3 Celeb-Inspired Summer Braids To Try Now

Celebrity Style Jul. 21, 2011 AT 5:55PM
3 Celeb-Inspired Summer Braids To Try Now Credit: John Shearer/WireImage.com; Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic; Steve Granitz/WireImage.com

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Not only are braids one of summer's hottest hair trends, they're completely versatile too. See below for three celebs who looked pretty in all different kinds of plaits.

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Rosario Dawson wore her long hair to the side at the Zookeeper premiere in L.A. on July 6 -- but she wasn't wearing your average over-the-shoulder 'do. Peeking out from underneath, the 32-year-old actress sported a braid near the nape of her neck, which blended into the free-flowing hairstyle.

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At the 2011 BET Awards in L.A. on June 26, Alicia Keys styled her strands into an ever-popular fishtail braid. Keeping in tune with the laid-back vibe of summer, the Grammy-winning artist, 30, opted for to wear the braid a bit messy and disheveled -- which held up fine through her rockstar performance during the awards show.

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Maria Menounos demonstrated a great way to wear a braid when you aren't in the mood for a full-on plait. At The Hangover Part II premiere in Hollywood on May 19, the Access Hollywood correspondent, 33, donned a mini French braid in just the front section of her sun-streaked brunette strands. (Also a great style for when your bangs are growing out!)

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