27.11.2020

All the braid hairstyle inspiration and how-to tips you need to pull off any plaited style

All the braid hairstyle inspiration and how-to tips you need to pull off any plaited style

Storm Reid’s braided hun takes her style to new heights and is also an excellent way to remove excess weight from your shoulders…

All the braid hairstyle inspiration and how-to tips you need to pull off any plaited style

The MET Gala was rife with beautiful hair accessories and styles, but Jasmine Saunders’ (a.k.a. The Golden Barbie) romantic, rose-scattered braid was simply show-stopping.

We love Maya Jama’s chunky, ultra-long plait courtesy of hair stylist Aaron Carlo that Maya wore on set of her new TV show Revolution.

Ariana Grande‘s first selfie of 2018 is ridiculously gorgeous. Ari, who’s teasing the release of a new single, was spotted on her hairstylist’s Instagram with a braided bleach blonde bun (try saying that quickly). The style has been accessorised with pearls and paired with purple makeup.

J-Lo rocked this complex twisted plait creation, captioning her Instagram ‘Veruschka vibes’ as a nod to her iconic hair inspo.

Joan Smalls looked stunning at the screening of ‘American Crime Story’, the model chose to pair her perfectly symmetric cornrows with a feline flick and nude pout.

The VS babes are out to film the ‘Train like an angel’ videos in New York, and we’re loving their braided hairstyles.

Adriana Lima is known for her hardcore boxing workouts and her boxer braids couldn’t be more suited for hitting the gym.

Hailey Baldwin ditched her signature rose gold makeup and ponytail for a natural glowy look and braided ‘do.

We’re girl-crushing hard on Eiza González! This low pony is just gorgeous but wait till you see the braided back…

How gorgeous is this fishtail braid?!

Here’s Solange rocking platinum blonde braids. We’ll never be as cool as her.

Blogger Chiara Ferragni, showing off her romantic plait during fashion week.

Demi Lovato stepped out in a braided ponytail for the premiere of Simply Complicated in LA.

We’re big fans of Elizabeth Olsen’s princess-inspired side braid. Super relaxed yet sophisticated.

Evan Rachel Wood’s ultra cool pastel green plait caught out eye for all the right reasons. We love how she daringly combined the look with an equally-as-bold red lip shade.

Poppy Delevingne’s bleach blonde hair looks excellent styled into these cute plaits – great lipstick shade, too.

The stunning Jessica Hart decided one plait just wasn’t enough, and it paid off! We love this cute ponytail.

Gigi Hadid knows how to pull off a bold look. The model posed with a plaited ponytail, while promoting the capsule collection ‘Tommy X Gigi’ in Paris.

Emma Watson stole our hearts at the London Beauty and the Beast premiere with this romantic updo and makeup.

Fergie went for a badass look with boxer braids and hoop earrings, just like…

Hailey Baldwin nailing her plaited updo, which shows off her oversized earrings perfectly.

Actress, model and activist Emily Ratajkowski looks effortlessly elegant with her hair in a side-swept plait, finished with a simple black ribbon accessory.

Zosia Mamet always looks crazy cool, but this awesome halo braid is one of her best looks yet! We love the golden bronde hue of her locks right now, too.

Wow – we can’t believe how stunning Lily Collins looked at the 2017 Golden Globes. From the bold red lip to her intricate plaited updo, she nailed it.

Sarah Jessica Parker rocked a Grecian-inspired halo braid at the Golden Globes 2017 and accompanied her hair with a smoky blue eye look. Love it.

A sleek take on the traditionally feminine braid, Katie Perry’s twisted, structured pony absolutely gets the GLAMOUR stamp of approval.

Jaime King continues her love affair with braids, showing off a modern, tie detail braid in this winning red carpet look.

Kendall Jennerhit up a basketball game and chose the perfect, fuss-free hairstyle. Wait until you see her plaits from the back….

… Yep, these look so great!

Jess Glynne always looks super cool and this look is no different! We especially love those double braids.

We adore Chloe Sevigny’s cute double plaited hairstyle…

… she accessorised the look with some cute hair ribbons and large earrings. We’re definitely going to be trying out this style!

