It looks like 2016 is going to be about rocking natural hair in an array of interesting ways. Bob cuts, with or without bangs will certainly be fresh and trendy during the coming year. Bobs can be straight, curly, or even have twist elements. They will work on the wavy spectrum as well. What many people could do to give the bob some new life is to add color. The color choices that will work best for the year will be more muted. Rather than yellowish blonde, a darker blonde hue or highlights along those lines will work. For brunettes, a softer shade will be trendier as well. Here are some other ideas for reinventing yourself for 2016.
One example of an upcoming fashion trend for 2016 is the Marley Twist, which is a chunk of double strand twists. These don’t have to be super neat, but they should be uniform in thickness. Color may work for this style, depending on your personality.
Braids can also be jazzed up with color. Examples include blue, purple, pink, green or a combination of all four of those colors. When it comes to length, there will be no wrong or right length for braids. Long, super long, ridiculously long, short or medium length braids will be trendsetting for the year. The length will depend on the statement the wearer is trying to make, and the circles in which they travel.
Afros with parts will also be big in 2016. They can also take on a curly or wavy look, to give the afro more personality. When it is a curly afro, many call it the afro-curl. Even the teeny weeny afro will carry over into next year with timeless grace. Layered styles will be big in 2016. Short and layered, like we’ve often seen on Taraj P. Henson, will be acceptable as a trendy staple on black women’s hair. At the same time, longer layers will also work. Sitting in a chair after choosing a layered look that works for you will be one way to switch up your look for the New Year. Just be sure that you have a picture of your desired style or that you can give accurate descriptions of what you want to achieve to the stylist. Layered with feathers will be back with a vengeance. That old Farrah Fawcett look (from the Charlie’s Angels era) will be an excellent go-to style for those who want layers in a longer length style.
While you can’t see the back of your head all the time, many others can. Be sure to consider having those luxuriant layers in the back, as they will give you a flattering teasing style for those following you or sitting/standing behind you. Layers can work to sculpt the face and show off the best features. For instance, high cheekbones may become more prominent if the hair near that area is layered up the right way.
Those who have gone natural, but still prefer their hair straightened could really do with a re-think on that during 2016. By constantly straightening your hair, you have robbed yourself of finding out about your hair’s specifics. The growth pattern, the curly tendencies, any wave patterns; all of that has been tampered with through the straightening process. This year, why not try to find out what truly and totally natural styles will work for you. After a shampoo and conditioning, you may be able to have your stylist suggest some ideas. Perhaps a natural pixie might work, or some type of finger wave. Even braids might give your locks a good reprieve.
Of course, those who have stuck with relaxers all these years can still get on the natural hair bandwagon and say goodbye to chemicals. In doing so, such black women may discover just how thick and beautiful their hair is in its natural state. Natural hair is, and perhaps will always be trendy. 2016 is the best time in the world to put this to the test.