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The Best Celebrity Braids of 2017

StyleCaster | Nikki Brown

With every year comes a new batch of celebrity hair inspiration, and 2017 is no exception. There are a million and one ways to work a braid into your hair, regardless of texture or length. And if this year’s red carpets are any indication, it’s nearly impossible to get bored with the options.

We’ve watched some of our favorite A-listers experiment with their most daring styles to date, and more often than not, the risk pays off. From the more extreme waist-length braids to old-school classics like the French or milkmaid braid, these are the looks that not only ruled 2017 but will probably inspire our 2018 hair goals, too.

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Zoe Kravitz

At this year’s Vanity Fair Oscars party, the actress looked radiant in platinum blonde micro braids.

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Alicia Keys

In September 2017, the singer traded in her signature curls for these technicolor box braids.

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Cara Delevingne

In March 2017, the model and actress styled her platinum bob into a side braid while perusing Paris Fashion Week.

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Chanel Iman

The supermodel embodied the spirit of Coachella when she wore these rainbow braids to the annual music fest.

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Evan Rachel Wood

In May, the actress’ teal braid stole the show during a Westworld panel.

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Eva Marcille

In June, the model and America’s Next Top Model winner’s floor-swept braids won the BET Awards red carpet.

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Gigi Gorgeous

For the June 2017 Hollywood premiere of Spider-man: Homecoming, the beauty expert fashioned her blonde strands into a chic fishtail braid.

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Halle Berry

In September, the Oscar winner stepped out in this beautiful braided ponytail at the Toronto Film Festival.

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Gigi Hadid

The supermodel opted for a ponytail with braided details while promoting her Tommy x Gigi fashion line during Paris Fashion Week’s Spring 2018 season.

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Issa Rae

In June, the actress looked anything but insecure in this intricate updo at the BET Awards.

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Lily Collins

The To the Bone star hid a tiny braid inside her regal updo for the Golden Globe Awards.

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Jhene Aiko

In April, the singer wore waist-length box braids to the Daily Front Row’s Fashion Los Angeles Awards.

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Olivia Wilde

The actress’ braided updo was a perfect choice for the annual Academy Awards.

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Justine Skye

In March, the self-professed “purple unicorn” celebrated her Forever 21 collaboration in vibrant purple braids.

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Sienna Miller

For the February premiere of The Lost City of Z, Miller spiced up her half-up, half-down style with teeny cornrows.

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Keke Palmer

In February, the actress and singer looked red hot in jumbo braids.

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Kate Gorney

The red-headed actress fashioned a braid into her wispy updo for the Cannes Film Festival premiere of Wonderstruck.

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Laverne Cox

In January, the Orange Is the New Black star celebrated the SAG Awards in this picture-perfect fishtail braid.

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Kesha

In September, the singer looked effortless in classic pigtails for the iHeartRadio Music Festival.

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Naomi Campbell

The supermodel served jumbo braid goals at the CFDA Awards.

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Nicki Minaj

The rapper kicked off the New Year in teeny waist-length braids, styled into a high side ponytail.

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Ruth Negga

For this year’s Met Gala, the Loving actress slayed the red carpet in straight back cornrows.

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Serayah

In April, the Empire star hit the red carpet in wavy box braids, which she styled into a high ponytail.

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Skai Jackson

The Disney star looked all grown up in a braided updo for the March premiere of Power Rangers.

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Solange Knowles

The “Cranes in the Sky” singer shut down New York Fashion Week’s Spring 2018 season in platinum blonde braids.

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Tracee Ellis Ross

For the SAG Awards, Ross posed for cameras in a lengthy mermaid braid.

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Yvonne Orji

The Insecure star beamed in a milkmaid braid for the NAACP Image Awards.

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Coco Rocha

In May, the supermodel posed in a braided ‘do on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet.

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Jasmine Sanders

The model remixed the topknot with this fishtail variation on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet.

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