In L.A., we’ve got casual cool style on lock. We’re also really into taking care of our hair—whether it’s detoxifying our scalp or protecting our blond highlights. On that note, we’re always looking for ways to refresh our style, since a fresh chop or color pivot is the easiest way to switch things up in a snap. Ahead of fall, we spoke to some of our favorite stylists in the area to see what their clients are asking for right now.

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1. Very Blunt Bobs

Eric Torres, owner of Bombshell Salon in Santa Monica says his customers have been asking for a crisp blunt bob. The tidy center-parted style works with most hair textures, and looks good with straight or wavy locks. Pro tip: Apply a hair protectant (he recommends Oway Glossy Nectar) to the mid-shaft and ends before styling to protect your hair from the heat and give it some additional UV protection from the SoCal sun.

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2. Natural Curls

According to Cataanda James, a celebrity hairstylist and The Mane Choice brand educator, voluminous curly cuts are big on the streets of L.A. right now. Think: a combination of a modern Afro styles and face-framing layers. Leave-in conditioner keeps the style looking its best.

3. Textured Bobs

Instagram trendsetter Larisa Love is a brand ambassador for Joico, which makes innovative hair color and treatments for salon and home use; fittingly, she knows exactly how to cut hair to make the most of your color or highlights. The key is well-placed layers, which are emphasized by adding a texturizing finisher near the roots for extra lift and through the ends for some separation.

4. Long Beach Waves

Torres coined this name for the long, loose waves that clients often request (which also pair well with face-framing balayage that’s lighter near the ends). Parted straight down the middle, it looks effortless at a glance, but there’s more to the look than meets the eye. The “breezy” style includes highlights, a glossing treatment, a spritz of sea salt spray for texture and frequent trims so that split ends don’t add frizz.

5. Curtain Bangs

Face-framing layers are always a good idea, and Love likes to accent her clients’ curtain bangs with highlights in fancy colors (which she calls the style’s “hero piece.”) On bobs or shoulder-skimming cuts, curtain bangs add versatility, allowing clients to wear them with their hair down or using the longer layers to accent a headband or a topknot.

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