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31/08/2015 19:33 BST | Updated 12/02/2018 18:00 GMT

20 Badass Box Braids Hairstyles That You Can Wear Year-Round

Braid it up. Braid it down.

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Box braids are the quintessential hairstyle for women who need versatility. 

Defined by its “boxy” or square-shaped hair parts, this individual braided hairstyle has been a go-to for black women for many years. Famous faces, including Brandy, Patra, Janet Jackson, Solange and Zoë Kravitz, have all made the look even more popular.

Box braids are so appealing because they are low maintenance, can be worn in countless styles with or without hair extensions and they work great for those with hair that’s either natural or chemically-straightened. Not to mention, these braids can last for months when properly taken care of, which makes them ideal for any time of year.

Whether you’re currently rocking box braids or considering booking a salon appointment to get this popular ‘do, scroll through the photos below for hairstyle inspiration.

  • 1Half-Up, Half-Down Topknot
    Half-Up, Half-Down Topknot
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    Sevyn Streeter
  • 2Half-Up, Half-Down Topknot
    Half-Up, Half-Down Topknot
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    Imani Hakim
  • 3Half-Up, Half-Down Topknot
    Half-Up, Half-Down Topknot
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    Nicolette Robinson
  • 4Side-Swept Strands
    Side-Swept Strands
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    Justine Skye
  • 5Side-Swept Strands
    Side-Swept Strands
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    Monique Coleman
  • 6Side-Swept Strands
    Side-Swept Strands
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    Xosha Roquemore
  • 7Side-Swept Strands
    Side-Swept Strands
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    Jhené Aiko
  • 8Center-Parted
    Center-Parted
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    Zoë Kravitz
  • 9Center-Parted
    Center-Parted
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    Joy Bryant
  • 10Long & Flowy
    Long & Flowy
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    Solange

  • 11Long & Flowy
    Long & Flowy
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    Keri Hilson
  • 12Chignon
    Chignon
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    Brandy
  • 13High Ponytail
    High Ponytail
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    Janet Jackson
  • 14Ballerina Bun
    Ballerina Bun
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    Eva Marcille
  • 15Ballerina Bun
    Ballerina Bun
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    Tia Mowry
  • 16Ballerina Bun
    Ballerina Bun
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    Regina King
  • 17Messy Ballerina Bun
    Messy Ballerina Bun
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    Beyoncé
  • 18Fishtail Ponytail
    Fishtail Ponytail
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    Yara Shahidi
  • 19Faux Hawk
    Faux Hawk
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    Jada Pinkett Smith
  • 20French Braid Undercut
    French Braid Undercut
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    MC Lyte

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article misidentified actress Tia Mowry as her sister, Tamera Mowry.

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