6 Sexy fall hairstyles

Aug 24, 2011 at 11:23 a.m. ET

For many women a new season means a new start: maybe you are going back to work, school, starting a new job, relationship, or just looking forward to a change in the weather, there’s no better time than fall to recreate your look. What better way to change up your look than with a new hairstyle, and so we've gathered 6 of the sexiest fall hairstyles from a slew of talented stylists.

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Polished Pony:  Jill Guzzo, stylist at the chic Butterfly Studio Salon in New York City, recommends a polished look that can take you from day to night. Jill says " stay away from the beachy, messy look come fall ad opt for a more polished blow dry that will leave hair shiny and silky." Jill recommends putting hair into a tight, straight pony tail (post-blow dry) with a light application of a conditioning oil like Essence Absolue by Shu Uemura to enhance shine. Don't want a ponytail? Create soft waves with a round brush and use a chic hair comb to pull back one side of your hair for an elegant, old Hollywood glam look.

Matte Finish: Elly Torres, Master Designer and Technical Trainer for The Salon at ULTA, recommends a textured matte finish as they are very "in" for fall. Elly says "a product that is great to achieve that look and many more is Redken Wool Shake 08 Gel-Slush Texturizer." You simply shake up this cotton-infused gel-slush to liquefy then spray on dry hair to unleash wild texture with an unrefined, wool-like coat. This product can also be used as a scrunching spray on damp wavy to curly hair or as a holding spray for curling iron styles. This product is also perfect for the summer staple hairstyle, the loose braid, into fall. Spray this texturizer to wet hair, roughly blow dry the hair and then start the braid at the nape of the neck, leaving the front pieces loose and free.

Mod Pixie:  It seems everyone in Hollywood has a version of a pixie cut right now, so stylist Elly Torres recommends the best product to achieve that mod, Twiggy style if you are brave enough to pull-off the pixie. Redken Velvet Gelatine 07 Cushioning Blow-Dry Gel is a light, airy gel that melts into hair for a soft velour-like finish with natural looking shine, protecting against humidity and frizz. For the perfectly coiffed pixie, start by blow-drying hair using a round brush and tease hair at the crown. Make a severe side part and comb hair forward so it swoops over one eye (or one deep onto the forehead. For the finishing touch, smooth hair in front, pull behind ear and twist the rest of the hair into a tight chignon.

Sleek and Straight: Celebrity Stylist Nathaniel Hawkins, whose clients include Adele, Jennifer Lopez, Carrie Underwood and Maggie Gyllenhaal, says that this fall, sleek, smooth hair, worn loose, long and parted down the middle is the ultimate chic look. To get this stick-straight look, 1.) Deep condition hair from roots to tips and then blow-dry; 2.) Separate hair into sections – pull a hot flat iron through each section until pin straight; 3.) Finish with a smoothing balm. To make the look last, try a temporary straightening treatment. I suggest Keratin Earth, an at-home, formaldehyde-free (being green is always in style), four-step process that smoothens your hair for up to three months (if you want to go back to wavy or curly, you simply stop using the product!).

Natural and Easy Curls: Morgan, head stylist at the Ouidad Salon in Santa Monica, CA, has worked with the Queen of Curl for over 7 years, and says fall is all about simplicity and forgoing those textured, funky short haircuts that were big this summer. In other words – less is more. Try working with your natural texture. Whether your curls are wavy or tight, stay away from strong gels. Try styling more with leave-in conditioners or crèmes. This will give you a soft, natural finish. As far as color, a hot trend is the balyage highlighting technique. With a steady hand your stylist paints on hair color by the individual strand. The result gives you a fading effect, leaving your roots darker while gradually becoming lighter towards the ends. This is what Morgan calls a "sun kissed" look that can easily take you from summer to fall.

Red Hot: Deep burgundy reds and multiple color low lites will bring your summer look back to a fall/winter color palette, says Joey Noufal, owner of Noufal HairColor Studio (www.noufalhaircolorstudio.com) and the newly launched franchise operation. "The reds you will see this season have depth and a texture appeal," according to Noufal. "Expect to see more of a blue-based red color, giving hair tones a slight purple burgundy or rich red illusion." There are a wide range of red shades to choose from so you can easily find an option that works for you with this trend. the right red shade for you. Consider your natural coloring and pick a shade that compliments your skin tone. With cool skin (pink undertones), pulling off dark to light red will be fairly easy (just don't go orange!). For those with a warm skin tone (yellow/olive undertones), coppery shades and rich, warm ambers will look stunning.

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