If you’re feeling that itch to change your hair then you won’t be wrong to take your inspiration from the fall/ winter 2019-2020 hairstyle trends, hot off the runways of New York, London, Milan, and Paris. As in every season, the fall 2019 runway hairstyles gave birth to both extreme and restrained trends.
On the more elaborate side of the fall/ winter 2019 hairstyle trends we have ultra-volumized hair, even bigger wigs, and gel sculpted looks. Artful styling of hair strands is another avant-garde element we saw a lot of this season.
The more restrained fall 2019 hair trends include middle and side parts, gentle waves, and sleek locks. Elaborate updos are mostly out, with simple ponytails, textured braids, cornrows, and semi updos being preferred.
As far as haircuts are concerned, there is a lot of room for variety. Bob haircuts, pixie haircuts, and all kinds of bangs were glimpsed on many different runways, although as in previous years, long hair reigned supreme. Texture was another element that was front and center, with natural curls, stylized waves, and even crimped hair being quite common.
We’ve profiled all of the fall/ winter 2019-2020 hairstyle trends so you can get really experimental, but before we get into that we’ll first talk about the fall/ winter 2019 hair color trends, which focused primarily on natural hair colors as opposed to the fashion colors we saw a lot last season.
Fall/ Winter 2019-2020 Hair Color Trends
#1. Red Hair
It’s hard to forget a redhead, which is why casting directors will almost always book a few ginger models for the Fashion Week shows. This season we saw both natural red and deeper dyed red hair, proving that the color is having a real comeback.
Ethereal redhead Sara Grace Wallerstedt continues to be one of the most heavily booked models in the fashion world, having walked at 30 shows during this fall season! Auburn beauty Sarah Dahl presented a different variation on red hair, and was just as popular, walking at fashion shows like Givenchy, Chanel, and Loewe. There were quite a few striking redheads who walked at R13, Sies Marjan, and Rodarte.
#2. Platinum Hair
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.
Lili Sumner, who walked for Eckhaus Latta, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, and Courreges, perfectly embodies this kind of platinum blonde energy. The ‘90s take on platinum hair really stood out to us at Versace where platinum blonde models had plenty of attitude. We also saw quite a few platinum blondes walking at Etro and Ashley Williams.
#3. Black Hair
Black hair, or at least brown hair so dark it seemed black to the naked eye, was celebrated as one of the ultimate fall 2019 hair color trends, particularly for POC models. More diverse runways meant that we saw black hair that was naturally curly or pin-straight styled in all kinds of ways.
Some of our favorite runway models with black hair are South Sudanese newcomer Aliet Sarah who walked for Miu Miu and Givenchy, and Chinese newcomer Chun Jin who walked for Prada, Fendi, and Saint Laurent among others. There is also former blonde Lara Mullen who walked the Chloé, McQueen, and Givenchy runways with black hair instead.
Other runways where ultra-dark black hair was celebrated included LaQuan Smith, Oscar de la Renta, and Christopher Kane.
Bronde, sitting somewhere between blonde and brown, is a classic hair color for models that can be made to lean in one direction or the other depending on the stylist. It’s one of the more reserved fall 2019 hair color trends that many are fortunate to have naturally, and it’s easy to achieve with dye no matter the starting hair color.
Many of the most sought-after models this season rock this hair color, including Fran Summers who walked for Louis Vuitton and Alexander McQueen, and Deirdre Firinne who walked for Chanel, Miu Miu, and Rochas. We also saw a lot of models with bronde hair at Sacai and Stella McCartney.
#5. Chocolate Brown
Rich and warm, chocolate brown hair is one of the most perfect fall/ winter 2019-2020 hair color trends. This deep brown shade holds a bit of softness and is super flattering to almost all skin tones.
Kaia Gerber, the daughter of chocolate-haired beauty Cindy Crawford, sported her glossy, chocolate brown locks on the runways of Chanel, Chloé and Prada. Léa Julian also had chocolate brown hair as she stomped the runways of Celine, R13, and Valentino.
#6. Pastel Touches
Fashion hair colors were more muted this season, with the pastel tones that have been so popular in recent seasons used more subtly in the fall/ winter 2019 hair color trends. Take for instance the color story at Mary Katrantzou, where touches of pastel tones were used in groups based on the elements, with streaks of pale blue and peach meant to remind us of clouds and a sunrise horizon.
