Photos of 2016's Biggest Hairstyle Trends

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I Pick What's Hot in Haircuts, Hair Color and 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.
  • Want long hair, but can't grow it? Extensions are huge at the moment. And not as expensive as they used to be.
  • 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.


PS: Don't miss Makeup Trends: 11 You Can Actually Wear.

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It's All About the Wavy Lob

Jennifer Lawrence blonde bob
Actress 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.

It seems everyone last year was chopping off her long hair into a long bob (witness 21 Celebs Who Went From Long to a Long Bob) and the long wavy bob (or "lob") reigns supreme in 2016. The secret to this look is that it's cut choppy and hits below the chin.

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:

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The Mussy Pixie

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:

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Hair Color Trend: Babylights

Rosamund 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. 

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Shaved. With Long Bang, Please.

Pink the singer. Getty Images

Another popular trend we're seeing is the edgy, shaved with long bangs look.

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Shaggy Hair

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.

The images in this gallery, 19 Amazing Shag Hairstyles, show off the very best shag hairstyles today.

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You Can't Go Wrong With Bangs

Hailey Baldwin. Getty: Anthony Harvey, Rahav Segev

No matter the length of your hair, bangs remain very popular in 2016. Adding bangs is the easiest way to update your look without sacrificing length (hello Kate Middleton!). It's easier even than highlights or coloring your hair out of a box in your kitchen.

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.

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Part Your Wavy Lob in the Center

Annabelle Fleur poses at PANDORA Jewelry X Nanette Lepore at New York Fashion Week on September 15, 2015 in New York City. Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for PANDORA Jewelry//Getty Images

Center parts just look super fresh. Step away from your computer and try it for yourself in the mirror and see if it suits you (unfortunately it just makes me look older). 

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The Mussy Pixie Works on Women of All Ages

Kris Jenner arrives at Cosmopolitan Magazine's 50th Birthday Celebration at Ysabel on October 12, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

Love the Kardashians, or loathe them, they do have good hair. I like how family matriarch Kris Jenner is wearing her hair these days. I'm seeing a lot of mussy hairstyles and the pixie looks great all mussed up.

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Curly Hair Left Alone

Malaika Firth. Getty: Timur Emek, David M. Benett

Years ago, the New York Times featured a tongue-in-cheek commentary on curly hair entitled, "In Defense of Curly Hair". In the article, writer Judith Newman explores her love/hate relationship with her naturally curly hair. She loves it because, as she writes, it's a striking part of her identity and (remember, this is tongue-in-cheek) "having curly hair makes me taller, more literary and better in bed." She doesn't always love it because the rest of the world doesn't always agree with her. In a curly-haired girl's world, sometimes it seems everyone's dying to go straight.

These days it's actually a trend to embrace your natural hair texture. 

Got curls? Let 'em go.

More on curly hair:

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Long Hair, Center Part

Model SungHee Kim. Photo by Melodie Jeng/Getty Images

I love this look on model SungHee Kim: long hair worn with a center part. This look works well on round faces, not so great on long faces like mine (sob!).

Some of the hottest looks today are modeled on Asian models, vloggers and pop stars. Follow the Who's Who of these beautiful women in my gallery: The Best Hairstyles on Asian Models, "It Girls," Pop Stars & Instagrammers.

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Blunt Bangs

How amazing are Taylor Swift's blunt bangs peeking out of her knit caps?

I love a good thick, blunt bang. But they don't work on everyone. Find out who's a candidate for this look in Which Bang Hairstyles Work Best With Your Face Shape?

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Nerd Glasses and Long Hair: An Ageless Combo

Actress Allison Janney arrives at Politics, Sex and Cocktails presented by Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project Los Angeles County at The Pacific Design Center on October 1, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Planned Parenthood Los Angeles

Actress Allison Janney proves you don't have to be under 35 to wear you hair long. She pairs her look with nerd glasses, which continue to be hot sexy.

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Fix That Boring Brown Hair

Pop singer Sofia Reyes attends the 4th Annual People en Espanol Festival at Jacob Javitz Center on October 18, 2015 in New York City. Photo by Mireya Acierto/FilmMagic

There is no reason to have boring brown hair. Not when there are so many amazing options available these days. If you have brown hair that you feel is blah, you are doing something wrong. I saw so many gorgeous brunette shades on the red carpet, I had to include many of them here just in case you have brown hair and are looking to liven it up.

Here, is a gorgeous example of brown hair that's anything but boring.

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Balayage is Your Best Friend

Actress Katie Cleary attends the 2nd Annual Light Up The Night White Party at Mr. C Beverly Hills on September 26, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. Getty: Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic

Foil highlights are so 1999. These days, it's all about balayage, or hair painting. Especially when you want pieces of lighter or darker color, this is the method you should lean towards.

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Zoë Kravitz. Steve Granitz for Getty

These braids on Zoe Kravitz are absolutely gorgeous.

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The Big Updo With Upswept Bang

Kate Upton with a round face. Getty Images

God, I love this updo on Kate Upton. Bangs blow-dried up in this confection were very popular in 2015 and continue to be hot into 2016.

If you really want great-looking hair, you should learn to shampoo your hair properly. It turns out most of us break many shampooing rules when we step into the shower. We don't wet our hair enough, we don't focus enough attention on our scalps and we don't rinse out our conditioner.

Learning how to shampoo my hair correctly literally changed my life. My hair has never been shinier and silkier. Find out more in 9 Mistakes People Make When Shampooing Their Hair.

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The Baby Bob

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Actress Kat Graham on August 30, 2015. Getty Images: Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

This "baby bob" on actress Kat Graham is delicious. It's to the chin and wavy and therefore hits several trends at once.

