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Fall 2021 Hair Trends Just Wanna Have Fun

Celebrity hairstylist Laura Polko is here to help you do your hair again.

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As back to school and return to the office looms, we’re faced with the challenge of doing our hair again. Luckily, fall’s biggest hair trends aren’t as buttoned up as you think. No, we're not cutting our own quarantine bangs anymore, but we’re still leaning into the DIY vibes of lockdown. From piling on accessories for an easy and elevated look to riffing off summer’s most popular hair trend, celebrity hairstylist (Hello, Gigi Hadid, Sydney Sweeny, and Lucy Hale!) and Aquage Brand Ambassador Laura Polko is keeping things “super simple” for fall 2021. Ahead, Polko breaks down the best hair trends of the season.

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Headband Stacking

What’s better than one headband? Multiple headbands! “Headband stacking works great on second or third-day hair as it provides hair with extra hold,” Polko says. To achieve this look, apply dry shampoo and stack together a couple thin headbands with one thick one for a cool and polished look. Scünci makes matching packs that are perfect for stacking.”

lelet ny
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Jules Crystal Headband
leletny.com
$270.00
scunci
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Pearl And Crystal Headband Set
Scünci ulta.com
$16.00
Jennifer Behr
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Ines Skinny Headband
Jennifer Behr amazon.com
$225.00
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Baby Clips

Finally, a solution for awkward grown-out bangs. “Ideal for those who cut their bangs during the pandemic are now growing out, baby clips are the perfect accessory to keep awkward length bangs looking cute,” Polko explains. “For optimal styling, twist the bangs away from the face and clip off with your favorite clip.”

scunci
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Animal Snap Clips
Scünci riteaid.com
$4.49
kitsch
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Micro Snap Clip Set
Kitsch sephora.com
$12.00
anthropologie
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Resin and Wood Hair Clip Set
Anthropologie anthropologie.com
$24.00
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Brushed Back '90s Hair

Say hello to your post-pandemic party look. “This high-volume, textured look is one of my favorites for Fall,” says Polko. “To achieve this style, work texturizing spray all over the root, working in throughout the hair and focusing on the root to give immediate lift and hold. From there, clip off around the face with setting clips and gently blow dry with low heat to set. Leave the clips in throughout the rest of your getting ready process, as the longer the clips are in place the better the final look will be.”

kristen ess
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Setting Clips
Kristin Ess Hair kristinesshair.com
$10.00
Oribe
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Aprés Beach Wave and Shine Spray
Oribe sephora.com
$44.00
aquage
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Sea Salt Texturizing Spray
Aquage aquage.com
$18.00
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Baby Bubble Braids

Introducing the newest iteration of the bubble braid trend we saw everywhere this summer. "Baby Bubble Braids are a slimmed down version of the original style," Polko says. "Creating this look is super simple; begin by sectioning off the front of the hair, and for those with short hair, I recommend using clip-in extensions with flat tapes in the front. Once sectioned off, use a little Aquage Illuminating Gelade, mix lightly on your palms and then apply sparingly on each section. From there, use Scünci’s poly bands and start tying off in sections, keeping about an inch between each. Once complete, move each apart and lightly pull out some hair between each tie for a perfectly unperfect polished finish.”

scunci
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Mixed Size Polybands
Scünci target.com
$4.99
aquage
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Illuminating Gelade
Aquage aquage.com
$20.00
luxy hair
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16" Seamless Natural Blonde Balayage Clip-Ins
luxyhair.com
$229.00
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