And celebrities have added fuel to the campfire: Kirsten Dunst got a head-start earlier this year with a veritable laurel weaved into her updo’ at a premiere for Bachelorette. At the recent Teen Choice Awards, The Vampire Diaries Nina Dobrev worked a plait into her otherwise sleek mane (would a simple blow out have been so wrong?), Kendall Jenner wore a side fishtail version and newly minted scarlet woman Kristen Stewart accessorized her usual dirty bedhead side-comb over with a small dangling braid, perhaps a nod to her medieval locks in Snow White and the Huntsman. Off the red carpet, Jessica Alba went for one of her many West Coast ambles-cum-paparazzi fests with a woven section supplementing her otherwise casual bun, lending her the air of a milkmaid. How long before we return to Bo Derek territory? Perhaps happier times are ahead: the creator of the “braid bar” has recently added a “ponytail bar,” suggesting even they might be moving onwards and upwards.
Photos: Game of Thrones: Everett Collection; all others: Getty Images