A woman prizes her hair over all else. There is just something intrinsically right about a woman working on her hair in order to express herself. While it is clear that clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories all have interesting trends to follow each season, hair is not something one normally thinks about when considering a wardrobe and fresh new style for the upcoming year. One can change so much by merely adjusting her hair. A lady can look street-wise and then suddenly quite professional, she can look adorable and suddenly take on a wild sexiness that’s hard to describe. Hair stokes one’s ego and makes them who they are, which is why the spring/ summer 2016 hairstyle trends are possibly the most important of all.
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Spring/ Summer 2016 Hair Color Trends
• Fiery Red Hair: There is a certain fire seen in the reds worn by some of the models on the runway, some brighter and fiercer than others, worn naturally, with center parts or pulled over from a deep side part. While some have a more golden appeal, others prefer to deepen the red.
• New Bleach Blonde: Fringes, shorter locks and a focus on the bleach blonde look, often with the darker roots, we see the lighter gold tresses take over the runway.
• Golden Waves: The deeper kiss of the sun is also seen, with the gold a lot more prominent and worn with waves falling over the shoulders and down the back. Center parts, braids to the side or pulled back with a band, these golden waves are the loveliest of all.
See also: Spring/ Summer 2016 Fashion Trends
• Deep Brunette: Since natural on the hair is a big thing, one’s natural brunette color should also be celebrated, meaning that shiny chestnuts and roasted coffee are a common look on the runway, beautifully paired with fringed bangs or pulled back in a sleek chignon from a center part. It is worn with a natural afro or left to fall in waves you woke up in.
• Lots of Unnatural Colors: While the general consensus is to keep the hair in its natural state, we do see a whole lot of the wacky pastel hair colors as well, including pink and blonde combinations, a greyish effect with black roots and really cartoonish reds.
You have a fresh new hair color, and now you might want to learn the hottest spring/ summer 2016 hairstyle trends, finding your dose of inspiration for creating new stand-out hairdos that will elevate your style.
#1: Miniature Plaits
Braids have been the hottest looks since 2015 and it appears that miniature plaits in your hair are totally in if Louis Vuitton is to be believed. Add them to center parted blonde hair and you have the cutest doll-like hippie looks around. Roksanda showed us exactly what those plaits would look like if you ran a straightener over it before unbraiding, the pretty crimps certainly capturing our attention at the front on either side framing the face.
While it may not be as miniature as we would have liked, the Herve Leger by Max Azria show featured models with tight Dutch braids beginning on one side of the crown and ending on the back of the head, closer to the nape in a ponytail after crossing over the crown. Certainly a pretty sight though it takes a certain type of face shape to perfectly pull it off.
Tight, streamlined and functional is how we love the braids to appear and that is exactly what happens at Gucci as well, despite using the whole of the extensions added to the natural hair. A tight plait is woven across the crown at Herve Leger, adding accessories without using anything extra to the look.
#2: Pigtails Are In
When we were little girls, out mothers loved giving us pigtails. To this day, it is a style we very much adore though it is often seen as too childish to wear out. Yet there are designers who have taken the youthful look and given it a chic upgrade, pulling it backwards, adding interesting bows and headbands and letting them fall down the back, for example at Chanel. It is an easy trend to follow and we can expect to see it possibly on the runways as well for the more daringly fashionable of the ladies out there.
Marni loves the double tails as well, keeping hair pin straight as the pigtails are pulled to separate sides and fall down the back. Miu Miu decides to bring the strands forward though and instead has them covering up the chest, should the strands have that length.
Mara Hoffman’s double pigtail braids falling down each shoulder across the chest rather reminded us of Native American tribes of the past, though there was also some resemblance to Willie Nelson from the country singer’s group.
#3: High and Low Ponytails Stay in Style
We’ve been enjoying the high ponytail look for a while now. We’ve fallen in love with in during the 2015 seasons and continue to think of it as perfectly Jennifer Lopez with its sleek pull from the crown, the sides and underneath, extensions added to give it length and an added touch of sexiness. Clubbing and do not want to leave your hair down to look awesome? This is a look you might go for, something we have seen most beautifully on Balmain.
