There's really nothing like a good braid. However, gone are the days of the simple three-strand iteration—celebrity stylists have really upped their game with rope braids, inception braids, and ethereal knotted braids, among so many other swoon-worthy looks we find ourselves avidly pinning and bookmarking on the regular. We appreciate the technique and intricacy that go into a braided red carpet 'do and only dream of one day being able to achieve a similar look on ourselves. Take a look at some of the most outstanding braids we've ever seen, below!
We're convinced Blake Lively's hair is either spun gold or a gift from the hair gods above. No matter what style she puts it into, it seems like a work of art. Case in point: this messy side 'do with a double braid worked into the mix. Sorry, did we say messy? We meant perfectly undone.
If ever we were to picture a hairstyle most appropriate for a Hunger Games premiere, this is it. The serpentined gold chain throughout J.Law's loosely braided chignon channeled the Grecian setting the series was based upon. Looking to try this 'do out at home? May the odds be ever in your favor.
Call us jaded beauty editors, but when Amber Heard debuted this look at the Magic Mike XXL premiere, we were (mostly) focused on this sultry wrap-around fishtail instead of the other available eye candy.
Chrissy Teigen's va-va-voom dress was a real showstopper at the 2015 VMAs, but once she turned around, her looped, pinned-back braided updo with a tiny ponytail peeking out the back gave it some stiff competition.
On top of virtually not aging for decades, Gabrielle Union also has a great head of hair. Here, in a relaxed state, Gabby's hair was pulled to the side in a romantic loose fishtail. Talk about #hairgoals.
Similarly, Alicia Keys's braid channeled the same air of romance as Gabby's, but was placed a bit higher, with added volume at the crown.
As beautiful as Lea Michele's braided 'do was in the front, the twisted plaits encircling the back of her head had us awestruck.
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As mentioned before, braids don't always require three strands. Olivia Palermo's latex-accompanied rope braid was simultaneously edgy and classic.
T.Swift's thin braided headband perfectly played up her eyelash-grazing fringe. Couple that with her chic pinned-back plaits and you've got a perfect modern twist on a Victorian 'do.
Which look is your favorite? Please tell us below!