How stunning is Vanessa Hudgens’ halo braid?! She completed the look with some pretty red flowers in her hair and gorgeous rose gold eye makeup.

Drew Barrymore rocks a simple side loose plait like a total pro.

Chiara’s braid is dreamy… we love the loose, messy texture and the pieces of hair left out to frame her face.

We adore Elle Fanning’s cute braid at the front of her hair. It looks even prettier with this striking red lip shade.

Sophie Turner wearing a gorgeous braid is certainly no news, but this is one for the books. Her wavy braid is what boho dreams are made of!

Emma Roberts looks super cool with this one-sided braid. The twists really make her hair colour stand out.

Barbara Palvin was spotted in Cannes sporting the most beautiful plaited hairstyle and bronde waves.

The ever-gorgeous Kiernan Shipka knows how to rock a braid and a side parting. We love her side style, which looks gorgeous from the front, too.

Rita’s only gone and given us serious hair envy. We love this braided ponytail, we can’t tell if we like it more from the front…

…or from the side.

Woah – this is one plait we won’t soon forget! Rita Ora accessorised her spiralled style with lots of pretty pink flowers in her hair.

How gorgeous is this pretty plait which Margot Robbie wore during the press tour for Suicide Squad? It’s a great way to incorporate braids into any length hair.

Sienna Miller’s side plait is the perfect style for a beachy holiday. Naturally tousled locks are ultra pretty when braided.

How pretty is Chanel Iman’s long fishtail plait? A fishtail is an excellent way to make plaits look grown up and chic for a special event.

We love Bella Thorne’s pretty pigtail plaits, which she combined with a bold red lip hue.

Woah – what a plait! Naomi Campbell showed off possibly the longest plait we have ever seen at the CFDA Awards 2016.

How cute are Olivia Munn’s pigtail plaits? We will definitely be trying out this style.

We adore Lily Cole’s gorgeous hair colour, which looks especially lovely in this pretty plait and when paired with this green hue.

Chanel Iman looked stunning at the 2016 amfAR Gala with a pretty updo and halo braid.

We love it when stars get creative with plaits, and Chloe Sevigny’s cool voluminous halo braid really impressed us. Full marks, Chloe.

We’re digging Kaya Scodelario’s awesome fishtail braid, which has been swept to the side. The twisted detail at the top of her head also looks extremely cool.

We are totally in love with Ruby Rose’s epic plait, which sits like a crown on the top of her head. And how gorgeous is the jade green colour, too?!

Brie Larson’s golden locks: obsessed? Us? Absolutely! And just how cute is her little front-braid? This style can work for any hair length, too, making it one of the most versatile ways to incorporate braids.

There’s nothing we love more than a plaited updo, a la Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley. This is definitely a look we’d like to recreate…

… and just look at it from the side, too! Pure plait perfection.

One mermaid plait just isn’t enough for Chiara Ferragni – the star rocked three on the top of her head, along with a matte red lip.

You don’t need to keep your braid in pristine shape – make it messy and textured, like Olivia Wilde.

We love this ultra pretty french braid on Ciara – it’s so youthful and chic.

During the H&M show at Paris Fashion Week 2016, singer Ciara sat front row while rocking this cool messy French braid at the top of her head.

Chrissy Teigen has always been the queen of plaited styles. This messy halo braid is one of our favourites.

Erm, could Olivia Wilde’s plaited Oscar bun BE any better?!

Olivia Wilde, can we have your hairdressers number ASAP, please?

Karlie Kloss wore a bold pink lip shade and some pretty french braid pigtails to the Topshop Unique AW16 show.

Lara Stone opted for a gorgeous side-plait for her appearance at the AW16 Topshop Unique show.

We love how creative this subtle centre-braid is. We barely noticed it at first when we looked at Chiara Ferragni, but once we did we couldn’t stop staring. Cool, right?!

WOAH – when we saw this picture of Olivia Palermo’s incredible messy braid we were totally blown away. The star sat on the FROW during NYFW, and stole the show with her ‘do…

The look is just as pretty from the front!

