Top 5 Hair Trends for Summer 2016

As told by Carly Donohue, Art Director at David Marshall Hair Academy


Words by Carly Donohue
May 19th, 2016

New season, new do? As the weather heats up it’s time to think about switching up your current hairstyle, even if it’s just for a day or a weekend festival trip. From Alexa Chung’s perfectly messy bob to ice white shades of blonde that Daenerys Targaryen would be envious of, we’ve rounded up the top 5 hair trends for SS16 and how you can get them, keep them and most importantly – treasure those tresses.

Which look will you go for?



This look is all about achieving an un-finished yet polished look. Think Alexa Chung. The hair should look very natural with waves and lots of texture. Best of all, there’s minimal or no heat needed which is just what your hair needs during the summer months.

Get the look:
Redken Beach Envy Volume Texturising Shampoo
Redken Beach Envy Volume Texturising Conditioner
Redken Beach Envy Volume Wave Aid


Natural highlights

Balayage and ombré continue to be major trends but for SS16 ‘babylights’ are the way to go. These fine highlights are placed around the hairline to give a soft and natural finish. To key to this trend is keeping the condition of your hair in check, ensuring it is glossy and healthy looking.

Keep the look:
Redken Blonde Idol Custom-Tone Gold Conditioner
Redken Colour Extend range


Platinum blonde

Taylor Swift and Jennifer Lawrence are bang on trend with their icy shades this summer. If you’re thinking of going blonde, or blonder, platinum is the way to go. This look is high maintenance though as your hair will need plenty of toner to keep it looking cool and avoid those warmer tones. Constant conditioning and maintenance of the hair will be vital to prevent any breakage.

Keep the look:
Redken Silver Charge Shampoo to keep blondes cool
Redken Extreme Cat Protein Treatment to maintain strength and condition


Festival hair

As usual the festival season brings out those casual un-polished styles. Braids, messy up-styles and fashion colours can be seen everywhere right now no thanks to Coachella. To keep braids in place your hair needs texture, but, if you’re naturally blessed with smooth, sleek hair you can fake it with a few products.

Get the look:
Redken Quick Dry Shaping Mist 18 to secure braids and to maintain hold of messy styles
Redken Colour Rebel


Sharp and sleek

With thanks to models like Gigi Hadid, sharp and sleek styles are becoming staples on the red carpet and one of the top trends for 2016. This look is best when flyaways and frizz are kept under control.

Get the look:
Redken Wax Blast
Redken Iron Shape 11 for heat protection
Redken Align 12 for a straight blow-dry

Click to shop all the necessary styling products below to get the looks you want.