These aren't your average Heidi braids--a slew of stylish stars and models have been accessorizing their red carpet gowns with braided updos. They range from Poppy Delevingne's wispy, I-just-came-from-the-beach version to Jessica Alba's tight French braid that feeds into a side ponytail. Both Olivia Palermo and Jessica Hart have donned side versions that start on top and pull up into near-retro bouffants, proving that updo needn't mean stuffy. Hart's hairstylist, Veronica Loke at New York's Hair Date Salon, says, "It's just a regular French braid, but the trick of this style is to hide the tails of the braids by tucking them under and inside."Even the classics--like Florence Welch and Petra Nemcova's braided headbands--feel fresh thanks to the stars' extra glossy locks. You can score that polish at home with the shine cream Loke used on Hart, Alfaparf Semi Di Lino Illuminating Smoothing Cream ($18). As for the braids, there's no wrong way to work them into your average topknot or ponytail. Just pin and go!
Photos courtesy of: Poppy Delevingne, Jessica Alba, and Florence Welch, Getty Images; Jessica Hart, INF Photo; Olivia Palermo, Startraks; Petra Nemcova, Pacific Coast News.