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Have You Noticed That Every Real Housewife Is Obsessed with This Hairstyle?

Introducing the center braid. 

By Jenny Berg

What do Real Housewives like Erika Girardi, Teresa GiudiceShereé Whitfield, LeeAnne Locken, Kyle Richards, and Melissa Gorga have in common? Well, they're all gorgeous, they're all outspoken, they're all savvy businesswomen ...  OK, so, a lot. But, we're here today to discuss one hairstyle all the 'Wives have been embracing.

Though long, flowing, loose curls have always been a popular look amongst the Real Housewives, we're seeing more and more ladies dress up this classic style in a very particular way. Enter the center braid. This look — which includes a single, thick French braid running along the top of the head, with the sides of the hair left out — is gaining a ton of popularity among some of our favorite ladies from Atlanta to New Jersey to Beverly Hills.

This is one hairstyle we're especially psyched to try. First of all, it's pretty easy to replicate — even if you don't have a personal glam squad. (Though, if you're listening, Erika, borrowing yours is on our wish list.) Second of all, the look is flattering on each of the women, who all have their own unique sense of style.  

Let's take a look at the braid in action, and how each of the different tastemakers wore it. Once you've found the center braid that suits you best, pick up a comb and some hair-ties, and get to twisting. 

Teresa's Party-Ready Up-Do

The Real Housewives of New Jersey's yoga buff recently spruced up a half-up hairstyle with a center braid. The festive 'do perfectly matched the vibe of her sparkling pink dress, and we're keeping this style in mind for our next holiday party. 

Melissa's Casual Elegance

Teresa's stylish sister-in-law wore her hair down and flowing in a low-maintenance version of the look. Bonus: by keeping her hair off her forehead, the boutique owner was able to show off her perfectly smoky makeup look. 

LeeAnne's Closer-to-God Hairstyle

The Real Housewives of Dallas pal looked every inch the southern belle in a Season 2 reunion look that didn't skimp on volume. By adding a braid to her coif, the bride-to-be only amped up the glamour of her whole ensemble. 

Erika Girardi's California-Cool Style

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The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills singer doesn't do basic. So to her, a braid is a perfect excuse to entwine a little hot-pink string into her tresses, and rock a fishtail that would put Frozen's Elsa to shame. 

Shereé's Chic Braided Ponytail

The Real Housewives of Atlanta beauty chose this power 'do to address the "elephants" in the room at NeNe Leakes' gathering in Season 10 episode 9

Kyle's Pony with a Twist

Known for having super long, ultra shiny tresses, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills fashionista has been experimenting with new 'dos as of late. First, she decided to give a faux bob a try, which we must add was absolutely stunning. Then, on episode 12 of RHOBH Season 8, the mama of four twisted her strands into a stylish center braid, which she then pulled back into a sophisticated ponytail.


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