By Marianne Mychaskiw
Jan 24, 2012 @ 5:45 pm
Jemal Countess/Getty Images; Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images; Steve Granitz/WireImage

Celebrities are wearing braids in creative new ways this year! With only a few weeks into 2012, we’ve already spotted Charlize Theron’s intricate style, Kirsten Dunst’s top twist, and Jennifer Hudson’s low side plait. And that’s not all! Get a closer look at the best styles—and inspiration for your next 'do—in the gallery now. 

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