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(Almost) Too Cool for School: Crazily Awesome Teen Hairstyles for Fall

Get creative this fall with these 24 amazing teen hairstyles for all lengths and tastes. Go for the long haul with braids and clip-in extensions, or keep it short and sweet with ultra fab colors and texture!

Easy Breezy

Relax and lay low with this romantically casual side updo.

Casual Side Updo FrontCasual Side Updo

How to Style:

  1. Towel dry hair by wringing out excess water.
  2. Work a golf ball-sized amount of high hold styling mousse through hair from roots to ends.
  3. Set hair on large hot rollers, making sure to roll them all back and away from your face.
  4. Allow rollers to cool completely before gently releasing each one.
  5. Gently unwind hair from each roller.
  6. Use fingers to part hair just off center.
  7. Gather hair loosely to one side and secure with bobby pins. Remember, this style is meant to look “undone”, so don’t worry about making this perfect!
  8. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Bed Head Foxy Curls Mousse softens and conditions while maintaining shape and style!

Best Face Shapes:

diamond, oval, square, round, heart

Fishtail Fun

Long hair looks amazing fishtail braided to the side with some pieces left loose in the front to frame the face.

Fishtail Fun Long Braided Hair With Highlights

How to Style:

  1. Work a dry texture spray through dry hair to give it some grip.
  2. Gently tease the crown area to create lift at the top back of your head.
  3. Pull a few pieces around your hairline out of the way so they are left out of your fishtail braid.
  4. Start your fishtail braid low on one side of your head just behind one ear. Begin by separating hair into equal sections and holding one section with each hand. Using your right hand, take a 1/8-inch section from the outside of the left section and cross it over to the inside of your right section. Next, use your left hand to take a 1/8-inch section from the right section and cross it over to the inside of the left section.
  5. Continue fishtail braiding until you reach the ends of your hair.
  6. Secure with an elastic.
  7. Loosen a few of the sections of the braid near the top for a more relaxed look.

Recommended Products:

OSiS Aqua Slide is a non-greasy, lightweight formula pomade that will tame any flyaways. A little goes a long way!

Best Face Shapes:

Any face shape would look great with this hairstyle!

Tip:

Smooth hair with a bit of matte finish pomade before you begin your braid to ensure as few flyaways as possible.

Contrasting Texture

Try a new take on texture this fall by alternating smooth and straight strands with spiral curls.

Contrasting Texture Blonde Wavy Look

How to Style:

  1. Part dry hair to one side.
  2. Spray dry hair with heat protection spray.
  3. Partially wind hair around a 1/2-inch barrel curling iron, beginning about four to six inches away from your scalp. Remember to only wind a few inches around the iron as you’ll want to leave room for a smooth section and another spiral section along the length of the same section.
  4. Leave about four inches of space for another smooth section, and wind the ends of the first section around the curling iron.
  5. Repeat all the way around your head, alternating the height of where you create the top spirals.
  6. Finish with a medium hold, shine-infusing hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Redken Spray Starch 15 Heat Memory Styler is perfect for protecting hair and locking in multiple textures.

Best Face Shapes:

oval, round, heart, square

Tip:

Hold sections low as you create the curls so that the curls don’t separate once you are finished with each section.

So Sleek

Be the epitome of chic this fall season with this stunningly simple style.

Long Straight Hairstyle with Fringe

How-To:

  1. Work styling serum through towel-dried hair from mid-lengths to ends.
  2. Part hair down the middle and push the fringe forward.
  3. Blow dry completely, using a paddle brush to smooth as you go.
  4. Spray hair with heat-protecting spray.
  5. Use a flat iron on a medium heat setting to smooth hair, just slightly bending in at the ends.

Recommended Products:

Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum is perfect both pre-blow dry and pre-flat iron!

Best Face Shapes:

oval, diamond, pear

Bountiful Braid

A big, messy side braid is guaranteed to keep even the thickest of hair in check and looking great at the same time!

Bountiful Braids Long Hair With Braid

How to Style:

  1. Part dry hair to one side.
  2. Smooth fringe to the side with a flat iron and tuck behind your ear.
  3. Sprinkle a bit of texture powder into dry hair near your scalp to create lift and grip.
  4. Tease hair in the back to add lots of volume to what will be your braided side pony.
  5. To create your braid, begin behind your ear on the side you parted your hair. Section hair into three equal parts. Begin by placing the right section over the middle section, making it the new middle section. Now take the left section and cross it over the middle. Continue to cross each of the outside sections over the middle, making each outside section the new middle section each time you cross. Continue until you get to the ends of your hair.
  6. Secure with an elastic.
  7. Loosen the top half of the braid by pulling gently on sections from both sides.
  8. Finish with a medium or high hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Paul Mitchell Extra Body Finishing Spray fights frizz, adds shine and secures hard-to-hold hair.

