The Best Hairstyles From New York Fashion Week Fall 2014 and How to Get Them

We are currently slaves to the season of hats, hoods, and earmuffs, but that doesn't mean the runway has to mimic reality. Fall/Winter hair tends to err on the side of the romantic, and for 2014, many designers seem to be complementing the natural beauty looks they've created with equally easy, breezy hairstyles. We've seen more loose ponytails, braids, and low-slung chignons than dramatic updos or slicked-back styles. The results are pretty, subdued, and ultimately wearable. And here's exactly how to do just that.

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by Rachel Krause

Tadashi Shoji Fall 2014

Redken expert and celebrity runway stylist Rodney Cutler created the foundation for this “effortlessly magical” look by blow-drying freshly washed hair into a deep side part using a round brush, then separating dry hair into two sections. He braided the right section, using a clear or matching elastic to hold the braid in place, then rolled the opposite side of the part over the braid, pinning in place and setting with holding spray.

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Protective Blow-Dry Gel

Apply before blow-drying to tame flyaways and protect hair from heat styling.

Redken Blown Away 09 Protective Blow-Dry Gel, $26,

Texturizing Powder

Massage into the roots of dry hair for body and movement without stickiness.

Got2b POWDER’ful Volumizing Styling Powder, $5.99,

Finishing Spray

Spritz liberally over the finished style to keep hair in place.

Redken Forceful 23 Super Strength Finishing Spray, $17,

Costello Tagliapietra Fall 2014

Lead hairstylist Nelson Vercher described the look as “Park Avenue meets beach” — sophisticated in the front, with a smooth, shiny side part, and relaxed in the back thanks to casual air-dried waves. To recreate the look, do as Vercher did and dry only the top of hair with a diffuser. Twist damp lengths, saturated with a soft volumizing foam, into a low chignon (or the closest thing to it) and allow to dry for half an hour, then release.

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Volumizing Foam

Massage through damp, towel-dried hair.

Rene Furterer Volumea Volumizing Foam, $23,

Rag & Bone Fall 2014

The hair at Rag & Bone bore a striking similarity to my average fourth-day lion’s mane, except totally on purpose. Hair pro Paul Hanlon said of the look, “You know that Saturday morning hair you get, after not washing your hair for part of the week?” Yes, completely. Hanlon recreated the “greasier on the roots and drier on the ends” look on clean hair by working a wax product into the roots, then hitting the ends with a mattifying powder. He finished off the look by pulling it halfway through an elastic band — so easy, and easily recreated on actual dirty hair.

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Texturizing Wax

A liberal application of this texturizing paste focused around the roots will give clean hair that “dirty” effect.

Jonathan ‘Dirt’ Texturizing Paste, $26,

Mattifying Powder

Hit the lengths and ends with mattifying powder to minimize natural shine.

Osis+ Dust It Mattifying Powder, $24,

Yigal Azrouël Fall 2014

The look at Yigal Azrouël was simple, natural, and “slept in” (as if) — models wore uniform middle parts and low ponytails, with each side tucked behind the ears. Part dry hair evenly down the center and pull back loosely, allowing textured wisps to hang around the face. Use a liberal application of dry shampoo at the crown and back of the head and give it a good mussing to add volume. Finish off the ends with a touch of styling cream for smoothness.

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Dry Shampoo

Spritz around the roots and crown for natural-looking second-day volume.

Klorane Extra Gentle Dry Shampoo, $15.95,

Finishing Cream

Work a tiny bit of this unique product into ends for a lived-in look.

Brilliantine, $24,

Karen Walker Fall 2014

If Brigitte Bardot let her bouffant down after a long day, the look at Karen Walker would likely be the result. Clean, damp hair was brushed into an off-center part and blown out sleek, straight, and full of movement with a volumizer, then doused in a mattifying powder that was massaged through the roots and lengths.

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Volumizing Spray

You only need a little bit of this ultra-effective spray at the top of the head, but the more you use, the bigger the hair will be. You have been warned.

Redken Guts 10 Volume Spray Foam, $16.50,