Hot Hair: The Side Braid

ESSENCE.COM Sep, 05, 2011

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At a book signing at Barnes and Noble in Dallas, TX, Jennifer Hudson spices up her side braid with a retro-chic roll.

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Rashida Jones took on the side braid trend in a very fierce way at the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s 50th Anniversary Gala.

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At the premiere of “Real Steel,” Garcelle Beauvais swept her long locks into a sleek side-plait (a trend that shows zero signs of abating!).

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Beyonce is gorgeous and glowing in this soft, platinum-streaked braid.

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Trina goes for a casual chic look in a long braid tossed over one shoulder. The super-dark shade looks so dramatic on her.

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‘True Blood’s’ Rutina Wesley adds full, heavy bangs to her style for a schoolgirl vibe.

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Alicia Keys adds some oomph to the side plait by wearing a teased and roughed-up fishtail braid.

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Tika Sumpter pairs her side plait with a deep center part — so chic.

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A sweet side plait adds a casual element to supermodel Sessilee Lopez’s evening ensemble.

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Leave it Rihanna to take the side braid trend to the next level.

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Katerina Graham adds volume at her hairline for a high-drama look.

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La La Vasquez adds a cool cornrow and swooping bangs to her side-braid style.

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Jennifer Hudson goes retro chic with a loose, face-framing finger wave. So pretty with her braid!

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With her messy, undone braid, Zoe Kravitz is the ultimate in hipster cool.

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Brandy’s braid is long, thick, and Matrix-dramatic.

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Joy Bryant’s loose braid is both youthful and effortlessly chic. We’re taking notes!

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Nicole Richie has cornered the market on messy-on-purpose, artfully tousled tresses! Here, she pairs a side braid with bangs and some wavy, face-framing tendrils.

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Melody Thornton’s sleek, severe braid is the perfect complement to her tough-girl studded leather jacket.

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Leona Lewis was giving major glamor with this sexily disheveled, fish-tail plait.

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Ashanti looks ready for summer in her slicked-back braid, petal-pink gloss and shades.

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Trina sports her side plait in a luscious honey-gold shade.

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Thandie Newton ties a flouncy black ribbon around the bottom of her braid for bit of girlish flair.

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