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Autumn/Winter 2016 Must-Have Women’s Hair Trends

AW16 Hair Trends Gauchère

As a new season fast approaches, it’s time to turn our attentions to the hair styles, colours and cuts that are set to dominate this autumn/winter. The AW16/17 catwalks saw designers embracing a range of different styles, from bold hair jewellery in Milan to streamlined ponytails at LFW. One unifying theme seen on the runways was a definite move away from the effortless hair of spring/summer – this season, expect polished styles, theatrical embellishment and wild curls. Natural texture and shape were teased to create strong looks that were heavy on individuality. Say goodbye to uniformity, and hello to the trends that allow creative flair.

Glam Rock

This season sees style from the 1980s making a strong comeback, as grungy yet glamorous rock’n’roll-inspired hair becomes a must-have trend. Inspired by greats such as the late David Bowie, hair is shaggy and overgrown, with a bedhead texture. In Milan, long, heavy fringes such as that seen at DSquared2 (below, left) were prominent, but short, choppy bangs also create a statement. Texturising hair styling products help to create height and dishevelment at the crown.

AW16 Glam Rock


From 70s-inspired heavy looks accompanied by thick fringes to tight candyfloss ringlets, curls were one of the dominant styles on the AW16/17 catwalks. This is a trend that’s all about untamed volume and shape, and natural, matte textures such as that at Stella Jean (below) give curls a lived-in effect. For more curl inspiration and advice on the best products to use, take a look at our blog post Return of the Curl.

AW16 Curls Stella Jean

Dual Texture

This season, have fun with the texture of your hair by incorporating both wet and dry textures into the same style. Designers opted for slick roots with visible finger-combing, transitioning into dry lengths and ends. Flyaways and static hair was left natural, while fringes were gelled with precision into 1920s-style finger waves to create an inconsistent texture.

AW16 Dual Texture


One of the most popular hair trends of 2016, the braid remains strong throughout autumn/winter. Messy, festival-ready braids are left behind though, as plaits become more polished and impeccably neat. London Fashion Week saw dainty, thin braids such as those at Bora Aksu (below, left), while the Parisienne runways were dominated by chunkier, milkmaid styles (below, right).

AW16 Braids


Jewellery is no longer just for the body; this autumn, it’s also time to decorate your hair with ornate accessories. Intricate headbands, bold jewels and dramatic headpieces were all seen on the autumn/winter runways. The extreme femininity of the embellishment was sometimes juxtaposed with messy, undone styling as at Alexander McQueen (below, right), or was complimented by pretty up-dos such as those at San Andres Milano (below, centre).  To make this look more wearable, experiment with ornate hair grips and vintage combs.

AW16 Embellishment

Sleek and Chic

Autumn/winter 2016 sees a return to polished, groomed hair styling that is elegant rather than experimental. Buns and ponytails should both be worn low at the nape of the neck, with simplistic fastenings. The knotted ponytail was seen a lot at New York Fashion week, so familiarise yourself with our Knotted Pony Tutorial to be fully ready for the next season’s must-have style.

AW16 Sleek

Autumn/Winter 2016 Must-Have Hair Colours

So now you have the low-down on the must-have styles for the next season, but what about the colours? The colour trends for autumn/winter largely fall into one of two categories: the earthy and the ethereal. Earthy colours tap into the season’s trend for natural hair, with rich auburn and wheat-blonde tones being popular choices – whether they’re natural or not.

AW16 Colours

Pastels remain a strong trend, however there is a movement away from candy pinks and lilacs. Instead, pearlescent tones sit beautifully next to ice blonde hair for a barely-there, ethereal effect. When colour does appear more strongly, it’s bold and contrasting – flashes of deep purple and blue work on dark hair just as well as on lighter shades. This season’s grey is another trend set to continue into autumn/winter, though the catwalks favoured darker, smokey greys over the pastel silver colour that was popular earlier in the year.

Are you ready to update your style for autumn/winter 2016? Get in touch with your local Regis salon today to be one step ahead. 

[Images: WGSN]
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