Black women have been rocking braids for thousands of years, but there are some celebrity braid hairstyles that had a major impact and will definitely go down in hair history.
From Alicia Keys’ cornrows to Janet Jackson’s box braids, these are nine of the most iconic celebrity braids:
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When Beyoncé dropped ‘Formation’ soon followed by her album Lemonade in 2016, her long blonde Fulani braids became known as ‘Lemonade braids’ and every woman was rocking (or wanted to rock) this look.
2. Alicia Keys
Back in the 2000s, the Grammy Award-winning singer was always seen rocking her signature cornrows and beads, and soon after almost everyone was wearing this style, including guys. Although she may do more colourful braids now, this look will never be forgotten.
Singer and actress Brandy made microbraids the hottest trend back in the 90s when she wore them on her hit TV show Moesha. A real 90s flashback that can make any 90s kid nostalgic.
4. Janet Jackson
Although box braids have been worn for decades, Janet Jackson’s look, from the 90s movie Poetic Justice, undoubtedly inspired a new wave of box braid fever for women.
This iconic looks still inspires women today with many rocking these long black box braids with the signature white headband.
Although this look is more understated than most, Sade’s long luscious braid with slicked back hair is one of her most well-known looks and still inspires young women today like Black-ish actress Yara Shahidi.
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6. Stacey Dash
Clueless is an iconic 90s film. Who could forget the fashion, such as Alicia Silverstone’s yellow tartan plaid outfit or Stacey Dash’s character, Dionne, rocking box braids with this fabulous hat?
7. Lauryn Hill
The Grammy-award winning singer is known for her dreadlocks, we’ll always remember how she rocked her braids tied up in a high pony, hanging loose on the side of her face in Sister Act 2.
8. Snoop Dogg
There aren’t only ladies on our list! The rapper is known for his luscious locks and these simple braids he wore when he first started his career are definitely his most well-known look. Many men and women copied this style with a blue or white bandana for extra attitude.
9. Bo Derek
These Fulani braids worn by Bo Derek in the1979 film 10 have recently caused some controversy after Kim Kardashian credited her for the popularity of these Western African braids. It seems like almost every woman on Instagram is currently wearing this exact look with the classic white beads, and it’s easy to see why.