3 Stories of Going Bald & Embracing the Beauty of Not Having Hair

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This story is a part of The Truth About Hair Loss, an exploration into why we lose our hair, the emotional and monetary costs that come along with the experience, and what the future of treatment (and acceptance) could look like.

In a world where other people are often still making early judgment calls based on someone's hairstyle — blonde and you're a ditz, Afro and you're an activist, and so on — you'd think the absence of hair would free a person of all that weight. And yet, first glance assumptions are still often made about women who are bald, assumptions that can touch on everything from their medical conditions to their sexual orientation.

Going bald is sometimes a choice, sometimes it's not. Either way, it's beautiful.

According to the American Hair Loss Association, 40 percent of people dealing with hair loss identify as women. Yet, bald men are often seen as sexy, while bald women and femmes are still often considered an oddity. This, of course, is rooted in that original perception of femininity, even going back to Michaelangelo's depiction of Eve's creation in the Sistine Chapel, where she has long flowing hair.

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But losing all your hair or shaving your head doesn't change you, even if the world sees you differently. It displays a level of confidence that these models discovered slowly, as they went from low-cut pixies to wigs and finally to shining bald glory. For each of them, their true selves didn't appear until every strand of hair — and society's norms — was on the floor.

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Darleyns Rosa’s first bald spot appeared when she was just 10 years old. "Every night, my mom would untangle my hair, which was super curly. And she found a quarter-size bald spot. We didn't think much of it." But the problem progressed quickly. First, Rosa's mom would style her hair with a side part to disguise the absent hair. Then, it became too much to hide. "Going into fifth grade, it got to the point where you could see the streaks of baldness coming through," she recalls.

Dermatologists blamed everything from a skin infection to a bad diet. Eventually, one doctor landed on the diagnosis of alopecia areata. With little research on the condition available at the time, the treatment plan consisted of cortisone shots, and when that didn't work, the professionals prescribed steroid shots. But at such a young age, the side effects seemed too risky. So, a bandana became Rosa's only barrier, her only shield at a time when puberty and pre-teen bullies were hitting their stride.

"I cried almost every day after school. During lunch, a lot of the kids would start saying, 'It's not fair if she gets to wear a bandana. We can't wear bandanas.' It just felt like everyone was against me." she says. "I definitely remember praying, 'God, please help my hair grow,' and thinking that overnight it would grow in. I definitely had nights where I would cry myself to sleep saying, 'I hate myself. Why do I look like this?'"

Years later, Rosa began wearing a full lace wig anchored with tape, but even then she was limited. Windy days, roller coasters, beaches, swimming pools were all red flags. It was around the time that she was looking for a new hairpiece — a $5000 investment that required a credit card — that Rosa came to a realization. "I'm like, 'Wait a minute. What am I doing? Why am I trying to get myself into debt just to get another wig? You are not a wig. You are unique. You are beautiful and amazing as you are. These things don't define you.'"

Rosa's first test was wearing her bald head to work. It was a friend walking by her side that gave her the confidence to face her coworkers without her wig or hat. From there, the wig was slowly relegated to the back of the closet. She realized that by wearing her bald head proudly, she was helping normalize something society often sees as a sign of sickness. "I was in Target and there was this little girl who said, 'Mom, that girl is bald. Is she sick?' And the mom goes, 'No, mamita. Maybe she just decided to cut her hair. Doesn't mean she's sick. That's just her style.' Some people choose baldness by choice, some people have underlying issues, but the more people see it, the more they'll say, 'Oh, okay. It's just a bald person.'"

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Coral Johnson never felt comfortable in the coily hair they were born with. "My hair wasn’t the same as other mixed kid's hair," they tell Allure. "I would get teased, and so I spent years cutting it, dyeing it, and putting perms on it." Right after they graduated high school — a time of transition for any teenager — they decided enough was enough. Johnson took the clippers to their head, cutting away the years of damage and denigration, with intention of starting over. But what was meant to be a start, ended up being a stasis. "At first I thought I was going to look funny. But, there was something about that first time. Once all the hair fell down in the sink and I looked in the mirror, it was me," they recall.

While their perception of self was clarified with their hair out of the way, their traditional Texan family had… thoughts. "My family definitely thought that it was my coming out, even though I came out at a young age," Johnson says. "They immediately connected short, bald hair to 'Oh, you're really gay now. Oh, you're rejecting your femininity, you're rejecting your blackness.' Which was hilarious because [in the past] they were telling me to straighten my hair." In their Southern town, their shaved head was sending a message that was immediately misinterpreted. "I don't know why baldness translates into [being] bad," Johnson says. "Like, oh you have your head shaved. You must be a troublemaker."

