13 Cool New Braids To Try Now

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In the pantheon of inspiring hairstyles, braids will always be right there near the top of the list. Whether French or Dutch, twisted or knotted, smooth or textured, braids have stood the test of time for obvious reasons: They are both practical and pretty, require very few tools, and most are easy to copy without the help of a professional.

But like most beauty trends, their popularity ebbs and flows. Luckily, for all those in love with the style, we have good news for you: Fall has been a major season for the humble braid. The red carpet, in particular, saw its fair share of different types, each cooler than the last. We've rounded up a few of our favorites for your plaiting pleasure.

Ahead, 13 of the best new braids to copy now.

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An enviable plait need not be crazy-tight or overly complicated. To wit: Hairstylist Jen Atkin gave Jessica Biel a loose rope braid for a gala in Los Angeles that perfectly suited her feminine pink gown. To score the look, pick up a few plastic elastics and watch this tutorial.
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Kim Kardashian has been loving a long braid (as demonstrated here), and wore a fishtail version to the LACMA Art+Film Gala in L.A., also courtesy of Atkin. To try the braid at home, just press play on this tutorial.
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Remember the double French braid from your childhood? Get ready to to revisit it, because the style is having a serious moment. Hannah Bronfman wore the style to Guggenheim International Gala in New York with the ends tucked into the braid for a modern touch.
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See, we told the double braid is back! On the very same night, on the opposite side of the country, Jaime King wore the double plait to the L.A. Balmain x H&M party. Her update: The ends were pinned outside of the braid.
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Blake Lively's made-on-the-trail workout braid will continue to inspire us for weeks to come. The whole story on how this spur-of-the-moment plait happened, here.
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Yes, you are seeing this correctly: Solange traded in her go-to shorter, full texture for sleek, waist-length braids earlier this month. Cop the look by keeping your center part sharp and your plaits brushed off your shoulders.
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French model Constance Jablonski made the crown braid feel fresh at the WSJ Magazine Innovator Awards in New York earlier this month. The style felt new thanks to two tricks: She kept the plait close to her hairline, and opted for the Dutch technique, instead of a classic braid.
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Half braid and half flowing locks, Rita Ora wins major hair points for this Dutch side-braid that she wore out and about in London. It reminds us a little of the plait Kate Bosworth wore last month and you can use the same braiding tutorial to pull it off at home.
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Newcomer actress Zoe Graham plays Julia Roberts' daughter in the upcoming thriller Secret in Their Eyes. If this braid is any indication, we can expect big things from her on the red carpet.
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Jennifer Lawrence's platinum bob has been stealing the spotlight during the final Hunger Games press tour, proving that there are endless ways to wear a bob. Here, Lawrence shows the style's diversity with a messy side braid ending in a twisted chignon.
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Hairstylist Lacy Redway gave Lupita Nyong'o a crown braid that wraps all the way around her head for the Glamour Women of the Year Awards. For even more inspiration, check out the side view, here.
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Kiernan Shipka is no stranger to a braided updo, with each style looking just as rad as the last. For a dinner in Los Angeles, hairstylist Ashley Streicher gave the actress a part-braided, part-knotted look that she calls her "French knotted technique." The secret: The crown has a ton of volume while the sides are Dutch braided and twisted onto mini chignons.
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Rooney Mara's twisted braid was one of our favorites this month for two reasons: It's unexpected, but it's also really easy to copy. The full tutorial, and images, here.
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