Tuesday February 21, 2012 02:12

Top 10 Braided Hairstyles

Posted by jonny


Elizabeth Olsen

The youngest Olsen has style wisdom beyond her years. Lizzy’s braid is the perfect example of understated elegance, with loose strands and side placement adding an extra touch of casual chic. For a look like hers, create a deep side part and gather hair into a ponytail over your right ear. Loosely braid the ponytail, and leave a few face framing strands free.


Renee Bargh

Think Renee Bargh’s SAG Awards hairstyle is too complicated to try at home? Think again. Beauty meccas like Sephora are selling faux-hair headbands perfect for slipping on over any updo or half-up style.


Miley Cyrus

Before she opted for a cropped cut earlier this week, Miley Cyrus rocked a thick side braid on the red carpet. Incredibly versatile, long side braids are becoming a staple on the awards show circuit. The key to a style like Miley’s is extra volume and texture at the crown.Invest in a product like Bumble and Bumble’s (Un)Dressing Creme for a roughly styled mane.


Rashida Jones

Bangs add an extra girly feel to romantic braids and twists. But make sure you can pull off the look before you take a scissor to your precious locks! These stars were brave enough to get the cut.


Kaley Cuoco

Kaley Cuoco looked adorable on the red carpet with a rapunzel braid for a headband. Steal with intricate looking style in a snap by braiding a thick lock of hair starting behind your left ear, and pulling it over your head like a headband before pinning it behind your right ear. Tie the rest of your strands back in a casual updo, and voilĂ !


Bella Thorne

Add an accessory to your standard braided hairstyle like Bella Thorne’s red ribbon. Sparkling headbands and exotic broaches have been embedded in celebrity hairstyles all season. Now it’s your turn to get the easy red carpet look.


Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union turned a schoolgirl favorite into a sex-bomb hairstyle at a pre-Grammys bash. Volume and body (thanks to a product like Matrix’s Amplify Wonder Boost Root Lifter) take a lazy day braid to new heights, and save you serious prep time before a big event!


Dianna Agron

We’ve seen a bevy of braided headbands on this list, but none so alluring as Dianna Agron’s. The Glee star favors a fishtail braid, which is incredibly cool but also much more intricate than a standard braid. Luckily, Lauren Conrad has you covered with one of our favorite hair tutorials.


Brooke Anderson

Let you hair down around a braided headband and give it a wave-boosting jolt. Feminine braids become suddenly sexy when surrounded by tousled curls, which are easy to create with a little heat protecting hairspray and a medium barrel curling iron.


Busy Phillipps

If intricate braids are not your forte, take a page from Busy Phillipps and twist a strand around your finger before securing it behind your ear with a bobby pin. With her long, blonde hair and deep side part this style looks effortless and very pretty.

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