Princess Olympia of Greece shows you don’t have to go overboard with your plaited hairstyle. Choose a subtle look like this one.

We are crushing hard over Chiara Ferragni’s cute fishtail braids. The look is fun and youthful yet exceptionally chic.

Unicorn braids? Gigi Hadid is certainly on board. This top-of-the-head voluminous style is a fun and fresh take on plaits.

Woah – this braided look from Rita Ora looks complicated and impressive in equal measure!

Katy Perry’s cute double braids and full eye makeup made for a sassy beauty look which we’d love to recreate.

Hailey Baldwin sure knows how to wow a crowd with her gorgeous French braid. We’re not sure what’s more striking: her ‘do or her metallic smoky eyes.

How stunning is this unique braided style Cara wore for the SS16 Chanel Couture show in Paris? We’ve never seen a plait quite like it!

Model Lily Aldridge sure knows how to rock an ultra pretty plait. Her halo braid is elegant and works well with the high-neck red outfit.

Not sure how you feel about Miley Cyrus‘s bold Star Wars-inspired look? You’re not alone! The singer rocked her plaited buns at Netflix’s A Very Murray Christmas Premiere in New York.

Gwen Stefani shows us how to wear a plait with a bit of individuality! We love her unique braided bun along with those gorgeous matte red lips.

Stella nailed the plait trend at the British Fashion Awards. We absolutely love this duo beauty look – preened on one side and edgy on the other. Double. Trouble.

WOW! Blake Lively’s incredible unique plait totally blew us away here at GLAMOUR HQ. And this was a look she rocked to go on a hike; prompting us to feel we seriously need to up our hair game.

Kate Winslet rocked a pretty plaited updo at a special screening of The Dressmaker.

We always love Jennifer Lawrence’s cute blonde bob, but especially when it’s up in a gorgeous braided style, as it was for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2′ Paris Premiere.

We are totally crushing on Jessica Hart’s braided up-do for American GLAMOUR’s Women of The Year Awards.

Can Lupita! ever make a mistake in the hair department? We seriously doubt it! The Jungle Book star looked incredible at American GLAMOUR’s Women of The Year Awards – she looked great with her dark berry-stained lips and braided hair.

One plait just isn’t enough for Rita Ora! The X Factor judge looked great with dark berry-stained lips and matching braids.

Kate Hudson’s gorgeous loose plait is the ultimate off-duty glamour hair move.

The gorgeous Karlie Kloss looked amazing in a high-neck black lace outfit, red lipstick and a pretty plaited updo.

Vanessa Hudgens proves that plaited pigtails are here to stay in LA. They really do make for the perfect daytime hairstyle.

Seriously, could Charlize Theron’s braided up-do be any more perfect?!

Comedy’s queen, Amy Schumer, showed off a GORGEOUS loose plait at the Trainwreck premiere in Sydney.

Magic Mike XXL star Amber Heard looks totally showstopping at the film’s premiere in London. Her fishtail plait is pretty and feminine.

We LOVE the cornrows, half-up, half down ‘do that Amanda Seyfried rocked at the Ted 2 NYC premiere.

Olivia Palermo just blew every other plait wearer out of the water. This Disney-esque low pony is nothing short of absolutely gorgeous.

Keira Knightley’s plait is elegant simplicity at its best.

Iggy Azelea shows us the cool girl way to do a ponytail – with a statement French braid down the centre of the crown. Apply dry shampoo to the roots for a boost of volume before creating this style.

How cool is this latticed braided ‘do from Jamie King? The intricate style may take a lot of patience (and fingers) to create but it’s definitely worth trying at home.

Follow Poppy Delevingne’s lead and dress up a simple over-the-shoulder plait with a neatly fastened bow.

Cameron Diaz added a care-free finish to her outfit courtesy of this undone plaited hairstyle. A great look to emulate with second day hair when you’re short on time.

Kelly Osbourne showed off her undercut, styling her lengths into a version of the milk maid braid. Definitely a trick short haired ladies will want to steal.

We love a classic halo braid and this gorgeous wraparound detailed one on Margot Robbie is a red carpet hairdo to copy any weekend.