Where there is high, there must also be the low, so seeing ponytails starting from the nape of the neck comes as no surprise. It is a gorgeous thing really and held with a silky or suede ribbon only adds to its appeal with the contrast and the soft beauty. We see low ponytails appear thus with pin-straight hair at Dior, with small flyaway pieces framing the face at Oscar de la Renta, the pin-straight of the former two giving way to textured waves in there while oozing flirtatious confidence at Temperley London.
#4: The Natural Look
Another common look from the past seasons that has also made its way onto the list of spring/ summer 2016 hairstyle trends, the idea that a woman can look impeccably amazing by going au naturel has become commonplace. That is what makes it an expected trend on the 2016 runway shows, with curls appearing en masse. Versace certainly enjoyed a good deal of beauty in this end, with models like Lineisy Montero and Imaan Hammam showing up with short cropped afros or volume-filled curls.
The new natural has a windswept polish and a healthy wash to it, something we see easily at Versace, pulled up in a lazy style at Alexander McQueen, falling sweet and lovely at Prabal Gurung, and without a care in the world on the sets of Gucci, Isabel Marant and many others. Carolina Herrera is the queen of the natural look it seems as she presented glossy locks in simple waves that would be seen with a single stroke of a brush over it, falling mid-length and positively beautiful.
#5: Lived-in Waving Hair
You know the waves you see in your hair when you shower, get out, brush out the tangles and let it sit? Yeah, we love those too, and apparently so do the designers for the spring and summer seasons as they have brought out some models with beautifully lived-in waves, Versace among them. Lived-in my friends? No one can do it better than Duffy apparently, who created the ISSA looks for the collection’s runway show, center part and luminous locks and all. The ladies looked incredible and the effects were simply unparalleled in beauty.
Hawaiian glam aside, the sexiest waves seem to have a retro appeal, dating a few decades back to the ‘70s. That means high volume, side parts and flowers adorning the stands. Diane Von Furstenberg channeled this look in her collections and gave us exactly what we needed in terms of lushness and unparalleled beauty. The pairing with the clothing was just as perfect as the Hollywood hair.
We are loving the grunge waves seen at Chloe as well for really, who doesn’t love a sexy ‘70s style haphazard hair texture going on when striding down the streets in rather feminine clothing. Tousled locks seen at Calvin Klein are certainly reminiscent of the ‘70s looks that drove us wild.
#6: Full Head of Braids
We already saw the miniature plaits, so it is only right to include the full head of braids among the biggest spring/ summer 2016 hairstyle trends as well, with around 6 or more small French plaits bringing the hair forward as seen at Desigual. It is a playful look and not very hard to copy, something which can be anything from a few larger braids to many smaller ones all taking over the head.
At Valentino, the braids are pulled up into a top knot as well, adding to the sexiness of the braids, something we see happening at Tanya Tailor as well. The latter features a top knot, from which the ends are boldly protruding, giving it a bit of a cartoonish effect.
#7: Messy Buns
If you do not have time to clean up your hair, it might be a good idea to opt for the trending messy bun, the Etro ladies showing off their messy updo styles with ease and comfort. It is a look for the laziest and busiest of gals, making it a very good trend for those of us who get up early and come home late.
The easy updos have become lanky loops and loose-ended chignons, with fuzzy topknots seen often enough on the runway. It is a look we see at Dolce & Gabbana, falling very low and very loose at Balenciaga, looking date-ready at Rag & Bone, just about perfect in its imperfection at Bottega Veneta, sleek and lovely at Marchesa and only half looped at Rochas, made for the artistic gal. Loose low buns also appeared at Tory Burch, bringing a very spring oriented lightness to the affair.
#8: Hair You Woke Up In
We have a few messy looks or waves that we have noticed, but nothing beats the hashtagged #IWokeUpLikeThis hairstyles. Marc Jacobs models looked grungy with their unkempt looks, ramps and unraveling styles that look like one partied too much last night and is just getting home. It is both loose and messy that we are looking at or carelessly knotted up, left intentionally rough and haphazard.
Creatures of the Wind certainly had some wind-blown aspects, while Tory Burch decided it would be better to pull the hair you woke up in into a low bun at the back. Rag & Bone knew it looks chicer when pulled just a bit higher, the ends sticking out. Tracy Reese though? It appears you will not be penalized if you walk out with your hair sticking out all around like an antenna!
