French braid hairstyles might take a little more work than your standard high ponytail, but the results are worth the added effort. Once you’ve got the classic technique down, or the inverted version, you can pretty much update any hairstyle, from half-up topknots to long, loose waves, with a French braid. "The French braid transforms a casual day look to a classy evening look with a few bobby pins and a little hairspray," says Jo Robbins, Master stylist for The Salon by InStyle Inside JCPenney. "It's classic, and can be worn smooth and polished, or pulled apart and messy. It has endless possibilities." Robbins says there are a few tricks to getting the perfect French braid, including choosing the right products. "My favorite product to use when braiding hair is Sexy Hair Big Powder Play Volumizing and Texturizing Powder," Robbins says. "The powder gives the hair grip and makes it easy to braid. For thick, tangle-prone hair, prepping with a leave-in conditioner such as It's A 10 Miracle Leave-In Conditioner, will help you braid with ease." It really is a timeless, easy hairstyle to create — and that's why it's worth taking a look at these celeb-inspired French braid styles, from stars like Kiernan Shipka, Naomi Campbell, and Marion Cotillard. Keep scrolling to see entire updos created with French braids, tiny French braid details, and more.
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