The baby bob is basically a bob that hits at the chin but is much mussier and choppier than the sleek classic bob.

Here's a look at some of the trends in bobs right now:

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The Double Ponytail

The double ponytail was everywhere on the runways and red carpets. 

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The Ballerina Bun Perched Atop the Head

Model Hilary Rhoda poses for a portrait at the Dressbarn Fall 2015 Campaign Launch at Spring Studios on October 14, 2015 in New York City. Photo by Mireya Acierto/Getty Images

For awhile there, everyone who was anyone was wearing their long hair knotted messily on top of their head. While the topknot is still around, the 2016 version is much less mussy. In fact, it's a ballerina bun perched way up high as seen here on model Hilary Rhoda.

There are cons to this look including you'll look like a fool if you try to pull this off and you have a long face like I do. It will make you look horse-y. Don't do it.

And don't ask me how to get this look. I don't have a clue how to get it to stay without a bezillion hairpins.

See photos of gorgeous ballerina buns.

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Most of us have a bit of wave to our hair, and a popular look I'm seeing everywhere is undone hair. Undone basically means a bit mussy, very casual and yet, still absolutely gorgeous. 

You have 4 options to perfect this look:

  1. Go to bed with wet hair. Wake up.
  2. Apply a volumizing mousse to shampooed hair. Let hair air dry and scrunch it as it dries.
  3. Spritz damp hair with sea salt spray to create a beachy texture.
  4. Go all out with product and tools. For directions see "How to Create Beachy Waves"

I covet long, naturally wavy hair. Find out how to get a cut that enhances your wavy hair. Get inspired with my wavy hair photo gallery.

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Sometimes Curly, Sometimes Straight

Marisa Berenson with curly hair, left and straight hair, right. Getty Images

One of the greatest things about having super curly hair is you can change your look dramatically by getting a great salon blowout. 

Forget Brazilian, keratin or Japanese hair straightening. Forget perming your hair in reverse. Women with curly hair are opting for the temporary route rather than the damaging permanent route when it comes to sometimes straightening their hair. I know many women in NYC who get their curly hair blown out straight a couple times a week.

Thanks to blow out salons, you can spend a few days a week with curly hair and a few days with straight hair. Love and love.

More on curly hair:

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Over 50? Throw Out the Rule Book

Queen Noor of Jordan. Ian Gavan for Getty

I'm so over rules for women over age 50. And if you're familiar with my stuff for older women, you'll know that.

The big trend for older women is to forget about age. Instead, wear hair that fits your hair texture, your face shape, your personality and your lifestyle.

That means, don't get a high maintenance style if you hate curling irons or flat irons or blowdryers. Don't get a cut that only looks good when blown out professionally, unless you don't mind visiting the blow dry salon every week. And don't cut your hair to your chin because you read once that women over 50 shouldn't have long hair.

Tell that to Queen Noor. She looks fantastic, doesn't she. And guess what? She was born in 1951.

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Just Add Extensions

Canadian model and actress Ashley Diana Morris attends Brightlight Pictures and Lighthouse Pictures 'The Annual Red Carpet Film Party' during Vancouver International Film Festival at Vancouver Art Gallery on September 26, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada. Photo by Andrew Chin/Getty Images

Very few women are blessed with straight hair this naturally thick. If you covet the look that nature didn't give you, consider trying extensions. They're hotter than ever on the coasts.

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The Hottest Trend Right Now in Black Hair: Au Naturel

Fleur East. Getty: Karwai Tang

The biggest trend right now in black hair is to leave it alone. Let it go.

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The Flapper Bob

Heather Kemesky Instagram,

This is one of my favorite looks this year: boyish but sexy at the same time.

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One Haircut: 3 Boho Styles

Actress Stef Dawson. Getty: Paul Archuleta, Mike Pont, Ben Gabbe

Boho is in this season according to the fashion world which thinks we're all going to happily wear bellbottoms this year (no thank you). But boho is always gorgeous and I love these 3 versions on actress Stef Dawson. Braids are everywhere again, by the way.

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Up, Up and Away

Antonia Dell'Atte arrives at the Giorgio Armani show during the Milan Fashion Week on September 28, 2015 in Milan, Italy. Photo by Venturelli/WireImage

This is an absolute gorgeous look if you can pull it off. I saw a lot of hairstyles on the red carpets that were blown up and teased.

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Black Hair With Lightened Tips

Actress Victoria Justice arrives at Teen Vogue's 13th Annual Young Hollywood Issue Launch Party on October 2, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

Silky black hair is gorgeous. I like this version with just a hint of lightened tips.

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Platinum Blonde Paired With Red Lips

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Sammy Winward on September 7, 2015. Getty: Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage

Pair your platinum with red lips and a black wardrobe.

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Red Hair

Actress Darby Stanchfield arrives at Environmental Media Association Hosts Its 25th Annual EMA Awards Presented By Toyota And Lexus at Warner Bros. Studios on October 24, 2015 in Burbank, California. Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

Red hair will never go out of style and this year's red is richer, deeper and more, well, natural-looking.

Almost anyone can look good in red hair. It just depends on what color red you choose because it must look good with your skin tone. A professional salon job is the only way to go if going this route. And keep in mind that red hair is high maintenance.

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Debuting Your New Color (or Cut) on Instagram

Khloe Kardashian's Instagram

Perhaps the hottest hairstyle trend of the moment is debuting your new cut or color on Instagram for the world to see. So many celebrities (or their stylists) are doing this, it's worth considering doing yourself. Who says you have to be famous to have a following?

If you're looking for a change, there's no better place to start than my photo galleries of trendy hairstyles: