Beauty and the Braids: 7 Celebrities Who Make The Look Fierce

April 24, 2012  |  
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Braids were a dynamic trend in the 90s; from cornrows to box braids, french braids to fishtails, they have been an essential part of African American Culture.  At any age and in practically every setting, braids have been managed to create thousands of styles and make millions of statements. Our gallery of belles with braids have managed to master the timeless trend.

Solange is taking it back with these long box box braids like those sported by Janet Jackson in Poetic Justice. The 1/2 inch box braid style is a perfect summer save. Quick tip: the extensions used in this braid style can be very heavy and sometimes even cause the natural hair to break, so be sure to leave the fine hair along the hairline out of the braids, as it is most sensitive. Other than that, you’re good to go!

Eve looks great here with this french braid style. It takes quite a bit of effort to pull off this look, especially if you need to add extensions for length, but the results are well worth it. The long french braid style is a classic look and coupled with the loose top twist, this style is red-carpet ready.

Ciara looks great here with the traditional cornrow style. The best way to recreate this look and look as natural—even with extensions—is to add extensions, piece by piece throughout the braiding process instead of adding it all at the beginning of the braid near the hairline.

Jilly from Philly! Jill Scott looks fabulous here with a voluptuousness wavy afro with braids along the side. This is an awesome alternative to a fully braided look because you get the best of both worlds—volume  and sophisticated braids. For an extra amount of flair, try adding a creative design to the braiding pattern like a zig zag or curve pattern.

Goapele is one of the last celebrity recording artists still rocking a braided cornrow hairstyle regularly and I love it! These micro cornrows and creative braided mohawk create Goapele’s signature style which has secured her spot as one of the braided beauties in the media.

Gabrielle Union looks fabulous here with the number one braid trend of 2012, the side messy french braid style. This is the perfect and easiest  braid style for any and every event or occasion.

The cornrows, loose braids and beads of Alicia’s past have been abandoned, but the braid will always remain a signature staple. Here, Alicia looks great in a classic updo featuring a french braid which loosens toward the front.

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