In-demand hairstylist Jen Atkin divulges the bobs and bangs that matter most this season.
Written By Lexy Lebsack
THE 3 COOLEST CUTS FOR FALL: in-demand hairstylist Jen Atkin divulges the bobs and bangs that matter most this season  |  #VioletGrey, The Industry's Beauty Edit

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Considering a new haircut is agonizing. Magazine pages must be rifled through, dog-eared, torn out, taped onto walls and stared upon for days. For some, even receiving an easy trim is anything but. One inch or two? Razored or blunt? Hairstylist Jen Atkin answers this year’s haircut conundrum with the three styles she believes will be this season’s sensations. 
Perhaps the most qualified artist in Hollywood to share advice on the subject, Atkin boasts clients like Jessica Alba, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Richie, Megan Fox, Christina Hendricks, the ladies Kardashian (all of them) and Gwen Stefani. Atkin also jet-sets to cities like Dubai on a regular basis to take appointments with any tastemaker lucky enough to get one. Then there is her quarter of a million Instagram followers, all of whom feverishly double-tap her posts and plead with their own stylist for a similar cut back home. Suffice it to say, VIOLET GREY takes her predictions seriously.

To celebrate VIOLET GREY's highly anticipated hair curation launch, Atkin shared the three coolest cuts to accompany the ultimate collection of must-have hair products

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Red-carpet hairstylist Jen Atkin reveals the only three haircuts that matter for fall. 
"This is good for the women that have long, Victoria's Secret-inspired layers but want something sleeker for fall." —Jen Atkin on THE 60's SLEEK & SHINY as seen on Rosie Huntington-Whiteley  |  #VioletGrey, The Industry's Beauty Edit
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“This is good for the women that have long, Gisele–inspired layers but want something sleeker for fall," Atkin says.

 The role models: “Think Jane Birkin without the bangs,” Atkin says, who notes Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (above) as a prime example of this cut. 

What to ask for: Long with very minimal to no layers. The ends should be soft and natural, not blunt or sharp, Atkin says.

 Styling suggestions: For a smooth, shiny finish, apply oil through the ends of damp hair before blow-drying. (Try The Violet Code–approved formula Lea Journo Revive French Plum Oil For Hair & Body.) 

Bonus tip: “I suggest a straightening treatment, like a Brazilian Blowout, for the women that battle with frizz,” Atkin says. “It’s such an easy fix when you want to wake up with amazing hair every day.” 
“I call it the bitchy bang because it lands right in your eyes” — Jen Atkin on THE SAINT LAURENT SHAG as seen on Alexa Chung  |  #VioletGrey, The Industry's Beauty Edit
Alexa Chung
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“In spring, a lot of women got a blunt lob [long bob],” Atkin says. “Update it for fall by adding layers and a feathered bang. This cut has a cool, ‘70s bohemian feeling.”

The role models: This cut is a model favorite and the star of many noteworthy fall campaigns (Anja Rubik for Gucci and Grace Hartzel for Saint Laurent), as well as Brit It girl Alexa Chung (above).

What to ask for: A shoulder-length cut with shaggy layers around the face. And the fringe? “I call it the bitchy bang because it lands right in your eyes,” Atkin says with a laugh.

Styling suggestion: Apply Sachajuan’s Ocean Mist to wet hair, blow-dry or air-dry, and finish with a texturizing spray, like Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray. (Both of which have been approved by The Violet Code.)

Bonus tip: “Do not use a curling iron! You don’t want a style that looks too perfect with this cut,” Atkin says. Instead, add bends and imperfect waves with a flat iron.
“The difference of length should be about an inch, so it’s unnoticeable when you tuck your hair behind your ears,” —Jen Atkin on THE ASYMMETRICAL BOB as seen on Keira Knightly  |  #VioletGrey, The Industry's Beauty Edit
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Atkin describes this cut as the best way to update a bob this fall. It’s a grown-out, grungy take on the classic cut.

The role models: No shortage of inspiration here. Daria Werbowy, Beyoncé and Keira Knightley (above) have all had versions of this cut. Atkin recently gave Jessica Alba, Nicole Richie and model Chrissy Teigen asymmetrical bobs, too.

What to ask for: A classic bob that is slightly longer in the front (either on both sides or just one). “The difference of length should be about an inch, so it’s unnoticeable when you tuck your hair behind your ears,” Atkin says.

Styling suggestion: To achieve a bedhead look, use large styling clips (like Y.S. Park’s Pro Clips, which have been approved by The Violet Code) to create an imperfect wave. Pin damp or dry hair into an S wave pattern by placing clips two inches apart, each clip pulling hair in the opposite direction. Mist with beach spray and blow-dry for a few minutes to set the product. Allow the hair to cool and release the clips.

Bonus tip: Avoid ombré hair color with this cut, which makes it look too beachy. Instead, opt to go a shade richer than your current color before getting the cut.


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