While shorter cuts are hot, long curls are always in. The look this fall is looser curls, with a strong center or side part, Cutler says.

"There's an element of hippy chic to it," he says. "It's flatter at the root and curlier toward the middle and bottom."

For very textured hair, "Textured Tresses" author Diane Da Costa says she's seeing a lot of people cutting off their locks, opting instead for short, sassy cropped cuts.

Many designers showed various forms of curly hair in their fall shows, including, from top, Sari Gueron, Atong, John Galliano and Tuleh.

Toronto stylist Jason Kearns says haircolor is an important accessory for curly hair, adding richness and dimension to those curls and kinks. This fall, rich shades of brown can add richness— from rich mochas, chocolate browns, cinnamons and chestnuts—are popular.

"Fall seems to dictate darker, warmer colors," says Amie Zimmerman of Dirty LIttle Secret in Portland, Ore.

Subtle brown highlights are in, while chunky, in-your-face highlights are out.

"I don't think anybody's hair should ever shout," Kearns says.

Massey says she's doing a lot of multi-dimensional color, with four or five shades weaved into the ribbons -- shades ranging from caramel to burgundy. Da Costa likes dark plums and shades of chocolate, with dark blonde highlights.

Blondes will have darker roots or low-lights to give the hair dimension. Cooler, white blonde is out for fall because it tends to make people look more washed out. And the harsh peroxide can dry out curly hair, making it look dull and damaged.

"Blondes want to be blondes," Christo says. "We're trying to make sure they're smart blondes."

Red is also hot for fall, but red shapes take more upkeep to keep the color vibrant.

"Anyone looking to do a red should come home with a good color-support shampoo," Zimmerman says.

Another option is a glaze -- either colorless or with a color. It is a process that can enhance the color, seal the cuticle (reducing frizz) and boost the shine without damaging peroxides.

"Glazes are less damaging because they don't have caustic chemicals," Stanley says.

Whatever cut or color you opt choose come fall, it is the time to get your hair back into condition after a a summer of sun, salt and chlorine. It's time to start a good regimen of deep conditioning treatments at least every two weeks. Cut back on shampooing—no more than twice a week—and make sure the shampoo you're using is moisturizing and gentle.

"It's time to de-summerize the hair," Christo says.

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