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.

  • Joy Bryant
    Joy Bryant
    Rachel Murray via Getty Images
  • Beyonce
  • Cipriana And Tikenya Quann
    Cipriana And Tikenya Quann
    Tikenya Quann/Instagram
  • Janet Jackson
    Janet Jackson
    Steve Granitz via Getty Images
  • India.Arie
  • Regina King
    Regina King
    Tony Barson via Getty Images
  • Chrisette Michele
    Chrisette Michele
    Dan Harr/Invision/AP
  • Ester Dean
    Ester Dean
    Alberto E. Rodriguez via Getty Images
  • Eva Marcille
    Eva Marcille
    David Livingston via Getty Images
  • Tyra Banks
    Tyra Banks
    J. Vespa via Getty Images
  • Keri Hilson
    Keri Hilson
    Arnold Turner/Invision/AP
  • Brandy
    Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
  • Jada Pinkett Smith
    Jada Pinkett Smith
    Alberto E. Rodriguez via Getty Images
  • Willow Smith
    Willow Smith
  • Solange Knowles
    Solange Knowles
    Jon Kopaloff via Getty Images
  • Alicia Keys
    Alicia Keys
    Taylor Hill via Getty Images
  • Jill Scott
    Jill Scott
    Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
  • Zoe Kravitz
    Zoe Kravitz
    Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

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