#9: Center Parts
There is always something attractive about the perfection of a center part. It just looks clean, better dressed and often brings out the youth in a person. Add some miniature plaits the way Louis Vuitton did and you certainly have some pretty but hippie styles here.
Versace brings in some ladies with gentle beach waves, undone and without a fuss. Rodarte includes the hair jewelry on the center-parted hairstyles, while Desigual parts center to get equal lengths to its full head of braids.
Anna Sui’s bombshell waves certainly fit the tab as well, falling beautifully over the shoulders and down the back. Miu Miu combines a center part with pigtails and a badass attitude for maximum sexiness in the more adorable state of the hair stylization.
A few designers have opted to create contrasts in the hair itself, opting to slick up the roots from a center part that ends about behind the ears before the crimped, candy flossed and/or natural hair comes in to create the unkempt ends, a look we have seen appear at PPQ.
#10: Shaggy & Choppy Fringes
We like fringed looks. Really. And then we go shaggy with it and it just adds to the allure, though loses the sexiness of a more made up style. Thick and long and looking rather rocker style is what Alexander Wang points us towards, something we also see at Rebecca Minkoff with straighter and sleeker tresses, Baja East with shorter and lest kempt styles, and Vera Wang with the ultra-chic. Singling’s inspiration from Sobranie cocktail cigarettes gave the models bowl cut fringes that often matched with pastel wigs.
Fringes overall are in style, whether we are looking at the shaggy and long or the choppy and short, the latter seen at Christopher Kane with some very unprofessional cuts up there, appearing as if a child took scissors to her hair. Short shorn hair and choppy fringes, Isabella Emmack brought her style to designer shows such as Chanel, Stella McCartney, Akris, and Emanuel Ungaro, among many others for the spring and summer 2016 Fashion Weeks.
Choppy bowl cut wigs appeared at Moschino as well, in various colors and very much bringing back the ‘90s era supermodel looks. Vera Wang also included some rather lovely fringes, beautifully chopped and essentially dark in its appeal.
#11: Over the Shoulder Bobs: Real and Faux
Once it was long hair that was idealized. The spring/ summer 2016 hairstyle trends show that designers now prefer to go down the route of choppy bangs, buzz cuts and crops that fall above the shoulders. Scissors, bobby pins and all are a favorite for the stylists and we see those beauties appear on the Fendi runway with the hair pulled over from a deep side part, while Peyton Knight gives it her all on the runways during the SS 2016 Fashion Weeks.
The truth is that the Fendi bobs were actually faux though, meant for the ladies with commitment issues who would rather be able to go bob in the morning and long ponytail at night. Loose braids at the nape pinned underneath the rest of the hair give it that interesting look. The real bobs though come in the short cut waves in the out of the pool wet look that appear on the Kenzo runway with special love for the long-running trend.
#12: Buzz Cuts
You thought that short hair was a change from the norm? Think again! We see full out uses of the razor when we look at the spring/ summer 2016 hairstyles, with models like Kris Gottschalk walking in on a Givenchy runway with their hair buzzed pretty short. We see Ruth Bell sporting it at Acne as well, looking as lovely as ever.
#13: Twisted Hairstyles
High ponytails are gorgeous but they gain a Lara Croft look with the added twists that we have seen on the runways of late, making the twisted ponytail with the sleek pull of the hair from all sides one of the best new spring 2016 hairstyle trends. Public School brings in the gorgeous style with ease, while J.W. Anderson leaves it a bit on the slack side coming down the back.
Short hair might be cool left undone, but if you like your tresses long, this is possibly the best way to wear it. Removing the ponytail aspect from the trend, we can see Paul Smith’s rather English twists with the twisted pigtails creating a very wide bun look, crisscrossed from below the ear to create an almost 8-like figure at the back.
Twists are just easy to do and that is where the charm is. Simple and whimsical is how they appear at Marchesa, while there are varying degrees of distress seen at Tory Burch and Rag & Bone. Zac Posen brought in the chic here, while Jason Wu’s designs were slick and flowery in detail. Givenchy’s variations are probably what we would opt for on a daily basis at work to keep the strands out of our faces. Just keep them at the nape level.
