I can't help but admire Diane Kruger's laid-back braid, which she wore to the Inglourious Basterds photo call at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this week. The chunky to-the-side style, which starts off as a French braid, morphs into a fishtail as it cascades down.

To get the look, apply a matte styling product on dry hair to "roughen up" the texture and provide hold. Try Garnier Fructis Style Surf Hair Texture Paste Matte Effect ($3.50). Tease the hair slightly to give it some hold, and then smooth out with a comb. Part your hair to the side and get weaving. Get the rest of the how-to after the jump, and check out the pictures below for some inspiration.

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Starting on the side opposite of the heavy part, begin French braiding from the top of the ear, all the way down to the nape. Secure with a ponytail holder. Next, repeat the same steps on the heavy side of the part, adding the previously braided strands into the mix. Once you have incorporated the two sides together, create a loose fishtail braid from the nape to the ends, looping the final strand around the base of the braid. Secure it with a clear elastic band. Voilà! It's instant summertime chic.

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