In today's 'Match the Look' we're pitting plaits against plaits! So do you prefer skinny micro-braids or a curvalicious mega-braid? Cast your vote!
Beautifully intricate micro-braids
The hairstyle: A nod to vacation braids from your childhood holidays, the micro-braid is now all grown up. The look has transcended from being an exotic holiday souvenir to a refined and chic hairstyle, thanks to a pared back approach. What we love most about the look, is it's practical for hiding flyaways yet also stands out from the crowd.
The style: For a chic finish, your micro-braids need to be super smooth and delicately styled. To prevent any frizz and keep your braids looking glossy, start by using an instant smoothing serum like the Liss Control Plus Styling Cream by Tecni.ART. Secure the style in place with a long-lasting hairspray like and you've got a hairstyle that can easily go from the office to post-work drinks.
What the editors say: We love a good contrast when it comes to styling, which is why this graphic fashion-forward outfit works so well with the textured micro-braids. Finish the look off with a bright red glossy lip. Gorgeous!
Messy yet magnificent mega-braid
The hairstyle: The bold XXL mega-braid isn't a look for wallflowers! This hairstyle is fiercely unapologetic, yet it also has a practical element because once styled, it doesn't require any further maintenance or touch ups. Flyaways? Great! Loose locks? It all just adds to the undone style!
The style: To achieve maximum volume from a mega fishtail braid, you may find yourself resorting to backcombing or teasing your hair. To prevent damage, ensure you're using a strengthening and repairing shampoo and conditioner such as those from the Pro Fiber collection. Also, speak to your stylist about having a leave-in treatment applied in-salon to protect and nourish over styled hair.
What the editors say: For long-haired ladies, the mega-braid is a bold alternative to the ponytail or classic braid. This style works particularly well on multi-tonal coloured hair, such as ombre, pastel or balayage because the different shades interweave and contrast. To complete the look, Tecni.ART's Volume Architect styling spray will give the style body and hold.