Well, friends, it might be time to toss our texture sprays. For the past four or five years, loose, tousled waves have been summer’s go-to hair trend, both on red carpets and on our personal Pinterest boards. But this year, we’re witnessing a complete 180.
According to celebrity stylists Enzo Angileri and Michael Sparks of Malibu’s Cie Sparks Salon, sleek and straight is the Hollywood hair trend to watch this summer. “This is a chic, polished look that I personally feel was inspired by upcoming fashion designers and their over-the-top designs,” Sparks explains. Angileri agrees, adding that sleek, minimalistic hair has risen in popularity to complement the bolder fashion and makeup trends we’ve been seeing on red carpets.
So what makes 2016’s sleek look different from the stick-straight hair of the ’90s and early 2000s? “The new trend is more chic and less wet-looking,” explains Angileri. A softer, more polished finish keeps the look contemporary.
You heard it here first: It’s time to add a high-quality flatiron to your Sephora cart, and check out the best sleek celebrity hair inspo of 2016!
Sleek doesn’t have to mean flat, as Zendaya proves with this voluminous ponytail. Complete this look with a graphic cat eye to look so summer 2016.
We have Angileri to thank for the futuristic updo Theron wore to the 2016 MTV Movie Awards. After flat-ironing the actress’s hair, Angileri pulled it back into three tight, even ponytails. These ponytails were stacked one on top of the other: one at the crown of the head, one in the middle, and one at the nape of the neck. Then he coiled each ponytail into a bun, fastened them with bobby pins, and finished the look with a mist of shine spray. Try DryBar’s Sparkling Soda Shine Mist ($28).
At this year’s Met Gala, Queen Bey nailed the sleek hair trend by pairing long, straight strands with a statement gown.
Lovato is a pioneer of this year’s sleek hair trend. To re-create her style, follow this easy five-step tutorial.
Short-haired girls can pull off the trend as well. To re-create the look, Sparks recommends applying Oribe’s Sculpting Cream ($35) to wet hair, slicking it back and to the side with a styling brush, and letting it set. Lock the look in place with a strong-hold hairspray, like R+Co’s Vicious Strong Hold Flexible Hairspray ($29).
Steinfeld’s long, middle-parted style is similar to Bella Hadid’s, proving that this slick trend is here to stay.
This soft, polished take on sleek hair allows Shipka's statement winged eyeliner to take center stage.
Vikander’s look is the perfect example of how 2016’s slick hair should look shiny and soft, not wet and greasy.
Swift owns the modern version of a sleek bob with straight-across bangs.
Ciara was there for the slick-hair looks of 2004, and she’s here for the slick-hair looks of 2016. Rocking it with a smoky eye and a collection of cool-girl earrings, we think this is our favorite Ciara look yet.
Trading her trademark waves for a more minimalistic look highlights Rodriguez’s bold lips and lashes.
Here’s another look we spotted at this year’s Met Gala and have not stopped thinking about since. Delevingne’s style represents the chic, modern way to rock long, straight blond hair.
We can always trust Kendall to deliver swoon-worthy straight locks. Get that high-impact shine with Kérastase Elixir Ultime Original Oil ($58).
For more hair inspo, check out the only six hair trends that matter, according to Pinterest.