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The Most Popular Hair Words of 2016...Plus 2017 Predictions!

Before we get stuck into the must-know hair keywords of 2017, we take a look back at the biggest styles and looks to emerge in 2016.

The Lob

Sitting pretty across the collarbones was everyone's favourite 2016 cut known as the lob (short for long bob). This hair length was the go-to for celebrities and mere mortals alike. The flexibility of this style means it can look chic and polished with blunt bangs, or fun and flirty with messy waves.

Silver Hair

No, it's not the same as the gray that your Gran rocks! In 2016, we want mad for metallic hair colours with this stunning silver hue topping the list! As a variety of silver hair trend interpretations emerged, the colour proved to offer stunning depth and volume to all kinds of hairstyles.

French Girl Hair

Ohh la la! In 2016 we learnt that Parisian ladies epitomise effortless glamour – particularly in the hair department! Their signature look, coined 'French Girl Hair', featured wavy locks, a long swept fringe and it was all set against a backdrop of a unique French brown hair colour. Magnifiqué!


Braids may not exactly be new, but last year they made an epic resurgence as they became incorporated into all manner of hairstyles. From big messy fishtails to boxer braids, subtle mini braids and even braided crowns, we loved showing off our weaving creativity.

Tied Ponytail

The classic ponytail was given a little something extra in 2016 with the addition of a long and interesting hair accessory wrapped around the base of the pony. For instance, a pretty velvet ribbon added to a voluminous ponytail beautifully reined it in. (Excuse the pun!)

Hair words to watch in 2017

If our trend trackers are tuned in to the right frequency, these are some of the key words you can expect to hear a lot more of in 2017:

No-heat styling: We all know that excessive heat styling can do serious damage to your mane. This year, expect a shift towards styling that doesn't involve turning the temperature up!

Natural hairstyles: Out with forced, high-maintenance hairstyles and in with embracing Mother Nature! In 2017, expect to see a return to hairstyles that embrace natural texture.

The shag: Fashion is always coming full circle, and this year the Seventies shag 'do is primed for a comeback! Get ready to rock 'n' roll with this funky cut!

Glitter roots: We've already seen glitter (aka rainbow) coloured ends – but this year we're expecting the trend to be flipped on its head. Look out for glitter roots!

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