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High Fashion, Low Maintenance: Braidy Lady

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braidsThere is one solid solution for my bad hair days that will turn whatever disaster going on up there into a chic and polished look.  No, it is not my Yankee hat — although I have been know to sport it on my laziest of days.  A braid is the perfect hairstyle solution, because anyone can do it and there are hundreds of ways to work it.

I am most definitely not the first to notice this hair revelation; celebrities have been working the braid at the grocery store, out to dinner and even on the red carpet. If you can separate your hair into three strands, then you can rock any of these looks.

The LC

Lauren Conrad arriving at the US Weekly Hot Hollywood Party at MyHouse Club in .Los Angeles, California on April 22, Kathy Hutchins / Hutchins Photo.... . Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom

Lauren Conrad made this quick and easy braid famous on “The Hills” but she uses this braid for any occasion.  A simple semi-French braid across your hairline, this braid works with straight hair, curly hair and wavy hair.  You can even pull your hair into a low ponytail or bun for a more sophisticated look.  With my unpredictable bangs, I use this braid almost daily to keep those unruly strands out of my face.

Random Braids

NEW YORK - JULY 28:  Actress Blake Lively attends the world premiere of 'The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants 2' presented by Warner Bros. Pictures at the Ziegfeld Theatre on July 28, 2008 in New York City.  (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

This is the ultimate in quick and easy braid looks.  Take your standard hairstyle and add a little twist.  Blake Lively braided small strands of hair along her crown, adding extra texture to her careless waves.  This look is best if you do not overdo it and leave the look relaxed and almost natural looking.

The Chunky Braid

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 03:  Singer Fergie arrives at the 2008 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheater on August 3, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)


Believe it or not, braiding all your hair into one chunky braid is not just for the gym anymore; this look can be hot.  And unlike at the gym, the chunkier, the better.  If you have long and full hair, this is a great way to show it off and keep it under control.  I love this look in the summer, because thick hair can get frizzy and can feel like a blanket around your neck.  The chunky braid can hide the frizz and beat the heat.  I love how Fergie leaves some wisps in the front and loops a few strands around the hair tie.

You can copy the celebs’ styles or create your own braided look. I would just try and stay from any looks resembling Princess Leia.  So stop hiding under your baseball hat, and turn to the braid on bad hair days.

Photos (celebrities via PicApp.com): Black braids – Stock Xchng user Hagit; Lauren Conrad – Kathy Hutchins /Hutchins Photo; Blake Lively – Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images; Fergie – Frazer Harrison/Getty Images