The trend in question is all about mini hair braids and while each of these ladies put their own special slant on the look, we couldn't help but think, 'Gwen Stefani, circa 2005'...
Rita showed off her braids on Thursday evening (16 July) as she arrived at the London auditions of The X Factor which were held at Wembley Stadium and saw Cheryl Fernandez-Versini looking fabulous in a pink, leather mini dress.
While Cheryl wore her hair in a classic chignon, Rita added her slightly more kooky style into the mix by extending her currently short crop with super-long, platinum blonde extensions, along with tiny braids working from the front of her hairline.
On Wednesday (15 July), Little Mixer Perrie Edwards took to Instagram to show off this gem of a do (below), which was created by Aaron Carlo and included a couple of similar braids, but all brought together in a twist at the back of Perrie's head.
If these two ladies weren't enough to make us want to run to the nearest mirror to practice our French plaiting skills, Jessie J also showed off a mini braided do on Instagram on Thursday.
Jessie's do was also created with hair extensions, worked into four mini French braids, from the front of her hair and joining at the back to create two plaits.
Plaits and braids are rarely out of favour when it comes to summer hair trends, but this kind of late '90s, early '00s rock-chick look is definitely a look that's gaining momentum.
Gwen Stefani was the queen of braids in her early years, although Christina Aguilera was also a bit of a fan back in the day too!
The key to recreating the look at home is to work on small sections of hair and braid it into small reverse French plaits. By plaiting your three strands UNDER, rather than over each other, this makes the plait sit up above your head. Click here for more instructions on how to get the look.
Once you've created your braids, you can then plait your whole hair, twist them up, leave the rest of your hair loose, the world is your oyster...
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