Images of popular hairstyles
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I've done the homework for you and found the hottest hairstyles, colors and cuts of 2016 and pulled them together in this slideshow.
I've combed through 1000s of photos to find the freshest, prettiest and most flattering hair cuts, styles and colors. I noticed some hairstyles are making a comeback (think thick fringe and boho 70s waves) while others, like the wavy long bob and ombré hair color, seem to be here to stay. At least for another couple seasons.
When looking for a fresh look for yourself, I recommend considering these points, rather than what's trendy:
- If your hair is long and blah, consider chopping a few inches off for a change. If you're really brave, take the cut to your chin.
- Boring brown hair? Add golden highlights painted on via the balayage method (more on this in a bit).
- Embrace your hair texture. If you have curly hair, wear it natural for a season and spend the time you used to spend straightening your hair with your friends or family.
- Hate your curls? Straighten them with the help of chemical straighteners. It will last longer and save you time than blow-drying and flat-ironing your hair. See your options here.
- Not into curling and coiffing your hair, but love waves? Get a professional blow-out before an important event or big day. Either schedule one with your salon or if you're in a big city, drop by a blow-out bar.
- Curious about a look like a topknot or side braid but not sure you can pull it off? Play around at home. Take selfies, send them to trusted friends. If you get the go, take it out for the day and see how many compliments you get.
It's All About the Wavy LobActress Jennifer Lawrence attends 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2' hand and footprint ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre on October 31, 2015 in Hollywood, California. Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic
When the hottest actress of the day wears her hair in a long, wavy bob, you know that last season's biggest hair trend has carried over into this new season.
Other Popular Bobs
While the hottest bob of the moment is the long bob, other popular bobs include the classic chin-length bob, the shaggy almost-to-the-shoulders long bob, the graduated bob and the "I'm growing out my pixie and now it's a bob" bob. (Hello Charlize Theron).
Bobs this year are blown straight, air-dried into what appears to be bedhead, parted down the side and flat-ironed, and curled into waves.
So why the bob and why right now? Some version of the bob works on all face shapes and with every hair texture, except maybe super curly, so there's that. And then there's just something effortless and casual about the bob that's also a big edgy. Long hair can be boring and easily falls lifeless and flat, while short hair can be too masculine. Shoulder-length hair, while popular (you'll see more in a bit) doesn't have the edge that the bob does and can look like hair that's being grown out.
I show off many versions of the bob in this gallery, but here's a look at some of the trends:Short, mussy hair. Elisabetta Villa for Getty Images
The pixie still remains cool in 2016, but it's much messier than in earlier years. Think the pixie grown out, but still short and very, very mussy. Like the one pictured here.
The secret to the hot pixie cut right now is to let the top grow long. You can style it up or down or to the side. The pixie works with most face shapes and is a super stylish cut on women of all ages.
Get inspired with these galleries:
Hair Color Trend: BabylightsRosamund Pike and Karlie Kloss with babylights. Dave Hogan (left) and Andrew H. Walker (right) for Getty Images
Let's move away from haircuts and talk hair color.
The "babylights" trend has around for more than a year. And it's a good trend that should last a long time. The problem is, it's kind of a confusing term and it hasn't been explained very well.
First off, what it is:
Basically babylights are delicate blonde highlights that are painted on in the balayage manner (as opposed to foil highlights). They are meant to give hair color dimension - much like a blonde kid's hair at the end of summer - and look as natural as possible.
Jack Howard, a colorist at Neville Hair & Beauty Salon in London, coined the term and the Website Refinery29 published it and then everyone copied them and a trend was born. Howard is the colorist behind Rosamund Pike's and Karlie Kloss's (pictured here) blonde hair.
But what's interesting is that the hair color method (balayage) is not new and neither is the result. I've been getting "babylights" for years. At NY's Eva Scrivo Salon, my colorist Mira Herri has been painting my hair using the balayage technique in the exact way that Howard describes. She does a phenomenal job and is one of the hottest colorists in the city.
Shaved. With Long Bang, Please.Pink the singer. Getty Images
Another popular trend we're seeing is the edgy, shaved with long bangs look.Steffy Argelich. Steffy Argelich Instagram, photo by matteomontanariphotography
There's nothing new about shags. It Girl Alexa Chung started the craze years back and it hasn't waned since.
The modern shag is choppy, has lots of texture but doesn't resemble an 80s hair band. The shag can be worn shorter or longer. I love this version on model Steffy Argelich.
You Can't Go Wrong With BangsHailey Baldwin. Getty: Anthony Harvey, Rahav Segev
There are so many options when it comes to bangs. My favorites at the moment are:
The secret to a good bang is finding the right bangs for you face shape and learning how to blowdry your bangs correctly so you don't end up with bad 80s bubble bangs.