Mid-Length Hair Styles for Fall

woman braiding hair

The cool, crisp season of autumn is among us. While the leaves are transitioning from green to gold, you too can switch up your style. Look through the mid-length styles below for some fun and easy looks that are fabulous for the season.

Reverse French Twist:

  1. Begin with your hair at a strong center part. Try using a comb to make sure that the part is as bold as it can be.
  2. Use your thumbs to slide all your hair back into a mid or center ponytail.
  3. Before securing it twist the base of the pony in a clockwise motion.
  4. If you twist all the hair at once and make sure you’re pulling it tight, you will be able to secure the twist with just a few hair and bobby pins. Finish the look with some strong hold hair spray.

woman with bun

Wrapped Top Knot:

  1. With your hair totally tangle-less, use a brush to pull all of it up into a high ponytail at the crown on your head.
  2. Secure it with a sturdy elastic so that it doesn’t come loose throughout out the day.
  3. Wrap all the hair from the pony around the base of the hair tie. Once it’s all wrapped up, use hair pins to hold every strand in place.
  4. Before adding hair spray, use your fingers or the end of a comb to relieve a few strands from the ponytail to frame your face.

woman with braided bun

The waterfall, Dutch style, French braided bun is a bit more challenging, however, once you can master the look, it’s a perfect way to get every last static-y flyaway out of your face. Follow the steps below to get the look:

  1. With your hair in a low side part, grab a section of hair from the top the top of your head and separate it into three pieces.
  2. Beginning braiding as usual, then transition to a waterfall braid by dropping the lowest outer strand and replacing it with a new, similar-sized section of hair small section of hair.
  3. Incorporate the new section of hair into the braid, then drop the next lowest section and replace it with a new section, just as you did with the last strand.
  4. Continue to braid in the fashion until the waterfall braid reaches your neck. At this point use the remaining three sections of hair to braid as you normally would. Once you reach the end use a small elastic to secure the braid from coming loose.
  5. Directly below the waterfall braid you have just created, craft another waterfall braid, this time incorporating the “dropped” pieces from the first braid as the new pieces in the second. This is now your your Dutch braid.
  6. Once you’re no longer able to incorporate “dropped” pieces,  incorporate the tail of the waterfall braid into a regular braid with the reaming hair of the Dutch braid. Be sure that to secure the braid with an elastic.
  7. Now, grab a section of hair on the other side of your head, divide it into three sections and make a French braid. Continue on until you’ve reached the bottom and secure it with an elastic.
  8. Finally, take any remaining hair that’s in the back of your head and the tails of the braids and twist it all together into a bun. Hold it in place with a few hairpins, add some hair spray, and you’re good to go!

Overnight Waves and Curls

Women with beautiful curls

For decades now straight haired women have depended on curled styles to add a lavish touch to their style. Of course, the means of transforming straight hair to classy curls has evolved over the year, one thing has remained the same: curling a full head of head can be a pain in the you-know-what. As pretty as your curls look, let’s face it, either they don’t hold their bounce for more than an hour, or you have to use half a can of extra strong hold hairspray to make sure they hold. Although the curls held, your hair then hates you because of how dry it is. Oh, did we mention how long it takes a nonprofessional to curl an entire head of hair? No matter what method you use to do you it’s a fact that you must plan on spending at the very least thirty plus minutes to achieve a fully curled look. Not to mention, if you have long, thick hair, you can probably count getting ready as an arm workout.

While we could keep going on about the trials and tribulations of curling your hair, we are about to tell you that all your hair curling struggles can stop right now. There will be no more bathroom mirror arm workouts and definitely no more curse-word-worthy burns due to your faulty curler.

Women with beachy curls

For Loose Beachy Tresses:

  • Begin by washing and conditioning your hair as you normally do. Brush out all the tangles and use only a towel to absorb any moisture that your hair is holding on to.
  • Use a comb to separate your hair into three vertical sections. Use a small elastic to secure two of the three sections, as it’s much easier to control one section at a time.
  • Tightly French braid each section from the tepidity top to the very bottom. Secure the end of the braid with a small elastic.
  • To be sure that you wake up with completely dry tresses, lay a dry towel over your pillow. When you wake up in the morning gently use your fingers to loosen the braid, then add a few spritz of hairspray.

For Voluminous Curls:

  • Wash, condition, and comb your hair. Be sure that you do not use any sort of detangler or leave in conditioner.
  • Have t-shirt strips ready. If you haven’t yet made t-shirt strips, they’re easy: find an old cotton t-shirt and begin by chopping off the sleeves and the shoulder/neck portion. You should have a t-shirt material tube. Now, cut each side of the shirt from top to bottom so that the front and the back are two separate pieces. Not cut across the used-to-be  t-shirt starting at the hem, so that you have tons of 1 ½ to 2 ½ inch strips.
  • Gather a small section of your hair, placing the ends of your hair in the center of the t-shirt strip, so that you make a sort of T shape.
  • Now roll your hair around and over the fabric, the same way you would if it was a foam or ceramic hair roller. Keep rolling your hair all the way to the root. Your hair should be almost like a cup holder around a coffee mug – right enough to hold its place in the center with a few inches of fabric extending from each end.
  • Tie the ends of the fabric together (it seems that tying it as if you are double knotting shoe laces seems to hold the best and be the easiest to remove).
  • Continue to section off, wrap, and tie your hair until every last strand is secured.
  • Again, you can lay a dry towel over your pillow to help your hair dry through the night.
  • When you wake up in the morning untie the t-shirt material and watch as your hair falls into natural looking curls. Use your fingers to loosen up the roots and finish with a few spritz of hairspray.

Man Braids

Man braids

You probably never thought the words “man” and “bun” would come together to be a thing, but we saw the rise of the man bun sweep the fashion world this year, and it was glorious. Hotties like David Beckham showed men everywhere how they could rock this supposedly feminine style while still looking like the masculine Adonises that they were.

Now men are embracing another traditionally feminine hairstyle: the braid. Men of color have been putting their hair in cornrows for decades. Yet the style is now spreading to men of all races and ethnicities, with both short and long hair. Here are a few of the styles that are especially popular right now:

Loose French
You don’t need long hair to rock a French braid. Men with undercuts are pulling their longer top hair into a loose French braid that ends at the edge of their crown. The braid almost takes the place of gel to keep the hair slicked back and controlled. Just don’t braid the hair too tight, or it will look a bit too polished.

Long Braid
Jared Leto rocked a long braid at the Golden Globe Awards this year. This is by far the easiest man braid to pull off, but you do need longer hair. Just pull the hair back like you’re going to create a low pony, but braid it starting at the base of your skull instead. Braid it all the way to the ends and tie it off.

Rows of Braids
Whether you want to try out traditional cornrows or you just want to try loose rows of braids, you can try this style with long or short hair. For really short hair, you’ll have to stick to tight corn rows and use lots of gel and other product to keep them in place.

Accent Braids
You don’t have to go full braid to get the look. You can just add in a tiny accent braid. If you have long hair, you might braid a small section on one side or the other. If you have short hair, you can braid two tiny border braids on either side of the top layer. You can experiment with accent braids to find the look you like best, which may change from day to day.

Braid-Bun Combo
Can’t decide if you like the man braids or man bun better? You don’t have to choose! Braid the hair to the back of your crown, and pull the rest into a bun. This is best for shorter undercut styles or for a section of hair on top of a longer cut. It doesn’t really work with all of the hair pulled into the braid and then twisted into the bun.

It’s a brave new world for men’s hair styles, and the man braid presents some exciting new options for men with all hair styles. There are so many varieties with this look that you can find one that fits your personal style.