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Singer Adele is the latest A-lister to parade plaited hair on the red carpet when she wore a halo braid at the UJA-Federation Music Visionary of the Year luncheon in New York City.

It's one of the easiest celebrity hairstyles to copy, and it's just as well, as plaited hair – also known as braids – is set to become one of the hottest hairstyles of this summer.

1Actress and model Freida Pinto (28) looked stunning when she wore a halo braid with her flowing pink gown when she walked the red carpet in Cannes recently.

2 Singer Adele (25) ditched her trademark bouffant for Heidi-style braids, yet stuck to her dramatic black eyeliner and trusted black clothes when she stepped out for her rock'n'roll lunch.

3Model-of-the-moment Cara Delevingne (20) wore a plunging studded Burberry gown to the Met Ball. Her edgy dress sense was complimented by a single plait at the side of her head.

4 Style icon Mary Kate Olsen (27) wore a vintage Chanel Haute Couture gown and a vintage Balmain jacket, plus Louis Vuitton shoes to the Met Ball. She finished it all off with some loose and laid-back plaits.

5 Harry Potter star Emma Watson (23) wore her hair pinned back in an intricate plaited up-do when she arrived for the Hollywood premiere of The Bling Ring. The actress has started growing her hair again and seems to be relishing the opportunity to experiment with new styles.

6Girls Aloud star Cheryl Cole (29) wore a dramatic fishtail plait when she fulfilled her duties as L'Oreal ambassador at the Cannes Film Festival. She walked the red carpet wearing a stunning burgundy lace creation by Zuhair Murad, while her make-up focused on smoky eyes and nude lips.

7Actress Kristen Stewart (23) stole the show at the Kids' Choice Awards with an amazing messy fishtail and electric blue shorts and top.

8Bestselling author Cecelia Ahern (31) wore the cutest of small plaits at the front of her new pixie hairstyle at a lunch in aid of the Cari Foundation.

9Model Ireland Basinger Baldwin (17) wore a chunky side braid to a Jeffrey Fashion event.

10Hollywood star Jennifer Aniston (44) usually has her hair the same all the time yet such is the pull of wearing a plait, that she wore a dainty one at the Spike TV Guys' Choice Awards. She ditched her favourite go-to centre- parted strands for a deep side-part and a mini French braid.

11TV presenter Caroline Flack (33) showcased a side plait at the X Factor auditions at London's ExCel Centre earlier this month.

12 Singer and actress Hayden Panettiere (23) attended the ABC Upfronts in New York City showing off a loose French braid while wearing a tight purple bandage dress and very little make-up.