet. What’s the difference from the 80’s metal version, you ask? Well, it’s a less extreme version, with soft, longer layers that are obviously shorter around the face, but with length to still appear like a party is going on in the back. It is a great look for anyone who enjoys wash and wear hair, has curls, or just enjoys a good comeback story.
Meet my friend, BOB
Okay, yes. Seen it before. Nothing new. Nothing wild, crazy, or even that sexy about the term. But I dare you to try and rock it. The classic one-length bob is never going out of style. It is the little black dress of hair. Last season we had a ton of razored lobs with the shorter-to-longer angles. And after a summer of sun, fun, and beat up hair, we move now to the simplicity and striking nature of the one length bob. It pairs well with curly hair, and we will be seeing more and more of the “triangle shaped hair” come into play this fall/winter.
Oh, hello Miss Bardot, so glad to see you again. Bridget Bardot has always had it going on, and nothing has ever said sexy more than eyes peering through perfectly parted bangs.
This is a great way for anyone who is on the fence about wearing bangs. It’s sexy, trendy, and with the longer length, an easy noncommittal approach to a big change. This look isn’t for everyone. If you have wild cowlicks or aversions to a center part, maybe go for the gusto with an eyelash dusting bang. It will be a hot one in the coming cool months.
Not ready for a plunge in the scissors department? Is a styling change what you need? Have no fear, PONY TAILS are here.
But seriously, they are.
Low, sleek pony tails will be everywhere this fall/winter, coupled with a deep side part. The style is powerful, and simple to do yourself.
“90’s are back, back again, 90’s are back, tell a friend.” Yes, that was Eminem rapping about the sweet wet-and-wild looks of the grunge years. A fun nighttime glam look, wet styled locks down or up are easy to do at home. A little water, gel, and hairspray is the cocktail of choice for this lively look. Great for shorter lengths as well!
Twists, Knots, and Tendrils
Easy peasy lemon squeezy. This look can be achieved with some bobby pins, dry shampoo, and a can-do attitude. Great for that post gym to work look, a dirty hair day gone too far, or just a fun way to rock hair up. Oh, and want to get nostalgic again? Use your pointer fingers and pull down two small tendrils around that beautiful face …. It’s back in!
No, do not go to Clairs’ for hair gems. I REPEAT—no hair gems. This look is about bold statement pieces, not a butterfly with sparkles. A fun way to do this is with vintage broaches pinned into the hair, or with necklaces braided in. It’s time to get a little weird with that leftover jewelry and make an entrance.
Okay, so wearing a bird on your head like Miss Bradshaw isn’t your thang’, thats cool I got you. Bows, ribbons, and floppy, falling out lace. Simple to add to your hair, easy and inexpensive to acquire, and they can really make an impactful, yet understated addition to your fall wardrobe.
That’s a wrap! Hope you enjoy that pumpkin spice while in my chair for a new fall look.
Mallory Zenner’s career in the beauty industry began over a decade ago, giving her a platform for her artistic abilities. Realizing she wanted to be among the best hairdressers, Mallory sought out intensive training in the fundamentals of precision cutting and editorial styling, quickly becoming a master in her field. She has attended advanced classes with academies such as Vidal Sassoon, Bumble & Bumble, Allilon, Zgatt and Wella. Mallory’s largest passion is sharing her knowledge with other professionals and elevating the craft of hairdressing, by teaching nationally for global companies such as Davines and Karral.
Inspiration comes from all sources, but art, music, and literature are Mallory’s main source for fueling creativity. The Replacements on the record player and a Dr. Suess book in her hands helps feed her soul. Using such inspiration, she has curated collections featured on Behind the Chair and Launchpad
When Mallory isn’t busy at the salon, at a photoshoot, or traveling to educate, she enjoys her free time with her husband and daughter—typically on the beach. Mallory is currently working at Serenity Hair Lounge, in Atlantic Highlands, NJ