Most models sported natural tones at Sies Marjan, but a pale pink look ended up enduring as the most memorable.
Fall/ Winter 2019-2020 Hairstyle Trends
#1. Middle Part
At this point a middle part is as classy as can be, and it neatly fits in with the ‘70s comeback we’ve seen. As part of the fall/ winter 2019 hairstyle trends, the center part is supposed to be easy with the rest of the hair voluminous.
At Longchamp, for example, the straight and clean center part was contrasted by the very slightly unkempt and textured styling. The hair was even more unkempt at Each X Other, where the top of the hair was very deliberately tousled, although by having the front strands pulled under back strands it was also kept out of the face.
For a cleaner look, check out the center part at Christopher Kane, which was extra neat, with the hair styled to be sleek but not greasy or damp, and the front strands pushed behind the ears.
We saw all manner of different takes on the center part at Oscar de la Renta, where models with voluminous curls and pin-straight hair alike had their hair styled into a soft middle part, and in some cases left loose while in others it was pulled back with a ribbon.
At Tory Burch, hair parted in the center was pulled back into a braid, while in some instances the middle part was combined with two symmetrical cornrows along the sides.
#2. Side Part
Where middle parts are soft and a little wild, side parts are prim and proper. They can look schoolgirlish in some instances, while mature and sophisticated in others. We appreciated their versatility just as much as the hair stylists that made them one of the fall/ winter 2019 hairstyle trends.
A deep side part gave some much needed structure to lightly damp and mussed styling at Dries Van Noten. Side-parted hair at Stella McCartney was either left loose or pulled back into a low-slung ponytail.
The hair at Lela Rose was parted deeply along the side, with the front strands pushed forward to slightly cover the forehead, and with a few bobby pins keeping things in place. Most models on the Paco Rabanne and Roberto Cavalli runways sported deep, dramatic side parts, while quite a few others wore cornrows instead.
#3. Low Ponytail
The low-hanging ponytail might be the most classic of the fall 2019 hairstyles, since it has also been on our trend list in many of the prior seasons. The secret to a super elegant low ponytail is to hide the hair tie with a twist of a strand of hair, which is exactly what was done at Lela Rose.
The low-slung ponytails at Cushnie were as sleek as can be, with middle-parted hair pulled into them with the help of a small, clear elastic. The most unique low-slung ponies were the ones threaded with shiny metal chains at the Christian Siriano show.
#4. High Ponies
If low ponytails are supposed to represent elegance, then their high-lodged counterparts represent the opposite: something childish, daring, and maybe just a little trashy. Hair stylists fully embraced the ridiculousness of a high ponytail for the fall 2019 hair trends.
The hair was pulled as tightly as possible up into high ponytails at GCDS, but was then waved and slicked to fan out dramatically behind the head. High ponytails at Emilia Wickstead were tied off with a cutesy ribbon, and then slightly separated to sit over the head. A similar look was somehow grungy at Ashley Williams where the black bow didn’t make up for the fact that the high ponytail was a little messy.
We were getting Ariana Grande vibes from the high ponytails at Byblos, which were super long and tied off with a wide, sparkly hair tie.
#5. Soft Waves
Romantically waved hair will never go out of style. Soft waves require a bit of work and yet they seem natural and effortless – exactly what the fashion world loves. This was the styling choice on a variety of different runways, no matter the actual clothing style.
Soft romantic waves at Rejina Pyo had a retro feel in some instances, especially when the hair was side parted and the waves kept glossy, and a soft, timeless feel when the hair was brushed back or parted in the center. There was also a retro vibe at Zimmermann and Ryan Lo, two runways where a combination of lush, healthy waves with a side part reminded us of 1940s bombshells.
Hair was tousled with gentle waves at Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini in a way that was beachy and elegant rather than glam.
#6. Intense Curls
Whether natural or crafted with some teasing and a very small curling iron, voluminous hair with tight curls was one of the more fun fall 2019 hair trends. ‘70s disco was part of the inspiration, but we also think this illustrates the continuing shift towards celebrating natural hair in the fashion industry.
Curls were celebrated at Louis Vuitton, where some models rocked natural hair while others had their hair curled and teased into a voluminous ‘do that was then pulled back into a semi updo with a twist at the top. The cascade of curls at Rodarte was also quite memorable, especially as models also had their hair embellished and pinned with gorgeous floral hair accessories for fall 2019.
