The 10 Best Cannes Braid Moments ... Ever

When stars descend on the South of France for this annual festival, the gorgeous dresses aren't the only thing we look forward to. These ladies' impressive plaits prove that the best accessory doesn't have to be borrowed from a jeweler.

01 of 10

BLAKE LIVELY

BLAKE LIVELY
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Long before broke the Internet, short circuited it with her long ponytail braid. While the back had mega-watt texture, the front was super slick, allowing her Lorraine Schwartz earrings to shine as well (not that they needed much help).

02 of 10

CATE BLANCHETT

CATE BLANCHETT
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As if needs another trophy on the shelf, we’d like to present her with the award for most sophisticated updo. She took a classic chignon to next-level amazing by adding a textured braid to the left side of her style.

03 of 10

EMMA WATSON

EMMA WATSON
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When in France, do as does and wear a French braid. And, like the actress, start the look with a deep side part and finish it by wrapping a piece of hair around the end of the braid because that’s très chic.

04 of 10

ADÈLE EXARCHOPOULOS

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It’s okay if you’re not totally familiar with the French film star. All you need to know is that her thick, ethereal side braid showcased at the Grace of Monaco red carpet is the stuff that hair dreams are made of.

05 of 10

AMBER HEARD

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The actress only experienced four years of the ’80s, but that didn’t stop her from paying homage to the decade with a undercut-inspired style complete with a side braid and envy-inducing tousled rocker curls.

06 of 10

CHERYL COLE

CHERYL COLE
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It looks effortless, but we’re pretty sure Chery’s waterfall plait took the work of a braid maven. And to that pro, we give major props for that perfectly teased crown and those perfectly tied ribbons.

07 of 10

DIANE KRUGER

DIANE KRUGER
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It’s not quite a side braid, it’s not quite traditional and it’s not quite a fishtail. In short, it’s uniquely Diane, and that’s why we love it.

08 of 10

KIRSTEN DUNST

KIRSTEN DUNST
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Heidi-style braid may seem sweet, but the ethereal do gets major cool points thanks to the subtly sparkly Dolce & Gabbana hair accessory.

09 of 10

ZOË SALDANA

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“Who needs a headband when I can braid my own hair from ear to ear?” is what we’re certain was thinking when she and her pro secured her soft waves with this hard to see (but even harder to stop gushing over) braid.

10 of 10

NICOLE KIDMAN

NICOLE KIDMAN
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puts her A-list spin on the flower crown by sweeping her tresses into an intricately spiraled, petal-shaped plait.

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