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.
7 Haircuts Everyone in Los Angeles Wants Right Now
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Meet the Experts:
- Mara Roszak, hairstylist, owner of Mare Salon in West Hollywood and founder & CEO of RŌZ.
- Eric Torres, owner of Bombshell Salon in Santa Monica.
- Cataanda James, a celebrity hairstylist and brand educator for The Mane Choice.
1. The Heartthrob Haircut
“Everything from the ‘90s has been back in a major way, and this cut feels like a modern nod to that era,” says Roszak. “There are no harsh lines. Just soft edges with a bit of length at the nape of the neck (but not as long as a shag) and a touch of length in the front, which gives the look a boyish femininity,” she adds.
Tip: To style your cut at home, Roszak recommends applying a pump of oil to damp hair and let it air dry. If needed, use a large round brush to smooth out the face-framing layers before tucking them behind your ears, then untucking a few strands for the perfect soft bend.
2. French Long Bob with Fringe
For a cut that works for any hair type, Roszak says many of her clients are requesting a long, French bob. “I love this cut because it’s chic and it makes your hair look healthier. The ends are cut blunt and hit just above the chest with very soft, long layers throughout for hidden movement. The fringe should be kept soft and taper slightly longer at the edges, so they’re on the wispier side,” she shares.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Textured Bobs
The key to making the most of your color or highlights with this cut 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.
6. Breezy 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.
7. Curtain Bangs
Face-framing layers are always a good idea (especially when they're highlighted in festive colors like this). On bobs or shoulder-skimming cuts, curtain bangs add versatility, allowing people to wear them with their hair down or using the longer layers to accent a headband or a topknot.