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Up your braid game and make a statement in 2018

We've always had a soft spot for braids, and this year we can step it up a notch with some – dare we say it – extreme braiding!

Far West Braids

Channel your inner cowgirl and grab a small handful from behind the ears, to braid a discreet pair of plaits. Unlike the usual 'outer' braiding, these are discreet, sexy and a quirky nod to days gone by. To fix any fly away strands, use L'Oréal Professionnel's classic Elnett fixing hair spray for strong yet natural looking hold.

Mini micro braids

There's something a little exotic about the mini micro braids. The trick to make it different is to choose their location carefully. Grab a few strands just in front of the ear and plait tightly.

To make braiding and styling easier, try L'Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Crème Universelle to detangle your hair before you shampoo and blow-dry to leave it in the best of condition.

Even sexier worn with statement eye make up like this Nefertiti-inspired look.

 

Corn row braids

Cornrow braiding has gone from strength to strength. Those truly tight braids have been rocked all over the world, across countries, continents, and races thanks to big time celebrity endorsement from the likes of FKA twigs, Zoe Kravitz and even, the Kardashians!

Decide how many rows you want. Separate hair into the plaits, and start French braiding using one row of strands only. Separate into three, and plait the three parts until you get behind your ear, then secure with an elastic band. Don't want to DIY? Get a helping hand from the expert stylists at your L'Oréal Professionnel salon .

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