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10 braided hairstyles you should steal from Lupita Nyong'o, Tracee Ellis Ross, and others this summer

Lupita Nyong’o, Alicia Keys, and Tracee Ellis Ross show off some of the best braided hair looks. (Photo: Getty Images)

Summer is the best season to give your hot blow dryers, flatirons, and wand curlers a much-needed cool down. What’s a great hairstyle alternative? Braids! Try a fresh new braided ’do, and you may be surprised at how many compliments you receive.

If you are searching for the best braids to go along with your summer maxi dresses and crop tops, trust us, there’s inspiration ev-ery-where. From Lupita Nyong’o’s evolving two-strand twists and Tracee Ellis Ross’s red carpet-ready cornrows to Instagram feeds such as Braidsgang, which are dedicated to providing endless ideas, there are enough styles to go around for everyone.

Keep reading to be dazzled by 10 unique braided hairstyles that are absolutely everything.


Topknots and baby hair are a great combo indeed.


Ross’s NAACP fishtail ponytail equals summer hair goals 2.0.


Just when you thought Dutch braids couldn’t get any cooler — they did!


Looks like box braids and hair jewels are a win-win summer situation.


Piecey crown braids are fit for a queen with a little edge.


Keys’s Starburst-colored ’do is as sweet as her music.


Union’s mid-length box braids and tribal beads deserve a permanent spot on your Pinterest #hairgoals board.


Give ultimate unicorn vibes with this plum-tastic braided Mohawk.


Go green this summer. No regrets!


Nyong’o’s twisted bob will blend perfectly into your vacation bae looks.

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