But if these judgments were meant to chip away at Johnson's confidence, they did not succeed. "It made me feel more powerful to know that just shaving off all of your hair can just completely change how people view you," they say. "When you take away something that means so much to so many people, they're fearful. A lot of people hide behind their hair."

Today, Johnson's bald head is decorated with tattoos that are a nod to their African heritage and their inner fortitude. They explain: “I read up on a lot of African tribes, and [back then] if a woman had their head shaved and they had a tattoo on one side of their head, it meant that they didn't need anybody else to claim them as beautiful. They were the leaders of the tribe and they were the ones that everybody went to when they needed strength.”

So when you see Johnson's "Mr. Clean" cut and tattoos, you might see a rebel. And there is some truth in that — Johnson refuses to subscribe to the limiting standards set by society. And isn't that a touch mutinous, in the best way?

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For Lili Washington, a cancer diagnosis and subsequent chemotherapy treatment were the cause of her going bald in 2015, but it was also happening at a time of self-discovery for her as a trans/non-binary person. "At first, [losing my hair] was devastating, and I was very self-conscious about it because it wasn't my choice. It wasn't something I wanted to do," Washington says. "And then once I went bald, people were like, 'That's going to be your signature. That's your look.'" But Washington was still wary, feeling as if the compliments were just friends and family trying to make her feel better.

Prior to her diagnosis, Washington was already changing up her hair because her life was changing. It started with cutting off her locs, which she called her "security blanket." "My locs reminded me too much of my past life, my male life," she explains. “I needed something new and different, so I cut [my hair] short until I could figure out where I wanted to go with it. But before I could, it figured it out for me.”

Because Washington was in a place of self-discovery already, going bald felt like too much at first. "I was in an active process of learning who I was, and learning how to accept whatever I discovered in that process," she says. "Being bald was stripping me even more, and it represented exactly where I was at. I felt very naked at the time."

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It was also a question of femininity. Even though this is slowly changing, society at large still generally says that women should have long, flowing hair — and originally Washington wanted some hair as she transitioned. However, every time she would wear a wig, her followers would say "it's not you." Her family insisted the addition of hair would make her average.

"The issue was that I always tried to blend in. The wigs don't look bad. They just strip away my natural beauty," she shares. "[When I realized that], I was able to finally start to see what they were saying, and I'm very confident in my baldness today."

Today, Washington's wig collection only comes out for the occasional TikTok, and she speaks positive words to herself every day as she looks at her bald head in the mirror. "I say, 'You're perfect and everybody else is perfect.' I had to realize that there were no mistakes. I put myself on the same pedestal as I put everyone else on. I just started to tell myself that I was perfect in all of the things: in my look, and my attitude, and my mistakes. They all make me."

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Photography by Mikey Asanin. Styled by Ron Hartleben. Makeup by Ingeborg. Grooming by Taichi Saito. Talent: Lili Washington, Coral Johnson, Darlenys Rosa 

These Are Allure Editors’ Favorite New Beauty Products of August 2021

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At Allure, we get inundated with the latest and greatest beauty offerings every day. Most of it is exciting, some of it confusing, and sometimes it gets overwhelming, especially now that our homes have become our offices. Alas, that is the beauty editor's burden to bear.

When we really like something, you can trust that our opinion has come from vetting it against everything we've seen before, including our longtime favorites. (We've even written love letters to some of the products we hold most dear.) But we're always open to finding — and sharing — new favorites. It's a big beauty playground out there, so we'll gladly do the dirty work to test everything under the sun. And the crème de la crème often graduate to our Best of Beauty trials.

But let's stick to the present for now. Each week, Allure editors select the new hair, makeup, and skin-care products we're currently obsessing over. Trying to narrow down our favorites to just one or two products can be hard, but we manage. Check out what our editors can't get enough of right now.

