• Reese Witherspoon As if Reese's loose, voluminous updo wasn't pretty enough from the front...
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  • ...it's a gorgeous, artfully undone row of twists in the back.
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  • Jaime King Classic with an edge, these tight, pulled-back braids remind us of a Greek goddess or medieval princess.
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  • Kerry Washington Why choose between side-slung, fishtail, and French when you could have all of the above? Kerry is showing a serious commitment to braiding innovation with this unique hybrid version.
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  • Sarah Hyland We've seen a thousand iterations of the beloved crown braid, but the faded ombre duotone on this one makes it feel particularly fresh.
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  • Margot Robbie As much as we'd love to execute this one at home, we just don't know that we could ... which is why we'll stick to admiring this cool multi-braid updo from afar on Margot instead.
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  • Abigail Breslin Pull the shorter front sections out of a messy fishtail braid for a face-flattering look that isn't too "done."
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  • Chrissy Teigen A tight braid at the hairline tucked behind one ear makes side-parted beach waves seem more dramatic.
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  • Allison Williams We love a side-parted, pulled-back bun as much as the next girl, but a small, almost hidden braid on one side makes it a little more playful while still looking polished.
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  • Zoe Saldana A Heidi braid on dark hair like Zoe's is super subtle. Notice how the braid blends into the rich color.
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  • Nina Dobrev Nina's hairstyle has an interesting juxtaposition to it. Messy in the front...
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  • And structured in the back. Two Dutch (folded inside-out) braids are wrapped around another, creating a thick bun.
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  • Maria Menounos The key to filling out a fishtail like Maria's is adding texture beforehand (with product or a curling iron) and then tugging on the strands with your fingertips after braiding.
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  • Sarah Michelle Gellar An easy way to dress up a simple loose braid—add a headband.
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  • Kate Bosworth This braided updo has a mohawk feel to it with the thick braids lining up along the center of the head.
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  • Kelly Osbourne Go even edgier with spiked clips grazing the side of the braids. 
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  • Candice Accola The "Vampire Diaries" actress sported a loose updo. Now look at the back...
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  • It's a simple French braid that's been tucked under. Apply texturizing spray before braiding to create that rough finish.
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  • Dakota Fanning Update the Heidi braid with a thick tightly braided fishtail.
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  • Amanda Seyfried We love this romantic twist to a classic braid—twist a section of hair on top and pin.
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  • Rashida Jones You can't really go wrong with a crown braid, but we're especially loving the effect it creates with Rashida's cool blunt bangs and wispy face-framing pieces.
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  • Olivia Palermo So easy: French braid hair on both sides and bring the braids together in a bun at the nape of the neck.
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  • Blake Lively Blake proves you don't need to be a Bohemian princess to rock a Heidi braid. Just pin the braid further back on the head for a subtler version.
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  • …And throw the rest of the hair up haphazardly. Is that the best option for frizz-prone hair, or what?
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  • Jessica Szohr Dress up a messy pony with a simple Dutch (inside-out) braid along the hairline.
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  • Cheryl Cole One of the prettiest hairstyles we've seen—Cheryl's loose French braid at Cannes.
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  • Naya Rivera Another take on the cornrows trend? Separate the hair into three sections for chunkier braids.
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  • Nicole Kidman A loose side braid is one of our go-to lazy day hairstyles, so we always feel a little smug when we spot it on the red carpet, and with those show-stopping gold chandelier earrings? Gorgeous.
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  • Pixie Lott This thick double headband braid errs just this side of being slightly ridiculous, which is probably why we like it so much. It's just a little over-the-top without looking totally insane.
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25 Gorgeous Braided Hairstyles to Steal from the Red Carpet


25 Gorgeous Braided Hairstyles to Steal from the Red Carpet

Braided hairstyles are the perfect way to cover up a bad hair day—or just to mix things up. There are just about a million incarnations of the classic, easy-to-DIY standby, and the possibilities are pretty much endless. These 25 celebrity braids run the gamut from French to fishtail and everything in between. Click through to see our favorites!

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