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14 Easy and Elegant Braided Hairstyles Even You Can Do

Get ready to answer the question, "Who did your hair?"

Get ready to answer the question, "Who did your hair?"
By Erin Mayer, Redbook

Sometimes, the best hairstyles are the ones that look more complex than they actually are. Take braids, for instance. Some may require a professional stylist's training (or at least a strong sense of adventure), but others are much easier to master — even if the last time you practiced plaiting was on your Barbie collection.

Rita Ora

Ora's braided crown is cool, textured, and surprisingly easy to copy at home.

Zoe Kravitz

The braids start at Kravitz's center part and flow outward, distinguishing it from the more circular crown braid.

Elizabeth Olsen

Braided pigtails never go out of style. You don't need long hair to wear them, but more length and some texturizing spray like R + Co's Rockaway Salt Spray ( will give you that piece-y boho look.

Janelle Monae

Braiding along the side of the head, as Monae demonstrates here, is one of the coolest ways to switch up your average bun, and the addition of hair jewels makes this one red carpet-ready. If you want to copy Monae's look, hair accessories don't have to cost a lot — these eBoot Pearl Flower Crystal Hair Pins ( will do the trick.

Tina Fey

Braids are once again the simplest way to add some interest to a short style. We love Fey's asymmetrical rendition, which gives some punky detail to an otherwise simple outfit.

Kerry Washington

When in doubt, braid your ponytail and call it a day! You can add some extra volume at the crown like Washington has here by teasing the hair and spritzing with Ouidad Curl Last Flexible Hold Hairspray ( for a long-lasting style with zero crunch.

Emma Stone

Not a perfectionist? This is the braid for you. Stone's stylist Mara Roszak said this look from the Met Ball was all about texture. Try Sexy Hair Root Pump Volumizing Spray Mousse ( for a similar effect.

Keke Palmer

If you already have your hair in braids, swirl them into an elegant updo to take things up a notch for a formal event or occasion.

Lauren Conrad

A braided half-up/half-down gives Conrad a relaxed festival vibe, partly thanks to the tiny flowers she accessorized with.

Laverne Cox

An over-the-shoulder fishtail braid compliments Cox's dramatic brown-to-blonde ombré. You may want to add texture with a product like Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Dry Shampoo ($4, to give the braid some grip.

Shay Mitchell

Mitchell's hair almost looks completely down from the front view, thanks to a voluminous part and lots of loose strands. It culminates in the back with a simple, slim braid.

Lucy Hale

Does your hair barely touch your shoulders? You'd be surprised how easy this edgy braided ponytail Hale wore t0 the 2016 BBMAs is to achieve — all you need is the ability to French braid and pomade to smooth out the hair! Try Paul Mitchell Smoothing Straight Works ($19,

Salma Hayek

A tiny braid detail is an easy way to add interest to a bun or chignon. If you opt to keep a few strands of hair loose at the front like Hayek, you can define them with a tool like Bed Head Curlipops Curling Wand for Loose Curls (

Kirsten Dunst

Don't have a lot of patience? This messy, twisted style is perfectly undone — while still polished enough to wear to an event.

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14 Easy and Elegant Braided Hairstyles Even You Can Do
Get ready to answer the question, "Who did your hair?"
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