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Grab Your Popcorn: 16 New Netflix Releases We Can’t Wait To Watch






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Three words, 12 letters—say it, and I’m yours: new on Netflix. My affinity for falling head over heels for a brand new series or film started long before the birth of the streaming service as we know it. Instead, it is deep-rooted in my childhood-based Friday trips to Blockbuster. Choosing amongst what seemed like 3.2 billion titles, narrowing my decision down to one, and snagging a strawberry Ring Pop at checkout was the pregame. Snuggling up with my favorite tie blanket, popping the VHS tape into our dusty Panasonic VCR, and watching a new (probably very mediocre) flick was the main event.
Blockbuster may be dead, but my love for compellingly fresh shows, thrilling new movies, and a worry-free Friday night on my couch remains alive and well. Saying “hello” to another month means welcoming new-on-Netflix arrivals, and honey, you’re going to want to grab your popcorn for these guys:

 

Shows

 

1. Money Heist, Part 5 Volume 1

Number of seasons: 5

Release date: Sept. 3

If true crime, thrills, drama, romance, and a bit of interwoven comedy sound like your idea of a good time, Money Heist has your name written all over it. When a criminal mastermind who goes by the name of “The Professor” has a plan to pull off history’s biggest heist, he recruits eight other brilliant thieves with a certain set of skills and nothing to lose. With four seasons and the fifth on the way, you’ll have plenty of content to keep you on your toes.

 

2. Lucifer, Season 6

Number of seasons: 6

Release date: Sept. 10

We’ve had our calendars marked for the sixth season of Lucifer for as long as we can remember, and after much anticipation, our favorite devil and detective duo are back and better than ever. When the new season is released, you simply won’t be able to reach us until we binge-watch the entire season.

 

3. Sex Education, Season 3

Number of seasons: 3

Release Date: Sept. 17

You know it, you love it, and it’s back for a third season. If you haven’t jumped on the Sex Education train yet, we have one word for you: Why? In this British comedy-drama, a socially awkward teen with a sex therapist for a mother and a whip-smart bad-girl team up to start an underground sex therapy clinic at their school. It’s light, funny, thoughtful, heartfelt, and genuine, and binge-watching it is always a good idea.

 

4. The Circle, New Episodes

Number of seasons: 2

Release date: Sept. 8

Reality fans, rejoice! The Circle is returning with a few new episodes, and if you loved the status and strategy that accompanied the social experiment in season one and beyond, you’re in luck. With plenty of flirting, befriending, and catfishing, these new episodes are bound to keep you on the edge of your seat.

 

5. Turning Point: 9/11 and the War on Terror

Number of seasons: 1

Release date: Sept. 1

Turning Point: 9/11 and the War on Terror is one of Netflix’s newest documentary series timed to the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. From Al Qaeda’s roots to America’s response, this docuseries covers a lot of ground about a day and the years following that changed the United States and the world forever.

 

6. The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals, Season 2

Number of seasons: 2

Release date: Sept. 14

Our love for travel in a pre-pandemic world knows no bounds, and the second season of The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals is no exception. In this reality TV series, three travelers visit vacation rentals around the globe and share their expert tips and tricks. It’s the lighthearted show that we all need in our lives, and we’ll 100 percent be diving headfirst into the wanderlust.

 

7. Monsters Inside: The 24 Faces of Billy Milligan

Number of seasons: 1

Release date: Sept. 22

If you’re on the hunt for a new true-crime docuseries, you’re in luck because Monsters Inside: The 24 Faces of Billy Milligan is making its way to Netflix. This documentary tells the chilling tale of Billy Milligan, an accused serial rapist who claims that multiple personalities control his behavior. If you’re looking for a series based on true events that’ll keep you up at night, add this to your “to-watch” list.

 

8. Blood & Water, Season 2

Number of seasons: 2

Release date: Sept. 24

If you ask us, Blood & Water is one of the most underrated shows on Netflix, so we’re happy it’s back for a second season. In this drama series, a Cape Town teen sets out to prove whether or not her new school’s swimming star is actually her sister who was abducted at birth. The plotline is anything but predictable, the acting is on point, and we can’t wait to get clarity after the cliffhanger they left us on at the end of season one.

 

9. On The Verge

Number of seasons: 1

Release date: Sept. 7

We have been waiting for a new series to sweep us off of our feet, and we predict that On The Verge, one of Netflix’s newest installments, will be it. In this dramedy series, four female friends in their 40s dig into love and work with a generous side of midlife crisis in a pre-pandemic world. It’s giving us all of the Firefly Lane meets Sex and the City vibes, and we are here for it.

