Fall 2015: The Season Hair Volume Died

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The look backstage at Prabal Gurung. Photo: Imaxtree

The look backstage at Prabal Gurung. Photo: Imaxtree

We've been putting this off, but now that Fashion Month has come to a close, we have to deliver some very bad news: hair volume has breathed its last ragged breath. Limp hair reigns supreme.

By that, we mean hairstyles that are totally flat at the roots, then kind of do whatever (curl, bend, dribble off) toward the ends. Backstage at the shows, hairstylists talked a lot about reducing the volume to highlight the shape of the back of the girls' heads, which is, at the very least, a novel part of the female anatomy to celebrate. 

Born of the industry's infatuation with "easy," "effortless" hair, it's also a trend that's tougher to recreate for those whose hair isn't already super fine — or as Phillip Picardi at Refinery29 pointed out during New York Fashion Week, for black models with natural hair. And he's spot on there. While not an inherently bad look, the overwhelming lack of volume on the runways in part served to underscore that we're just not there yet when it comes to racially diverse castings.

Before we get busy praying to the fashion gods for some change next season, we present to you Fashionista's semi-definitive ranking of the flattest hair of fashion month.

Dior: Mind-blowingly sleek

Photo: Imaxtree

Photo: Imaxtree

Hugo Boss: Flat beyond reason

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Photo: Imaxtree

Sacai: Flat and also damp

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Photo: Imaxtree

Prabal Gurung: Unflappably flat

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Photo: Imaxtree

Chloé: This somehow seems fuller

Photo: Imaxtree

Photo: Imaxtree

Jason Wu: A little bit of lift

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Photo: Imaxtree

Tim Coppens: A glimmer of texture

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Photo: Imaxtree

DKNY: Very textured

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Photo: Imaxtree

Céline: Getting the party started

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Rodarte: CURLING IRON ALERT

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Alberta Ferretti: Someone fetch the smelling salts

Photo: Imaxtree

Photo: Imaxtree