Like fashion and beauty trends, what’s considered “in” and “out” in the hair world changes every season. For fall 2012, both sleek coiffures and curly manes are in. If either is your natural texture, you should certainly embrace what your momma gave you. Still, don’t be afraid to change things up a bit if the mood strikes.
With the help of Janet St. Paul — a celebrity hair stylist who’s styled the heads of Diane Sawyer and Sigourney Weaver, among others — I’m highlighting three hair tools you should add to your arsenal this fall. And if you already own them? Well, use them to your hair’s full advantage.
#1 – A 100% Boar Bristle Brush
If you’re in the market for a new brush, go 100% boar bristle brush or go home. Boar bristle brushes are gentle on the hair, reduce frizz and last longer. They come in all varieties, including cushion, round, flat, teasing and paddle.
Use This Tool For: Ballet Bun
“This type of bun is a classic, yet is simple to do at home,” notes St. Paul, who owns Janet St. Paul Studio for Hair in Austin, Texas. “You can wear it with any outfit and it will help you look taller and leaner.” To create the look, St. Paul recommends starting with slightly damp hair. Using a hair elastic, create a snug ponytail. Brush out the pony tail and then, “in a circular motion, gently twist … and begin to curl and coil the shape of a bun,” says St. Paul. Secure with bobby pins, use serum to tame fly aways and finish with hairspray.
#2 – A Curling Wand
A curling wand is exactly like a curling iron, but without a clamp. Like curling irons, curling wands come in various barrel sizes and you can create a million different looks depending on the size and how you curl.
Use This Tool For: Retro-Fab Curls
Inspired by the myriad TV shows and movies that embrace eras of time gone by, retro-fabulous curls are a major do for your ‘do this fall. To create this look, start with straight or wavy hair. Pin up most of your hair except for the bottom layer. Then, in 2-inch sections, use a curling wand to curl each section hair. Make sure you continue curling all hair in the same direction. This will create those retro-looking waves. Continue releasing small portions of hair a little at a time and repeat. Let set until your hair cools. With serum-coated hands, run your fingers through your hair.
#3 – A Flat Iron
Everyone knows what a flat iron is. It’s your best friend, that’s what. Whether you have straight hair, wavy hair or the curliest hair on the block, an amazing flat iron can take your mane from scary to super sleek in no time.
Use This Tool For: Sleek Ponytail
“Precise, super sleek pony tails that are tight to the head are super popular and all over the runways for fall 2012,” says St. Paul. To create the look, straighten your hair with a flat iron until there are zero kinks, curls or waves. Using a boar bristle brush and a snag free rubber band, secure your hair at the nape of your neck. You can also use a hair serum or finishing spray for an extra sleek pony.
Learn more about where to splurge and where to save when it comes to hair tools here.