Best Face Shapes:

All face shapes will look great in this hairstyle!

Tip:

Bonus style! This braid can be gently let loose at the end of the day to transition into sultry waves for a night out.

Dimensional Undertones

Blonde hair gets a boost in contrast from the darker dimension added beneath the top layers, then styled to show off fabulous facial layers.

Dimensional Undertones Long Blonde Hair with Highlights

How to Style:

  1. Create a broken side part in towel dried hair.
  2. Work a nickel to quarter-sized amount of styling cream through hair.
  3. Blow dry until hair is about 80% dry.
  4. Section hair into three or four horizontal sections and secure each section with a gator clip.
  5. Beginning in the lowest section, use a large round brush to add volume at the roots and bend near the ends of your hair.
  6. Once the lowest section is completely dry, release the next section and repeat Step 5. Continue working until all your hair is dry.
  7. Finish by enhancing texture on the ends with a bit of pomade.

Recommended Products:

Alterna Bamboo Style Shape Texturizing Paste sculpts and styles hair with medium control.

Best Face Shapes:

oval, round, square, heart

Tip:

Keep turning the round brush as you near the ends of your hair. Doing so will create the maximum amount of bend on the ends.

Catwalk Clip-In

Choosing a few strategic spots for catwalk-inspired clip-in extensions keeps this throwback texture craze modern and fresh! The clip-in piece here is colored in horizontal bands of blonde and brown, adding an almost tribal feel to the style.

Crimped Long Honey Blonde Style

How to Style:

  1. Spray dry hair with heat setting spray.
  2. Part hair to one side.
  3. Use a 1 or 1 1/4-inch barrel curling iron to create curls through hair, leaving a few random pieces uncurled.
  4. Crimp the pieces you left straight.
  5. Finish with a medium hold hairspray to lock in style.

Recommended Products:

KMS California Hair Play Medium Hold Spray provides flexible, brushable hold with humidity resistance.

Best Face Shapes:

All face shapes will look great in this hairstyle!

Tip:

Use medium heat on fine and medium texture haired as well as extension pieces. Use the high heat setting on your hot tools only if you have very coarse, natural hair. Be SURE that you use 100% human hair extensions if you plan on using any kind of hot tool on them. Synthetic hair will melt when put in contact with hot tools!

Faux Fringe

Fake a full fringe for fall with this long hairstyle that’s fun and flirty!

Faux Fringe Long Wavy Brunette Style with Bangs

How to Style:

  1. Part towel dried hair deep to one side.
  2. Use a paddle brush to smooth the front section over your forehead as you blow hair dry.
  3. Continue blow drying until all hair is smooth and dry.
  4. Use a 3/4-inch barrel curling wand to create spiral curls through the bottom length of your hair. Leave approximately the top five inches smooth as you’ll want to begin the spiraling right at about eye level.
  5. Sweep a portion of the front of your hair over your forehead and secure it behind your hear with a bobby pin. Allow some of the loose hair to fall over your ear.
  6. Lock in your style with a soft hold hairspray for touchable hold or a higher hold hairspray for more control.

Recommended Products:

Redken Fashion Work 12 Versatille Working Spray is a versatile spray for working, shaping and finishing styles.

Best Face Shapes:

Those who have a larger forehead or long face shape will look best in this hairstyle.

Tip:

Use a heat setting spray on each section of hair before you curl it.

Mermaid Waves

Wade around in the waves of this mermaid style that’s great for naturally straight hair.

Mermaid Waves Long Flowing Wavy Brunette Curls

How to Style:

  1. Part dry hair to one side.
  2. Divide hair into four or five horizontal sections and use a gator clip to hold each out of the way as you work. Let the lowest section loose to begin.
  3. Working from right to left, or whichever way feels most comfortable, wave one three-inch wide section down the length of the hair. Keep working horizontally, then move up to the next large clipped section until all hair is wavy.
  4. Use fingers to gently break up waves.
  5. Secure style with a medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Redken Vinyl Glam 02 Mega Shine Spray for an instant lightweight, shiny finish.

Best Face Shapes:

Any face shape (but especially round and square) will look great with this hairstyle!

Tip:

Top with a shine mist for a glam finish.

Double Duty Braid

Make a fall-inspired braid the focus of your style by using it as a headband and part of your pony.