 

10. Midnight Mass

Number of seasons: 1

Release date: Sept. 24

Midnight Mass is one of Netflix’s newest limited series and the mystery-meets-thriller extravaganza we’ve been waiting for. After a mysterious priest arrives at an isolated island community, seemingly miraculous events unfold alongside a renewed religious fervor. Grab your popcorn and the edge of your seat—this series was brought to you by the creator of The Haunting of Hill House, so we know it’s going to be good.

 

11. Dear White People, Volume 4

Number of seasons: 4

Release date: Sept. 22

Dear White People is the Netflix series spinoff of the film by the same name by Justin Simien. The series is considered a comedy in nature and follows the accounts of students attending a predominantly white Ivy League institution, bringing attention to racism, cultural injustice, and activism in the modern age. To put it lightly, we couldn’t be happier that it’s back for a fourth season.

 

12. Sparking Joy with Marie Kondo

Number of seasons: 1

Release date: Aug. 31

We know her, we love her, we want to be her, and we can’t wait to watch Marie Kondo’s newest Netflix feature, Sparking Joy. In this inspirational and transformational series, Kondo is taking her talent of Tidying Up to a broader scale, where she will help bring her method to businesses, relationships, and communities. We love a good reality series that makes us want to get up off of the couch and revamp our own lives, so we have a feeling that this series will be at the top of our watch list.

 

13. Dive Club

Number of seasons: 1

Release date: Sept. 3

In the wake of the second season of Outer Banks, we have (probably too high of) hopes that Dive Club will fill the void. When one of their own goes missing, a crew of teen divers takes matters into their own hands—and uncover a series of secrets along the way. Maybe they’ll be off-brand Pogues, but maybe, just maybe, they’ll be our new favorite crew to tune into when we’re craving camaraderie and adventure.

 

Movies

 

14. Kate

Release date: Sept. 10

If you’re in the market for a new thriller-action-drama to fangirl over, Kate is bound to be it. After a ruthless assassin becomes fatally poisoned, she has less than 24 hours to exact revenge on her enemies and find who ordered the hit. We love a woman who can kick ass, so we’re ready for this one.

 

15. The Starling

Release date: Sept. 24

Our love for Melissa McCarthy is unmatched, so we can’t wait to watch The Starling, Netflix’s newest comedy-drama film. After Lilly (played by McCarthy) suffers a loss, she finds the courage to heal her relationships and rediscover her capacity for love in the most unlikely and unexpected way. If you see me watching this trailer over and over and bawling my eyes out, respectfully, no you didn’t.

 

16. Intrusion

Release date: Sept. 22

If you’re looking to ring in spooky season a bit early, start with Intrusion. In this suspenseful thriller, a deadly invasion at a couple’s remote dream house sparks a woman to search for answers. In her investigation, she quickly learns that the true danger is just beginning. In true too-paranoid-to-watch-thrillers fashion, I only planned to watch a few seconds of this trailer, but I couldn’t pull myself away from the eeriness.

Why This Common Form of Hair Loss in Black Women Is Often Misdiagnosed

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This story is a part of The Truth About Hair Loss, an exploration into why we lose our hair, the emotional and monetary costs that come along with the experience, and what the future of treatment (and acceptance) could look like.

In January of 2021, Kristyn Wells sat on her couch at home and recorded one of her most vulnerable videos. She started a YouTube channel while in quarantine during COVID-19, initially sharing fitness and lifestyle tips. But the video she posted on January 29 was different. Wells decided to share her hair loss journey with the world for the first time.

More than halfway into the 10-minute video, she removes her scarf to reveal a patch of baldness along the top of her head.

What follows is a few deep breaths as she adjusts to the reality of full exposure. Finally, she says, "I did it. I did it."

Wells was diagnosed three years ago with central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia (CCCA) by a board-certified dermatologist in Columbia, South Carolina. "I had never heard of it before," says Wells of the condition. "Ever."

What is centrifugal cicatricial alopecia?

CCCA is a type of hair loss that starts at the crown of the scalp and spreads outward. Cicatricial comes from the Latin word for scar, which presents in CCCA as permanently damaged hair follicles that have been replaced by scar tissue.

Symptoms of CCCA, which include itching and/or burning of the scalp, and noticeable broken hair in the crown area are usually mild at first, explains Ife Rodney, a board-certified dermatologist in Fulton, Maryland. This usually begins to happen when patients are in their early 30s, she says, though she's seen women in their 20s come in for CCCA treatment as well.

