Half-up half-down hair styles are currently dominating the runway – with the unicorn braid and the hun among our favourite looks. But which do you prefer?
The hairstyle: The unicorn braid follows suit from the recent surge in popularity of braided hairstyles. Its key distinguishing feature is a single medium-sized French braid that runs along the centre of the head.
The style: Whole head braided hairstyles set the tone for a defined and graphic look. The beauty of the unicorn braid is you get that vibe, but with the undone lengths. Ultimately, this makes the hairstyle versatile – it wouldn't look out of place with either a day or evening look.
What the editors say: Just like its namesake, there's something a little bit mystical about the unicorn braid. It's casual enough to wear every day but the plaited details make it more special than your average half-up hairstyle. Recreating the look requires well-honed braiding technique – practice makes perfect!
The Hun (Half-Bun)
The hairstyle: The Hun is the lovechild of two popular hairstyle trends: the half-up top knot and super sleek long locks. When the two looks are fused together, you get the best of both worlds – a practical bun that keeps the hair lifted off the face combined with pretty and smooth locks.
The style: When this hairstyle is done justice, there's a sophistication to the look that you'll want to echo in your styling choices. Timeless, well-tailored pieces look fantastic paired with The Hun, creating an overall look that's crisp and clean.
What the editors say: Perfecting the 2017 take on The Hun is all in the details. The pin-straight lengths and top knot shape need to be utterly flawless. Anything less and the style will appear messy and a little dated.