7 Celebrity Braids We Covet & How to Make Them Happen IRL

Kelly Bryant | Mar 18, 2016 Beauty & Style

Let's face it, ladies, braids aren't going away -- and why would we want them to? They're basically the most perfect way to look whimsically pulled together while simultaneously keeping your hair out of your face.

But not all braids are created equal, and there are some red carpet examples that we're obsessing over. Nina Dobrev's "mohawk" braid and Charlize Theron's crown-style plait are absolutely stunning, just to name two.

If you find yourself equally envious of these celebrity styles, scroll through to find out how you can achieve a similar look at home -- no movie premiere needed.


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  • Kate Hudson


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    For Kate Hudson's dreamy side braid, hairstylist Ashley Madison of Boston's SalonCapri has this advice: "Start by curling hair with a large barrel curling iron, spraying with texture spray and teasing slightly at the root for volume. Make a traditional braid and pull over one shoulder. Secure with a clear elastic. Gently pull the braid apart for effortless texture."

  • Nina Dobrev


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    Nina Dobrev's half-up "mohawk" braid is both modern and adorable. To get a similar look, Ashley says: "Spray hair with texture spray. Curl the whole head into loose waves to give hold. Divide hair into three sections, and in the center 'mohawk' section, start an inside-out French braid leading to the crown of the head. At the crown, secure in the back with an elastic or bobby pins."

  • Kerry Washington


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    For Kerry Washington's youthful look, Ashley suggests to start with a slicked-back ponytail and tease through the top center of the hair. "At the start of the ponytail, begin a traditional braid and secure with clear elastic," she says. "To hide the elastic at the base of the ponytail, leave out a small section and wrap natural hair around the base."

  • Charlize Theron


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    "This is a variation of a halo braid that was created using an inside-out French braid," says Ashley. "Start from your part and do an inside-out French braid all the way to the back of the head. Do the same on the opposite side of the part. At the back of head, interlock the braids in whichever way you want -- pin them up, add a ponytail, or secure into a bun for a chic and effortless look."

  • Teresa Palmer


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    How stunning is Teresa Palmer's The Choice premiere 'do? "This look is achieved by creating knots cascading down the back of the head," says Ashley. "Start with three ponytails going vertically down the head -- one at the top, one at the crown, and one in the middle of the back of the head. Knot the ponytails together by looping hair around and tying. At the bottom, secure with clear elastic. Pull apart the knots with your hands to make it this look looser and more textured."

  • Tina Fey


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    Tina Fey graced the red carpet of the 2016 Academy Awards with the most incredible braided updo, perfect for the upcoming wedding season.

    Celebrity stylist Richard Marin crafted the look and offers up his tips for recreating it at home: "To create the braided style, I applied Rene Furterer Modeling Paste throughout, which adds texture to freshly washed hair. I then parted Tina’s hair to the side, pulled it tight to her head, and secured with a Remington Elastic. After the ponytail was in place, I braided it and looped it around so the tail ended at the base of her ponytail. To secure the look, I pinned the braid to the back of Tina’s head and combed her flyaways into place. Finally, I finished with a spritz of Oribe Superfine Hairspray."

  • Daisy Ridley


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    Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley also rocked an incredible braided updo at the Oscars this year, styled by Robert Vetica, who had to use an extra hair piece to lengthen Daisy's short strands. "I took the very top section of hair at the crown and secured it while I began working in Leonor Greyl Gel À l’Hibiscus Alcohol-Free Styling Gel to the back of the hair, brushing and combing the sides and the back of the hair up to a top knot right at the base of the crown," he explains.

    "Then I began spritzing Leonor Greyl Laque Souple Light to Medium-Hold Hair Spray to the top for a clean tight look and brushing and combing the top knot, which was the base of my ponytail. Then I took the remaining hair that I sectioned off in the beginning and backed combed at the root to give the perfect shape at the crown, securing this section into the top knot with pins. I then took my prepped hair piece, and wrapped it around the top knot and secured it with bobby pins. I created two ponytails and twisted each section down the length, used a clear elastic to secure the twisted look every six inches. With bobby pins, I secured the hair at certain points to finish the sculpted parts, ensuring you wouldn’t see the elastics, and then sprayed the entire circumference of the style with hair spray.”

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