Curly hair was pinned just behind the ear at Staud, and the joyful way models strutted down the runway seemed to imply that they were big fans of the look. Disco curls at Michael Kors had everyone talking. Cher and Diana Ross would have both been envious of the large curls hair was styled into on the ‘70s-inspired runway.
#7. Gelled and Sculpted Hairstyles
Gelled hair is nothing new, but for the fall/ winter 2019 hair trends hair stylists kicked it up a notch. Hair was heavily gelled and then sculpted against the scalp in a variety of interesting ways. Some reminded us a bit of tight ‘20s Marcelle curls, while others were a brand new, even futuristic way of styling hair with hair gel.
For that 1920s-meets-2920s look at J.W. Anderson we can thank hair stylist Anthony Turner. The hair was gelled and combed into thick, rigid curls that framed the face and sat against the forehead and temples. Hair was similarly gelled and sculpted at Richard Quinn, but instead of Betty Boop curls models instead had a severe middle part that extended down into the forehead.
The hair was parted and gelled just as severely at Maison Margiela and Prada, but with a more natural hairline and without the extension into the forehead. At Fendi, a side-parted fringe was thickly gelled, looking like a single curl against the forehead.
#8. Artsy Strands
There was another unique way of using gel that we saw on the runways for the fall/ winter 2019-2020 hair trends that was just as creative as the more sculptural hair. Strands of hair were gelled and then shaped against the forehead in unique ways.
At Priscavera, the hair was center parted, and two strands were taken and shaped into two circles on the foreheads of many of the models, looking like two rings, while the rest of the hair was gently blow-dried and glossed. It was a single ring shape at the temple at Preen by Thornton Bregazzi that caught our attention, especially because it was paired with unkempt hair.
At Burberry, strands were also gelled and shaped, although in much more intricate shapes, looking almost like a hair tiara against the forehead, with the rest of the hair pulled back in tight buns.
#9. Peculiar Pigtails
Cute isn’t the first word that comes to mind when we think about the fall/ winter 2019-2020 hairstyle trends, and even the pigtails we saw on the runways didn’t quite fit in with this word.
The strands of hair in high pigtails at Alexander Wang were straightened in a very piecey manner, which reminded us of the way director Lana Wachowski styles her hair, and fit in well with the Matrix vibes on the runway.
There was also some film inspiration at Prada, where pigtail braids reminded just about everyone of Wednesday Addams, and were ideally matched with the minimalist makeup trend for fall 2019. The super exaggerated pigtail wigs at Junya Watanabe also come to mind as an extra unique take on what should be a cutesy style.
#10. Twisted Buns
A twisted bun is a great little hairdo to learn to achieve, because it looks like it took so much time and effort but it’s actually super easy to create. At a busy fashion show with dozens of models, that’s exactly the kind of look that hair stylists prefer, so the twisted bun came to be one of the fall/ winter 2019-2020 hairstyles.
One strand of hair was twisted at Brandon Maxwell to create a variety of seemingly complex buns that had a slightly narrower shape than is typical. The buns at Richard Quinn were formed out of a braid that was twisted into a spiral and then pinned in place, offering a fairly neutral counterpoint to the very extreme way the front was styled.
Simple twisted buns at Valentino sat at the center of the crown, and worked well with the ballerina-esque look of the collection, which featured a lot of tulle and other soft, see-through fabrics in feminine silhouettes. We also loved the delicate twisted buns at Self-Portrait and Brock Collection.
#11. Semi Updos
If a tight bun isn’t quite your style, but you don’t want to let your hair hang too loosely, then perhaps some of the semi updos we saw as part of the fall/ winter 2019 hairstyle trends might appeal to you.
First and foremost, we must talk about the semi updos at Chanel, which were flowy enough to fit with the winter vacation theme of the collection. Sam McKnight pulled the models’ hair into a half-down half-up look, and then added a beautiful and unique barrette for a touch of glam.
At Tadashi Shoji, the half-up part of the hair was twisted into a bun, while the rest of the hair was allowed to hang loose in a natural, haphazard texture, adding a lived-in feeling that gave a sense of ease to the otherwise very glamorous runway.
