How to update and upgrade your braid hairstyles.

Model wearing an elaborate hair braid

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Even the simplest of plaits can be enhanced with strategic folds and twists. This braid, from Francesco Scognamiglio, features finely-sectioned pieces that give the base of the 'do a touch of sophisticated, subtle dimension.









Erika Christensen wearing a side-parted hair braid

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At an awards show in February, Erika Christensen flaunts a serious side part to give her plait grown-up glamour.









Salma Hayek wearing a long back braid

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Flirty types like Salma Hayek can always opt for a center part and cheekbone-hugging bangs to frame their down-the-back plaits.

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