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Braiding natural hair: Chunky texture or ultra-tight?

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Which style do you prefer?

Make your natural hair a real statement piece without having to heat style or overdose on products thanks to these on-trend braided looks. But which one will you be rocking this season: a bold chunky texture or a tight, super chic version? Vote here on Match the Look!

Fun, chunky texture

The hairstyle: Long natural hair just begs to be braided into these multi-dimensional chunky plaits that keep the hair under control without hiding its length. Even without super long hair, this is a look that can be achieved by subtly working extensions into the braids.

The style: Make your hair easier to braid by smoothing it out beforehand. A serum such as the one from the Steampod collection will calm any natural frizz without weighing down the hair. Simply spread through the lengths and tips of towel-dried hair before drying.

What the editors say: We love when these big and beautiful braids are scooped up effortlessly into a loose ballerina bun style. Keep one braid free when tying up the hair and use to wrap around and hide the elastic.

Ultra tight and chic

The hairstyle: Cornrows became big social media favorites in 2017, although they've been worn on natural hair for many a year. Practical and striking, this look is the ideal option for between cuts, when you haven't washed your hair, or if it's being a little too rebellious.

The style: It's best to let a professional take care of this look, as – for full effect – the Dutch braids need to be precise, without a flyaway in sight. A shine-enhancing hairspray can lift this look to the next level; we recommend Tecni.ART's Fix Design whose nozzle allows you to focus on each braid.

What the editors say: Any girl working this look immediately stands out from the crowd. But there's an added bonus here...Once you take out the braids, you'll be left with amazing kinky curls and a new, totally different hairstyle!

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