With the plaits wrapped up and around the crown, this style can be used on most length hair.

And from the side it really delivers major beauty points. One to try at home? You bet!

You cannot beat an ethereal loosely plaited halo braid during the summer months. Pretty, stylish and oozing elegance, it’s little wonder Kate Bosworth is such a fan of them.

Copy Kate’s version by tying up loose-tendrils into lots of little plaits and pinning them.

Top marks to Diane Kruger for this intricate braid-within-a-braid style. Kruger’s hairstylist Kylee Heath divided the hair into three sections at the back, tightly braiding the centre section into a French braid. The two remaining side sections were then loosely braided into a second French braid over the top, securing them both at the bottom.

You can’t beat a bit of braiding around the hairline to give a blowdry some added glamour. Full marks to Emma Stone for this gorgeous half-braid which adds interest to her wavy ‘do.

Note to self: Copy this look from Alessandra Ambrosio this summer. A gorgeously loose and care-free style with pretty braids, this is perfect for the beach and festival season.

This may well be one of the best displays of plaited hair we’ve ever seen. Kerry Washington’s side-braid complete with half-halo braiding across the top is a suit-all style, perfect for festivals and smart evening dos, alike.

It’s excellent from all angles. Proof = <<<

Bella Thorne’s loose, fishtail plait with ribbon’s running through is a pretty hairstyle you can adapt for work, play and even festivals.

It’s offical: Olivia Palermo has managed to create the loosest plait in hair history. It’s just a strong breeze away from being a down-do.

Wow! Selena’s high-rise hairstyle is certainly not shy. From the retro scrunchie to the blinging accessories, Miss Gomez’s look is full of 90s fun. Play copycat, if you dare…

…Just like Nicole Richie has! Nicole shows that the high-rise 90s-style braid is back with a bang.

Jessica Stam’s pretty but simple double-braided up-do is super-chic. Leave a few strands loose and tease out the plaits for a softer finish.

Kate Bosworth’s plaited-chignon-come-up-do-come-ethereal fairy queen braid is absolutely stunning and we’d like to wager not as impossible to recreate as it may, at first glance, look.

A great style for those with lobs and mid-length hair as well as Rapunzel-esque long locks; why not give this is a go on your next night out?

Soooooooo pretty; Zoe Kravitz absolutely nails this updated version of the traditional halo braid. Opting for centre-parted plaits instead, this is easy-to-recreate and looks great at parties.

While we’re big fans of the halo braid, there’s just something so effortless about a Heidi braid. Olivia Wilde opted for one for a TV appearance and doesn’t she look just super-dooper?

Poppy Delevingne’s Heidi braid is all kinds of pretty.

Want to make your braided up-do look even better? Make like Amber Heard and leave a few strands of hair loose to frame your face.

Side-on, this braided ‘do looks even prettier.

Rita Ora Not one, but two amazing fishtail braids for Rita Ora. Double win.

AnnaSophia Robb’s multi-braided ‘do is all kinds of pretty. If you figure out how to recreate it at home – please let us know post-haste.

If you simply can’t commit to wearing your hair in a side-braid, you could always leave half your locks in loose curls like our girl Vanessa Hudgens. To be honest, we’re not completely loving this half-of-one hairstyle – on anyone else we’d say ‘pick your style and commit to it!’ but Vanessa can make just about anything look good.

Why have one braid, when you can have three? Make like Cara Delevingne and add a smaller braid down each side of a large central French braid for a fashion-forward finish. Where Cara goes, we follow.

We completely adore The Bling Ring star Claire Julien’s halo-braided up-do. We’ve got some serious earring envy, too.

Rita Ora was so proud of her double French braids that she took to Instagram to share this snap of her super-cute style.

Remember, a plait doesn’t have to be an enormous style statement. We’ll be taking a tip from Katy Perry and swapping out a hairband in favour of a subtle halo braid to add the finishing touch to a down-do.

Diane Kruger takes some party hair inspiration from Princess Leia’s iconic Star Wars ‘do, working her braided blond locks into two side-buns.

