20 Brand Spankin' New Braids You Won't Be Able to Resist

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We know what you're thinking: a braid is a braid is a braid. We've seen a lot of plaits in our day, but these twisted hairstyles are truly different (we're talking five strands here). Sure, we expected to see some cornrow and milkmaid varieties on the Spring 2015 runway — braids for warm weather isn't a novel idea — but this year, stylists went above and beyond to make the woven looks unique. See the hottest braided runway moments, from the three-plait pompadour to a fishtail pony.

Lisa Folawiyo Spring 2015
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Lisa Folawiyo Spring 2015

The Oyin Handmade team created a sleek braided undercut for the Lisa Folawiyo presentation, while the rest of the hair remained sleek and straight.

Rachel Zoe Spring 2015
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Rachel Zoe Spring 2015

For the Rachel Zoe show, L'Oréal Professionnel stylist Pepper Pastor created a braid within a braid.

Rachel Zoe Spring 2015
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Rachel Zoe Spring 2015

From the side . . .

The Blonds Spring 2015
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The Blonds Spring 2015

Nick Irwin used nine packs of fake hair to get this jumbo braid at The Blonds. Needless to say, these plaits were heavy duty.

Michael Kors Spring 2015
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Michael Kors Spring 2015

The plait at Michael Kors was loose, low, and disheveled thanks to Orlando Pita. The front was very whimsical with pieces flying all around the face, while the ends were tucked into a simple braid in back.

Maria Ke Fisherman Spring 2015
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Maria Ke Fisherman Spring 2015

This braided chignon was a play on Heidi hair with the cornrow down the center and the hanging plaits on the sides.

Bibhu Mohapatra Spring 2015
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Bibhu Mohapatra Spring 2015

The hair at Bibhu Mohapatra was inspired by '20s rebel Nancy Cunard. She was both a heiress and an activist, so L'Oréal stylist Amit Abraham created a double-themed look. From the front you can see the braided pompadour that led into a more ladylike chignon.

Bibhu Mohapatra Spring 2015
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Bibhu Mohapatra Spring 2015

From the back . . .

Vera Wang Spring 2015
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Vera Wang Spring 2015

If you look closely, you can see the braids hidden in this bohemian hairstyle. Paul Hanlon wanted the models to look as if they just came from a music festival. The two plaits were done near the back of the head. Each piece started as a fishtail and ended in a regular three-strand braid.

Baja East Spring 2015
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Baja East Spring 2015

The jumbo plaits at Baja East were pulled apart and tousled until you could barely tell it was a braid.

Donna Karan Spring 2015
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Donna Karan Spring 2015

Wella stylist Eugene Souleiman created this four-strand rope braid for the Donna Karan show. The style took two people to do and looks a lot like the friendship bracelets of our childhood.

Supima Spring 2015
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Supima Spring 2015

For the Supima show, the hair was pulled back into classic french braids, giving the models a girlish style.

DKNY Spring 2015
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DKNY Spring 2015

These pigtails were a throwback to '90s New York City. Eugene Souleiman used Wella Sculpt Force Gel ($14) to give bangs a wet "baby hair" look.

Mara Hoffman Spring 2015
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Mara Hoffman Spring 2015

At Mara Hoffman, Nick Irwin for Catwalk by TIGI created a deconstructed braid. He prepped the plait with dry shampoo before blow-drying to get a good grip. Then this fishtail braid was pulled apart and dissected with rubber bands to get the bubble effect.

Marissa Webb Spring 2015
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Marissa Webb Spring 2015

Tresemmé stylist Jeanie Syfu created a five-strand plait for the Marissa Webb runway. In the end, the braid took on an intricate basket-weave design.

Marissa Webb Spring 2015
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Marissa Webb Spring 2015

The second style at the Marissa Webb show was part braided undercut, part pompadour. Jeanie Syfu started with two cornrows along the sides and finished with a looser french braid down the center. This look is not for beginner braiders!

Marissa Webb Spring 2015
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Marissa Webb Spring 2015

The three-part braid from the back.

Peter Som Spring 2015
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Peter Som Spring 2015

Eugene Souleiman used Wella Professionals Extra Volume Mousse ($16) to create this masculine braid at Peter Som. Although it looks nice and sleek, it's easier to comb out than gel (making second-day hair simple).

Peter Som Spring 2015
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Peter Som Spring 2015

The cornrow was done close to the scalp to give that all-American look.

Dannijo Spring 2015
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Dannijo Spring 2015

The average low ponytail got a fishtail update at Dannijo. Rodney Cutler was inspired by the nomad life and the rustic design of the jewelry.

Tome Spring 2015
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Tome Spring 2015

The fishtail at Tome was supersleek and flyaway-free. Lead hairstylist Lauren McCowan pulled inspiration from the traditional Indian touches in the clothing collection.

Tanya Taylor Spring 2015
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Tanya Taylor Spring 2015

The pigtails at Tanya Taylor were sleek at the roots and loose near the ends. We may have worn this same style in kindergarten, but somehow this version is runway chic.

Tadashi Shoji Spring 2015
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Tadashi Shoji Spring 2015

The key element to this chignon is actually a simple plait. Rodney Cutler simply rolled the braid under, turned it horizontal, and pinned it up for an easy updo.

Suno Spring 2015
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Suno Spring 2015

Kérastase stylist Odile Gilbert created this rib-cage updo, which is a hybrid between the fishtail and the french braid. The final effect was an extralarge plait that made for a surprise when the models made the turn on the catwalk.

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