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Last updated: October 27, 2017

The 7 Hottest Hair Trends of 2016

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This year was a HUGE year for your clients and their #hairgoals. From boxer braids and half-up topknots to that perfect platinum and guys going vivid—social media was blowin’ up with all sorts of hot new trends. Here at BTC, we believe in keeping our fingers firmly on the pulse, so you know exactly what’s trending the moment it happens. And 2016 isn’t over just yet! Before we ring in 2017, here’s a recap of 2016’s best of the best hair trends.


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1. The Boxer Braid Craze
Sported by some of your favorite celebs (i.e. the Kardashian Klan), boxer braids were THE trend in 2016. Whatever the occasion, both celebrities and clients were crazy for braids, so we pulled a few of our favorite boxer braid-inspired how-tos just for you! Click the link to access the how-tos!


How-To: Dutch Fishtail Rows

How-To: Four-Strand Knot Braid


2. In Love With Lived-In Color

Whether it’s beachy, sun-kissed hair or a freshly chopped cut that just sort of screams “I woke up like this,” lived-in was big in 2016. Here are a few of our favorite styles. Be sure to click on the how-tos for all the steps!


Gloriously Blonde How-To

How-To: Sombré Babylights


3. The Madness of Metallics
2016 was the year of the first-ever, metallic-themed Guy Tang Hair Battle so OF COURSE it was trending online and IRL. Here are a few metallic color formulas we completely obsessed over this year. Click the link for the full how-tos!


Get All 5 Guy Tang Hair Battle How-Tos!


How-To: Blue Steel


4. Ponytails For Days
Will ponytails ever not be on-trend? Probably not. In 2016, they were on the runways, red carpets and everywhere in between. Here are few faves from the seemingly low-key, everyday look that everybody wanted to rock.



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* Selena! … By @nikkilee901! #AMAS #acceptancespeech #BEHINDTHECHAIR #celebrityhair

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5. Blonde Babes & Platinum Perfection

From T-Swift, to the Kardashian-Jenners and even Queen Bey—many of the biggest names in Hollywood hit the bleach this year, and the results ranged from gorgeous icy platinums to creamy vanillas to rooty brondes. Here are some of 2016’s best blonde color formulas.


Going Platinum: Breaking Down 2016’s Best Blondes

How-To: Cool Blonde Balayage


6. Half-Up Topknots

For the clients who couldn’t decide between leaving it all down or pulling it all up, the half-up topknot was theirs, and 2016’s, best accessory. No matter how it was worn, it was in style. Always. Here are a few looks we loved from the half-up trend.


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Liquid Pink + Braid … by @hairbyrubymay #BEHINDTHECHAIR

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Topknot Tuesday + CrissCross Braids … by @hair_by_pelerossi #behindthechair #topknottuesday #crisscrossbraids #braids #redhair

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7. Men Embrace Bold Color 

At one time, when male celebrities colored their hair, it was a really big deal. Not so much anymore, as more and more guys experiment with hues that range from subtle highlights to brights to platinum white. Thanks to celebs like Justin Bieber, Zayn Malik and G-Eazy, no color is off limits. Here are some bold male color transformations that stole the spotlight in 2016.  


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*** THIS JUST IN!!! *** Taylor Lautner rocks lavender platinum hair while filming #ScreamQueens!! #behindthechair #celebrityhair

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