For days, it seemed like the only braid-based hair trend going viral in 2016 was Justin Bieber's offensive cornrows. But finally, eight days into the new year, there's pancaking, a braiding technique that makes braids look fuller and/or more like a cat was just sleeping on your head. Cosmopolitan has a little tutorial on how to do it. And good news: unlike all of those color trends, you can do this at home; and unlike the glitter roots trend, it doesn't make you look like you just got vomited out the wrong side of a rave.
Basically, what you do is pull the hair in your braid out, so you flatten (or "pancake") it, making it appear fuller. The technique itself isn't new, but it's going viral right now presumably because everyone put "more braids" on their resolution lists.
Like many hair-styling techniques, it looks gorgeous when done right and like you attached a drain clog to your head when it's done wrong. No pancake-shaming will occur here today, though. Instead, you can just look at these lovely versions.