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11/02/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The Case Against The French Braid (SLIDESHOW)

At Thursday night's debate, vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin departed from her maverick political style (brightly colored pumps, pricey Valentino jackets, and the alleged use of a tanning bed and tattooed lipliner) and wore an understated, somber black suit. But the governor still managed to weave in some personal pizzazz with a folksy half french braid. Now, the french braid isn't -- and wasn't -- always a crime against fashion. When done right, the french braid can be spectacularly pretty. For example:

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But for every good french braid, there are about 3,217 bad ones (scientific fact). Below is a brief history of the latter.

The Case Against The French Braid