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Need a new hairstyle this fall?

Sean James began his career as a hairstylist in his native Australia when he trained with the country's leading hairstylist Oscar Cullinan. In 1989, Sean moved to London where he trained with Vidal Sassoon. A few years later in 1992, Sea...

take the plunge this fall

Summer is officially over and fall is back in full swing. What’s next for the hair season, and where will you find inspiration? A new color and cut? Only you have the answer. For a new hairstyle to work, start with the change on the outside and you'll be sure to love it on the inside.
Woman with red hair in autumn

Important reminders before changing your hair

Don’t forget to update the colors in your wardrobe. Your makeup palette should be updated as well. Murad carries a fantastic primer for all skin types that also evens out your skin tone. There are three formulas: the dewy finish, the matte finish (MY FAVE) and acne and shine control.

For a little more coverage, try Laura Mercier's tinted moisturizer. It has a ton of shades that are sure to match any color skin tone.

Hair length tips

Karen's fall bob

Changing your hair length can lend itself to great new shapes and silhouettes. For fall and winter, the hot and defining bob is in full swing -- curls and all! Karen Elson displays this on-trend look very well with her vibrant curly bob (right). So if you're thinking about taking the plunge with a new cut, the bob is perfect!

Karen's hair has all the makings of a classic and chic cut. It's no wonder she's a favorite muse among designers and photographers. In true classic supermodel form, Karen changes her hair often while staying ahead and creating the trends. I recently got to do Karen's hair for an event in LA at Fred Segal Salon/Phyto Haircare, and she was an absolute delight to work with. When I got the chance to ask her a couple of burning questions, I asked her who her favorite photographer was, "Meisel, of course -- we have an amazing connection."

How to get an amazing, defined curl

What you want to do first is scrunch in Phyto's Curl energizing cream. You will be amazed -- you can activate it with heat and a diffuser, or simply scrunch it in and let it air dry. It has a medium hold, but does not leave the hair crunchy at all. Your hair will feel soft to the touch! For a little more hold, use Phyto's light hold hairspray.

When choosing your new hair color, remember your skin tone will be lightening up a bit with the colder months. Try to tone down any bright blonde color in your hair. It's also the best time of the year to go red. Ask your hair stylist if they have used Majirel By L’Oreal Professionnel hair color. The line has a great selection of reds with color lastability -- since red tends to fade faster than most colors.

Color protection

After making a change, it's very important that you're using a sulphate-free shampoo such as Kerastase Chroma Captive. This is your best bet for making your hair color last the longest. A wash twice a week with this is all you need. Follow through with the Chroma Captive treatment or conditioner.

I hope this has helped you in your search of a new fall hairstyle or at least provided you with a few strands of inspiration!

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