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If there's one time of year to try out the world's riskiest fashions, it would certainly be the annual Met Gala. For undeniable proof, see: last night. The 2014 Met Gala brought us tuxedos and tails, ball gowns the size of cars, and enough crazy hair and makeup trends to last us until next year. One such crazy hair trend? The braid.

I know, I know. Braids have been trendy for a while, but the hairstyles we saw last night were of an innovative, glammed-up generation of plaits. Check out our favorite looks from the House of Braids 2.0:


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Kristen Stewart at the 2014 Met Gala.
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In addition to giving her red hair its red-carpet debut, Kristen Stewart also picked the Met Gala to rock a messy yet fabulous fishtail braid. The casual feel of the braid contrasted beautifully with the deep '40s wave in the front—perfect for K-Stew's complex personal style.


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Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez in front of 'The Late Show With David Letterman.'
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While we've been keeping a close eye on Selena Gomez's "Stars Dance" stage style and preference for Forever 21 off stage, it's been a while since we've seen her dressed up. The wait made the outfit she chose for her appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman even more stunning: that crop top, those slits, that braid!

Selly wore a Versus Versace J.W. Anderson Collection skirt and shirt: the shirt may be long-sleeved and the skirt knee-length, but slivers of skin still manage to make an appearance. On the runway, the look was styled with white boots, but Selena opted, instead, for Giuseppe Zanotti gold-embellished pumps.


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Pixie Lott

Pixie Lott arrives at Narita International Airport with front fishtail braid.
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Start doing your dexterity exercises, ladies. As the temperature rises, so does the pressure to whip up a great braid. What more stylish way to easily combat both the heat AND rampant humidity than with a funky braided updo like U.K. pop star Pixie Lott's variation on the fishtail braid?


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Dianana Agron, Kaley Cuoco, Busy Philipps, and Renee Bargh wear braids at the 2012 SAG Awards.
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You expect to be awed by the red carpet fashion at awards shows—the sparkly dresses, the lavish jewelry, the gorgeous heels—but in a delightfully unexpected change of pace, the SAG Awards also featured a GRIP of approachable hairstyles on the step-and-repeat. Dianna Agron, Kaley Cuoco, Busy Philipps, and Renee Bargh all sported braided crowns of varied techniques tonight.


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Rihanna in Milan on Nov. 9, Kim Kardashian in Munich on Sept. 22, Angela Simmons in New York on Sept. 13.
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If you're not careful, three-strand braids have a way of looking too preschool, too I-just-finished-working-out, or basically anything but edgy. But for a stylish, out-of-the-box plait, try a fishtail braid instead, like the ones worn by Rihanna on Nov. 9 while performing on Italian X Factor, Kim Kardashian on Sept. 22 during Oktoberfest in Munich, and Angela Simmons at a Tracy Reese fashion show on Sept. 13. Sure, it looks complicated, but celebrity stylist Larry Sims — who has worked on Victoria Beckham and Mel B — told us fishtail braids are just as easy as regular twists. Find out Sims' step-by-step instructions for fishtail braids below.

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