What’s in store for hair in 2016? We’ve been watching the runways and red carpets, chatted with industry insiders and compiled our list of the best hair trends to inspire you for the year ahead.
The New Shag
Remember shag cuts of the seventies and eighties? They’ve been modernised and are back for 2016. This cut can be worn more structured or slightly dishevelled, but it’s all about texture and keeping it looking casual and relaxed. We love this cut on Alexa Chung, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and as seen on the Tom Ford runway.
Fringes are set to have a major moment in 2016; we’re seeing longer seventies style fringes and thick straight cut fringes at the forefront. If you’re not ready to commit to a fringe full time, you can fake one as seen on Kendall Jenner.
Contouring & Strobing
It’s all about customised colour to enhance your features and make you glow! Contouring has been a big buzz word in the makeup world for the past few years, and has now moved into hair. Contouring and strobing use colour to create depth and sunkissed highlights where the sun would naturally hit. Chat to your hairdresser about using custom freehand highlights at your next appointment, or check out this L’Oreal guide for more info.
Don’t be shy about adding a little extra sparkle to your ‘do – whether it’s fine headbands, flowers or gold leaf, if it’s metallic it’s all good.
Embracing Natural Texture
Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean going sans smoothing serum – it’s about working with your natural hair texture and the right products. No heat tools are necessary, just a little bit of hair oil to tame flyaways or a mist of texturising spray to give your hair body is all it needs. The best way to embrace your natural texture is with an amazing haircut: subtle layers in the right places will make your hair fall just the way you want it.
For those who just can’t bare to part with their long locks, there are options. Faux bobs have been emerging slowly for the past few years, but with the huge number of celebs opting for bobs and lobs in 2015, faking it is on the rise. Gigi Hadid got everyone talking after her appearance at the AMAs in 2015 – it was one of the most realistic faux bobs we’ve set eyes on!
Low Buns & Ponytails
Going hand in hand with the natural, relaxed look, low buns and ponytails secured at the nape of the neck are a go-to for girls who want to keep their hair stylish but low-key.
Happy New Year!