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Fall's best hairdos (and hairdon'ts)

Fall's hairdos are all about angles and femininity. Some looks are celebrity-inspired, and others are modern takes on styles from days gone by. One thing is certain: Whatever 'do you choose, don't hesitate to experiment. Thankfully, this season's fun and funky styles are oh-so-wearable.

The Pob and the bob

Do go short for Fall 2008 with looks such as "The Pob," the asymmetrical, edgy version of the traditional bob cut (named after Victoria "Posh" Beckham), or the classic bob with a twist (think Rihanna and her concave bob). The great thing about the bob is that it's a look that can be customized to suit your style and bone structure. You can go with straight and sleek or choppy and asymmetrical.

These shorter haircuts also complement a range of hair colors, from classic colors to rocker-chic highlights. Plus, because these hip looks call for sheared locks, hair is bound to stay healthier, thanks to frequent trims.

Bangs and fringe

Bangs are back, and no matter your hair type or face shape, the right kind of bags can be rocked by all. Pick a look that works for you, as bangs are an easy way to give your current cut a quick update.

The traditional blunt bangs draw attention to the eyes and work best on those with heart-shaped faces or large foreheads. Angled bangs are flattering for round and diamond-shaped faces, and long, angled bangs are the only option I recommend for women with curly hair.

Don't opt for super-short bangs à la Natalie Portman — it's a look that only an occasional goddess can pull off. And avoid "mall bangs" at all costs. Those are the super thick, circa-1987 bangs that begin much too far back on the head and usually are styled with gallons of Aquanet. This look is no longer considered awesome.


Unlike the recent Hello Kitty revival, fall braids are sophisticated and ladylike, more goddess than girl. And it's not just the girls-next-door sporting this feminine look. Braids have gone haute couture after being sported on the runways of designers such as Tracy Reese and Carmen Marc Valvo. Best of all, braids work for all hairstyles and types. This fall, opt for a classic braid tied into a chignon, or leave locks long and flowing with a simple braid accenting just one side of the face, as the original Gossip Girl Blake Lively did at a recent premiere.

Side-swept 'dos

Messy ponytails or tightly curled chignons have one thing in common this season: they're best worn a bit off-center. This isn't the side ponytail of years past (that one was usually paired with braces and bangs); this look is more bed head meets beauty queen. Wear the side-swept style low on the head, and don't be afraid to mix your new side 'do with the aforementioned braids for a look that is booth of-the-moment and timeless.

Fall's best hairdos (and hairdon'ts) 08/28/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 4:57pm]
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