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Plaits are back, people. Get inspired…

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Plaits are one of this season's chicest ways to work an updo. Let these celebrities inspire you...

Looking for great plait hairstyles to take you from work to the weekend? Well, look no further. We’ve collated the best of the best plaits hairstyles for work, weekend and play, inspired by some very famous faces.

Because the plait is a ‘do that can easily be tailored to suit individual style preferences, it’s not hard to see why plaits have grown in popularity. Previously the domain on Pippy Longstocking, the plait has evolved into a high end fashion hairstyle over the past few years thanks to numerous appearances on catwalk in recent years.

But perhaps the simplest way to work a plait is by twisting three sections of hair together to create a solo braid – a look adored by Cameron Diaz. The star worked this hairstyle as she owned the red carpet at the New York premiere of Annie a couple of years ago. The plait is a great option for fine or thin hair and anyone with layers as the loose front and relaxed style of plait means you don’t need to fret about it being too tidy or perfect.

Cheryl Cole and stunning Vampire Diaries actress Nina Dobrev are other celebrities who’ve impressed with a single plait while attending star-studded events.

If you’re a fan of more fancy plait hairstyles, channel Kate Bosworth, Jennifer Lawrence or Kirsten Dunst who have both opted for detailed halo braids on the red carpet.

Or if rock chick styling if more your thing, look to Emma Watson for inspiration. The Beauty & The Beast actress has been known to try out a punky style on the red carpet. At a glance it might appear complicated, but you’ll be pleased to hear that it’s easy to recreate at home.

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How do you recreate a punky french braid though?

  • Section your locks into three to braid the hair on top and at the sides
  • After creating three French plaits without including the mid-lengths and ends, secure the hair at the crown of the head with bobby pins
  • Spritz with hairspray to ensure it holds all evening

The fishtail is another of the plait hairstyles grabbing the attention of A-listers. Uma Thurman and Kristen Stewart have both donned a messy version (our favourite way to style it out), while Eva Longoria pulls hers over one shoulder for all-out glamour.

Need some more plait magic in your life? Read on!

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