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When it comes to summer braids, we opt for the bigger the better. Try long, jumbo braids like Janelle Monae.
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Michelle Williams looks regal with her Senegalese pulled up in a high bun.
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Tracee Ellis Ross is a huge fan of pulling her natural curls back into prairie braids and frankly, we love seeing her rock this look.
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Monica's got a new 'do and a new hue! These lengthy merlot micros are super low-maintenance and perfect for transitioning into fall.
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Jill Scott’s faux “side shave” ’do can be turned into a get-up-and-go style by gathering all of your natural hair into tiny, precise cornrows, and adding loosely waved extensions that fall to one side.
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Zoë Kravitz gives us braid envy with waist-length hair.
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Box braids are back and better than ever so take your cues from Eva Marcille who whipped up her pretty plaits into a stunning topper at the Roc Nation Pre-Grammy Brunch.
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Regina King attended a photocall for the TV series Southland wearing fancy cornrows that are perfect for the beach, too.
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Kandi Burrus attended the opening of her new series The Kandi Factory in flowing, waist-length braids with loose ends.
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At a recent awards show, Jada Pinkett Smith rocked a faux-hawk pompadour created entirely of box braids.
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During a performance at the Summer Block Party in July, Jill Scott switched up her look by adding in twisted extensions swept into an unique updo.
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Naturi Naughton put a new spin on the braids trend when she arrived at the Sparkle premiere in Hollywood. This style shows that protective styles can be dressed up for an elegant look, too.
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A few years ago, Beyonce traveled to Old Havana, Cuba for her fifth wedding anniversary. While there, she sported waist-length braids which she styled in this intricate topknot.
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Solange Knowles brought back her braids at the The Miu Miu Galleria opening in Houston and whipped them up into a fierce, oversized topknot.
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Stunning songstress Goapele looks elegant in tiny cornrows and a decorative headpiece.
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After nearly two decades in the music industry, Brandy recently returned back to the hairstyle she helped make trendy in the Nineties.
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