11 Incredible Braided Hairstyles for Every Hair Type

Updated 05/05/19

Braided hairstyles aren't just for kids who have dance class or love re-creating Elsa's hair in Frozen (although we're not ashamed to admit that her braid is fabulous). They are now completely adult-proof and acceptable to wear at various events.

In fact, over the past few years we've noticed a real trend on the red carpet and at other star-studded events for many celebs to sport a braid or two. During fashion week, we spotted Gigi Hadid wearing an incredible high braid in New York, and Olivia Palermo looking amazing and totally chic with her double-fishtail style braids in London.

Braids are truly back on our radar, and despite them being a traditional summer go-to, we now see them as a year-round hairstyle. So, to help you decide which type of braid you should go for, we've compiled a list of the best A-list braided 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 Janelle Monáe, we've hunted down many celeb looks to give you some inspiration.

Keep scrolling to see our favorite braids for every hair type.

Blake Lively

Blake Lively wearing a long fishtail braid
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Want to know how to create the ultimate fishtail braid? This is how to finally master it.

Blake Lively's long fishtail braid from behind
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Blake Lively's look from the back. 

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba wearing two braids on the crown of her head
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These delicate braids are wrapped around Jessica Alba's updo to create the look of a headband. The red lipstick keeps this look from being too girly.

Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart wearing a loose side braid
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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. 

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez wearing a pompadour braided hairstyle
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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.

Selena Gomez's braided ponytail pictured from the back
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Gomez's look from behind. We might need to practice this one. 

Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie wearing a braided updo
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This pretty boho-style braid looks wonderful on Margot Robbie and makes the most of her features.

Margo Robbie's braided hairstyle from the side
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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 bobby pins.

Zendaya

Zendaya wearing a cornrow hairstyle
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Not content with just one or two braids, Zendaya has gone for four. 

Zendaya's braided cornrows from behind
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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. 

Cara Delevingne

Cara Delevingne wearing a braided part
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This is such a subtle way to do braids when you don't want to go all out. 

Emma Watson

Emma Watson wearing a side part hairdo with a braid
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Girl-next-door vibes from Emma Watson here, with her french side plait. 

Sienna Miller

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

Sienna Miller with a short bob wearing two braids
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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.

Emma Stone

Emma Stone wearing a loose side braid
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When we spotted Emma Stone rocking this messy side braid, it easily became one of our favorite Met Gala looks

Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe wearing two long braids under a hat
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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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