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Lucy Hale's updo consists of two side Dutch braids transformed into fishtails that are haphazardly pinned up. "I didn't use a specific technique for this—just rolled it, unrolled it, rolled it back up and pinned it when I thought it looked pretty and balanced," Ess says. Let's just say this one will take some experimenting, but it's so worth it!

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Whether she’s styling longtime clients like Lauren Conrad and Lucy Hale or simply experimenting with her own lush, Kool-Aid red locks, Kristin Ess is somewhat of a hair wizard when it comes to creating amazing braids. Just when we thought we’d seen every type of braid imaginable, Ess thinks outside the box, dreaming up fresh interpretations of the basic plait.

Click through from some of hairstylist Kristin Ess' best braids, straight from her Instagram!

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