20 Celebs and Fashion Girls That Are Making Me Want to Plait My Hair

For me, a braid is the ultimate summer hairstyle. While they're totally timeless all year round, the thing I love most about them s undeniably their versatility in warm weather. From sleek French plaits and boho fishtail braids to cute pigtail plaits and elegant waterfall braids, there's a style you can rely on for every occasion and any mood. Trust me—a relaxed braid might just be the most practical style you can wear to the gym.

I'm not the only one who loves a braid… The classic style is still a favourite of top celebrity hairstylists, including the likes of Christian Wood (who does Sophie Turner's and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's hair), and Mark Townsend, who styles the Olsen twins, Natalie Dormer, and Shailene Woodley. Our fashion friends like ASOS Lesley and Syana Laniyan are often spotted stepping out in braided hairstyles, and my Instagram feed is overflowing with plait inspiration right now.


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In short, you can always depend on the humble plait. Check out 20 of the coolest braided hairstyles around below.


ASOS Lotte
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Short hair? NBD. Simply follow Lotte's lead and opt for two loose pigtails.


Lily Aldridge
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This Christian Wood floral creation looks stunning on Lily Aldridge and proves hair accessories most definitely complement a plait.


ASOS Lesley
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ASOS's coolest insider, Lesley, catches the good light in this selfie, where her side-swept braid does all the talking.


Lucy Hale
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Hairstylist Kristin Ess shared this epic french braid style she wove onto actress Lucy Hale's head.


Chrissy Teigen
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This majestic, intricate design was created by Christian Wood on none other than the hilarious Chrissy Teigen. You may need a friend to attempt this one.


A-J Alingue
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Proving that a braid is the perfect summer style for keeping things cool and fresh, A-J looks amazing with this ponytail plait. 


Mary-Kate Olsen
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Don't fancy committing to one big braid? Try adding in a few tiny plaits like Mark Townsend did with Mary-Kate Olsen's Met Gala locks.


Sophie Turner
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Even Sansa Stark would be proud of this style that hairstylist Christian Wood shared on his 'gram after working with GoT actress Sophie Turner.


Shailene Woodley
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This complicated style may be a challenge to create, but it's completely worth it, IMO. Shailene Woodley's hair looks incredible from the back here.

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Callie Thorpe
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Proving that plaits also work for working out, Callie Thorpe looks über-cute at the gym with hers.


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Beyoncé can get away with any hairstyle, and these cool braids are one of my favourite looks.


Cara Delevingne
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One of my favourite styles to date. If you can manage a teeny-weeny french braid, why not copy Mara Roszak, who created this cool look for Cara Delevingne?


Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
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While this may not be a traditional plait, Christian Wood created a gorgeous textured effect on Rosie Huntington-Whiteley that looked incredible. 


Lauren Conrad
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If casual, loose waves are your thing, this fishtail plait (by Kristin Ess on Lauren Conrad) will be up your street.


Tessa Thompson
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Tessa Thompson proves that a statement lipstick works brilliantly alongside a cool French plait.

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Emma Stone
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The French braid Mara Roszak created on Emma Stone is seriously ethereal.


Irina Lakicevic
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Keeping it pared-down and casual, Irina Lakicevic proves simple plaits can work with any outfit. 


Natalie Dormer
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I love a messy braid, and this one on Natalie Dormer looks major. 


Syana Laniyan
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The beautiful Syana Laniyan looks divine on a summer's day with her braided style. 


Julia Roberts
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Ms Roberts is also partial to a plait. If it's good enough for Julia…

Next up, browse these other summer-worthy hairstyles.