The next time you get a case of the frizzies or an especially bad hair day, skip the boring old rubber bands and ponytail and head on over to the nearest braid bar for an awesome updo. 
 
 
Where once you could stop in for a quick blow out or a pedicure, hair salons in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, and other cities are now beginning to offer both walk-in and call-ahead Braid Bars, where from about $15 to $50 and a half hour of your time, you can receive an awesome braided hairstyle of your choice. John Barrett’s braid bar in NYC’s Bergdorf Goodman’s started off the trend with a little haute hairstyling, but these salons are now popping up everywhere.
 
In case you need a little inspiration, places like the Nine Zero One Salon in West Hollywood offers its clients a “menu” of styles to choose from:
 
 
Or, you can ask your stylist to concoct an updo of your own design.
 
 
 With a stylist’s touch, these awesome celebrity-inspired braids can stay in place for a whole weekend! 
 
Somehow, I feel like my childhood slumberparties could have made millions…