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Below is an excerpt from “5 Unexpected Ways to Add Braids to Your Holiday Hairstyle,” which originally appeared on POPSUGAR. Read the full story at

Braids and updos don’t have to be mutually exclusive ideas in the world of hair. Pretty plaits have a place alongside chignons, while box braids can look edgy mixed into an over-the-top bun. Or just take a nod from Kelly Osbourne (above), and braid a ponytail before twisting it into a bun. Talk about a perfect marriage! We’ve rounded up four more styles that are even sweeter when you add a braid (or many). For instant inspiration, just click through our gallery!

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