Time for a hair refresh for 2016?

Whether you’re after a subtle update, a change of shade or a complete overhaul, we’ve taken inspiration from the Spring/Summer 2016 catwalks and the stylish A-listers to bring you the style, cut and colour trends to see you through the year.

We’re fond of both the bold and the convenient at Laura Leigh, which is why our pick of 2016’s new looks includes ideas for the fashion-forward and for those looking for something easy to wear and ready to go five minutes.

Here are some of our favourite looks, The Twist cut, Strobing, and the ‘chunky’ fringe.


The Twist Cut

Texture is big hair news this year and taps into previous glunge (glam-grunge) and lived-in trends moving away from super-polished looks. It can be incorporated into cuts as well as just styling by creating a textured undone finish. The Twist Cut is a carefree, natural shape created by the stylist twisting the hair while cutting to leave ends looking ‘raw’. A chunky fringe could be added for a sultry rock chic feel. Colour can be placed to enhance the layers and movement within the haircut.

Artistic director Laura comments “it suits almost every face shape. Natural hair is making a comeback, and I think we’re ready for it, Twisting sections before slide-cutting downward enhances the hair’s natural texture and keeps it from looking overly polished.”



Strobing is similar to the balayage, dip-dye and ombre trends that have been so popular in recent years – low maintenance while still updating colour and a great way to style out roots. It’s not quite as blended as balayage – colours a couple of shades lighter and darker than your base shade contour, lifting parts of the hair that would usually pick up light around the face. It’s designed to give the illusion of depth to thinner hair and create a naturally shimmery quality as well as enhance facial features.

Nadine Nolan Advanced Colour specialist says: “Hair contouring is a huge trend for the season.

“Incorporating lighter layers underneath help to remove the shadow from around the lower face area or chin and lighter hues around the face help to create a more natural, youthful-looking lift for spring/summer.”

The precise technique is also known as “hair mapping” and Nadine says it’s an extension of the previous trends. “Ombre and bronde have moved into a new direction by using a much bolder placement of colour that melts and merges together. Colour is strategically placed, close together in depth and tonal value, to suit your skin and eyes. The placement will highlight, exaggerate and add a lot of shine.”


Chunky Fringes

Fringes are back in fashion and are adaptable for whoever wants to take the plunge, the key looks on the catwalks were either shorter with shattered edges, as seen at Lanvin and Saint Laurent, or full and strong with contrasting colour.

Stylist Tom suggests “Using a bold placement of colour on your fringe is a really fun way of making your hair look really striking – this was seen on the  Giorgio Armani and Acne Studios catwalks this season.”

Fringes also work well with the texture trend and the twist cut.

You can book a complimentary consultation with one of our creative stylists for more trend updates and inspiration at our new Cheltenham salon. Call the reception team on 01242 530598

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