When Wells noticed gradual thinning of her hair in her early 30s, she always assumed she had "female pattern baldness," also known as androgenetic alopecia, a condition that runs in her family.

In its early stages, CCCA can be misdiagnosed as androgenetic alopecia because they can look very similar, with thinning in the crown area of the scalp, says Yolanda Lenzy, a board-certified dermatologist in Chicopee, Massachusetts.

To ensure an accurate diagnosis, Lenzy performs a biopsy, where a pathologist can then see the hair follicles up close. Whereas androgenetic alopecia is characterized by shrinking of the hair follicles resulting in thin, barely noticeable hair, the key indicators of CCCA are inflammation and damage to the follicles.

"When you look at it, you can see the scarring," says Lenzy. "There are no openings. There are no pores."

What causes CCCA?

CCCA is the most common form of scarring alopecia in Black women, says Rodney. The exact cause is unknown, though it has been associated with certain hairstyles and hair care practices that are common among Black women, such as chemical relaxers and extreme tension from braids, sew-ins, and locs, which may trigger scarring in the crown area and lead to hair loss, she explains.

Rodney points out, however, that some women, and even men, who have never subscribed to harsh hair care practices or tension-heavy hairstyles still get CCCA. Increased research into CCCA is revealing that "there is a definite genetic component of risk for the condition," says Amy McMichael, a board-certified dermatologist in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

"For those of us who see many women of color with hair loss, the clinical patterns seem to suggest that CCCA is quite common in families," she tells Allure.

McMichael, who chairs the dermatology department at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, was one of the primary investigators of a study into CCCA whose findings were published in The New England Journal of Medicine in 2019. The study concluded that mutations in a gene essential to how the hair follicle forms (PADI3) were associated with CCCA.

Lenzy has numerous family members who have been dealing with this particular form of alopecia for decades, including her mother, several of her aunts, and her sister, Lila Adams. Diagnosed 10 years ago, Adams calls her journey with CCCA a "rollercoaster ride."

"I live with it, and it's a daunting thing to lose your hair," she says. "As a Black woman, hair boosts your self-esteem, it gives you a sense of inner validation if it looks nice."

Adams admits she didn't take the condition as seriously as she should've in the first few years of her diagnosis. It was her mother's CCCA journey – coin-sized scarring that spread to the point where she now depends on wigs for coverage – that spurred Adams into action.

How CCCA Is Treated

Adams's CCCA treatment plan includes the application of prescribed medication to her scalp and regular visits to her dermatologist for progress check-ins. Adams stopped chemically straightening her hair and now rotates her hairstyles, going from protective styles to wearing her natural hair out, in order to give her scalp a break.

There is no cure for CCCA, and it is a chronic condition, says Lenzy. Thus, treating it takes commitment on the patient’s part, in case another flare-up of inflammation occurs.

One thing Rodney stresses to her patients is that when it comes to this condition, time is of the essence. "Your hair follicles are actively under attack," Rodney explains to her patients after diagnosis. "And we need to intervene aggressively now to shut it down and save the follicles." She says when the initial symptoms are overlooked, patients in their 50s and 60s come in with more widespread scarring and advanced hair loss.

Treatment for CCCA begins by stopping the inflammation. Antibiotics with anti-inflammatory properties can be prescribed as well as topical cortisone to be applied to the problematic areas. Steroid injections are also an option for deeper penetration into the scalp, says Rodney.

To improve regrowth of hair in the affected area, Lenzy uses minoxidil, which is the active ingredient in Rogaine. As part of her patients’ overall treatment plan, she also recommends supplements like Nutrafol and Viviscal Pro to aid in the growth and thickness of the hair. Rodney says she's had success with the supplement Lambdapil in her patients’ hair loss treatment. (It's worth noting that research on supplements' efficacy is lacking, and you should always consult a board-certified dermatologist before starting a supplement treatment plan.)

The cost of CCCA treatment is based on factors like insurance coverage and the severity of the condition, notes Rodney. Initial evaluation and baseline treatments to shut down the inflammation like antibiotics, topical steroids, and steroid injections are usually covered by insurance, both Lenzy and Rodney say. More advanced treatments, like platelet-rich plasma (PRP), where platelets are injected into the scalp at the level of the hair follicles to assist in hair growth stimulation, can range from $700 to $1100 per treatment, and require multiple visits, says Lenzy. Additionally, hair growth supplements can be pricey, with Nutrafol costing $88 for a one-month supply. 

