7 Celebs Who Aren't Afraid to Experiment With Their Hair

Updated 04/24/19

There are plenty of celebs who know what suits them and they stick to it, playing it safe with tumbling curls or poker straight lengths. But at the other end of the hair spectrum, there is a host of A-listers who are not afraid to experiment when it comes to their 'do. Whether incorporating a standout hair accessory or playing with braids or colour, these seven celebrities never fail to excites us when they step out on the red carpet. 

Keep scrolling for 24 hairstyle ideas we guarantee you'll want to try for weekends, weddings and more.

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Olivia Palermo

Boxer braids are big news, but Olivia shows how to soften the look for a prettier effect. Start the braids at the nape of your neck and try fishtail braids instead of the traditional French.

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Olivia Palermo

Here Olivia has opted for a super sleek rope braid, matching her black vinyl hair ties to her headband. Get that high-shine gloss finish with Redken Diamond Oil Aerosol Spray (£13).

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Olivia Palermo

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Rooney Mara

Rooney Mara is well known for her experimental hairstyles, which may look intricate but are often easy to re-create. This look, for instance, is a high ponytail that has been twisted and pinned in place. Simple.

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Rooney Mara

More twisted ponytails, this time the hair has been sectioned horizontally. The great thing about re-creating a hairstyle like this is that it doesn't need to be too perfect, twist, pin and play. Just make sure you have plenty of pins; we like this Hair Tools Pins & Grips Session Kit (£13).

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Rooney Mara

Here Rooney's hairstylist split her hair into two sections creating a braid at the top and weaving it into the hair at the bottom to end with one plait. 

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Rita Ora

One of Rita's simpler hairstyles, she has pulled it sleek and off her face, pinning behind her head and leaving the ends to tumble loose. Use a large barrel tong like Babyliss's Glamour Waves Curling Tong (£15) to re-create those waves. 

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Rita Ora

Here Rita has added a ponytail extension onto her hair. If you're adept at colouring your hair at home then you could dye one yourself; otherwise, ask your hairdresser to colour it for you. We love Hersheson's The Invisible Ponytail (£60).

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Rita Ora

You need to be pretty good at braiding to re-create this look. The braids stop at the top of the head where the mid-lengths are twisted into a bun and the ends are left loose. To simplify this look you could start with just one French braid at your forehead, rather than the ones at the sides as well; you'd still achieve a similar final look. 

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Brie Larson

Brie is definitely one to watch for hairstyle inspiration. This is a really pretty and wearable way to incorporate a Dutch braid into your repertoire. If you're braiding freshly washed hair, dust with some Redken Powder Grip 03 (£16).

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Brie Larson

Here Brie's hairstylist has incorporated this jewelled Jennifer Behr hair accessory into the hairstyle, rather than just fixing it onto the hair at the end. Definite wedding hair inspiration.

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Brie Larson

Another perfectly executed hair accessory, this time Brie has gone all out with an oversize jewelled headband. The key when wearing a standout accessory is to keep your hairstyle simple.

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Brie Larson

The secret to this ponytail is to leave some hair loose at the nape of your neck, rather than pulling it all into a low ponytail, it gives the effect of fuller, longer, hair. We're totally trying this hairstyle at the weekend. 

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Brie Larson

Once you've braided your hair, simply twist and pin to re-create this knotted bun. Leave the ends loose like Brie so it doesn't look too "done."

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Cara Delevingne

Okay, this braid along the parting could be too fiddly to re-create at home, but the idea of braiding a small section of hair to add interest to loose tresses is genius. 

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Cara Delevingne

Work a Dutch braid from the front of head around to the back, twist into a bun and leave the ends loose. This look could be a bit edgy, but the pretty makeup and statement earrings make it more glam than grunge.

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Cara Delevingne

Cara manages to make this oversize dolly bun look cool, thanks to the faux lip ring and '90s-style velvet choker. 

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Diane Kruger

Diane Kruger proves the hun is still going strong—a versatile hairstyle, it works just as well for a night as it does for Sunday brunch.

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Diane Kruger

Another potential wedding hairstyle contender (you could use any colour of ribbon) this woven, wavy, oversize ponytail will give wedding guests something impressive to look at when you're stood at the altar.

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Diane Kruger

Never underestimate a simple twisted chignon. Diane's looks extra pretty thanks to that dry, airy finish. Re-create the texture with Bumble and bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish (£22). 

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Sienna Miller

Sienna proves that even shorter hair can experiment. These sweet rope braids are the perfect idea for festival season.

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Sienna Miller

Sienna also manages to secure her short hair into a sleek bun. You'll need plenty of strong hold hairspray for this look, we recommend R+Co Viscious Strong Hold Flexible Hairspray (£24).

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Sienna Miller

Boxer-style braids are not out of the question if you have mid-length hair—you'll just need to braid day-old hair (and have plenty of patience). Pin the ends at the nape of your neck. 

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Sienna Miller

From the front Sienna's hair looks pretty and piece-y…

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Sienna Miller

At the back she is working a pretty bun to one side, proving a party updo doesn't have to perfect. 

Want more celeb hairstyling tips? Here are eight celeb-approved bun upgrades.

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