If you’re starting to feel the desperate need to change up your hairstyle for a new season, then why not pursue adopting one of these soon-to-be-everywhere fall 2022 hair trends? With each season giving you the opportunity to update your look just a little bit, these fresh-off-the-runway styles will make everyone around you do a double take… and maybe just ask for your autograph.
Many designers seemed to gravitate towards the appearance of no-fuss and easy-to-handle hair. Thus came the entrance of simple braided ponytails, sleek buns, and flowing loose waves to provide an easy backdrop when displaying the latest collections.
Of course, other designers went after making a statement not only in their collections but also in the hair shown on the runway. Somewhat few and far between, the main look that often occurred for an extra shock factor was the bob-to-long style. Evenly spliced with no layering, this popular haircut for fall is something that you will either love or hate.
But before we dive into all the popular fall 2022 hair trends, just remember to sleep on any bold moves before you decide to change your hair drastically!
#1. Brunette Power
Fellow brunettes, it’s time to unite! So, toss out the cliché that dyeing your hair blonde is for a ‘glow-up,’ and dyeing it darker is for an emotional breakdown. To some degree, this might be true, but given the designers’ penchants to darken their models’ hair, I’d say that people are just veering towards the chicness of the look as a whole and that the whole world isn’t collectively having a breakdown (yet). Both Billie Eilish and Hailey Bieber opted for darker tones earlier this year, and following the trendsetters’ new looks came the models of Fendi, Prabal Gurung, and Chanel.
#2. Dirty Blonde Baby
Designers ditched the look of glossy blonde blowouts for the messy muse look of tangled blonde locks. Often with a few caramel hues thrown in as highlights, this color trend was featured on the runways of Valentino, Tiffany Brown Designs, and Halpern, who did lean slightly more into the blonde Barbie look.
#3. Redder Is Better
Endorsed by celebrities such as Sydney Sweeney, who swapped her signature blonde for a strawberry hue, and Kendall Jenner, who changed her classic brown to red hair for the Prada runway, the hair color trend of red seems to be catching flame. Along with these celebrity endorsements, 16Arlington went for an all-red look, while Lanvin opted for streaks of the color.
#4. A Bucket of Bleach
The bleached buzz cut at Dior might have created a small stir, but in reality, platinum hair was the It hair color on many a runway. Platinum blonde hair is not reserved for pale folks who can pretend it’s natural. No, instead it’s all about that messy Courtney Love platinum blonde with a bit of dark root and a lot of sass. You might need a few bleach kits to achieve this ultra-light shade, but it’s often worth the effort. For inspiration, check out the Givenchy, Valentino, Halpern, and Yohji Yamamoto shows.
#6. Slick and Smooth Wet Hair
As we enter fall, the wet look will still maintain its reigning popularity on the runways. From LaQuan Smith’s ‘icy knot’ to low buns at both Max Mara and Giorgio Armani, this hairstyle trend can fall into any category you want – whether classy or messy. Due to this easy versatility, I definitely foresee it becoming even more popular come fall.
#7. Sleek Chignons and Buns
No season is complete without models on at least a few runways sporting timeless and pristine buns worthy of a ballerina! On the Giorgio Armani runway, models sported clean, low-slung buns along with hair brushed back cleanly with a lot of hair gel for a wet look. This look was a nice complement to the professional collection presented. We also saw some stunningly elegant buns and chignons on the runways of LaQuan Smith, Mark Fast, Max Mara, Saint Laurent, Prada, GCDS, and Jil Sander.
#8. Sleek Ponies
Following the trend of slick-backed buns comes the smooth and sophisticated ponytail. From waterfall styles at Christian Cowan and Kim Shui to high-shine ponytails woven with hair scarves at Ulla Johnson, this look can take on many aesthetics. With this versatility, it’ll make it perfect for warmer fall days. As the seasons transition further into winter, you might even be able to pull it into the depths of the season, depending on where you live.
#9. Braids and Braids
Braided hair has been popular for centuries, given that it is easy to style and perfect for keeping your hair in place for long periods of time. Because of this, designers seemed to be crushing hard on this hairstyle. At the Blonds, glamorous braids replaced the messy look donned at Brandon Maxwell. But when it came to gravity-defying looks, Collina Strada, Schiaparelli, and Dior went all in.
#10. Side Saddle
Particularly partial to the side part myself, I can’t deny my joy that it seems that the ever-stylish side part has seemingly won the ongoing hair part war for this season. So, whether you gravitate towards the more polished look as shown at Chanel or the messier and lived-in look that was highlighted at Miu Miu, we can mark a win for those that die for side parts or just want to attempt one.
#11. Old World, Vintage Hair
Given the growing penchant for vintage looks after the Met Gala, loosely fingered waves à la the 1920s are sure to become more and more popular. As Milanese hair stylist Sam McKnight explained, he “injected elegance with a sweeping wave to give a shot of modernity.” Over in England, Simone Rocha went for ‘70s fringed curls, and glossy, high-volume looks were the main feature over at Moschino. More interesting vintage hairstyles were spotted at Yuhan Wang, La London, Saint Sintra, Batsheva, and Eudon Choi.
#12. No Part, No Problem
Probably one of the most interesting new looks that came out from the fall/winter 2022 hairstyle trends would be that of the no-part look. Used in collections such as Maitrepierre, Christian Cowan, Maryling, and Tory Burch, this new parting completely erased the ongoing debate of side vs. middle parts. Therefore, if you happen to be unable to decide the best way to part your hair, why not just completely eradicate the debate and comb it all over to one side?
#13. Top of the Knot to You!
From Palm Angels to Preen, tying up your hair onto the top of your head has quickly become one of the biggest fall 2022 hair trends to lean into. Perfect for blustery winter weather, there’s no reason not to embrace this look and pair it off with a woven headscarf for an extra detail.
While it might look as if a two-year-old took scissors and decided to cut their own hair, this style certainly takes a bit of expertise – and just the right amount of confidence to pull off. However, models at 16Arlington, Annakiki, and Lanvin all managed to do just that, as the even chops from the side of the hair suddenly lengthened back into the flowing and sleek hair that was popular this spring and summer.
Long and flowing locks simply never miss. For this reason, many designers didn’t bother to have models with extensive hair lengths get their hair trimmed before the shows. From Christian Cowan to Conner Ives, the effortless windswept look proved to be a great fall hair trend.
#16. Chop It off
On the other side of things sat the messy chop. Whether chaotically spliced in different places such as Dsquared2 or more evenly cut and longer – something that both Coach and Coperni did, this retro and free-form haircut is the perfect way to add a bit of masculine energy to your winter outfits.
Photos via Vogue, Livingly