Let’s hope that the intense heat and humidity has taken a break for a few months. Maybe our hair will stay colored longer and stay in place for more than five minutes after we have styled it.

With cooler weather and lack of humidity, it’s a great time to refresh or, better yet, try some new color and cut.

The ever popular bob, with its many versions, is still No. 1 in requested styles. There are so many ways to change the shape and update this cut – by putting some layers, shattering the bottom edge, stacking the back, or adding bangs, just to name a few.

The shag haircut is the No. 1 most flattering and popular cut this fall. There are many versions of this cut that make it complementary to all face shapes and ages.

Updating the cut can take years off the look you already have. Many variations can be worn by anyone young and old alike. Keep in mind that it isn’t about the length of the style, but rather the shape.

The upside-down triangle shape that I always talk about is what needs to be attained.

The shag is multi-varietal. It can be very youthful if cut unevenly or wispy. By this, I mean shaggy edges vs. clean, though both types of cut achieve the triangle in the style itself.

When we look at new color trends, they are basically a carryover from the summer trends, only with more caramel, espresso and warm tones added to the already present blonde tones.

The secret is to keep it lighter around the face and don’t let the gray overtake you. It can be blended with a couple of warmer colors (professionally applied by your stylist) that blends the gray without seeing the new gray growth immediately. It grows out gracefully so you don’t have to be at the salon religiously.

The right stylist can transform the mundane to trendy without a lot of change in your daily routine. Products are important in keeping your style in place and fresh. That doesn’t really mean a ton of different products, but it takes some to fight gravity and to keep the volume in the chosen places.

Look in your mirror. Are you ready for a new do?

Joy Ross is owner of Style It Salon in Old Town Bluffton. styleitsalon.com