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Metallic thread might just be the most underestimated hair accessory ever...

Before visions of hair tinsel circa 2001 enter your head, give elastic gold or silver thread a chance. It can instantly elevate any boring braid to red-carpet status. Not to mention, you can find these fancy strings at any ol' arts-and-crafts store on the cheap. Hey, if it's good enough for Emily Blunt, it will certainly work for us.

Here to show us the ropes: E! Style Collective hairstylist Laini Reeves, trusted hair guru to notable names like the Into the Woods star and Amy Adams.

Emily Blunt

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The celeb hair pro shared how to subtly define a milkmaid braid with just some thread and a yarn needle. Of course, you can use any color, but adding a metallic touch brings the glam factor up a notch.

The best thing about this super-simple trick? The more imperfect it is, the better it looks. Need proof? Watch the video above—and don't forget to try this threaded look with other braided updos. We're tellin' you: A little string goes a long way.