Kim Kardashian proves that your braided style doesn’t need to be super-neat. Her side-swept halo style is messy but picture-perfect.

Another bonus to working a chic side-plait? It’s the perfect style to team with a super-cute top hat. We love Elle Fanning’s style.

Kristen Bell refuses to limit herself to a single plait, working a half-up French plait with two mini braids woven in.

Whitney Port shows that cool, casual braids are well and truly back for the summer, with this loose and lovely hairstyle.

We’re making Scarlett Johansson’s hairstyle our style guide for summer. The blonde bomb looks gorgeous on the red carpet with a flawless halo braid, hot red lips and feline eyeliner flicks.

Who said pigtails are childish? Daisy Lowe looks pretty darn stylish to us.

Keep things simple with a stunning side-plait like the gorgeous Miley Cyrus (before she went for the chop). But don’t give yourself a neck injury: it looks like her thick golden locks were weighing Miley down.

We adore Lea Michele’s thick brunette braid and sexy peek-a-boo fringe. Play copycat with this look immediately, if not sooner.

Be oh-so-sweet and ultra-feminine with a pretty halo braid like Elle Fanning’s. Leave skin clear and glowy and your eyes make-up free for a fresh-faced finish.

Practice, practice, practice this gorgeous fishtail plait to look as effortlessly glam as Kim Kardashian. Now is the perfect time to step out with an easy-breezy side plait: so get braiding!

Keep things neat and tidy with a simple fishtail side-plait like Nicky Hilton. She opts for a clean off-centre parting and a slick finish to keep the look high-fashion.

To steal Katie Holmes’ style, part your hair in the centre and braid down each side until the braids meet in the middle, then pin the loose ends under using kirby grips. Perfect.

Thought a simple plait couldn’t be sexy? Think again. Nicole Scherzinger looks gorgeous with this swept-up style. Add smoky eyes for a sultry finish.

If you’re a braid addict like us GLAMOUR girls, you’ll love Molly Sims‘ intricately plaited style. Pick a starting point and braid, braid, braid your way around your head.

Braid-lover Blake Lively looks stunning with this loose side-plaited style…

…And with this slick style. Blakerocked this classic, slicked-back braid at a Hollywood awards show.

This summer we’ll be scooping our hair into a simple ponytail and adding a plait. Blake Lively inspires yet another sophisticated style.

To achieve Diane Kruger‘s too-cool-to-care style let a few strands of hair escape your side plait.

For a neater take on the trend follow Fergie’s lead and pull your hair into a high ponytail before perfecting your fishtail plait.

If you’re mad about braids, double up like Alesha Dixon. Pull your fringe into a tidy French braid before scooping your locks into a plait.

Tinsley Mortimer adds an extra summer edge to her romantic curls with a simple halo braid.

Karen Gillan’s halo briad finishes off a laid-back up-do perfectly. Practice makes perfect, so get in front of that mirror now!

Trust Rihannato nail any hair trend – she makes the tricky fishtail braid look so simple.

Whitney Port proves that French braiding isn’t just for school-girls with this cute yet cool, ‘halo’ style finish.

Don’t be afraid to go for the dishevelled look with your plait. We love this uneven braid on Jessica Simpson.

Dare you wear a braid as long as Kesha’s? We bet it weighs a tonne.

These celebs can’t get enough of a side-sweeping braid, can they? Cat Deeley‘s casual style is perfect teamed with a pretty floral dress.

We’ll be going back to our 90s roots this summer and wearing our laid-back locks braided with a pair of plain gold hoops like Kristen Bell’s.

If it’s care-free hair that you’re after, look no further than Nikki Reed’s messy side braid. A few unruly curls improve the look.

Selena Gomez went for a slicker, more polished finish for the red carpet.

The start of Leona Lewis’s fashion rise: we love this fishtail plait.

Pixie Lott rocks the perfect festival style – loose waves topped off with a pretty halo braid.

You can dress down a showy outfit with a soft and feminine side-plait. Add an extra wave at the front of your locks to make the look evening ready. Let Eva Longoria be your style guide.

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