Hey, your messy ponytail had a good run, but after a lifetime of being haphazardly twisted and tied up, it's begging to be retired. So instead of doing the exact same thing for the billionth time today, try one of these ridiculously pretty, celeb-inspired braids, instead.

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Shay Mitchell

The ultimate this-ol'-thing hairstyle, Mitchell's low and loose three-strand braid defies gravity with a billion face-framing layers.

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Tia Mowry

With triple cornrows scooped and wrapped into a braided knot, Mowry's bun feels anything but boring.

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Kate Hudson

A bow by any other name is still a bow, but tie it around soft, segmented French braid, and it becomes decidedly less elementary.

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Emma Watson

Don't fear Watson's messy, textured updo. Just create three super-loose and teased French braids, than wrap the ends together into a tiny bun.

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Dania Ramirez

Soft and fuzzy, Ramirez's halo braid isn't a feat of magic, but the result of gently tugging and pulling each section of the braid for an undone feel.

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Blake Lively

The loose, unraveled version of the fishtail braid: the bedhead fishtail.

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Amanda Seyfried

The beauty of this braid is that it's not overly perfect: it's pancaked enough that it avoids looking too precious and it makes a cool contrast to Seyfried's polished red carpet gown.

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Janelle Monáe

The bigger and bolder, the better, says the wisdom of Janelle Monáe. Here she piles a tilted braid atop her head and lets the rest hang down on her shoulders in a side braid.

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Charlize Theron

The low braided bun: a less snooze-worthy take on the chignon.

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Cheryl Cole

A beautiful long and segmented waterfall braid: the ideal way to accessorize a gown with a low-back.

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Kate Bosworth

The unofficial hair mascot of your average music festival, and for good reason: it's pretty and nixes any sweaty hair moments in the sun.

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Nicole Kidman

A perfectly coiled and braided (and giant) chignon to trump all chignons.

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Zoe Kravitz

Kind of like Beyoncé's high side ponytail, except Kravitz has swept up her natural braids atop her head.

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Busy Phillips

The best reason to dip dye your hair: the chance to try out a mermaid braided style.

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Ciara

A stunning take on the fishtail braid: half of the hair coiled up in a tight sight braid and the other half left loose and flowing on top.

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Rachel McAdams

We dubbed this one of the sweetest hairstyles to get married in and you can see why: the double braids and the flower tucked behind the ear are pure magic.

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Lucy Liu

A double braided beauty that combines a small French braid by the crown with a lengthy side fishtail braid (long haired girls, step right on up).

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Cate Blanchett

A wispy, twisted French braid updo that will make them do a double-take.

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Alicia Keys

An especially creative way to wear braids? Pulling your hair into a braid that starts from the back of the crown and pinning it up along the side of your head. Difficulty Level: Expert.

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Jennifer Aniston

A cute little, 5-minute braid tuck is the best way to add some oomph to your hair without really lifting a finger.

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Maria Menounos

A stylized fishtail that focuses on adding wavy volume to the top of the crown and thick, puffy pancaking (or flattening out) to the braid itself.

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Blake Lively

What's a braids story without a double appearance from the IRL Lara Croft of braids, Blake Lively? Pro tip from this look: try a high ponytail/braid hybrid by looping a length of hair around the top of it and securing it just the way you would hide a hair tie.

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Scarlett Johansson

Exhibit A: The Milkmaid. It does wonders when you want not a single hair in your face.

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Diane Kruger

Exhibit B: Two exquisite pigtail buns that look like the modern version of the Princess Leia style.

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Penelope Cruz

A *double* braided milkmaid for a Grecian-style hair crown.

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