The braid has been around for ages, yet it's eternally cool. Braids adapt to hair regardless of type or length and are featured prominently among the fashionable set, on and off the red carpet. The latest trend to sweep Hollywood is the crown braid (also called the halo or milkmaid braid). Beyoncé and Lea Michele (above) are just a handful of celebs whose plaits have helped make the style feel current. And the simplest of braids, the three strand plait, continues to be a classic, whether in a low-slung style like Kim Kardashian's or in an updated arrangement like Jamie King’s reverse weave. If you're in the market for a change, look no further than Kelly Osbourne’s safety pin mohawk!
1. Lea Michele
Celebrity hairstylist (and Beachwaver creator) Sarah Potempa prepped Michele for her appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman and constructed an intricate crown formation from five strands of braids.
2. Kate Bosworth
To create Bosworth's braided updo, hairstylist Bridget Brager tells us: “Starting at the crown, along the part, I began braiding forward so the braid would fall towards her forehead concealing her hair line, which is what gave way to a soft, romantic feel.” She then started a second and third braid at her temples, braiding back on each side. After working in an anti-frizz cream to add shine and tame flyaways, she loosened the braids for a voluminous touch. “To get the detail in the back, I wove the braids together and pinned them low to give a halo effect.”
3. Jessica Alba
To achieve Alba's sexy side plait, hairstylist Renato Campora parted the star's wet strands from the top of her head down to the nape of her neck. After spritzing gel on the left side, he created a corn row braid from the front to the back. "I made sure the braid ended underneath the loose hair from the right side," he tells us. He secured with a small rubber band to finish.
4. Chloe Grace Moretz
To score the star's textured look, hairstylist Gregory Russell began by sectioning from the back of her ear forward and braided one braid up and over to the other side. After fastening the rest of her hair at eye level, he then split the pony in two and twisted the sections with one another. "I took the twist and fastened it into a bun with bobby pins," he tell us. "I added some braided extensions around the bun for added texture and fullness. Finally, I pinned the front braid around to the bun and loosened the braid on top to my desired shape.”
5. Kelly Osbourne
Osbourne adorned her half-shorn locks with the quintessential punk accessory—loads of safety pins that helped shape the small braids into a faux Mohawk.
6. Kim Kardashian
In anticipation of her week-long pre-wedding festivities back in May, Kardashian adopted a simple, Parisian style for the city of light that included this center-parted plait.
Beyoncé attended sister Solange's fashion week party in a crown braid that was fit for a Queen B and featured braids both large and small.
8. Julianne Hough
Braids are feasible regardless of hair length—as evidenced by Hough's pixie style.
9. Jennifer Morrison
Morrison's role as Emma Swan, the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, on ABC's Once Upon a Time may be to explain for the numerous red carpet appearances she has made with variations of the milkmaid braid.
10. Jamie King
The three-strand braid may be the most basic of plaits, yet King’s stick-straight and reversed variation is ultra edgy.
11. Olivia Munn
Munn looks appropriately preppy in a crisp white dress and crown braid at Veuve Clicquot's Polo Classic.
12. Rita Ora
Ora’s fishtail braid, hoops, and red pout added a feminine touch to her otherwise menswear-inspired look.
13. Jennifer Lopez
Lopez spins the traditional bun on its head at an American Idol taping by surrounding its base with a single plait.