New York, London, Milan and Paris Spring/Summer 2016 runways have left us inspired by not only the clothing but also the hair and beauty trends. In particular, there are five stylish women’s hairstyle trends that stand out and are already gathering popularity among the most stylish women of the globe.
1. Side Part Hairstyle
Side partings were seen on the Spring/Summer 2016 runways of Giambattista Valli, Rodarte, Gucci, Michael Kors and Narciso Rodriguez this year, and have proven particularly popular thanks to their glamorous, feminine qualities. Side partings are a hairstyle that is versatile and caters to any hair length, from bob to long locks. It can be worn in a number of different ways, but one of the most popular styles is to wear a side parting with wavy hair; the contrast of the parting and the textured hair compliment each other beautifully, and this look was a favourite on Thierry Mugler’s runway. The hairstyle also looks chic when swept back with a low pony or slicked back for maximum impact. The side parting looks good no matter how it is worn and it is one of the easiest looks to maintain
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2. Bold Bangs Hairstyle
Bangs were true to their name this year, and the hairstyle has really entered the beauty world with a ‘bang.’ Ranging from punk rocker inspired bangs to a more geeky-chic look, the haircut was a standout hairstyle on the runways of Lanvin, Boss, Alexander Wang, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Versace and Marc Jacobs.
Unfortunately, bangs aren’t the easiest hair trend to wear, and you should carefully consider your face shape and the size of your forehead before you chop your locks: nearly all bangs work on an oval-shaped face, but straight blunt bangs tend to work best. If you have a heart-shaped face then side-swept bangs are great and draw attention away from the top half of your face while bangs on a round face can make the face look even fuller. For those with a smaller forehead, it is recommended to opt for asymmetrical bangs (this will elongate your brow) while thick blunt bangs work better on a large forehead and help to widen the face. Remember that the longer your bangs are, the more maintenance is required to keep them from falling into your eyes. And if you want to create volume at the roots, a top style tip is to initially blow-dry your bangs in the opposite direction to where they usually fall.
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3. 70’s Center Parting Hairstyle
The 70’s style was “in” in a big way this year, and side partings weren’t the only partings catching our attention on the SS16 runways; because there was another style taking center stage, literally. Center partings were seen on the runways of Balenciaga, Versace, Gucci, Roberto Cavalli and Calvin Klein, who opted for a more boho look, in contrast with Prabal Gurung and Emilio Pucci who favoured the slicked-back style. The style is certainly one of the easiest ways to change up your look without forking out $100 on a new haircut and colour.
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4. Low Ponytail Hairstyle
Arguably the most popular trend for 2015, and likely for 2016, is the low ponytail hairstyle. If you want to create a low maintenance look that is on-trend but fuss-free, then this hairstyle is definitely the way to go.
Ponytails may have once been a way to pull your hair together quickly to avoid a bad hair day, but if you do them right – by wearing them right at the nape of your neck – they can look incredibly stylish and sophisticated. Another advantage to the low ponytail is the fact that it’s an incredibly versatile look which can be worn in a variety of different styles (including middle partings and bangs) as well as a range of textures such as thin straight hair, or and thick tousled hair. Looking for style suggestions? Wear it messy as seen on the runways of Marc Jacobs, or opt for a sleek, pulled back alternative like Oscar de la Renta did. For a chic look, wrap the ponytail with a strand of hair, a thick black ribbon (Rodarte) and/or oversized metallic barrette (as seen on the runways of Chanel).
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5. Wavy Hairstyle
While wavy hair is not so much a haircut as it is a hairstyle, there is no denying that this is a look that has gained popularity this year, and was seen on the SS16 runways of Patricia Vieira, Kye, Burberry, Michael Kors Collection and Rachel Zoe, in either textured waves (which looked as if the models had been in a mini hurricane), or a more toned down, romantic flowy option.
Waves are the perfect look for the spring and summer months, as they have a relaxed, boho feel to them. They are also one of the easier women’s hairstyle runway trends to try out. But what do you do if you don’t have naturally thick and wavy hair? The solution is really quite simple; roll your hair up into curls, pin them, and then lock in the curls with either leave-in conditioner or hairspray. Once the curls have set be sure to run your fingers lightly through your hair to create a more disheveled look – it’s really that simple.