Hair Inspiration

Top 5 Hair Colour Trends of 2016

by Schwarzkopf AU

There is something to be said for casting off your old look (or 'do) and trying something new, at anytime of the year. While reinventing your wardrobe may not be economically feasible, switching up your hair colour is a simple, one-stop-shop way to get on board with the season’s catwalk trends.

We caught up with Schwarzkopf’s National Technical Educator, Grant Withnell fresh off the back of Hair Expo (the largest professional hairdressing event in the Southern Hemisphere!) to find out what hair colours are trending and how we can get these looks at home.

Colour direction: 

Warm, polished, seductive. A rich, all over brunette that gives a ‘barely there’ colour statement. DIY with Brilliance Chocolate Rush

Perfect for:

People with a warm skin undertone and medium-light brunette hair. This trend is perfect if you’re looking to enrich your look for winter, but want to keep a classic, timeless appeal.

Maintenance level:

Colour maintenance is low-average. If you’re going from a lighter natural colour, watch out for roots - they can / will sneak up on you! A fresh application every 6 weeks is recommended.

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Fashion & beauty direction:

This trend is where ‘polish’ meets ‘futurism’. Shimmering fabrics such as lamé in silver, copper, and gold are poised to be a seasonal standout. Complete this look with a glittering blazer, flared pant, or high-waisted shorts. Reflect your sparkle in your makeup - a subtle smokey eye with a hint of glitter will have you good to go!

Colour direction:

Vibrant coppers, and deep, rich reds. Get the look with Brilliance Copper Mahogany (pre-lighten hair for a vibrant copper). Add depth and dimension with Brilliance Intensive Red from the roots to mid-lengths of your hair. Watch our tutorial on two-tone colour technique.

Perfect for:

“This colour trend is for the girl who wants to stand out (especially during these cooler months)” says Grant. These hot hues are best suited to people with a naturally warm skin undertone

Maintenance level:

This is a fairly low-maintenance colour. Your biggest concern is fade. “Beware of water! Exposure to water opens up the cuticles of the hair, allowing colour to escape” says Grant. Keep wetting your hair to no more than once every two days and when you wash use a colour-protecting shampoo and conditioner or treatment.

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Fashion & beauty direction:

Vibrant and bold (just like your hair!). Layers, contrasting patterns and clashing colours. When it comes to hairstyle, “the great thing about this trend is that the colour does all the work” says Grant. 

Model credit: Megan Hoeneveld

Colour direction:

Inspired by the monochromatic style of fashion capitals around the world, this ashy brunette is urban, chic and cool. DIY with Brilliance Chocolate Mystery.

Perfect for:

This is the perfect colour to enhance a natural brunette or dark blonde who wants to add a touch of edge, but doesn’t want the bother of a high-maintenance, expressive colour.

Maintenance level:

Minimal, which is perfect because the girl who rocks this trend doesn’t have time to be constantly fussing over colour! Regrowth is your biggest concern. Re-application every 6 weeks will keep the roots at bay.

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Fashion & beauty direction: 

In terms of fashion, this trend boasts a luxe, urban, sporty style. Think activewear with an edge. Cropped, tees; oversized jumpers; loose-fitting sheer or mesh fabrics; finished off with some funky sneakers. Makeup and hairstyling should be minimal - nude, natural shades of makeup and a loose, ‘undone’ hairstyle are the cherry on top for this urban, sporty look.

Colour direction:

A subtle, shimmering blend of red, pink and blonde. This colour trend adds a soft, feminine tint to light hair. Get the look with Nordic Blondes Frosted Pastel Rose.

Perfect for: 

Blondies - this one’s for you! The subtlety of this colour will produce best results when applied to naturally light blonde, or pre-lightened hair.

Maintenance level:

“As this is a semi-permanent colour, it requires frequent (once every three weeks) touch-ups to maintain longer term” says Grant. If you pre-lighten your hair in order to go pastel, you’ll also have to watch out for regrowth and make sure you use a reparative treatment to make up for the damage that can be caused by bleaching.

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Fashion & beauty direction:

If we had to summarise this trend in one word, it would be ‘soft’. From soft pastel hair, styled in loose, soft waves, worn with soft fabrics like velvet and faux fur. Pair back your makeup and wardrobe colour palette, focusing on nudes, beiges, and blush hues.

Colour Direction:

A light, creamy blend of beige and taupe-like hues, this colour trend is classic and classy. DIY with LIVE Salon Permanent Extra Light Pearl Blonde.

Perfect for:

Natural blondes, or light-brunettes who want to brighten and lighten their look, without going platinum. Best suited for people with a cool skin undertone. Or, “for those with a warm skin undertone, or who want to go blonde but not so light, try Brilliance Medium Blonde” says Grant.

Maintenance level:

“Nothing looks worse than neglected lightened hair” says Grant. Blondes may have more fun, but it doesn't come easy. There are three key things you need to watch out for with lightened hair. Brassy, yellow tones, regrowth, stress and damage.

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Fashion & beauty direction:

Silky and sensual. Nightwear inspired attire has been named by Vogue as one of the biggest trends of 2016. Think silk or satin slip dresses with lace accents, or oversized pyjama-style shirts with a deep v-neck. Makeup palette = nude, beige and gold.

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