Lenzy says she's seen a lot of women become defeated after diagnosis, thinking they’ll have to come up with hundreds of dollars for advanced treatment, when they haven't first undergone the initial, and often affordable, steps to combat the inflammation.

Treatment can be a months-long process, where Lenzy and Rodney have found themselves providing patient care that goes beyond prescriptions.

"What distinguishes the good doctors from the great doctors is the counseling," Lenzy explains, adding that educating her patients and setting expectations is key. "Because if they don't know what to expect, and then you give them something and they use it for six months and see no difference, they're going to stop."

The Mental Health Side Effects of CCCA

Lenzy and Rodney, who are both Black women, recognize the strong connection between hair and identity in the Black community.

"So suddenly, when your hair is falling out to the point where you can't wear a hairstyle confidently, it impacts your quality of life," says Rodney. "It's very emotionally stressful. Some of my patients, many are in tears in my office or depressed about it."

Wells originally felt that shame and insecurity in her CCCA diagnosis. That is ultimately why she says it was important for her to be vocal about her hair loss journey on YouTube. Soon after she posted the video, comments poured in from other women who said they, too, had been diagnosed with CCCA.

Having seen hundreds of patients with CCCA over her career, Lenzy says the effort to bring the dermatologic concerns of Black women to the forefront of the conversation often starts with Black dermatologists, who identify most with those conditions.

"It's my passion to use my research in order to elevate our knowledge and the knowledge gaps we still have about this condition," she says. "A lot of patients who went to the dermatologist in the '80s and '90s were told, 'There's nothing that can be done,' and they were sent on their way."

5 Fall Decorating Ideas for Your Living Space

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You probably don’t need me to wax poetic about how much I love fall, but I’m a millennial—it comes with the territory. The moment that first chill creeps into the air, all I want to do is hibernate at home surrounded by infinite blankets, candles, and Nora Ephron movies. Fall decorating is the first step in getting there.

 





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We’ve spent a lot of time at home over the past two years, and though there was a time when we definitely got sick of it, there’s just something about a cozy fall oasis on a crisp October evening that makes us want to hunker down and embrace our inner homebody. Now that autumn is finally on the horizon, we’re jumping headfirst into our favorite time of year, which includes updating our homes for the changing season. Ahead, I’m breaking down five fall decorating ideas that will effortlessly warm up your space.

 

1. Reevaluate your lighting





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As the days get shorter and the nights become longer, it’s the perfect time to reevaluate your at-home ~ambiance~. Instead of replacing natural sunlight with harsh overhead lighting, embrace a cozy vibe with the soft glow of table lamps, candle lights, and twinkle lights in a glass cloche. Remember: The key to great, ambient lighting is layers. Aim to have two to four sources of light in each room for an effortlessly enchanting look and feel.

 

2. Add layers of texture





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Texture is a great way to add interest to a room all year round, but it becomes especially important in the cooler months of the year, when layers not only add to an aesthetic but also provide practical comfort. Focus on rich textures like leather, wood, velvets, and woven knits to give a sense of weight and depth, and opt for pieces that you can easily swap in and out. A wooden coffee table tray, cable knit pouf, or velvet throw will allow you to cater to the season without overcommitting.

 

3. Trade fresh greenery for dried florals





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In spring and summer, we’re all about perky flowers and luscious house plants, but come autumn, we’re ready to embrace a moodier style. Swap out your weekly grocery store bouquet for dried flowers that will see you through the entire season. Bonus: You’ll save a solid $10-$20 each week! Those PSLs aren’t going to pay for themselves.

 

4. Switch out your bed sheets





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I imagine that Kathleen Kelly spent her fall weekend mornings cocooned in bed with warm, fluffy sheets, a hot cup of coffee, and the Sunday paper. To be quite honest, that’s reason enough for me to buy a fresh set of bed linens. If you need more convincing though, think of it as the ultimate merger of form and function. Cozy, perfectly crumpled sheets provide a warm retreat at the end of the day while also adding that aforementioned texture to your bedroom.

 

5. Add a hint of nostalgia





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Fall has a way of making everything feel like a memory, even when you’re experiencing it for the first time. Take the opportunity to bring a touch of nostalgia to your home by displaying family heirlooms or thrifted antiques on empty surfaces, like your mantle or coffee table. You’ll immediately infuse a sense of history and charm that feels quintessentially autumn.

 

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