Which will you weave?
Let's be real, who doesn't love a good braid? But the real question is, with so many braids circulating the Internet, which are actually worth weaving? To help you narrow your options, we're pitting two of the most popular plaits of the season against each other: the Micro-Braid vs. the Mega-Braid. Skinny or curvy-as-can-be, which will you choose?
The Gorgeously Intricate Micro-Braid
A nod to the miniature braids we used to eagerly anticipate on vacation and were so excited to show off as soon as we were back from days spent in the sand and sun, the micro-braid is all about utilizing a small section of hair to make a major statement. What's more, it's no longer a look that's reserved for the beach. Instead it's seen everywhere from the oasis to the 9-to-5 and beyond.
To perfect this style, you need to pay special attention to the finish of your strands, as any frizz will take away from this polished look. To prevent frizz, smooth your hair out with a dollop of hair oil, such as Mythic Oil Huile Originale . Just a small drop will help to transform your strands into glossy, controlled locks..
Pro Tip: We love a good contrast when it comes to styling. To really help your sleek micro-braid stand out, pair it with slight texture. Spray Tecni.Art Next Day Hair , a texturizing spray, from the roots to mid-lengths of your hair for a natural lived-in look.
The Blogger-Worthy Mega-Braid
You know the ones.They're so big they almost don't even look like braids, but more like gorgeously woven masterpieces straight out of a fairytale. Unlike micro-braids, mega-braids are known for being textured – embracing their frizz and flyaways along the way. And there are so many ways to accessorize: with flowers or hair rings for a more boho look, or a velvet ribbon for an everyday style.
When it comes to bringing this ethereal look to life, it's all about maximum volume. Start by teasing at the root. Pro tip: fake skill with Tecni. True Grip , a bodifying powder applied at the root. From there, you weave a traditional three-strand or fishtail braid and piece it apart for a more voluminous finish. Since this look prides itself on being slightly undone, finish with a spritz of long-lasting, strong hold hairspray to keep the style from slipping.
Pro Tip: These braids look particularly beautiful on long hair since they require volume and length to showcase the gorgeous style. Beyond long hair, it looks especially gorgeous with multi-tonal hair for the way it twists and turns with the color variations for a one-of-a-kind look.