Double Duty Braid Wrapped Style

How to Style:

  1. Section off a 1 1/2-inch wide portion of hair along your front hair line. This will be used to create your braid. Clip the rest of your hair out of the way for now.
  2. To create the braid along your hair line, do the following:
  3. Gather what’s left of the ends of the front braid in with the rest of your hair and into a low side pony behind one ear.
  4. Braid the ponytail and secure the ends with an elastic. Loosen the top of the braided ponytail just a bit.

Recommended Products:

Check out etsy.com for some adorable thin, handmade headband options!

Best Face Shapes:

round, oval, heart

Tip:

You can leave the style as-is or you can add a thin headband an inch or so behind the braid for more texture.

Shattered and Side Swept

Take texture to the edge this fall season with these short, shattered bangs and soft curls.

Shattered and Side Swept Brunette Style with Bangs

How to Style:

  1. Wring excess moisture from hair with a towel.
  2. Blow dry hair until it’s about 80% dry.
  3. Part hair to the side over one side and section fringe forward and slightly to the side.
  4. Spray root booster through hair, concentrating on the roots.
  5. Use a large round brush to create volume as you finish blow drying. Begin at the bottom and work your way to the top.
  6. Blow dry fringe straight up and out then gently sweep the ends to the side.
  7. Use a 1 1/4-inch barrel curling iron to curl the rest of your hair.
  8. Finish with a medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Alterna Bamboo Volume Uplifting Root Blast is a lightweight formula that boosts fullness and lifts through the crown.

Best Face Shapes:

long, round, square, heart

Tip:

Wind the curls that fall around your face away from your face for a perfect frame.

Pretty in Pastel

Add a dash of sweet to your style with these pastel purple slices of color!

Pretty in Pastel Blonde Style with Pastel Highlights

How to Style:

  1. Give your hair a heat break by shampooing and conditioning in the evening, parting hair to one side, and allowing hair to dry overnight. Before going to bed, work a styling cream through hair.
  2. Use a round brush to restyle fringe. Blow dry fringe up and out with a large round brush, then gently sweep to parted side. (Yep! Blow dry your already dry hair! Doing this will pump up the volume in the front.)
  3. Use a one-inch barrel curling iron to curl the rest of your hair.
  4. Seal your style with a humidity-resistant hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Awapuhi Wild Ginger Finishing Spray gives flexible, touchable hold and provides humidity resistance.

Best Face Shapes:

long, heart, square, round

Tip:

Sleep on a silk pillowcase to greatly reduce the chance of unwanted frizz when you wake.

Flipping Out

Show off a bold red this fall by flipping the switch on your ends!

Flipping Out Cute Flippy Brunette Style Flipping Out Cute Flippy Brunette Style Back View

How to Style:

  1. Work a golf ball-sized amount of styling mousse through towel dried hair, concentrating product at the roots.
  2. Blow dry hair until it’s about 80% dry.
  3. Part hair to one side.
  4. Use a round brush to work from the bottom up, blow drying hair section by section. Be sure to lift hair as you round brush to create volume at the roots.
  5. Use a flat iron to flip ends out and fringe to the side.
  6. Finish with a bit of texture pomade and a medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

KMS California Add Volume provides long-lasting body and style support.

Best Face Shapes:

heart, long, round

Tip:

Spray each section of hair with heat setting spray before using your flat iron.

Totally Textured

Undone braids are mixed with curls creating texture heaven in this sassy style!

Plaits Honey Colored Hair Plaits of Fun Mixed Looks in One Style

How to Style:

  1. Begin in the evening by shampooing and conditioning hair, then towel drying to remove as much moisture as possible.
  2. Part hair to one side.
  3. Create some random braids in your hair and secure each at the ends with an elastic.
  4. Allow hair to air dry and braids to set overnight.
  5. Release braids in the morning once they are completely dry.
  6. Use a 3/4-inch barrel curling iron to curl random sections of hair, leaving some sections straight and not curling any of the hair that was braided.
  7. Create a French braid along your front hairline. Begin with three equal sections of hair at the part. Cross the right section over the middle, then cross the left section (it now becomes the middle section), then cross the left section over the middle. Add hair to the right section and cross it over the middle, then add hair to the left section and cross it over the middle. Continue to add hair to each side before crossing it over the middle. Work your way all the way along your hairline until you reach the area behind your ear. Secure the base of the braid with a bobby pin and let loose ends fall free.
  8. Finish with a medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

To remove the most moisture from your hair, try the Aquis Microfiber Hair Towel.