#12. Crimped Hair
Of all of the fall 2019 hair trends, we think crimped hair is going to be the most controversial. This quick-to-come-quick-to-go technique shapes hair into a zig-zag pattern that adds a lot of texture and volume, which is why runway hair stylists tend to come back to it every few years. Is this the year crimped hair also catches on in the mainstream? You’ll have to tell us.
A large crimper was used on the center-parted hair at 3.1 Phillip Lim, contributing to hair that looked voluminous and extended from the head in a triangular shape. There was also some use of the crimping iron at Michael Kors to add volume and texture to the hair of models who didn’t have a natural curl, contributing to the disco atmosphere.
Crimped hair at PH5 was extra unique, with extra-long strands of crimped hair pulled over to totally cover the face.
Braids continue to astound us on the runways. Whereas small braids were super common last season, for the fall 2019 hairstyle trends it was all about long plaits falling down the back, with the only exception being the Wednesday Addams-esque double braids at Prada, and small braids twisted into a bun under berets at House of Holland.
The big braid falling down the back at Roberta Einer was even embellished with a colorful scarf threaded in along with the locks. It was all about that single, thick braid at Max Mara, which started fairly high on the crown and fell all the way down the back. Other runways to feature gorgeous single braid looks included Tory Burch, Ulla Johnson, and Thom Browne.
#14. Cornrows/ Boxer Braids
Cornrows or boxer braids are actually just very small Dutch braids. They pull the hair tightly against the head and really keep it in place, and as a bonus they have a lovely texture. We were happy to see them on a variety of runways as part of the fall 2019 hairstyle trends.
On the Armani runway, the cornrow look actually involved a bit of cheating. Instead of actually Dutch-braiding the hair, strands were twisted and pinned to achieve the cornrow effect.
While most models on the Roberto Cavalli runway had a deep side part, quite a few (particularly, POC models) had their hair styled into neat cornrows. Boxer braids were celebrated on the Chromat runway along with diversity, and we were happy to see a ton of different iterations with various amounts of cornrows.
The cornrows at Paco Rabanne helped to position the style as something more upscale. Four cornrows were styled symmetrically – two small ones along a center part, and two slightly larger ones along the sides of the head, which were then all pulled back and embellished with jeweled barrettes.
#15. Big Hair
The inspiration for big hair for the winter 2019-2020 hairstyle trends came from the ‘70s for the most part, although we certainly had some ‘60s inspirations as well. No matter where the big hair came from, we loved the massive, voluminous ‘dos which will ensure you stand out in the snow.
For some gorgeous late ‘60s hair turned up to 100, we can look to Moschino. Models wore massive, gorgeous wig bouffants, blown back and lightly curled. The wigs themselves might be heavy, but you can try to recreate a smaller version of the look with the help of a teasing brush and lots of hair spray.
At Vivetta, ultra-clean and smooth bouffants were created with a combination of the models’ natural hair and hair extensions applied underneath. The hair was allowed to flow down the back. The clean bouffants at Erdem were created in a similar way, but instead of letting the hair fall down the back it was pulled and twisted into a ‘60s-inspired updo.
Big ‘70s blowouts were the perfect accompaniments to the shimmering dresses at the Naeem Khan show. The hair was soft and lush, yet extremely voluminous – the very definition of ‘70s glamour.
Wigs took all forms on the catwalks, contributing to same of the most extreme fall 2019 runway hairstyles. From massive, drag-inspired creations to small yet colorful ‘dos, wigs were styled to stand out and be celebrated – no subtlety allowed.
One of the greatest things about wigs is how wild their colors can be. Messily teased short wigs at Anna Sui came in every color of the rainbow and were decorated with small bows. At Junya Watanabe, most of the large pigtail wigs were black, brown or blonde, but there were also a few pink options.
Jeremy Scott opted for wigs not only at Moschino but also on his eponymous runway. These wigs were the opposite of glam, however. The black wigs were straightened harshly, cut into choppy bobs, and splattered with white paint. Worn by both male and female models, they fit with the black and white collection.
Massive wigs with a ‘60s bouffant closed the Pam Hogg show, and they were as elaborate as you’d expect from the British designer. Last and by far the largest were the wavy wigs at Ashish, which came in a variety of natural colors and were even decorated with hair pins and headbands.
