The best women’s haircuts of 2016: 5 Looks to try before the year’s out

There's still time to make a hair statement.

2016 has been a fun-filled affair for the All Thing Hair team. From red carpet events to runway shows, and Instagram-inspired ‘dos at every turn, a day hasn’t gone by where we didn’t feel like switching up our look. And even though we’re firmly in the final winter months, there’s still plenty of time to try out one of this year’s hottest women’s haircuts!

Everywhere we looked, blogs and social media accounts from around the world are awash with a whole host of chic, stylish and inventive hairstyles – including bobs, fringes, and lots and lots of layers. So, if you’re looking to update your ‘do and try something new before the year’s out, rest assured, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve created a list of the best women’s haircuts of 2016, to help ensure that you see the year out in style.

5 of the best women’s haircuts of 2016


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Best women’s haircuts of 2016: Wavy red lob. Credit:

The texturized lob

A shaggy, shoulder-length lob (AKA a long bob) is one of this year’s most sought after hair trends. Sported by A-list celebrities such as Adele and Emma Watson, this texturised hairstyle will allow you to stay one step ahead of the fashion pack, while looking like you haven’t even tried. Bonus!

What makes this chic hairstyle so great is that it has loads of movement, definition and shape, thanks to its choppy ends and mixed layering. And, if you’re looking to achieve the perfect #WokeUpLikeThis look, we’d recommend using the VO5 Give Me Texture Rough & Sexy Sea Salt Spray to help enhance that effortless texture and give it the ultimate undone finish.

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Best women’s haircuts of 2016: The cool shag. Credit:

The shag

If there’s one look that surprised us all by dominating the hair scene this year, it has to be the shag haircut. Distinguishable by its long, piecey bangs and medium-length layers framing the face, this cut was seen on fashion runways left, right and centre. Requiring little maintenance, this rock ‘n’ roll-worthy hairstyle is perfect if you’re looking to inject a cool, fashion-forward edge into your everyday look.

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Best women’s haircuts of 2016: Full fringe. Credit:

Full fringe

Love them or hate them, fringes are back and bigger than ever (quite literally!). This year, high fashion designers looked back and embraced the ’70s-inspired Bridget Bardot fringe, compelling us all to get a full-on, bang-tastic look! And if you’re looking to completely change your style with minimal effort, a fringe is an amazing way to give your ‘do a refreshing twist.

Whether you opt for soft, feathered ends, or a blunt cut finish, the best way to work the look this season is with a short fringe that has loads of textured layers. And we have to say, while this styles works for almost any hair type, we think it looks especially great with either super straight or curly locks!

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Best women’s haircuts of 2016: Trapezoid curly afro. Credit:

Trapezoid afro

We know, the trapezoid afro definitely isn’t for everyone – but if you’re brave enough to pull it off, we say: go for it! But aside from its bold shape and statement-making aesthetic, one of the main advantages of this look is that you can mix it up simply by changing your parting. So, whether you opt for a deep side parting, or one straight down the middle, this look will work in a variety of different ways!

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Best women’s haircuts of 2016: The curly bob. Credit:

The curly bob

Glamorous, stylish and perfect for adding a playful edge to your favourite day-to-night look, we were overjoyed to see the return of the curly bob yet again this year.

To master this look, ask your stylist for a blunt angle or wedge cut that’s stacked at the back, as this will allow you to add a funky twist to this timeless look. And to really bring your curls to life, don’t forget to style your bob using the VO5 Smoothly Does It Curl Defining MousseThis nifty little product will help tame frizz and flyaways, as well as give your ‘do plenty of hold all day (and night) long.

If you’re always on the hunt for the latest women’s haircuts to try, then you need somewhere that has all the best awe-inspiring ‘dos in one place. Luckily for you, that just so happens to be in our New Hairstyles page – check it out!

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