Best Face Shapes:

oval, pear

Tip:

This is a great style for those with a smaller forehead!

Flashlight

Keep your natural blonde, but add a flash of light to the front to brighten your whole look for fall.

Flashlight Medium Blonde Highlighted Look Flashlight Medium Blonde Highlighted Look Wispy Bangs and Highlights

How to Style:

  1. Towel dry hair by wringing out excess moisture.
  2. Work a texture spray through roots.
  3. Part hair to one side.
  4. Blow dry hair until it’s appprozimately 80% dry.
  5. Section hair into two or three horizontal sections.
  6. Begin in the bottom. Round brush hair as you blow dry the rest of the way, creating lift at the roots and bending the ends of your hair under.
  7. Finsih with a flexible hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

OSiS Elastic Flexible Hold Hairspray provides a lightweight, buildable hold on fine to medium hair. Opt for OSiS Freeze instead if you have very thick or coarse hair.

Best Face Shapes:

oval, round, heart

Tip:

Keep turning the round brush as you blow dry since turning will give you the most bend at the ends!

Chocolate Chips

Milk and dark chocolate brown hair colors melt together beautifully to create fall perfection in this textured bob.

Chocolate Chips Cute Straight Bob with Highlights Chocolate Chips Cute Straight Bob with Highlights Back View

How to Style:

  1. Spray root booster through hair at the top of your head.
  2. Part hair to one side.
  3. Blow dry hair until it’s about 80% dry.
  4. Use a 1 1/2-inch round brush to create lift and bend at the top as you blow dry the rest of the way.
  5. Use a paddle brush to smooth the rest of your hair as you finish blow drying.
  6. Piece ends out with a bit of semi-matte finish texture wax.

Recommended Products:

Paul Mitchell Spray Wax creates bendable texture with a satin finish.

Best Face Shapes:

long, square, oval, heart

Tip:

A longer version of this style, one where the length extends about two inches past the chin, would look great on those with a round face shape!

Rock Star Red

March to your own beat with this fantastic vibrant red coupled with an equally smooth and shattered crop.

Ravishing Red Cute Piecey Layered Style Ravishing Red Cute Piecey Layered Style With Bangs Front View

How to Style:

  1. Spray texture spray through towel dried hair, concentrating product at the roots.
  2. Smooth hair with a paddle brush as you blow dry using the wrap technique. Wrap hair around your head in both directions to create movement as you blow dry.
  3. Finish by piecing out ends with a pea-sized amount of texture paste or pomade.

Recommended Products:

Redken Rootful 06 Root Lifting Spray boosts roots with long-lasting, touchable fullness that’s not stiff or sticky.

Best Face Shapes:

pear, oval

Tip:

Opt for a pomade if you like a bit more shine. Texture paste tends to have a more matte or semi-matte finish.

Face Framing Curls

Slide-cut layers give curls room to breathe while also showing off stunning red highlights in this fall-ready look.

Face Framing Curls Long Wavy Look with Highlights Face Framing Curls Long Wavy Look with Highlights Side View

How to Style:

  1. Towel dry hair by wringing out excess moisture.
  2. Work a golf ball-sized amount of stying mousse through hair.
  3. Set hair on medium and large hot rollers.
  4. Allow rollers to cool completely.
  5. Gently unwind rollers, allowing cooled curls to fall.
  6. Tousel with fingers and part hair to one side.
  7. Spray with a light shine mist.

Recommended Products:

Try OSiS Sparkler for a lightweight, soft shine.

Best Face Shapes:

Any face shape will look great with this hairstyle!

Tip:

Roll curlers back away from the face for a nice full curl pattern. Be sure to pull hair forward before rolling onto the roller so you get the maximum amount of volume.

Brow Skimming Brown

A short brown fringe plays up the eyes while creating a perfect frame for the face in this sweet style.

Brow Skimming Bangs Medium Style with Waves

How to Style:

  1. Towel dry hair by wringing out excess moisture.
  2. Part hair to one side.
  3. Work a nickel-sized amount of stying cream through hair.
  4. Use a medium or large paddle brush to smooth hair as you blow dry.
  5. Use a small (approximately 1 1/4-inch diameter) round brush to blow dry fringe section straight out and down, then gently sweep it to the side.
  6. Curl the rest of your hair with a 1 1/4-inch barrel curling iron.

Recommended Products:

KMS California Hot Flex Creme is a heat-activated smoothing and shaping creme that provides heat protection and humidity resistance.

Best Face Shapes:

heart, oval, pear, long

Tip:

The fringe section should be cut just below your brows so that it’s not too short when you blow dry that area under.