#14: Braids down the Back
Twists are cool and all but many designers agree that the traditional plaiting down the back is probably a better idea in terms of keeping those strands firmly in place. You can have them falling from a high ponytail as is the case with Celine, or start way low, as seen with some rather fat braids on the Proenza Schouler runway.
Celine’s braided hairstyles for 2016 are probably the sexier ones though as they bring feminine polish to a tomboyish appeal. Even Valentino took the prim and pretty braids on with the tough girl plaits beginning after some cornrows appeared, would into trailing buns.
#15: Tucked-In Hairstyles
Christopher Kane came out with the zip ties and placed them around the necks, tucking the hair underneath and leaving it in its almost dirty looking natural state. Ribbons were used by others to get this look though, with Dior and Mary Katrantzou taking on the chokers to tucking the hair in underneath.
It is one of the strangest spring/ summer 2016 hairstyle trends actually and one that appears quite uncomfortable, despite the fact that the attention is drawn to the neck itself as a beauty point. Personally, it is hard to imagine adopting this trend, especially since turtlenecks cause itches and constant pulling at it, let alone something that is stuck to your neck, pulling ticking hair in with it. It simply looks lovely with the tulle bow around the neck at Badgley Mischka as well.
#16: Pretty and Romantic Updo Hairstyles
Not all the spring/ summer 2016 hairstyles need be sleek and sophisticated or naturally chic. Sometimes it is even better to have a tenderly pulled up romantic updo with wisps of flyaway hair strands framing the features where even the makeup is meant to inspire soft romanticism in your heart. Alberta Ferretti certainly knows what women want in this case, delivering romance in the form of soft and ethereal twists of the hair, golden wire wrappings only adding to its appeal on one side.
Braids are infinitely romantic as well, with Giles adding a touch of punk to it with the two reverse French braids, which are created by crossing the sections under instead of over, the ends tied in a ponytail that fell in a messy wave down the back. Kristian Aadnevik’s half up half down designs brought in double braids on each side of the crown, overlapping at the back and knotting before falling in its natural state down the back.
#17: Side Parts
If we have center parts among the spring 2016 hairstyle trends, we must have an alternative, which includes the side parts that so beautifully appeared all over, except often hidden among the other trending hairstyles for 2016. Mary Katrantzou brought in her beauty by giving her ladies an older look, such that is achieved with the more professional side part, the ends falling in a natural disarray of waves.
Side parts on wet short cut hair also appear on the likes of the Kenzo runway, while there is something very much akin to an ‘80s tomboy when we consider the same look with a touch of gel and a gorgeous blow dry session coming from the lovely Roberto Cavalli runway show. Emilio Pucci had flat roots and glossy texture to the hair, something that looked rather pretty and complemented the focus on the brows and makeup instead.
At Ashley Williams, the side part is pretty heavy on one side and said to have a more punk aspect versus a cute one, with us preferring the term devilishly sexy with the crystal studded barrettes on the lighter side of the head to match with those earrings.
#18: Crazy Curls
While looking at the natural hair that appeared a dime a dozen on the runways during the Fashion Weeks in Milan, New York, London and Paris, one particular look that really caught our eyes was the perfect perm or the crazy curls on the short bobs. Topshop Unique gives the ladies a gorgeous makeover, with the makeup complementing the wildness of the hair, all the while Giamba going even shorter and opting to sport the afro instead. Have you seen the Alice + Olivia ladies on the stage? Their afros were not even attempted to tame, the curls escaping with vigor and adding immense volume.
#19: Out of the Pool Wet Hair
That wet look has been around for a few seasons now and it is slowly but surely getting old. However, Kenzo can still make it look rather cool, above the shoulder cuts and all, with a side part to the hair and a sexy pout to the lips. Gel is still a friend of yours but is in total contrast to the very natural hair trends for 2016 that have swept up the runways.
Wet waves are still going though so if you have not had enough of wearing your locks thus, you are in luck! Keep going at it my friend, for Kenzo certainly approves. Missoni’s wet hair was lacquered in mousse and hairspray, making the models look quite sexy with the addition of some very bold makeup on the face.
An obsession with wet locks continues with Dsquared2, when sexy surfer girls appear on stage and wash our doubts about continuing with this trend away. The Burberry girls certainly walked out of the pool it seems since they left their hair natural and it looks to be slowly drying back up, the oxblood lips looking incredibly beautiful against the unkempt nature’s backdrop.
