Fists at the ready! For today's Match the Look we're getting nostalgic in the ring with two sets of boxing braids: last year's trend and the latest 2018 version. Which style will come out on top? Will it be a total knockout? Place your bets now...
2017: Boxer braids
The hairstyle: Classic boxer braids are an urbanized version of schoolgirl plaits, and are created using the Dutch braiding technique where the 3 sections of hair are woven over the top of one-another as opposed to underneath (as with a French braid.)
Styling: Boxing braids are a great choice for sports, as their name would suggest, but they can also easily transition into an edgy everyday look. Just remember to use some strong hold hairspray - such as Infinium by L'Oréal Professionnel – to keep the hair at the front free from frizz and flyaways.
What the editors say: We're still not over the regular boxer braids, not just for their practicality, but for their "don't mess with me" attitude! Our tip: if you hair is naturally silky, apply a dry shampoo like the Morning After Dust from Tecni.ART before styling for added texture and grip.
2018: Multi boxer braids
The hairstyle: For some, 2017's boxer braids just didn't have enough to them, which is where this multi-braid version emerged from. For the person who's super confident about their Dutch braiding skills (or a stylist), this look has five braids, with one dividing at ear level, and one following the curve over the top of the scalp.
Styling: This more put-together and chic take on boxer braids requires hair that's a little tamer, for a more sophisticated finish. A styling gel like Fix Move , applied before blow drying and braiding, will give more control and shine, but won't compromise the hair's natural movement.
What the editors say: Just like us, the boxer braids have grown up! They might look a little more complicated, but they're seriously adaptable: this look would work whether window shopping or in the ring!