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Braids have blown up this year, but what keeps us coming back to the topic is their versatility. The simplest tweak can change the look of a braid from sassy to chic. Asymmetrical styles seem to be the common thread. If you’ve decided to tackle the look, here’s some inspiration to take you from the beach to the red carpet.

Side-swept French braid
Easy beach look: part the hair off center and braid at the crown and angle back slightly. Pin with a bobby pin and leave the rest of the hair loose. This gives you a makeshift headband that keeps your bangs out of your face.

Easy up-do: Start with the same braid, off center, at the crown and continue braiding until you reach the back of the head or the nape of the neck. Then grab all the hair and twist into a loose bun. Pin as desired and you’ve just upgraded a simple braid to glamorous.

Fishtail braid
Daytime do: The fishtail is pretty enough to be worn on it’s own. For a carefree look, you can part the hair to one side, leave the front layers loose and simply start a fishtail braid at the nape of the neck and let it drape over one shoulder.

Nighttime do: Fishtails add texture and interest to any style, and we’ve seen some interesting ways to add it. One we like right now is using a separate fishtail braid done on one side of the head as an accent to wrap on top of a mess bun, like Alicia Keys, pictured.

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