Middle of the Road

If you’re daring enough to try a middle part this fall season, keep it interesting with tons of texture on the sides!

Middle of the Road Center Part Layered Wavy Look Middle of the Road Center Part Layered Wavy Look Side View

How to Style:

  1. Towel dry hair by wringing out excess water.
  2. Work a golf ball-sized amount of high hold styling mousse through hair from roots to ends.
  3. Set hair on large hot rollers, making sure to roll them all back and away from your face.
  4. Allow rollers to cool completely before gently releasing each one.
  5. Gently unwind hair from each roller.
  6. Part hair down the middle.
  7. Apply shine serum to fingertips and rake through hair, tousling hair as you distribute the product from mid-lengths to ends
  8. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Aveda Air Control Hair Spray provides a light, workable hold.

Best Face Shapes:

round, pear, oval

Tip:

Allowing the rollers to cool completely before you unwind them is essential to creating a look that lasts all day.

Full Fringe Focus

A long and full fringe is the perfect way to balance a large forehead or long face shape. Plus, bangs are still on trend for fall!

Full Fringe Focus Long Wavy Look with Curls

How to Style:

  1. Shampoo and condition hair in the evening then towel dry.
  2. Part hair to one side.
  3. Work a nickel-sized amount of styling cream through hair, then allow to dry overnight as you sleep.
  4. Use a large round brush to blow dry fringe area straight out and under then gently sweep to one side.
  5. Curl the rest of your hair with a 1-inch barrel curling iron.
  6. Finish with a medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Paul Mitchell The Cream Styling Conditioner provides light hold and builds body for any hair type.

Best Face Shapes:

heart, long, square

Tip:

If you have a small forehead, you can choose this style too, though you’ll want to opt for a fringe that is a bit lighter and more texturized than the one shown here.

Undercover Undercut

If you love the look of an undercut but still want your length and want to feel girly, try this alternative! Request that the undercut section not go all the way up to your temple as is usually done. Then, ask if your stylist can use precision trimmers to add an artistic pattern within the undercut section!

Long Undercut Hairstyle

 

How to Style:

  1. Towel dry hair by wringing out excess water.
  2. Work a quarter-sized amount of styling foam though hair, especially at the roots.
  3. Part hair deep from the undercut side, pushing hair over towards the other side.
  4. Blow dry hair completely while turning your head upside down or using a large round brush to add volume.
  5. Use a curling iron to add curls throughout.
  6. Gather hair along the middle in sections and use bobby pins to secure, creating a faux hawk of curls.
  7. Finish with a medium hold hairspray for style control.

Recommended Products:

Alterna Bamboo Smooth Anti-Humidity Hairspray acts as a barrier between hair and humid conditions, locking out frizz while locking in the style.

Best Face Shapes:

oval, round, square, diamond

Tip:

This style works best on those who have medium-thick to very thick hair.

Head-Banned

Ban your hair from getting in your face this fall with a simple headband and tons of curls to complement!

Head Banned Long Brown Wavy Look

How to Style:

  1. Work a golf ball-sized amount of styling mousse through towel dried hair.
  2. Blow dry hair, touseling and lifting hair at the roots as you blow dry.
  3. Use a 1 1/4-inch barrel curling iron to curl hair from mid-length to ends.
  4. Slide a thin headband into hair and push forward slightly, giving hair a bit of a bump forward in the front.

Recommended Products:

Find the perfect size curling irons and other hot tools for all your styling needs at www.hai-elite.com!

Best Face Shapes:

oval, pear

Tip:

If you have a round, heart or square shaped face, opt to leave out a side-swept fringe in front of the headband to create an angle that will balance your face shape.

Haute Head

With the launch of a new line of vivid colors, hairstyles will get an injection of creative color this fall!

Straight Hairstyle with Color HighlightsStraight Hairstyle with Color Highlights Side

How-To:

  1. Work heat-protecting serum through dry hair.
  2. Part hair to one side. (You’ll be parting to the other side for your final look so choose the side you don’t want for this first part!)
  3. Use a flat iron to smooth.
  4. Flip part over to the other side to get the texture you see in the photo.
  5. Finish with medium hold hairspray for additional style memory.

Recommended Products:

Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Dry Oil Mist can be used to shield hair from heat styling tools, enhance shine and protect color.

Best Face Shapes:

oval, round, diamond, pear

The best fall hairstyles ever are the ones that look great on YOU. Make a party of it and invite your friends over to practice all sorts of styles on each others’ hair this fall season!