Hair Styles Trends For 2016

New Year, New Hair? After New Year’s Eve hangover is gone, one of the most common things people do in January is get a new haircut or colour. The spirit of self-improvement is strong during this winter month, and along with going to the gym and eating healthily finding the right hairstyle for you is a worthy way to get over the winter blues. But which hair styles are going to be popular this 2016? Here are our top bets.

Natural Textures

2016 will be the year when women will stop fighting their natural hair texture, and get hair styles that look good right out of bed. If you feel that you can never leave the house without blowdrying and a dozen hair products, it’s time to have a chat with your hair stylist. You can look polished and professional with the right cut that takes into account your lifestyle and preferences, and it’s versatile enough to go the extra mile with the right styling. IT Girl Alexa Chung is a great example of a textured long bob that works with her natural texture but can be dressed up and made more formal easily.

Collarbone-Length Lobs

Long bobs that fall right below the collarbone are the new IT-girl hair for 2016, and it’s easy to see why. The versatile length looks good worn down but is long enough for an up-do, without having the upkeep of longer manes. Julianne Hough or Khloe Kardashian’s blonde lob are great examples of this tendency. Wear with lots of shine and a polished finish for a look that is suitable for work and after hours, or create an up-do easily.

Bangs (On All Hair Textures)

If you were convinced that you couldn’t pull off bangs because of your natural hair texture, 2016 can be the year to try the trend. Side bangs, curly, shaggy or geometric, they are all on trend and the good news is that this trend just requires the right attitude to pull it off successfully. If you are shy about going for a cut, clip in bang extensions are a great non-permanent option.

Braids And Twists

The braiding trend was strong in 2015, and will continue but with a twist. 2016 braided hairstyles are less bohemian and more practical and functional. Second day hair has never been so easy! Combine braids and twists to achieve clear and geometric shapes that make a statement.

Long And Textured Layers

For those avoiding short hair like the plague, 2016 also has a trend for you. Update longer haircuts with textured layers which add volume and frame the face, creating movement. Layered hair is incredibly versatile as well: You can blow-dry it straight, add volume to the top ala Brigitte Bardot or twist it up on a fashionable up-do. Combine it with face-countouring babylights or balalage for the most flattering effect. If you are looking for inspiration, Cara Delevigne and Kate Moss are fashion icons for this trend.


In terms of hair colour, the pastel and bright colour trend of 2015 continues, but for those shy to take the plunge into My Little Pony territory dip-dye is a great alternative. Pastel pinks look great with blonde hair, while turquoise and blues give dark hair a touch of mermaid inspiration.

Ronze And Bronde

Ronze is a mixture of copper red and bronze, while Bronde is a mix of blonde and brunette hair. Both colours offer the best of both worlds to those who want to go a touch darker or lighter, but still keep a natural looking colour. You can ask your hairdressers for highlights on a warm, red or amber tone, or you can go for a full head of colour that goes warm or blue based depending on what is most flattering for your skintone.


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Rainbow Hair Goes Opal

The Opal hair trend is a natural evolution from the pastels and rainbow trends that were everywhere last year. Light pastel tones combine with silvery and pearly strands imitating the iridiscent gemstone that gives the trend its name. The best thing about this trend is that it can be as subtle or loud as you want it, and works on both very light blonde and darker brunette hair. However, to achieve the effect you will need to lighten the strands before colouring with a semi-permanent bright dye, so a visit to the hairdresser is advisable if you have dark hair.

Will you be embracing any of these 2016 hair styles trends? Tell us in the comments!

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