It's time for today's Match the Look, and this time we're pitting the plaits against one another. Do you prefer a skinny micro-braid or a curvalicious mega-braid? Vote here!
The beautifully intricate micro-braid
The hairstyle: A nod to the adolescent hippie braids we used to wear on vacation, the micro-braid has grown up too - into a refined and chic hairstyle. Evolving from beach style to office sophistication, it's practical for hiding flyaways, and also helps you stand out from the crowd.
The style: To be taken seriously, your micro-braids need to be super smooth and delicately put-together. To prevent any frizz, and keep your braids looking glossy all day long, use the Liss Control Plus Styling Cream by Tecni.ART, an instant smoothing serum that gives up to 24 hours of glossy, well-behaved hair. Secure in place with Elnett long-lasting hairspray so you can go from the office to post-work drinks with the ultimate multi-occasion style.
What the editors say: We love a good contrast when it comes to styling, which is why this graphic fashion-forward outfit works so well with the texture micro-braids, finished off with a bright red glossy lip – gorgeous!
The messy yet magnificent mega-braid
The hairstyle: The opposite of a demure shrinking violet, an XXL mega-braid has a lot to say about your personality. Fiercely unapologetic, it's also a practical all-day look due to its lack of required maintenance. Flyaways? Great! Loose locks? Even better!
The style: To get maximum volume from a mega-braid fishtail, you may find yourself resorting to backcombing or teasing your hair. To prevent damage, ensure you're using a strengthening and repairing shampoo and conditioner such as those from the Pro Fiber collection. Don't hesitate to also ask your hair stylist to apply a leave-in treatment to protect and nourish over-styled hair.
What the editors say: The mega-braid is a bold alternative to the ponytail or classic braid for long-haired ladies. It looks particularly good on multi-tonal hair, such as ombre, pastel or balayage looks, as the different shades interweave and contrast. Tecni.ART's Volume Architect styling spray will help give the body required for this look.