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Its fall…my most favorite season of all! There are so many things to love about fall – boots, football games, holidays, pumpkin spice lattes, beautiful leaves changing, nice weather. I could go on and on! What I love most about fall is that it's a great time to change my hairstyle and start fresh with a whole new look. I've been changing my hair to coordinate with the seasons for many years. In the summer, I tend to lighten up my naturally dark brunette hair with some blonde highlights and sometimes even shorten the length. In the fall, I like to go back to dark and grow it out, which helps keep money in my pocket, just in time for the holidays!

This fall, there are some great trends emerging (and re-emerging). Not only are these looks fashion savvy, but many are easy, DIY styles. Some will even keep you away from the beauty salon for longer periods of time, saving you time and money.

The Braid: Yep…it's back! There are so many ways you can style your hair incorporating braids. You can loosely braid your hair to the side, you can make tight braids along the top of your head, or even do a wrap-around braid up-do. Whatever you choose, it's IN this fall.

The Slick Pony Tail: Take your hair and slick it all the way back or create a part down the middle or side. Then, secure tightly into a pony tail. You can also combine the slick pony with crimped ends or do a single curl with a wide barrel curling iron.
The Messy Bun: This look is versatile. It works for day or night, work or play. The messy bun looks great low and in the back, but it can also be brought to the side and accented with a hair clip or flower. This style only takes seconds to throw together and is great for those days when you're in a rush.

The Chignon: Like the messy bun, it looks great in the back or to the side. The chignon is an up-do hairstyle that works well at any formal event or equally well in the workplace. Instead of paying a hairdresser top dollars for this look, try it on your own. You may be surprised at how simple it is! Check out this website for one my favorite tutorials on how to create this signature look.

The Twist: There are many versions of this hairstyle, and they all look amazing. You can create a half up, half down look by twisting the front pieces and securing them in the back with bobby pins. You can also do a side part and twist the front of the fuller section.  Try combining with wavy or tousled hair.
The Ombre: If you haven't been following this style, you're going to think I'm crazy, but this trend started last fall and is still being sported by celebrities today. If you went a few shades lighter for the summer like I did, let those roots grow baby! Your hair will be dark on top and gradually fade into a lighter color. The end result is stylish, especially with longer hair.
Bold Color: Yes, fall is all about those darker, bolder shades. Honey blonde, deep auburn, and dark chocolate are some of the most popular I've found the web buzzing about. Instead of paying a hair stylist to color your hair, be brave and try a box color. It seems like there's a coupon in the Sunday paper every week for it. Match it up with a great sale, and you are all set. When I dyed my hair back to brunette this year, I was able to buy the dye for $1.50 a box at CVS! That's a 98% savings, compared to what I would have paid a stylist. By going dark and growing out your hair a bit you might just be able to skip your next visit to the hairdresser.

A Few Tips for Dying your Own Hair:

  • Buy multiple boxes of the same color. I have very thin, mid-length hair, and I only need one box. But those who have long or thick hair will need two boxes. Also, the color might fade after a few weeks, so it's nice to have extra on hand when you want to re-dye.
  • Make sure to read ALL the instructions and follow every step. You do not want to have to make that embarrassing call to your hairdresser, begging her to forgive you for not coming to her in the first place. Trust me on this one. If you follow the instructions, you’ll be fine.
  • Write down the brand and color you used or keep the box. When it comes time to buy more hair color, you will have an easier time remembering what you used if you write it down somewhere or have the box to refer to.

With a few fun styles and the dye-it-yourself know-how, you’re sure to pull off amazing hair that won’t cost a thing. I hope you put these ideas to good use this season. It's a great time to change things up! You're sure to be noticed and maybe even get a few compliments along the way.

This has been a guest post by Amanda from Palmer, TX
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