12 Inspiring Braids to Try, From Punk Rock to Princess

Updated 09/23/16

Braids, once so sweet and wholesome, are taking a walk on the wild side this season. Stars like Kristen Stewart and Natalie Dormer are sporting positively punk rock looks while Olivia Palermo and Ellie Goulding have opted for loose and messy plaits that look like they just fell into place. For anyone not interested in jumping on the short hair bandwagon, you’ll find plenty of inspiration to start weaving your hair, above.

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Kristen Stewart added two thin cornrows to her signature side swept part at the Sundance premiere of Camp X-Ray. It’s the sort of thing you’d absentmindedly do in the back of the classroom—and she makes it look good.

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Olivia Palermo’s a big fan of the side braid, but she mixed it up in Milan by weaving an unconventional plait into a sort of low-slung side knot.

At a Victoria’s Secret Party in New York, Candice Swanepoel gave her glossy ‘40s waves a modern twist by wrapping a braid across the back of her head.

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Model Kyleigh Kuhn sported a thin braid across the top of her head at New York Fashion Week, showing off her newly purple ends!

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Kerry Washington looked regal at the NAACP Awards last week. The actress paired a dramatic side braid with her custom Thakoon dress.

How do you make double braids look grown up? Pair them with a dark red lip like Eliza Doolittle did at London Fashion Week.

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Try wrapping your braid around the bottom of your scalp instead of on top for an upside down crown effect.

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The Blonde Salad blogger Chiara Ferragni tucked her side braid behind her ear in Milan, at Phillipp Plein’s fall fashion show.

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Natalie Dormer, who you’ll see in the next Hunger Games film, showed off her newly shaved hair style with a braid down the length of her head at this year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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Ellie Goulding just picked up the Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist in London, where her undone textured braid struck the right balance between mussed and polished when paired with her pink Vivienne Westwood princess gown.

Proving that more texture is better when it comes to braids, British actress Anna Friel sported a loose crown made of tight fishtail braids at a recent London film premiere.

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Miranda Kerr’s hair can do no wrong. Here, in New York, she proves that even mid-length hair makes for a great side braid.

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