Fall and winter mean wind, snow, and (sorry to remind you) sleet. In other words, sleek hairdos better run for cover – we’ve got the scoop on fall and winter hair styles. Here, local hair experts weigh in on products to stock up on as the temps start to dip, what styles you should be rocking at your next big event, including a quick fix to give your hair color a little boost.
“For the Windy City elements—which have a huge impact on the hair—I recommend stocking up on Moroccanoil products,” says Colette Green, owner of Colette Salon and Spa in Gold Coast. “The Moroccanoil shampoo and conditioners can stand up to whatever our Windy City winters have to dish out.”
The products contain argan oil, which nourishes the hair and scalp.
She recommends a cocktail of Moroccanoil’s root-lift and volume mousse for all hairstyles. The mixture gives hair volume and control while keeping it soft; and, since the products are water-soluble, they wash off easily in the shower explains Green.
And although the sun may seem less intense during the fall and winter, you still need to be mindful of sun damage to your hair, explains Tony Odisho, owner of Exsalonce Salon and Spa in Roscoe Village.
Odisho also likes Aveda Dry Remedy shampoo and conditioner for keeping tresses hydrated this fall and winter
Carrie Lannon, director of PR at ULTA Beauty, suggests hydrating hair with the Living Proof Restore Mask in fall and wintertime.
“It’s football season, so think Sunday and defense,” Hairstylist Andrew Tartara says.
Tartara suggests adopting a Sunday routine of deep conditioning the hair using Redken Diamond Oil Deep Facets. “Deep-conditioning one day a week is the key to getting through the change in climate without having to deal with a complete change in hair texture,” he adds.
Fall and Winter Hairstyles
So, after your hair is all soft and shiny, how should you style it? This year’s cold-weather hair trends include blunt bangs and big, bouncy curls for women, according to Green. For men, she says it’s all about styles that are short on the sides and in back, but longer on top.
As for hairstyles, Odisho says middle parts, heavy fringe, messy waves, and sleek-and-straight hair are trending for women; he seconds Green’s assessment that short sides and longer tops are trending for men.
For special-occasion hair, “the overall trends center on sleek, sophisticated hair with a modern twist,” Green says. “For up-dos, it’s all about sleek ponytails, braids, and perfectly coiffed buns. A lot of us tend to immediately think up-dos when it comes to gala hair, but a beautiful straight blow-out with a clean middle part is timelessly elegant.”
Hair color trends
The changing of the seasons offers a great opportunity to also change up your hair color reports Carrie Lannon, director of PR at ULTA Beauty. She recommends giving your look a little reboot this time of year. She told us that salons at ULTA beauty often use Redken Shades EQ Glaze because it is only semi-permanent, pointing out it is a great “way to enhance your color without the long-term commitment.”
“Fall and winter is the time to add some rich dimension to your current hair color,” she says.
A great place to look for inspiration on hair colors for the fall and winter is Cosmopolitan’s “Hair Color You'll Dye For This Season.”
Chicago salons mentioned in this article:Colette Salon and Spa (100 E. Walton, 312.944.1409); Exsalonce Salon and Spa (2150 W. Roscoe, 773.327.4848); for a list of ULTA locations visit Ulta.com; for more information on Andrew Tartara, visit AndrewTartara.com.