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Fall hair trends to keep you of-the-moment

Fall hair trends to keep you of-the-moment

By Hilary Adleberg & Rebecca Norris

No matter how awesome your apparel, remember that no look is complete without the perfect hairstyle to top it off. It is the intro to your outfit and, when done appropriately, can be the perfect embellishment to every ensemble. Get tips from Ace stylists on how to replicate this season’s salon styles that are flooding the runways and red carpets, including a few top-secret tricks of the trade usually only shared from stylist to stylist.


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Political Chic

Political Chic
Dry hair completely. Section hair into thirds. Spray Thermal Image Heat Protection Spray throughout each section while ironing with the GHD Ceramic Styler. Use a fine-tooth comb to ensure an evenly distributed amount of hair is traveling through the iron. Apply Tigi Head Rush for a sleek, shiny finish.


The 1920s
Create a strong side part using a rat tail comb. Begin twisting hair away from face, starting at the part line. Bobby pin along the seam. Twist and pin until you have 1 inch of hair left. Tuck remaining bit of hair into the twist. Spray tip of comb with Sebastian Reshaper Hairspray to smooth down any flyaways.

soft waves

Soft Waves
Apply Sebastian Whipped Cream to naturally dried hair. Blow dry hair on low until it’s dry to the touch. Wrap 1-inch sections around a 1 ¼-inch curling iron. Apply Wella’s Ocean Spritz and scrunch.



hair products

1. Rat Tail Comb, $2.95,
2. Wella Thermal Image Heat Protection Spray, $14,
3. Wella Ocean Spritz Beach Spray, $16,
4. Sebastian Reshaper Hairspray, $16.95,
5. Sebastian Whipped Cream, $19.95,
6. GHD 1-inch Ceramic Styler, $185,
7. Hot Tools Gold Curling Iron 1 1/4-inch barrel, $42.99,



W Salon
6025-G burke centre parkway, Burke; 703-395-8105;

Tousled Chignon

Tousled Chignon
Slightly tease multiple layers of the hair, starting at the scalp and moving out to give it some volume. Smooth hair back. Grab a manageable amount of hair at ear-level and begin twisting away from the hairline. Continue twisting, gathering hair along the way until you reach the nape of the neck. Secure twist with bobby pins. Repeat step on other side. Once twists on both sides are secured, gather hair and form a loose spiral bun and finish with bobby pins. This will create a tidy, twisted chignon.

For a tousled, devil-may-care look, gently pull small sections of hair out of order. Be careful not to destroy the updo, but this fall the messy bun is in, so don’t be afraid to shake things up a bit.

French Twist Bouffant

French Twist Bouffant
You want to go in and tease the hair a lot to create big volume. When teasing, start at the roots and work your way up. Tease virgin or untreated hair, then spray with hairspray to lock in the hold. Be sure not to tease around the hair line. Keep the outside neater for a cleaner end result. After all inner hair is teased, start forming your bouffant. Gently sweep top layer of hair over teased portion. Apply a ladder of locked-in bobby pins about three-pins tall to the center left of the back of your head, pushing your hair to the right. Take hair and gently twist up in a slight spiral. Use bobby pins where necessary to uphold structure. A skinny headband is the perfect addition to finish off the bouffant.

Pristine Pony

Pristine Pony
Hook a rubber band with two bobby pins on either end. Once you have the ponytail situated, with bumps brushed out and flyaways tamed, stick one of the bobby pins straight down into the middle of the top of the tail. With your hand still holding the ponytail, continue to wrap the rubber band around the hair until the band is taut, and then proceed to stick the other bobby pin in close to the scalp to secure the hold. This method keeps the initial smoothing efforts maintained. Comb through it again. If you’d like to give it a natural look, grab some hair from the bottom, wrap it around the rubber band and finish it with another bobby pin. Use Paul Mitchell Wax Works to smooth out the hair.


Wax Works®


Wax Works®
Extreme Texture

Basics: Creates bold texture and definition.

Benefits: Makes hair super shiny.

Bonus: Provides enough hold for even hard-to-control hair.

Details: Flexible resins and vegetable-based conditioners define and add texture. Algae, aloe, jojoba, henna and rosemary create high shine.




“I believe in having a dirty-hair day, especially when your hair is chemically treated. It keeps the hair healthier, not shampooing every day. I always try and teach my clients how to do a simple five-minute updo. Dirty hair also adds some texture, but I like to add a little more texture in there.”

Lawhorn’s bobby pin locking method: “When you want to keep your hair from moving, you want to overlap the bobby pins in almost a ladder effect. Place one bobby pin close to scalp, then crisscross another bobby pin over the previous one and pull through, creating a sturdy, locked-in support system.”
—Sue Lawhorn, stylist and director of W Salon


“Color is an easy way to make a subtle or dramatic change without the fear that many women have about losing the length of their hair. The ombre [darker, more natural hues at the roots with gradually dyed lightening at the ends] is going nowhere anytime soon, and red is super hot for the fall.”
—Vanessa Rose, award-winning colorist at Maude Hair Salon



Smitten Salon
3000 washington blvd., Arlington; 571-527-0200;


START HERE: Using a 1 ½-inch ceramic curling iron, curl all hair. Pin up all the curls, which will allow them to set in. Use Bumble and Bumble Spray de Mode Hairspray, and spray all curls. Wait for hair to cool off so that it can set. (If you play with it when it’s hot, then your curls will fall out.) Take out the pins once hair has cooled off, and brush through curls with a teasing comb. Take sections of hair, and lift straight up and push down (from mid-shaft toward the root) 2-3 times. Start this process where you want to see it lift, and continue backward until you reach the crown of your head. Brush the front layer, and spread over top the teased hair. Loosely pin back sides with bobby pins. Spray Bb Hairspray periodically. Use the tip of a rat tail comb, and stick it into teased hair to lift.

