From bold ombre to subtle highlights – from the runways to celebrities – here are the top hair color trends and ideas for Winter 2016!
Hey gorgeous! Looking for a makeover? A new look? Changing your hairstyle or hair color is the quickest way to a whole new look! In Fall 2015, Winter 2016, so much more is in trend than just ombre. And even with ombre, there’s lots of new looks! Let’s check out all the top hair color trends for 2016:
Top Hair Color Trends for 2016
Natural Butterscotch Brown
The natural light brown or butterscotch brown is a great color if you want to play it safe and make your hair look very natural, without going ombré. The hair color is being seen a lot in Pre-Fall 2016 collections so it’s a latest choice. Here are two shades from Jason Wu Pre-Fall 2016:
In Winter 2016, it’s more trendy to mix the natural or dirty blonde with a darker, warmer color like medium brown like Gigi hadid here in Elle November 2015 photo-shoot:
Or Lily Rose Depp in a very, very subtle reverse-ombre – natural blonde to light brown, for Chanel eye-wear:
Here’s Lady Gaga in classic blonde hair color at the British Fashion Awards 2015:
Blonde with a patch of dark brown highlights:
Burgundy is one of the hottest colors of Winter 2016, and as a hair color, burgundy suits both lighter and Indian skin tones. Here’s Emma Stone in burgundy:
Natural Dark Brown
Kendall Jenner was seen in the latest photo-shoot for Vogue November 2015 in this natural darkest brown hair color:
Top Ombré Trends for 2016
Golden Brown Ombré
Here’s another choice from the latest Fashion Week collections – the medium golden brown to natural blonde ombré. Here’s the hair color from Burberry Prorsum Pre-Fall 2016 collection:
Brown to Blonde Ombré
The classic brown to blonde ombré is still very trendy! You can start the transition color anywhere from the half to three quarters of your hair length. Check out Gigi Hadid here from a Vogue November 2015 photo-shoot:
Bronde hair color is still very hot from last season. In fact, it’s getting even trendier this season! You can try a dark or medium brown to bronde ombre hair color:
Emma Watson, Cara Delevingne, Kate Moss, Scarlett Johansson – it’s like every celeb is sporting this hair color these days! It was even seen in the Dior Fall 2015 collection – actually that’s more like an natural brown to bronde ombre:
Black to Grey Ombre
Grey is not my personal preference, because I’d rather try something that makes me look younger, not older! But some celebs are digging the black to grey look! Here’s Rihanna:
And Kylie Jenner:
Here’s yet another Kylie Jenner hair color – black to teal!
Purple is very trendy, and also gives a bold, mermaid look. I like this Cara Delevingne look in a grey to purple ombre with different shades of purple:
Here’s yet another example of purple ombre – purple to blonde hair color:
Top Highlights Trends for 2016
My favorite hottest trend for 2016 in hair color is a mix of highlights and ombre – which looks very natural but also chic: Here are a few examples:
I love Angelina Jolie’s honey caramel highlights subtly merging onto rich chocolate brown hair:
Blake Lively loves sporting hony caramel shades of hair. For her upcoming movie, she’s been seen in this mix of caramel lighlights taking over a sombre hair color that runs to natural brown:
Shades of Browns
Get ombre from dark to medium or medium brown – and add face-framing and back highlights in light brown like Selena Gomez here:
Pink, Cream and Blonde – Unicorn
Shades of pink and cream are also a nice choice if you wanna try bolg highlights, particularly if you wanna pair them with blonde hair, like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley here:
Shades of Purple Highlights
Or if you want it bolder, try this: Okay, those were the (many) top hair color trends of 2016! Which one is your favorite? As for me, I just gave myself a mix of highlights+ombre – natural dark brown to medium brown – with light brown highlights! Perhaps next month I’ll feel bold enough to try purple! Lemme know your preferences below!
Shilpa Ahuja the editor-in-chief of ShilpaAhuja.com, which she founded with the goal of inspiring confidence in the modern working woman through fashion. Other than defining the direction of the magazine, she also writes about fashion & beauty trend forecasts, industry analysis, and opinions.
Shilpa’s work has been published in the University of Fashion blog and Jet Airways magazine. She is also an artist, illustrator and cartoonist. She is also the creator of Audrey O., a comic series that represents the lifestyle of millennial women. She enjoys creative writing and world travel. Her art has been exhibited at Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Aroma Hotel, Chandigarh and been published in Chandigarh Times.
Originally from Chandigarh, Shilpa also has a professional degree in architecture and has worked in interior project management. She is also the author of the book “Designing a Chinese Cultural Center in India”. Shilpa has a Masters in Design Studies degree from Harvard University. For feedback and questions, please email [email protected]