Hair: Mario McDowell for Brazillian Heat After Dark
Photography: Roberto Ligresti
Make-up: David Maderich
Fashion styling: Elodie Ozanne

After tracking countless trends this year from the runways to the red carpet to the big screen, one thing is clear: braids and texture are still hot!

For this session, Mario McDowell, Brazilian Heat After Dark platform artist, created several braided finishes. “It’s a mix of everything—and a little messy, blending perfect and imperfect,” he says.

Many modern styles require braids for texture, support and fashion, McDowell says, yet many of his shapes integrate braids into the finish. “The angles are as important as asymmetry,” he says. “That’s what makes it modern.”

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