Pierced Braids Are The Coolest Way To Step Up Your Hair Game

Piercings are having a moment — but not quite in the way you might expect. One of the most interesting interpretations we've seen? Pierced braids. Hair genius Guido Palau kicked off Paris Couture week this summer with metallic accents, and Hollywood stylists like Chris Appleton are continuing to make hair rings the It accessory for celebs.

For anyone who feels that braids have become ubiquitous, this is an unexpected way to switch things up. Click through to see our favorite pierced plaits, and let us know what you think of the looks in the comments below.

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How hair jewelry began: braids embellished with delicate cuffs. The beautiful adornment has long been common among those with textured hair — and has been interpreted in many ways.
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Look closely at Rita Ora's undercut twist and you'll notice it's covered in piercings, the coolest way to accessorize a red carpet hairstyle.
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Beyonce's "Formation" music video much? These braids are gorgeous on their own, but the piercing addition will give you year-round festival vibes.
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This was spotted on the Instagram of hairstylist Kristin Ess. The braid is pierced with silver hoops along the sides, which feels like a nod to cartilage piercings.
Photographed by Emily Berl.
If you're the kind of girl who likes to pierce her ears with safety pins, then you'll love this 'do.
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Hairstylist Chris Appleton has recently contributed to the upswing in red carpet updos infused with rings. He’s experimented on one of his main muses, Shay Mitchell, multiple times — first with her Teen Choice Awards bun, seen here.
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We knew Katy Perry’s new single “Rise" would be a major hit. But we didn't expect to be treated to awesome hair inspo in the video. Win-win.
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A single braid leading into a high ponytail is chic already, but the added embellishment takes things to a whole other level of #hairgoals.
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