Shop Talk: Tips on Transitioning Your Hair Into Fall Season

Shop Talk: Tips on Transitioning Your Hair Into Fall Season

Plus, style for the workplace

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Leo Reyes. Photo by Erick Gibson

Silver Spring’s Leo Reyes has been cutting and coloring hair for nearly 15 years. These days, he’s wielding his shears at Rockville’s Kindle & Boom salon. Here are his tips on transitioning your mane into the new season—and his thoughts on what’s new in the hair world.

What hair color trends are you seeing this fall?

In the summer, women often want to go really light, almost white or silver. But for fall I’m thinking there will be a lot more smoky, sandy bronze. It’s soft and flattering.

What about coloring techniques—are we going to be seeing highlights, single-process or what?

For a long time, everyone wanted ombré, which puts darker roots with gradually lightened tips. But now, I think we’re moving more to balayage and painting, which are both great ways to get highlights near the face. They are softer than ombré, which really has a distinctive dark line at the base of the skull.

Texture—waves, big curls—is supposed to be coming back. How do you recommend getting the effect at home?

Shampoo your hair, then let it air dry. You’ll have a natural wave in your hair. Then you can enhance that with a little curling. I usually recommend an inch to an inch-and-a-half barrel curling iron to give it soft, loose waves.

Is there a particular cut that is popular right now?

Collarbone-length cuts, sometimes with a long fringe bang, are popular right now. It’s a good length and a different look, plus it’s easier to style than long hair. It’s got so much more body.

Why are fall and winter easier times to do hair?

When the humidity gets lower, people tend to be able to do more to their hair because it’ll stay better. In the summer, it’s easy to just give up or use a lot of products.

Do you care for hair differently as the weather gets cold?

In the winter, you can get away with fewer styling products. I also ask clients to wash their hair less often in the winter. You don’t sweat as much, so you don’t need to. Shampoo takes everything out of your hair. The less you wash it, the more it gets repaired. I recommend just washing it about three times a week.


Photo by Laura Chase McGehee

Workplace Style

In her former gig as a Montgomery County prosecutor, Bethesda’s Dana Kaplan Dorrier chose chic-yet-courtroom-ready outfits. Think Alice & Olivia wide-leg pants paired with a cape jacket and wedges or a skinny pantsuit with pointy-toed pumps. When she decided to leave the law in 2014 to launch a personal shopping business, Style Evolution, she knew she wanted to help other women make their 9-to-5 wardrobes both professional and fashionable.

“My clients really care about how they look at work,” says Dorrier. “They want to impress people but not stand out too much.” We asked her for advice on what we should be wearing (and not wearing) to cubicles and corner offices this fall.

Do: Shop at department stores. “I think people forget that you can get so many brands and so many sizes at places like Nordstrom. You can get a designer suit or a pair of trendy earrings to spark up a work outfit.”

Don’t: Think of items as either work or weekend. “There are some cool trends for fall that can definitely be worn to work, if you incorporate them carefully. Velvet will be big this fall and winter, and while you probably wouldn’t wear a velvet suit to work, a velvet pencil skirt could be great with a nice blouse.”

Do: Use accessories to give your work wardrobe oomph. “Shoes and jewelry are a good way to push the envelope a little. Statement earrings
have been big this summer, and they
will continue into fall.”

Do: Try a knit blazer in place of traditional suiting. “It’s just more modern than a cardigan.”

Don’t: Wear twinsets. “If you’re young, they make you look matronly.
And if you’re older, it’s the same problem.”

Do: Explore shades of tan. “Camel and other shades like it are classic, and they are back in a big way. I love it in a trench or wool coat, since it’s a changeup from boring black.”


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