Even the parting is not correctly done, so that it appears that the lady in question hasn’t yet checked out her appearance in the mirror. The wet locks appear with side parts at David Koma, but pulled back beautifully at Julien Macdonald, looking as if the ladies have been sweating for hours on end, the sweat dripping down their backs from the individually gelled hair strands.
#20: Flyaway Baby Hairs
It may have not seemed to be a trend initially but it quickly developed into the most adorable and loveliest of spring/ summer 2016 hairstyles, wherein the baby hair that stands out as flyaway strands framing the face is common to many designer collections presented on that runway. This includes the gorgeous Dolce & Gabbana girls with their hair pulled up with ribbons and bows, as well as the romance of an Alberta Ferreti look that swept the fashion world with its sensuality.
Prada, however, decided to stick the baby strands to the face instead, creating a je ne sais quoi appeal overall, pushing at the boundaries and combining the ladylike features with a futuristic conception. Oscar de la Renta had its own flyaway hair peeking about from a pretty ponytail down the back held by a ribbon in place.
Rag & Bone looked pretty awesome with the kiss-curl trend, the dramatic flair it gives off almost too adorable to call sexy. It is the light and messy and quite effortless, lending to it becoming a major trend for the spring and summer seasons of 2016.
#21: Pin Straight Hair
Whether you like it or not, we always seem to have extremely straight hair appear on the runways, whether we are dominated by the natural looks, the curls and waves or not. Erdem’s center part with the pin straight hair definitely appeals to us, even if the tea stained eyes are a bit on the spooky side, while low ponytails with the straight looks as seen at Oscar de La Renta and Dior simply cannot be ignored.
What about the high ponytails seen at Balmain with the extensions within? We can certainly understand the pin straight’s appeal on the runways and look forward to wearing it with or without ponytails whenever we feel like busting out the straightener come the spring and summer days.
#22: Half Up Half Down Hairstyles with Natural Fall
Designers have also known an affinity towards the half and half looks, keeping half up and the rest of it down, preferring to keep the falling hair in a natural texture that we can easily see happening at Vivienne Westwood Red Label. It is a sea-swept texture here, natural and uneven in the waves and the half pulled up in a messy knot.
Kristian Aadnevik also loves the half up half down hairstyles, bringing in double braids on each side of the head and overlapping at the back, knotting it up before letting it fall in its natural state down the back. This trend requires longer hair, at least reaching mid back.
Altuzarra brought the twisted trend to the half and half we see often enough, the romantic effects not lost on even the coldest and unromantic of hearts we may bear. The lovely twisted V is something we will be wearing out to many an event come the spring, particularly when on vacation.
#23: A Bit of Grunge
Grunge seems to be a big part of the new spring/ summer 2016 hairstyle trends, including the disheveled looks we have seen appearing at Marc Jacobs, what with the almost wet appeal and the barely paid attention to chignon at the back, hair flying about all over the sides of the face. Michael Kors had this look from a very deep side part that was barely there, hair falling down the back and a fresh, radiant image of a fun-loving girl gracing the runway.
At Tommy Hilfiger it was more about looking cool and rocker chick-ish, the grunge effect toned down a bit. Creatures of the Wind certainly has the grunge happening with a good dose of punk added.
Softer grunge is key to the Diesel Black Gold label, toughness mixed in with soft femininity, bold brows and dark smudgy makeup only adding to the messy faux fringes spotted here. It is a gorgeous style to be sure, what with the messy aspects and the sleeker versions, the rebellious part of the soul apparent.
#24: Appearance of Dreadlocks & Messy Braids
The braids are a huge thing on the runway usually come the spring seasons, but this time around we see some softer dreadlocks as well, a rather cool it-girl thing that keeps the hair looking lovely while still giving it a gorgeous shampoo-less design. It was a new level of cool that was brought in by Nicole Miller, street smart and approachable while still remaining softly lovable. You don’t have to give up the shampoo either!
Guido Palau shows a messy braided hairstyle that doesn’t ask good skills for styling. Twists, dreadlocks and messy braids make one of the coolest spring/ summer 2016 hairstyle trends overall.
Photos courtesy of Livingly