6 Hair Makeovers That’ll Inspire You To Go Bold This Fall

Get your scissors and bleach kits ready

Photo by Savanna Ruedy

When it comes to our look, we can all agree that change is good. As the new season rolls around, nothing is more refreshing than kicking it off with an exciting update, whether it’s trying out the season’s latest makeup trends or opting for an entirely new hairdo.

Now that the sweltering temperatures have subsided and we don’t have to worry too much about humidity and excessive sweat messing up our ‘dos, what better time to completely change our hairstyle to something new and exciting?

We tapped six NYLON and Socialyte employees to simply go for it—whether they had a serious chop or neon orange on the brain—and make their hair dreams come true. With some of New York City’s most talented hair stylists and colorists at some of the best salons participating in this transformation, these lucky six are starting off fall with fresh and amazing new looks.

Click through the gallery to read each of their stories, and prepare for some serious fall makeover inspo.

Photo by Savanna Ruedy

Keryce Chelsi Henry, associate editor at NYLON

I’ve always played with the idea of rocking blonde hair but never fully committed to it, instead opting for safer routes like a brown-to-blonde ombré or blonde highlights. Back in July, I took a stab at it and used an at-home dye kit to give my curls a honey blonde hue... and it left my hair reddish brown. I had pretty much given up on going blonde until I saw that my ultimate hair icon, Kelis, bleached her tresses at the end of the summer, so for my fall look, I went into full fangirl mode and decided to follow suit.

I met with Colleen Flaherty from Spoke & Weal in SoHo for my makeover. Upon inspecting my hair, she had some good news and bad news: The good was that my failed at-home dye session lifted my almost-black natural hair color quite a bit, which meant she wouldn’t have to strip my hair too much. The bad was that, due to some heat damage and the blonde highlights I already had, there was a chance that some of my hair could snap off in the process (no big deal). To determine whether or not I’d be going bald during this salon visit, Colleen tested out the bleach on a couple of strands in different parts of my head. The hair was still attached to my scalp minutes later, so we decided it was safe to go all in and strip the color from my hair, then use a toner to bring the shade down from a yellow to a more sandy blonde.

I gave the most comically cheesy gasp when the toner was washed out of my hair; the color couldn’t have been more perfect. Plus, not only did I still have hair on my head, but my curls had an extra pop to them. Having natural hair has turned out to have its major pros and cons for this look because, on one hand, I don’t shampoo my hair often so I don’t have to worry about washing out the color, but on the other, I now have to be extra cautious about maintaining my hair’s moisture. That means deep conditioning my hair weekly (my favorite is the Alter Ego Garlic Mask) and using a more moisturizing leave-in conditioner (I’ve started using the OGX Coconut Curls Curling Hair Butter). And, because I’m so obsessed with this hair color, Colleen will be seeing me every five weeks or so to touch up my roots.