01/28/2015 02:36 EST | Updated 01/28/2015 02:59 EST

In Praise Of Women Who Rock Braid Hairstyles

We love all hairstyles, whether it's a pixie cut, a lob, a bob, a layered cut or a curly 'do. This time, however, we're singing the praises of women with braids, and we don't mean of the fishtail variety.

No, we're talking about real braid hairstyles (including more than a few box braids), the kind that celebrities such as Solange Knowles, Beyonce and Jada Pinkett Smith have rocked with flair.

To celebrate this hairstyle—which has roots that are hundreds of years old—we take a look at all the fabulous women who have gorgeous braids.

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