11 Incredible Braided Hairstyles for Every Hair Type

Updated 05/05/19

Braid hairstyles aren't just for kids who have dance class or a love of re-creating Elsa's hair in Frozen (although we're not ashamed to admit that her braid is fabulous), oh no. They are now completely adult-proof and acceptable to wear at various events. In fact, over the past few years or so, we've noticed a real trend on the red carpet, and at other star-studded events, for many a celeb to sport a plait or two. During fashion week, we spotted Gigi Hadid wearing this incredible high braid in New York, and Olivia Palermo looked amazing and totally chic with her double-fishtail style in London.

As you can tell, braids are well and truly back on our radar. And despite braids traditionally being a summer go-to, we now see them as a 365 hairstyle. So, to help you decide which kind of braid you should go for, we've compiled a list of the best A-list braid hairstyles. Whether that's a fishtail braid on Blake Lively (she wears it the best), a double french plait on Sienna Miller, or pigtail braids on über-cool singer Janelle Monáe, we've hunted down many celeb looks to give you some inspiration.

Click through our gallery to see our favourite braids for every type of hair.

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Blake Lively

Want to know how to create the ultimate fishtail braid? This is how to finally master it.

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Blake Lively's look from the back. 

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Jessica Alba

These delicate plaits are wrapped around Jessica Alba's updo to create the look of a headband. The red lipstick keeps this look from being too girly.

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Kristen Stewart

At first glance, this doesn't look like a braid hairstyle at all but just a simple side-swept do. However, look a little closer to the left and you can see a small braid poking out from underneath Kristen Stewart's ear. 

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Selena Gomez

This is more of a ramped up version of the french-plaited pony. If you want to re-create something similar, we suggest you check out our guide on how to do hair knotting.

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Gomez's look from behind. We might need to practice this one. 

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Margot Robbie

This pretty boho-style braid looks wonderful on Margot Robbie and makes the most of her features. Keep clicking to see the braid in all its glory…

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Try using this tutorial on how to do a side french plait and then wrap the rest of the hair around your head using kirby grips.

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Zendaya

Not content with just one or two braids, Zendaya has gone for four. 

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When re-creating this hairstyle, you may need to enlist a friend (or professional) to help you section and braid your hair. 

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Cara Delevingne

This is such a subtle way to do braids when you don't want to go all out. 

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Emma Watson

Girl-next-door vibes from Emma Watson here, with her french side plait. 

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Sienna Miller

Think your hair is too short for braids? Think again. As proven by Sienna Miller's red carpet look, it is totally possible. 

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Like a traditional french braid, a small section of hair has been pulled in each time, but rather than a fiddly braid, the hair has simply been twisted instead of plaited. If you want more half-up, half-down hairstyle ideas though, we've got that too.

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Emma Stone

When we spotted Emma Stone rocking this messy side braid, it easily became one of our favourite Met Gala looks. 

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Janelle Monáe

Whoever said pigtails look young hasn't seen Monáe's version. Just make sure your smokey eye is on point like Monáe and you're good to go. 

Want more hairstyle inspo? Check out our 11 best hairstyles for round faces.

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