What’s a new season if not the perfect excuse to indulge in a fresh repertoire of cool hairstyles? If just the thought of spring makes you want to let your hair down (both literally, and figuratively), you’ll love the penchant for effortlessness that’s trending in the hair department for 2016.

Natural texture to polished waves, edgy bangs to gelled baby hairs, and undone ponytails to tough-girl braids, make it super-easy to switch in between moods. And the uncomplicated, summery feel prevails despite the ever-shifting attitude in locks.

From the key hair trends, to the coolest styles and how to create them, here it is: our evolving hair trends guide to go with the spring / summer 2016 fashion trends. We’ll be adding more soon so do keep an eye on this page, follow us on Facebook if you want to keep up to date with all the spring 2016 hair trends.

Spring 2016 hairstyles: key hair trends.

It’s a polished kind of effortlessness that best describes the key hair trends for spring 2016. Although still very much laid-back, they’re no longer the kind of hairstyles you can jump out of bed and out the door with. That said, most of them will require just a bit of added texture, a styling tool, and a few extra minutes in front of the mirror. Totally worth it:

the fringe / bangs: fringed hairstyles for the season

The fringe / bangs: fringed hairstyles for the season

Blunt and thick, or cut rather soft and wispy, a new set of bangs makes it easy for you to hit the refresh button on any hair length and colour. From the edged-up grunge, the sexified retro to the sweet, girly-like innocence, read all about the fringed hairstyles of the season at the link.

the hair accessory trends you need to know about for spring 2016

The hair accessory trends you need to know about for spring 2016

From blossoming flower garlands to ornate combs, bows to golden barrettes, the right hair accessory will liven up any hairstyle come spring. If you want to be inspired by the best hair accessories from the runways, read on.

Natural texture.

For the longest time the runways promoted the idea of texture as the effortless way to style the hair, but for spring and into fall 2016, it’s the natural kind of texture that is expected to rule supreme. Individuality is key here and it’s your hair and your hair only that should be dictating the rules.

spring 2016 hair trends
Natural textured hair at Elie Saab, S/S ’16

Dual-textured hair.

The mix of two contrasting elements is no stranger to the fashion runways, and for spring 2016, the dual-textured hair marks its return, this time around bearing a subtle, sporty sensibility. With a bit of height in the front, a touch of shine at the roots and sleek, natural in the back, it’s nothing short of perfect:

spring 2016 hair trends
Dual-textured hair at Roberto Cavalli, S/S ’16

Gelled baby hairs.

Fall’s kiss curls morph into spring’s gelled baby hairs, just as subtle wet-look strands escape from either low chignons, or sleek ponytails, to act as the seasonal update for the on-trend cool-girl hairstyle:

spring 2016 hair trends
Gelled baby hairs at Rag & Bone, S/S ’16

Retro curls.

Either inspired by the disco ’70s, or by the unapologetic ’80s, dance-ready retro curls were all the range on the spring 2016 runways. From big, voluminous waves to tacked, but soft curls, these ultra-feminine styles are ready to put glamour right back under the spotlight:

spring 2016 hair trends
Retro curls at Sonia Rykiel, S/S ’16

Polished waves.

Hair that falls effortlessly on the shoulders is expected to look extra-polished for spring 2016, soft, barely-there waves blurring the lines between angelic and modern. With gentle movement that celebrates shiny, healthy locks, this is the sophisticated way to do natural waves in 2016:

spring 2016 hair trends
Polished waves at Carolina Herrera, S/S ’16

Modern pigtails.

Low, behind-the-ear pigtails, either criss-crossed and sleek, or textured and dressed up with pretty headbands, give an unexpected touch of youth to the spring 2016 hair trends, as seen on the runway:

spring 2016 hair trends
Modern pigtails at Miu Miu, S/S ’16

Tough-girl braids.

No longer soft and romantic looking, no longer disheveled or deconstructed, the braids of 2016 are all about attitude, imagined to bear a sleek, severe finish and to be rocked with a tough-girl mindset. Tomboyish at heart, this type of plait should look nice and clean but never overworked:

spring 2016 hair trends
Tough-girl braids at Celine, S/S ’16

Undone ponytails.

Perhaps the last of the effortless kind to grace the spring 2016 runways, the undone ponytails steer away from everything that’s too immaculate, or over-the-top severe. Low, loose and center-parted, the half-ponytails call for an equally pure take on make-up:

spring 2016 hair trends
Undone ponytail at Balenciaga, S/S ’16

spring 2016 hair trends
Undone ponytail at Balenciaga, S/S ’16

Low buns with a twist.

The sophistication describing nape-level buns is about to get balanced out with chic twists for spring 2016, a sense of ease being added to their timeless elegance. Windblown to wet-like to sleek textures, with ends free and peeking out from the top make for perfectly simple hairstyles to recreate at home:

spring 2016 hair trends
Chignons with a twist at Marchesa, S/S ’16

spring 2016 hair trends
Chignons with a twist at Marchesa, S/S ’16

Soft, romantic up-do’s.

Romance prevails, spring and summer into fall 2016, and the hair is not about to escape the impeding sense of femininity that’s so eager to take over. Soft updo’s, barely-there waves, whimsical flyaways and loose tendrils that gently frame the face are just some of the romantic elements trending for spring:

spring 2016 hair trends
Romantic updos at Alexander McQueen, S/S ’16

Spring 2016 hair tutorials.

Spring 2016 up dos.

how to: the holiday romance hair at dolce & gabbana

How to: the Holiday Romance hair at Dolce & Gabbana

Gorgeous textured locks gathered into a messy chignon served to emphasize the dreaminess of Dolce & Gabbana's spring 2016 collection. Oozing of Italian charm, the romantic updo's were complemented with regal crowns, silky scarves and beautiful hair pieces.

how to: the grecian goddess hair at alberta ferretti

How to: the Grecian goddess hair at Alberta Ferretti

The Grecian goddess hair at Alberta Ferretti is ll about simplicity with a twist, gold accents and a little bit of texture adding to the impossible softness of the look that translates just as gorgeously on and off the runway.

Spring 2016 hair-out hairstyles.

how to: the effortless, softly textured hair at coach

How to: the effortless, softly textured hair at Coach

Titled “The Big Easy”, the hair at Coach spring / summer 2016 fell in perfect agreement with the brand's carefree aesthetic, singing to the beat dictated by its beautiful, cool muse. You can now recreate the effortless, softly textured hair for yourself by following the easy set of steps provided by Guido Palau.

how to: the soft grunge hair at dion lee

How to: the soft grunge hair at Dion Lee

An uneven center part with barely there waves set to break into natural movement painted the mood soft grunge for spring / summer 2016 Dion Lee show. “Technical but sensual, centered and uninhibited“, learn how to recreate the gorgeous grunge look at this link.

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