Braided hairstyles are romantic, practical and perfect for hiding a bad hair day, which is why they are such a summertime essential. Trust me, when it's hot and humid out, these styles are a godsend. Heck, it's probably the smartest way to wear your hair all season. And I'm not talking a plain ol' Pochontas braid either!

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Braided hairstyles are such an easy way to keep your hair off your face and still look effortlessly flawless. Fresh out of ideas? Check out some of these gorgeous celebrities and their cool braided hairstyles for inspiration!

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Milk braids 1

Milk braids

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I'm such a fan of the milk braid and Zoe Saldana seems to be too. It's just so pretty and warm-weather friendly!

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Crown of braids 2

Crown of braids

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Jessica Alba's crown of braids are similar to the milk braid, only this style consists of two rows of braids giving it a more dressed-up and sophisticated look.

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Side braid 3

Side braid

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Nicole Richie loves to experiment braids. My favorite look is this side braid she twisted into a low bun. So simple, yet so chic!

Halo braid 4

Halo braid

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Dania Ramirez's spin on the halo braid is fresh and perfect for barbeques and outdoor parties.

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Fishtail braid 5

Fishtail braid

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Eva Longoria's side fishtail braid looks perfect from all angles and it works for literally any occasion.  

Flat twist 6

Flat twist

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Remember the flat twists from the 90s? Naya Rivera's is a much more modern version of the retro style. It's perfect for the girl who likes to keep her long hair loose but away from her face.

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Hi-rise braid 7

Hi-rise braid

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Looking for something a little more dramatic? Selena Gomez's hi-rise braid is a good pick. She had hair pulled to the side and braided into a fishtail but then had her roots teased and elevated. I love it!

Braided head-pieces 8

Braided head-pieces

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Not good at braiding your own hair? No worries! Salma Hayek added braided headbands to dress up her curly updo'. How cute is this look?