25 Gorgeous Braided Hairstyles to Steal from the Red Carpet

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25 Gorgeous Braided Hairstyles to Steal from the Red Carpet
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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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  • 25 Gorgeous Braided Hairstyles to Steal from the Red Carpet

    Reese Witherspoon
    As if Reese's loose, voluminous updo wasn't pretty enough from the front...

  • 25 Gorgeous Braided Hairstyles to Steal from the Red Carpet

    ...it's a gorgeous, artfully undone row of twists in the back.

  • 25 Gorgeous Braided Hairstyles to Steal from the Red Carpet

    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.

  • 25 Gorgeous Braided Hairstyles to Steal from the Red Carpet

    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.

  • 25 Gorgeous Braided Hairstyles to Steal from the Red Carpet

    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.

  • 25 Gorgeous Braided Hairstyles to Steal from the Red Carpet

    Abigail Breslin
    Pull the shorter front sections out of a messy fishtail braid for a face-flattering look that isn't too "done."

  • 25 Gorgeous Braided Hairstyles to Steal from the Red Carpet

    Chrissy Teigen
    A tight braid at the hairline tucked behind one ear makes side-parted beach waves seem more dramatic.

  • 25 Gorgeous Braided Hairstyles to Steal from the Red Carpet

    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.

  • 25 Gorgeous Braided Hairstyles to Steal from the Red Carpet

    Zoe Saldana
    A Heidi braid on dark hair like Zoe's is super subtle. Notice how the braid blends into the rich color.

  • 25 Gorgeous Braided Hairstyles to Steal from the Red Carpet

    Nina Dobrev
    Nina's hairstyle has an interesting juxtaposition to it. Messy in the front...

  • 25 Gorgeous Braided Hairstyles to Steal from the Red Carpet

    And structured in the back. Two Dutch (folded inside-out) braids are wrapped around another, creating a thick bun.

  • 25 Gorgeous Braided Hairstyles to Steal from the Red Carpet

    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.

  • 25 Gorgeous Braided Hairstyles to Steal from the Red Carpet

    Sarah Michelle Gellar
    An easy way to dress up a simple loose braid—add a headband.

  • 25 Gorgeous Braided Hairstyles to Steal from the Red Carpet

    Kate Bosworth
    This braided updo has a mohawk feel to it with the thick braids lining up along the center of the head.

  • 25 Gorgeous Braided Hairstyles to Steal from the Red Carpet

    Kelly Osbourne
    Go even edgier with spiked clips grazing the side of the braids. 

  • 25 Gorgeous Braided Hairstyles to Steal from the Red Carpet

    Candice Accola
    The "Vampire Diaries" actress sported a loose updo. Now look at the back...

  • 25 Gorgeous Braided Hairstyles to Steal from the Red Carpet

    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.

  • 25 Gorgeous Braided Hairstyles to Steal from the Red Carpet

    Amanda Seyfried
    We love this romantic twist to a classic braid—twist a section of hair on top and pin.

  • 25 Gorgeous Braided Hairstyles to Steal from the Red Carpet

    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.

  • 25 Gorgeous Braided Hairstyles to Steal from the Red Carpet

    …And throw the rest of the hair up haphazardly. Is that the best option for frizz-prone hair, or what?

  • 25 Gorgeous Braided Hairstyles to Steal from the Red Carpet

    Jessica Szohr
    Dress up a messy pony with a simple Dutch (inside-out) braid along the hairline.

  • 25 Gorgeous Braided Hairstyles to Steal from the Red Carpet

    Cheryl Cole
    One of the prettiest hairstyles we've seen—Cheryl's loose French braid at Cannes.

  • 25 Gorgeous Braided Hairstyles to Steal from the Red Carpet

    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.

  • 25 Gorgeous Braided Hairstyles to Steal from the Red Carpet

    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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Reese Witherspoon
As if Reese's loose, voluminous updo wasn't pretty enough from the front...

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