This weekend, Jessica Simpson was seen sporting an elaborate French braid.

We love this look -- we totally remember spending hours weaving our friends' mops in junior high, considering it a major badge of honor if you could actually French braid yourself.

Well, our adolescent plait practice is finally paying off - braids are right on trend for spring. We saw them on the runways and they're popping up on tons of celebrities, too. And we've got the expert scoop on how to get them (see the gallery below).

But Jessica wasn't the only one with a new 'do this weekend; singer Cassie has shaved her head. What on Earth provoked her to pull a half-Britney?

According to Daily News, she Tweeted a series of messages explaining and showing off the look: "Sometimes in life, you need a change ... Something deeper than what you thought you were capable of ... Something that displays the 'I don't give a f---' attitude that was always present, but never showcased ... & something that will shock your mother, but make her call you a ROCK STAR."

We're gonna vote for Jessica's look over Cassie's, because Cassie's clearly taking the crazy pills. Sorry Cassie, we respect your decision to massacre your pretty locks, but we can't really condone it.

According to The Daily Mail, though, Jessica's pretty head got tired and she took the braid out after dinner. We don't blame her -- that thing looked pretty tight! Pulling the hair too tight can cause breakage along your hairline, just like with a ponytail. So braid carefully -- and follow our tips above for scoring the perfect plait.

French Braids - Would You Wear This?
Totally.1839 (52.0%)
No, it looks dorky.549 (15.5%)
Too complicated.499 (14.1%)
Ugly as sin! I thought we were done with these atrocities years ago!649 (18.4%)