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15 Trending Haircuts for 2016

Curly Bob Hairstyle
Is this the year you ask your stylist to whip out the shears and craft a new haircut? Or maybe it’s just time for a subtle update for your short, medium or long haircut. Regardless of how extreme (or not) you decide to go, this year’s trending haircuts offer plenty of stylish options for every hair type and every face shape. The hair experts at Matrix have combed the red carpets and fashion runways to I.D. the hottest 2016 haircut trends, and they guarantee that you’ll find the perfect haircut in this round-up!
Lifted Pixie Cut Hairstyle
Trending Short Haircuts

1. Lifted Pixie Cut

Best if your hair is:

Fine or medium

Best if your face shape is:

Heart-shaped, oval or diamond-shaped

What your stylist will do:

Keep the edges soft and feminine; create layers throughout the longer top section to provide lots of body and volume; add highlights to lighten up the look.

Styling tip:

Try styling the top layers forward to focus attention on the beautiful eyes. Work pliable molding paste into the layers for hold and definition.

Gamine Crop Hairstyle

2. Gamine Crop

Best if your hair shape is:

Fine-to-medium

Best if your face shape is:

Heart-shaped, oval or diamond-shaped

What your stylist will do:

Feather the sides and bangs with a razor or shears for a chic, Parisian vibe. Add a rich color gloss for healthy shine.

Styling tip: 

Apply an anti-frizz smoothing cream before wrap drying this short haircut with a vent brush to keep strands sleek and fitted to your head shape.
Boyish Bob Hairstyle

3. Boyish Bob

Best if your hair is:

Fine-to-medium

Best if your face shape is:

Heart-shaped, oval or diamond-shaped

Styling tip:

Apply shine-enhancing gloss to damp hair and blow dry with a vent brush, bending the ends under slightly.

Asymmetric Crop Hairstyle

4. Asymmetric Crop

Best if your hair is:

Fine, medium or thick

Best if your face shape is:

Heart-shaped, oval or diamond-shaped

What your stylist will do:

Crop the back and side sections, leave the top long and airy.

Styling tip:

Create a deep side part and direct all of the top lengths to one side. Use an anti-frizz-light hold hair gel to direct and control the shorter sections.
Cropped and Tousled Hairstyle

5. Cropped and Tousled

Best if your hair is:

Medium or thick

Best if your face shape is:

Heart-shaped, oval or diamond-shaped

What your stylist will do:

Create airy layers on top for youthful movement.

Styling tip:

Work styling mousse into damp hair and scrunch dry with your hands, lifting and squeezing strands to produce natural-looking texture.

Piecey Layers Hairstyle
Trending Medium Haircuts

1. Piecey Layers

Best if your hair is:

Fine, medium or thick

Best if your face shape is:

Oval, round, square, pear, diamond or heart shaped

What your stylist will do:

Create choppy, disconnected layers that start right at the jawline.

Styling tip:

Rub a small amount of styling cream or wax between your fingers and work it through the ends of your hair while gently twisting.  This will lift the ends and accentuate the layers.

Curly Bob Hairstyle

2. Curly Bob

Best if your hair is:

Fine, medium or thick

Best if your face shape is:

Oval, round, diamond or heart-shaped

What your stylist will do:

Cut a graduated line in back and shorter layers on top and around your face.

Styling tip:

Bring curls into focus, especially around your face, with an anti-frizz curl defining gel.Scrunch tightly from roots to ends in an upward motion.

Midi Hairstyle

3. The Midi

Best if your hair is:

Fine, medium or thick

Best if your face shape is:

Oval, round, square, pear, diamond or heart shaped

What your stylist will do:

Cut your length just below the collarbone, texturize the ends and add long layers for an airy cross between a shag and a bob.

Styling tip:

Blow-out hair with a round brush, flicking the ends upward for modern movement.  Use a blow-dry spray before drying to control frizz, protect hair from heat damage and help your style last.

Long Layers With Bangs Hairstyle

4. Long Layers With Bangs

Best if your hair is:

Medium or thick

Best if your face shape is:

Oval, round, pear, diamond or heart shaped

What your stylist will do:

Create long layers that start past your chin, texturizing the ends to avoid a blunt line; cut a straight-across fringe just below your brows and then snip into the tips to keep them airy.

Styling tip:

Apply a salt or texturizing spray, then curl vertical sections in opposite directions, omitting the ends.

60s Bob Haircut

5. ‘60s Bob

Best if your hair is:

Fine, medium or thick

Best if your face shape is:

Oval, square, pear, diamond or heart shaped

What your stylist will do:

Cut a blunt line that’s slightly graduated so the ends will bend under, and slightly longer in the front.

Styling tip:

Apply a volumizer for a boost on top, and a smoothing cream to tame frizz and add shine.  Then blow-dry with a round brush.

Thick Long Layers Hairstyle
Trending Long Haircuts

1. Thick, Long Layers

Best if your hair is:

Medium or thick

Best if your face shape is:

Oval, round, square, pear, diamond or heart shaped

What your stylist will do:

Snip layers that frame your face, starting around your jawline; add subtle highlights to jazz up solid color.

Styling tip:

Apply a heat protection spray to protect from heat damage.  Blow dry with a round brush, and as you dry, twist and curl the ends of each section for a simultaneous blow-out and set.

Clean Cut Hairstyle

2. Clean Cut

Best if your hair is:

Fine, medium or thick

Best if your face shape is:

Oval, round, square, pear, diamond or heart shaped

What your stylist will do:

Cut a sharp, blunt line that gradually angles to a longer length in the front.

Styling tip:

Apply a heat protection spray to protect from heat damage.  Blow dry with a round brush, and as you dry, twist and curl the ends of each section for a simultaneous blow-out and set.

Micro Bang Hairstyle

3. Micro Bang

Best if your hair is:

Fine, medium or thick

Best if your face shape is:

Oval, diamond or heart shaped

What your stylist will do:

Snip long layers to create rock-star movement in the lengths; create wide “baby bangs” for dramatic contrast within the overall shape.

Styling tip:

Apply a sea salt or texturizing spray, scrunch the spray into the hair and allow your natural texture to form as hair air dries. If your bangs are not straight naturally, use a vent brush and a blow dryer to smooth them. Direct your fringe all the way to one side, then to the other while directing the airflow at the brush. Or, smooth them with a mini flat iron.

Double Layers Hairstyle

4. Double Layers

Best if your hair is:

Fine or medium

Best if your face shape is:

Oval, round, square, pear, diamond or heart shaped

What your stylist will do:

Cut a few face framing layers that are a bit shorter than your overall length.

Styling tip:

Apply volumizing mousse and blow dry with a large round brush, turning the ends under for a slight bend.

Long and Undone Hairstyle

5. Long and Undone

Best if your hair is:

Medium or thick

Best if your face shape is:

Oval, round, square, pear, diamond or heart shaped

What your stylist will do:

Cut “invisible layers” in the interior in order to produce lots of movement and texture that flows seamlessly.

Styling tip:

Apply styling mousse to damp hair and diffuse or air dry, encouraging your natural texture. Divide your hair into medium-to-small vertical sections, and curl the middle of each section around a 1-inch curling iron.  Start at about eye-level and leave out the ends. After releasing each section, tug the ends gently to loosen the curl. When all hair is curled and cool, flip your head over and mist with dry shampoo for extra body.

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