There's nothing like a new year to encourage you to reevaluate your habits, your priorities, and your hair. Even if you've never been one to spend much time on your tresses, there are plenty of 2016 hair trends for lazy girls that'll allow you to spend more time pursuing your other New Year's resolutions. Or, you know, sleeping.
I'm more of a makeup girl myself, so I've always been all about low-maintenance hair. Every time I sit down in a salon chair, I stress it to my stylist — do not give me a cut or color that I'm going to have to spend an hour on every morning or have touched up every four weeks on the dot. I want something that's presentable, simple, and easy to style.
Sadly, having a low-maintenance outlook on locks often keeps us lazy girls from partaking in the biggest hairstyle, cut, and color trends. Platinum blonde stick-straight strands? LOL, nah. 2016 just might be our moment to shine, though. Some of the biggest hair trends of the new year are totally stylish and lazy-girl approved.
Rejoice, and consider these seven 2016 hair trends that you can totally pull off with minimum effort and maximum results.
Twisted Low Bun
The low bun was all over the spring runways, as Harper's Bazaar points out. It's a great second-day hairstyle, and if your hair is looking a tad greasy, combine the bun with an intentional slick-backed look to play up your shine instead of disguise it. To get the look, secure your hair into a low ponytail, then twist or braid it. Wind it around the base of the ponytail, securing with bobby pins or a hair tie.
Dip Dye Color
The best part of dip dye hair color? No need to touch up your roots. Yes. Everyone from Miranda Lambert to Gigi Hadid rocked the look this past year, according to Redbook, and it's set to make its way off the red carpet in 2016. Personally, I leave all hair coloring to the pros, but if you're brave enough to DIY it, more power to ya.
Short & Sweet
The "lob" is definitely not a new trend, but there's a reason it's stuck around for the past year. It's chic, grown-up, and most importantly, low maintenance — no, really. I wasn't a believer until I had my own locks chopped off, and I'm here to tell you that it is easier to style on a day-to-day basis, even if you've got thick, coarse hair like me. Trust me, you won't regret this hair update, because less hair means less time shampooing, blow drying, curling, straightening... everything.
Babylights: Weird name, awesome trend. Based on the teeny tiny subtle highlights that pop up in — you guessed it — children's hair, babylights are thin all-over highlights that can transform your color without fully committing to a brand new hue. No need to worry about touching up your roots all the time, either; When a few more are sprinkled in every few months, they actually grow out quite nicely, into an almost-ombre look. Check out Birchbox's guide on what to ask your stylist for.
2016 is the year to finally embrace your natural texture. Saying buh-bye to your blow dryer not only saves you time, but serious hair damage, leading to shinier, healthier-looking hair. To get the most out of your air dry, don't brush your hair after you get out of the shower, and squeeze hair dry with a microfiber towel (or even paper towels) to avoid frizz. Comb your favorite product through your strands using your fingers, and the only thing left to do is watch and wait. Or, try one of Allure's 14 ways to air-dry your hair.
According to Vogue, tight, pulled-back braids are one of the chicest styles we'll see in 2016. And it's so, so easy — you don't even need to know how to French braid (phew.) Tie your hair into a ponytail and braid away, securing with a hair band at the end. Or, skip the ponytail altogether and just start braiding down the nape of your neck.
OK, so this is bold. Like, really bold. But it doesn't get more low-maintenance than this — and, just like the braid, it's Vogue-approved.
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