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Braided hairstyles are here to stay in 2018! Here's some runway-inspired updates on the humble plait.

XXL Chunky Braid

This chunky braids is all about the drama. Obviously this look has had a helping hand from some extra-long hair extensions in order to create the extreme thickness and the length of the braid. To translate the look into the real world, go for one thick texturized braid down the back of the head – just be sure to prep the hair first with .

Half-Up X Single Braids

Half-up hairstyles made a surprise return to popularity last season – and this year a subtle mini-braid has been added into the mix. The beauty of this runway look is its relaxed and understated – meaning you can take it straight off the catwalk and onto the sidewalk. Use your fingers to scrape her into the unstructured style and don't be too precise with your mini-braid technique either.

Cornrow Braids

Hip hop divas will be singing the praises of seeing African-inspired cornrow braids popping up the runway. If you want to give the look a try, enlist the help of a professional stylist that specialises in cornrow braids. Otherwise, nod to the trend by creating a series of mini braids along the head before securing into a tight low bun.

Undone Halo

If you loved that look where two sweet braids are pulled back into a halo hairstyle, then checkout this undone halo, which is the next incarnation of the look. In this updated version, the two halo mini braids are left down so that they still have the effect of framing the face. The rest of the locks are slightly wavy and textured – try using French Girl Hair Messy Cliché spray to perfect the finish.

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