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21 Gorgeous Braided Updos to Inspire Your Next Night Out

Of all the complicated hairstyles in the world, a braided updo usually looks the trickiest—and it’s for good reason. While we’d never discourage going the DIY route, between weaving fishtail plaits together, pinning twists into a bun, or creating a classic milkmaid style, most braided updos are best left to the experts. (Unless, of course, you don’t mind spending your evenings fumbling with bobby pins and being two hours late to dinner.)

With that in mind, we found 21 gorgeous braided hairstyles from the red carpet that’ll keep your hair off your neck and stay put all night—even if they’re tough to execute at home. Ahead, looks from Janelle Monae, Hailey Baldwin, Emma Roberts, and Zoe Kravitz to bring to your hairstylist, STAT.

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