Sure, the hairstyle gods have spoken and they're forecasting everything from low ponytails to lobs (and don't forget the pixie!) in hair trends, but we're just not ready to give up the classic, gorgeous and totally practical braid as the easiest and prettiest hairstyle upgrade in the book. From tousled fishtails and loose chains to intricate reverse braid top knots (*swoon*), these pretty plaits and easy braids are just a few of our absolute favorites. But here's the thing we love most about these braids: as complicated as they look, you can whip together a few of these easy braids in five minutes or less.
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In lieu of a headband, Kerry Washington opted for a chunky braid to accent her half-up, half-down hairstyle.
Girl on Fire
These braids may not be quite as elaborate as the ones Katniss dons in "The Hunger Games," but Jennifer Lawrence's classic braid-and-low-bun combo is perfect for combating spring showers.
Bling It On
Minka Kelly's romantic braid really pops thanks to the sparkling necklace-turned-hairpiece pinned in her hair. Steal the look: pin your braid with those broken or missing-a-match pieces of jewelry you can't bear to toss.
Fan Bingbing's ultra-braided look has larger-than-life cornrows that coil into an artfully twisted bun.