As we embark on a brand-new year, it’s time to take a look back at the most popular makeover trends for 2016 among Hollywood stars and other A-listers. Since some of these trends are likely to be sticking around for quite some time, the past is most definitely a harbinger of the future!
Here are the best celebrity hairstyles of the past year, by category:
CELEBRITY HAIR COLOR
Blonde beauties: Highlights on Jennifer Lopez, platinum on Kristen Stewart.
All photos by PR Photos.
Highlights and balayage
Adding highlights to brunette and dark blonde strands—thanks to free-hand techniques such as balayage—continues to be a head-turning choice for many celebs. Witness Jennifer Lopez’s stunning hairstyle—long, sexy highlighted waves—on the red carpet and during the after-party rounds of the 2016 Golden Globes.
A surprising share of celebrities decided to go the ultra-light route with their hair last year. From A-list actresses Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone, to singers Taylor Swift, Rita Ora and even Justin Bieber, platinum hair was a popular hair color choice among the younger set.
Pro tip: If you decide to go ultra-blonde, keep it light and bright with our hair-care tips for platinum blonde hair, and be sure to use our Blondeshell® purple shampoo and other products in the collection.
Blended looks: Soft roots on Lauren Conrad; an ombre braid on Olivia Wilde; and ecaille hair on Kate Beckinsale.
Pretty blended tones
We also saw some hair-color techniques that brought out gorgeous brunette and dark blonde tones in an eye-catching way, including the ever-popular ombre (on stars such as Lauren Conrad, Nia Vardalos and Audrina Partridge), as well as new techniques called ecaille and soft roots.
Ecaille—also known as tortoiseshell hair—is a multidimensional color of chocolates, chestnuts, caramels and/or golden blondes blended in a natural-looking, flattering way. Female stars sporting this look in 2016 included Ashanti, Kate Beckinsale, Gisele Bundchen, Jessica Alba and Sofia Vergara.
Soft roots are all about lessening the natural line between colored hair and new growth. This technique calls for using a color close to that of your natural color at the root area and blending it into the colored hair down below, which allows more time between color services. Stars who opted for the soft-roots look included Lauren Conrad, Gigi Hadid, Hailey Baldwin, and Rachel McAdams.
Fashion-forward:Trend hair shades on Emma Roberts and Bella Thorn.
Pastel and neon shades
“Unnatural” colors continued to be a “natural” choice for stars young and old. From Cate Blanchett’s briefly pink ’do in the earlier part of the year, to Emma Roberts’ rose-gold transformation for fall, to Bella Thorn’s orange-and-neon-green ombre at the 2016 American Music Awards, fashion or trend shades are still a must-have.
Color tip: Watch for the newest Keratin Complex® hair-color trend collection, Celebrate Individuality, coming soon. Inquire about these exciting fashion colors—including Pink Yarrow, Lapis Blue and Greenery—at your local Keratin Complex salon!
Being blunt: One-layered haircuts on Helen Mirren, Zoe Kazan and Juliette Moore.
Whether super-short, mid-length or long and sleek, stars were chopping their locks into a blunt hairstyle throughout the year. Celebs sporting a short blunt cut included those who were growing out a layered pixie, such as Lena Dunham, and those who chose a face-framing style, like Helen Mirren or Lily Collins.
Medium (or chin-skimming) blunt styles, from messy to stick-straight, could be found on Lucy Hale, Kirsten Dunst, Emma Roberts, Zoe Kazan, and J Lo (always a trend-setter!).
Actresses opting for all-one-length long hair included Amanda Seyfried, Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore.
Lob ladies: Middle-part lobs of varying lengths on Kylie Jenner, Lucy Hale and Elle Fanning.
Bobs & lobs
The bob hasn’t gone anywhere; it’s still a go-to haircut for celebrities and regular folks alike because of the sheer versatility this style can provide. One of the most glamorous examples of the year could be seen on the ever-gorgeous, ever-ethereal Cate Blanchett on the red carpet at the 2016 Oscars.
The “long bob” got a bit of an update during the latter half of 2016 when several celebrities opted for a middle-part lob. These included Kendall Jenner, Elle Fanning and Lucy Hale, who wore their blunt-cut, shoulder-length lob hairstyle either sleek and straight, or wavy and textured. Others, such as Olivia Palermo, Margot Robbie and Iggy Azalea, opted for an even longer middle-part lob.
Fringe benefits: Hair bangs on Felicity Jones, Jenna Dewan Tatum and Ciara.
And of course, fringe swept back in, as stars including Lily Collins, Felicity Jones, Katie Holmes and Jenna Dewan Tatum opted for bang hairstyles toward the end of the year—from super-short, to long and choppy, to side-swept.
Curls unfurled: Natural texture on Diana-Maria Riva, Tinashe and Kerry Washington.
Another welcome trend was a move away from tamed-within-an-inch-of-its-life hair toward a more let-it-flow attitude. Stars who strutted the red carpet with their naturally curly hair worn loudly and proudly included Diana-Maria Riva, who wore corkscrew curls at the 2016 Golden Globes; Kerry Washington’s out-to-there texture shown at the Emmys; and Tinashe, who sported a tightly curled updo at the AMAs in November.
Military might: Short cuts on Michael Phelps and Will Smith.
Variations on the military-inspired haircut continued to hold sway among the male celebrity set, who undoubtedly appreciate the low-maintenance nature of cuts such as the regulation cut (Michael Phelps) and the fade (Will Smith)—if not the frequent barber trips necessary to keep the style looking, well, stylish.
Pompadour parade: Short-sided, high-topped haircuts on Brandon Ingram, Jamie Dornan and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Another top look is the modern pompadour (tighter sides, more length on top), which could be seen throughout the year in a variety of forms—on stars ranging from actors Jamie Dornan, Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Hiddleston, to singers Justin Timberlake and Andy Grammer, to sports stars Brandon Ingram (Lakers) and Odell Beckham Jr. (Giants).
Bearded brigade: Gray beards on Robert Downey Jr., David Arquette and Brad Pitt.
One thing we couldn’t help but notice is the fact that fuzzy faces are in. From mere mustaches to trimmed goatees to bushy beards, facial hair could be found on just about Every. Single. Celebrity. (Want proof? See above photos.)
Even guys who are a little older—think Brad Pitt, David Arquette and Robert Downey Jr.—were not afraid to wear beards with their natural gray showing. (Hey, if women can go natural, we say the guys can, too!)
Style tip: As always with any facial hair, it’s best to keep it healthy with regular trims and conditioning products. Use Keratin Complex shampoos and conditioners, as well as KeraWhip®, Infusion Keratin Replenisher or Kerabalm to keep mustaches, goatees and beards as soft and touch-friendly as possible.