The trending “wolf” hairstyle has been shown in many variations for long and short hair.

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

I hope everyone will take advantage of the cooler weather and lack of humidity to refresh your hairstyle or, better yet, try a 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 – putting in some layers, shattering the bottom edge, stacking the back, or adding bangs, just to name a few. 

The shag haircut is the most flattering and most popular cut this fall.

And there is a new popular haircut called the “wolf.” It’s a blast from the ’80s – a fun, edgy mix of a shag and a mullet. There are many versions of this cut that make it complementary to all face shapes and ages. 

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

The shag and the wolf offer multiple varieties and are ageless. Both cuts achieve the triangle in the style itself. Either of these can be very youthful if cut unevenly or wispy. By this, I mean shaggy edges vs. clean cut.

When we look at new color trends, they are basically a carry-over 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.

Your natural color can be blended with a couple of warmer colors (created 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. It doesn’t really mean a ton of different products, but it does 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.