2016 hairstyle trends
Celebrity hairstylist Asgar Saboo talks bangs, crops, and more
With the New Year comes new hairstyles, and, luckily, we’ve got celebrity hairstylist Asgar Saboo to reveal the latest.
\nHaving worked with the front covers of Vogue, as well as Hollywood and Bollywood stars, Saboo is no doubt a trusted source when it comes to trends. Here are his five recommended hairstyles – and how to master them.
Bangs are so 2016
\nWe’ve been predicting the return of bangs for a while now, and Saboo has just proven us right! They’ve been seen on SS16 catwalks of Saint Laurent and Alexander Wang, as well as off the runway on models Kendall Jenner and Naomi Campbell. According to Saboo, bangs are one of the biggest style changes you can make with minimal maintenance effort.
\n“Keep hair sleek, straight and smooth to create a glam look for parties or grunge it up by adding a few waves and product to add instant edge. If you brave the bangs, keep the length below the eyebrows for a modern look and if you don’t want a blunt fringe, feather the ends slightly so the style isn’t as heavy,” he advises.
The bleach blondes are back
\nEarlier this year, reality TV star Kim Kardashian shocked fans as she stepped out with platinum blonde hair. The Kardashian later dyed her locks back to her renowned chocolate shade. However, the trend is still one of the biggest of the year and is seen on red carpets and catwalks alike. Saboo recommends it for 2016.
\n“A bright and fresh colour is perfect for changing up your look. Whether you keep it poker straight or add some soft, beachy waves, this colour will ensure you stand out at any occasion. Tip: keep hair clean to ensure your hair is soft, healthy-looking and voluminous, and use a purple toned shampoo to avoid any brassiness,” he says.
Crop that hair
\nCelebrities from Jennifer Lawrence to Gigi Hadid have been seen sporting a crop bob in late 2015. According to Saboo, they’ll be sporting more of them this year.
\nThe key to mastering the cut is having lots of layers to add texture to the hair, and using a salt spray or texturising product to create a mussed up, laid back look, Saboo recommends.
\n“Not brave enough to go for the chop? Cheat your way to this trend with a faux bob – simply scrunch the hair with salt spray and divide into two loose ponytails. Twirl the ends up and under, and then secure with plenty of grips, and you’ll have a new look for one night only,” he says.
Natural never goes out of style
\nThere’s just something about natural waves – maybe it’s the effortless style, or the untamed locks, or even the touches of imperfect curls. No matter the reason, Saboo verifies that natural waves are in this season, and every other season.
\nHe recommends ditching the straighteners and opting for relaxed waves instead. According to him, the style dresses down a fussy look and adds a casual element to it. However, he warns against allowing your hair to get too frizzy when sporting the look.
\n“Don’t let your hair get too frizzy, as the locks still need to look alluring and in good condition. Use a mousse or leave in conditioner and let the hair dry naturally, or use a diffuser and gently scrunch the curls. Ensure you finish with a hair oil at the ends to make sure that the style looks perfectly shiny and frizz-free,” says Saboo.
Red is rad
\nWe’re not talking Haifa Wehbe – we’re talking Emma stone raven. “This dramatic colour is set to be a major trend for 2016, and it’s certainly not for wallflowers!” says Saboo.
\nWhile it’s similar to a traditional red tone, it’s more sophisticated and cool. Saboo instructs not going too bright as that’s, well, too bright!
\nHe also warns over the constant maintenance that red hair needs.
\n“Red hair needs a lot of care and attention, so treat your hair to a colour treatment masque at least once a week and make sure you go back to the salon for regular touch-ups. If you’re in between salon visits then use a glossing spray or serum to add some extra shine which will last until your next colour fix,” says the hair guru.