From box braids to fishtail braids and even shoestring-sized braids; they were all epic!
Whether they were natural dos, surprise dye jobs or extensions, revamped versions of braided hairstyles took over Hollywood this year. We never grow tired of seeing standard box braids, cornrows and fishtails, but it equally exciting to see A-lister mane moments that are almost too unique to describe. From Solange’s braided crown on Saturday Night Live to Erykah Badu’s floor-length braids at this year’s Soul Train Awards, these are the looks we’ll gladly take into 2017.
1 of 33 Jason LaVeris
Sanaa was a braided goddess at the LA premiere of When the Bough Breaks.
2 of 33 Ben Gabbe
We're still obsessed with the actress and singer's platinum braids.
3 of 33 Gary Gershoff
The Survivor's Remorse actress added flowery details to her box braids at the show's 2016 premiere event.
4 of 33 Jason LaVeris
The Insecure star attended the show's premiere in a standout style.
5 of 33 Albert L. Ortega
Mel B. rocks cornrows that fall into long braids—a popular spin on the classic hairstyle.
6 of 33 Michael Loccisano
The singer wore her hair braided over the forehead, forming a bang.
7 of 33 Frederick M. Brown
Yemi rocks beautiful, braided bantu knots to this year's BET Awards.
8 of 33 Gilbert Carrasquillo
Miss USA slayed in a flawless fishtail braid.
9 of 33 Alberto E. Rodriguez
The teenage actress turned heads in auburn braids at this year's Sundance NEXT Fest.
10 of 33 Andrew Toth
The stylist pulled off one of this year's most unique hairstyles--flawless!
11 of 33 C Flanigan
The singer accented her messy bun with braids at MTV's Video Music Awards.
12 of 33 Bertrand Rindoff Petroff
Dyeing braids was very popular in 2016, as seen here with YouTuber Salome and her ombréd gray braids.
13 of 33 David Livingston
The powerhouse singer's crew shut down the BET Awards red carpet in braided hairstyles. A few were wearing braided buns, one of the most popular braided looks this year.
14 of 33 Jon Kopaloff
One of Yara's best mane moments were these fabulous French braids.
15 of 33 Kevin Mazur
Queen Bey and her little princess slayed the hair game together at this year's VMAs.
16 of 33 Gilbert Carrasquillo
One of our favorite hair chameleons slayed NYFW in beautiful braids.
17 of 33 Jeffrey Mayer
The actress and director's teeny braids made a big impression at the Game of Thrones Season 6 premiere.
18 of 33 Michael Tran
The Queen Sugar star sported a braided bun to HBO's Post Emmy Awards reception.
19 of 33 Anthony Harvey
The AlunaGeorge singer looked like a dream in her mermaid braid at the British Fashion Awards.
20 of 33 Getty Images
The mother of two made her return to the red carpet in a braided style at this year's Critic's Choice Awards.
21 of 33 Amanda Edwards
The model turned entrepeneur looked runway ready in a half up, half down style accented with a braid at Beautycon.
22 of 33 JB Lacroix
The Westworld actress made quite the statement in a braided lob this past fall.
23 of 33 Daniel Zuchnik
We literally could not stop staring at the model's epic braid at a June 2016 Mizani event.
24 of 33 D Dipasupil
The actress and singer sported plenty of styles this year, included a braided up-do, complete with gold hair rings.
25 of 33 D Dipasupil
The actress and TV host has always been a standout in the hair department; this is just one of our many favorite looks from her.
26 of 33 Dimitrios Kambouris
The legendary model sported the jumbo braid of our dreams at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards.
27 of 33 Frazer Harrison
The seasoned actress killed it in this braided do at the premiere of Barbershop: The Next Cut.
28 of 33 Kevin Winter/BET
The singer's epic floor-length braids stole the show at this year's Soul Train Awards.
29 of 33 NBC
And we'll never ever forget the braided crown Solo wore for her Saturday Night Live debut.
30 of 33 John Shearer/BBMA2016
As host of this year's Billboard Music Awards, the expectant mother wore a bevy of stage-ready looks, including this wispy braid.
31 of 33 Prince Williams
The Almost Christmas star slayed in box braids this year.
32 of 33 Theo Wargo
The powerhouse performer wore more hairstyles than we can count during her "Formation Tour," but this braid--seen at the Tidal X show--is the most epic by far.
33 of 33 John Lamparski
Our favorite "purple unicorn" wore a beautiful braided do to the NYC edition of Beautycon.
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