Nothing says summer like a braided updo, except maybe a pool party or bikini. When it gets too hot to contemplate wearing your hair down, chances are your default hairstyle is usually a ponytail or braid. Humidity is to blame for the vast majority of bad hair days during the summer months–something I can personally attest to–so pulling your hair back in a braid is just easier. That doesn’t mean you have to fall into a hair rut, and style your hair in the same side braid from May to September. The humble braid can be transformed into a variety of hairstyles, and you don’t need to be an expert in basket weaving to recreate the them.
Here are 25 celebrities who prove that braids are anything but basic:
1. Elle Fanning
Elle Fanning may look like a Disney princess sometimes, but she can also do a fairly convincing milkmaid.
2. Solange Knowles
Beyoncé must have liked Solange‘s braided ponytail so much, she decided to give microbraids a try–at least for a few days.
A braid should look as good in the back, as it does in the front, like Zoe Saldana‘s braided bun.
4. Nicole Richie
Even before Nicole Richie was dying her hair purple, I loved her hairstyles. This updo with mini braids is a favorite of mine.
5. Kelly Osbourne
Speaking of purple, Kelly Osbourne highlights her lavender locks with this intricate Game Of Thrones inspired hairstyle. I reckon Cersei would love those spiky clips.
Jessica Alba frames her face with not one, but two braids, and a chunky beaded necklace.
Sorry to break it to you Kendall Jenner, but you weren’t the first of the Kardashian clan to discover braids–Kourtney Kardashian did it first.
Kristen Stewart takes the humble braid and gives it her signature bedhead treatment. Don’t be fooled, it’s not as easy to replicate as it looks.
We didn’t need to see this picture of Rihanna pulling off pigtails (with a sweats no less) to know that this girl can make anything look good. Impressed.
Kirsten Dunst dresses up a Heidi braid with a sparkly floral headband.
11. Blake Lively
12. Whitney Port
Lauren Conrad might have been known for her braided bangs but Whitney Port‘s tousled side braid deserves some attention too.
13. Willow Smith
Willow Smith’s braid is one part pretzel, two parts Cindy Lou Hoo and four parts totally adorable.
Click here to see other celebrity braid hairstyle ideas including Rita Ora, Diane Kruger, Jennifer Lawrence and more.