Black women have been rocking braids for thousands of years, but there are some celebrity braid hairstyles that had a major impact and will definitely go down in hair history.

From Alicia Keys’ cornrows to Janet Jackson’s box braids, these are nine of the most iconic celebrity braids:

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1. Beyoncé

When Beyoncé dropped ‘Formation’ soon followed by her album Lemonade in 2016, her long blonde Fulani braids became known as ‘Lemonade braids’ and every woman was rocking (or wanted to rock) this look.

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2. Alicia Keys

Back in the 2000s, the Grammy Award-winning singer was always seen rocking her signature cornrows and beads, and soon after almost everyone was wearing this style, including guys. Although she may do more colourful braids now, this look will never be forgotten.

3. Brandy

Singer and actress Brandy made microbraids the hottest trend back in the 90s when she wore them on her hit TV show Moesha. A real 90s flashback that can make any 90s kid nostalgic.

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