How to braid hair for fairy tale-esque looks

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At first I started watching Nashville because I adore Connie Britton (If you still haven't watched Friday Night Lights, what on earth are you waiting for?). As I slowly got hooked, I stayed for the hunky guys and fun shots of Music City. But really, my favorite thing about the show right now are the insanely gorgeous, flowing fishtail braids sported by Scarlett, played by Clare Bowen. How can hair be that fairy tale-esque? Her locks just flow over her shoulder, in various shades of platinum, in lovely ropes of fuzzy, bedhead soft braids that give me envy every single week.

I've always had long hair and have long resorted to the deep-part side braid as a secret weapon for all sorts of bad hair day woes. But seeing those fishtail braids made me yearn for styles that were more intricate and special, both for daytime and for special occasions. Here in New York ladies head to the John Barrett braid bar at Bergdorf Goodman for red-carpet style braids. But if you're not in the Big Apple, you can totally learn to rock the rope-y braid look, too. I've rounded up some of the best braid hairstyles and a few tutorials to help us start off the New Year right--with gorgeous hair. Now if only I could sing like Scarlett, too.

Click through the slideshow above for pictures and tutorials on how to braid hair for that fairy tale-esque look.

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