#17. Slicked-Back Hair
Slicked-back hair is as sophisticated as can be. It is the hairstyle that says, “you can’t mess with me,” and it pairs just as well with a ball gown as it does with a slouchy suit. On the Naeem Khan runway, the models spared from voluminous ‘70s hair instead had their hair slicked back in a damp look that was ultra-sophisticated.
We saw how slicked-back hair could also be textured and piecey at Salvatore Ferragamo, where the hair was gelled and then combed back with a thick-toothed comb that separated the strands and kept things interesting.
The hair at Tod’s was smoothed down as close to the head as possible, and was then pulled back into an ultra-tight ponytail, looking sleek and shiny. We also saw sleek, gelled-back hair at Helmut Lang and Molly Goddard.
#18. Humid and Damp
One of the most common fall 2019 hairstyles that we saw on the runways was the damp look, which we think meant to represent what hair looks like when one gets caught in inclement weather without a hat or an umbrella. Across various runways, hair was styled to look damp and messy, as opposed to the damp yet sleek looks of the previous seasons.
The hair at Toga was gelled to look damp, with strands messily pulled forward over the face reinforcing a “caught in a rainstorm” look. Strands of lightly dampened hair at Versace were also pulled over the face for a similar messy style.
The damp strands at Mary Katrantzou were pulled over the forehead without obscuring the rest of the face, while the rest of the hair was styled haphazardly.
#19. Pixie and Buzz Cuts
There was still room for ultra-short haircuts in the fall 2019 hairstyles, on both more elegant and more grungy runways. There were many models with pixie haircuts at Shrimps, which was one of the more feminine runways this season.
Maike Inga, who walked for Chanel, Valentino, and 20 other shows had a tight pixie cut with choppy bangs that turned heads everywhere. Also notable is Sara Sorić who walked for Sportmax, Dior, and Versace with her short mushroom-cap pixie cut. Other runways where models with short haircuts were celebrated included Miu Miu, Gucci and Givenchy.
#20. Bob Haircuts
Models are not restricted to super long or super short hair. Wearable bobs are just as acceptable, with a ton of runways showing bob haircuts at various lengths as one of the fall 2019 hair trends.
While most models had their hair tied back at Stella McCartney, those with bobs had their hair kept loose, including notable supermodel Cara Taylor. Black wigs cut into short bobs were worn by almost every single model at the Matty Bovan show, also reinforcing the popularity of bangs on the runway.
We also saw a lot of models with bob haircuts at Giambattista Valli, Dries Van Noten, and Helmut Lang.
While we may have seen fewer bangs this year than in the previous ones, there were enough striking runway fringes that it’s still a totally appropriate choice for fall 2019 hairstyles.
We really noticed the piecey bangs at Shrimps because they were often styled with a pearly headband right above them. Bangs stuck out from beneath the knitted fall 2019 hats at Missoni, with a clean, gradual cut that flowed perfectly into the bob haircuts. In some instances, the bangs even covered the eyes!
Soft bangs at Celine were not overly styled, so they kept a natural, wavy texture, yet still seemed quite proper when combined with the bourgeois runway styling. Quite a few models rocked faux bangs at Miu Miu that were either very neat or choppy, in a variety of lengths. There were also choppy baby bangs on a few of the models at Simone Rocha, Marni, and Priscavera.
#22. Side Bangs
Don’t worry, we’re not having a mid-aughts side bang revival! The side bangs that became part of the fall 2019 hairstyles were sophisticated and mature, sitting on the forehead without covering eyes or obscuring faces.
In fact, side bangs were as neat as can be at the Emilia Wickstead show, where they were smoothly pushed to the side and either pinned or tucked under hats or knitted bonnets.
Piecey side bangs on the Givenchy runways lent a softer, slightly more natural touch to pulled-back hair. Some of the models sported textured, slightly mussed side bangs at Dries Van Noten, as well.
#23. Curly Bangs
A few models known for their curly hair also sported bang haircuts this year, leading to curly bangs becoming a super wearable option for the fall/ winter 2019-2020 hairstyle trends. Curly-haired women who shied away from trying a fringe can rejoice – it’s now perfectly acceptable, no straightener required.
There were several different models with curly bangs walking the runway at Lemaire, with their hair either left loose or pulled back. The gorgeous Mica Argañaraz walked the Chloé, Chanel, and Saint Laurent runways with her signature curly bob haircut with bangs on display.
Photos via Livingly, Vogue