The grown-up guide to plaits & braids

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According to Google, we've all been going wild for braids. The search engine giant has revealed the three biggest hair trends searched for, and after everyone's favourite the man bun, it revealed the second most searched for hairstyles are braids. 

'Braids are the most prominent among top trending hairstyles for women, with "box braids" and "goddess braids" representing the biggest trends based on search volume,'

Some of our favourite famous women have obviously been hitting the internet for inspiration as the likes of Miranda Kerr, Drew Barrymore, Laura Bailey, Olivia Palermo and Sienna Miller meanwhile, have been sporting all manners of plaits and braided hairstyles on the red carpet and the streets, demonstrating just how versatile the look is.

But if you thought plaits were for pre-teens only, reconsider. These ladies are all making the case for grown-up braids.

And with Glastonbury looming, when better to seek some chic inspiration? 

From mini to halo braids, click through our gallery to find your favourite style. 

Poppy Delevingne

Mini braids are having a moment, but they can get a bit lost, says Adam Reed, of Percy & Reed and editorial ambassador for L'Oreal Professionnel.

"For me, it's all about braids being loose, feminine and a bit ethereal - the messier the better, really. Otherwise create two small braids - or twists - one on each side of your head, starting at the temple, and fasten them at the back of your head, like a hair tie."

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Margot Robbie

Although tight and a little severe, there's no doubt this type of braid will make a statement wherever you go, especially when paired with a bold lip. 

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Emily Ratajkowski

Simple and chic, we love how Emily has finished this with a pretty black bow. 

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Gigi Hadid

For those who prefer there braids a little cute and quirky, try rocking this middle parting plait. We love. 

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Eleanor Tomlinson

Tousled and loose, anyone can wear this effortless braid.

It's also simple to create...Just keep it messy. Easy enough, right? 

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Miranda Kerr
For those wanting to try something a bit quirky, opt for these tight, yet cute, mini braids à la Miranda Kerr.
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Kate Mara
We spied Kate wearing these flattering, feminine hairline braids at Blenheim Palace for the DIor cruise show and have been trying to replicate them ever since.
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Olivia Palermo
Solve 'too busy to my hair today' dilemmas with a messy braid running from front to back, like Olivia Palermo.
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Blake Lively
Follow Blake Lively's lead - an undone plait you might have slept in is dreamy.
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Vanessa Paradis
Update milk maid braids by setting them further back from your face, for a more grown up look.
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Salma Hayek

Add texture to plaits for a modern feel, like Salma Hayek at the Saint Laurent SS16 show in Paris.

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Model at Céline

Keep things sleek for a sharp take on the look like models at the Celine SS16 show in Paris.

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Drew Barrymore

Fake the two plaits look like Drew Barrymore on the red carpet.

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Model at Valentino

Team braids with buns to get the look seen on models at the Valentino SS16 show in Paris.

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Laura Bailey

Laura Bailey keeps her plaits tight for a sleeker finish.

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Charlize Theron

For an easy way in, try Charlize Theron's low braided bun.

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Janelle Monae

Don't be afraid to go bold like Janelle Monae at Paris Fashion Week SS16.

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Olivia Palermo

Try a classic French plait like Olivia Palermo at the New York City Ballet 2015 Spring Gala.

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Sienna Miller

Dress up the two plaits look for evening, by pinning them back into an easy updo.

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Sienna Miller

We couldn't resist another look at the back.

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Marie-Ange Casta

French actress Marie-Ange Casta played things fierce at the launch of the first ever Miu Miu fragrance, with two wet-look braids.

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Jennifer Aniston

Easy to wear and the pefect solution for bad hair days - simply plait the front and add some texture to the rest like Jennifer Aniston.

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Emily Blunt

Plait from the top of your head and weave it round to the nape, for an easy, elegant look like Emily Blunt.

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Victoria Beckham

Keep plenty of volume of the root if you have thin hair, to stop the look from falling flat.

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Busy Philipps

If you're brave enough, there's a dip-dyed plait movement too.

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Tory Spelling

Add shine to a tightly wrapped fishtail braid for a polished look - perfect for work or after hours drinks.

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Jane Krakowski

Long or short hair, a side braid works on everyone.

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Amy Schumer

If you're wary of a full French plait, try sweeping back the front section of your hair instead, and plaiting the rest underneath.

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Paloma Faith

Wrap and pin plaits to create an updo that looks far more complicated than it really is.

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Helen Mirren

If even Helen Mirren says plaits are red carpet worthy...

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