Messy French Twist-Bun THEN FOR:
Messy French Twist-Bun

Take left side of hair and pull to the right and pin. Use rat tail comb, and insert into hair around crown and pull up to make it look slightly disheveled, which will give an effortless look to the style. Spray with Bb Hairspray.


Bardot-Esque BouffantTHEN FOR:
Bardot-Esque Bouffant

Spray Bb Brilliantine Shine Crème over ends of hair to seal away flyaways. The styling crème leaves your hair looking slept-in and sexy. Finish by spraying Bb Shine On (and On …) finishing spray to add shine.




1. Bumble and Bumble Brilliantine Shine Crème, $22,
2. Bumble and Bumble Shine On (and On …) Finishing Spray, $26,
3. Bumble and Bumble Spray de Mode Hairspray, $27,
4. Hot Tools CeramicTI Tourmaline Curling Iron 1 1/2-inch barrel, $49.99,
5. Rat Tail Comb, $2.95,



Jon David Salon
goes in-depth with deep color. Fall starts with colors and lots of warmth and depth …
6720 Commerce St., Springfield; 703-924-3835;

Veiling is a nice natural look for this fall. It’s color on color with different tones, lots of shine and depth. There is minimum maintenance if used with demi-color. The idea of veiling would be applying a semi-permanent or demi-hair color all over your previously colored hair or natural hair to bring out your own natural tones or give a healthy and shinier look.

Another great option would be the Ombre highlight; these high lights are economic and low maintenance. Every time they fade, you can reapply different shades, from honey to copper to red.



Ronnie Elias Salon
2952 Chain Bridge Road E, Oakton; 703-255-1114;

Chunky Wave for thick hair

Chunky Wave for thick hair

Wash and condition hair with Biomega Moisture Shampoo and Moisture Conditioner. Towel dry the hair until 70-percent dry. Layer in Aquage Fortifying Ultragel and Aquage Sea Salt Texturizing Spray, and work through the hair. Dry hair using your hands. Comb through a section of hair about 1 1/2 inches wide. Starting at the end of the section of hair, using a 1 ¼-inch curling iron, roll up using the entire surface of the iron in a spiral fashion. When the hair feels hot to the touch, gently remove the hair from the iron as not to disturb the curls, pin them and allow them to cool. This will ensure a long-lasting set. After hair cools, remove the pins and gently pull the curls into place using Aquage Detailing Creme. If you would like the hair more wavy, brush through the hair with a Mason-Pearson boar-bristle brush. Finish with Aquage Finishing Hairspray.

Chunky Wave

Chunky Wave for thin, oily hair

Wash and condition with Aquage Seaextend Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner. Towel dry the hair to 70-percent dry. Squirt a puff of Biomega Up All Night styling foam into your palm, work from roots to ends. Scrunch the hair dry by opening palms from ends, lifting up and squeezing hair. Finish hair by placing curls intermittently throughout the head with a 1 ¼-inch curling iron. Add Aquage Detailing Crème to loosen curls. Then, flip head over and, starting from ends of hair moving upwards, diffuse curls to enhance curls and add volume.

Choppy Bob

Choppy Bob

For hair, shine is in the cut. Start with a texturized cut, to give it support with shine. Wash hair with Biomega Silk Shampoo and Biomega Intensive Conditioner. Then towel-dry hair to 70-percent dry and apply Aquage Biomega Up All Night throughout the hair. Using the hands to wrap dry hair, starting in the center back and going forward, wrap the hair in a half-circular direction, and repeat on the other side until the hair is dry. Then take a dollop of Biomega Text Me flexible taffy, and shape and separate hair into place as desired. Set the style with Biomega Firm and Fabulous Hairspray.




1. Aquage Seaextend Volumizing Shampoo & Conditioner, 10 oz./5oz., $26/each,
2. Aquage Sea Salt Texturizing Spray, 8 oz., $17,
3. Aquage Detailing Crème, 4 oz., $19,
4. Aquage Fortifying Ultragel, 3 oz., $22,
5. Aquage Finishing Spray, 4 oz., $19,
6. Biomega Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner, 10 oz./5oz., $17/each,




Maude Hair Salon
775 Station St., Herndon; 703-464-5880;

Salon Khouri
11725 Lee Highway, Fairfax; 703-273-7878;

Yvonne Salon
Multiple Nova Locations;

Reflections of You
11213-L Lee Highway, Fairfax; 703-591-5306;

BellaWest Eco Salon
632 N. Washington St., Alexandria; 703-608-8971;

Image Salon and Boutique
106 Loudoun St. SW, Leesburg; 703-771-0090;

Urban Halo Salon
2900-B Clarendon Blvd., Arlington; 703-527-4256;

Dolce Vita Salon and Spa
6829 Elm St., McLean; 703-821-8600;


(October 2012)