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

Photo by Savanna Ruedy

Get your scissors and bleach kits ready

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.

Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.