The Ultimate Box- & Goddess-Braid Inspiration

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Box and goddess braids are both go-to protective styles in the African-American community — you can wear them for months at a time, they don’t require a ton of maintenance, and they can help protect your hair during the winter and summer months.

Both styles were particularly huge hits in the '90s and have been making their way back to the beauty forefront over the past couple of years. In fact, "box braids" and "goddess braids" styles were the top hairstyle search terms of 2015, according to a recent Google report.

"These braid trends are seasonal (with searches peaking in the summer months), and are most popular in the South," the report reads. "Both come in a variety of styles, so consumers are searching for different ways to wear both looks."

In honor of the "trending" 'dos, we've rounded up braid inspiration in both celebrity and real-girl Instagram form. Thinking of getting braids soon? Read up on everything you need to know before taking the plaited plunge.
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Photo: Via @beyonce.
Beyoncé — who pulls off thigh-grazing blonde box braids like only Beyoncé can — is one of the main celebrities associated with box braids searches, according to Google. Janet Jackson and Keri Hilson top the list, too.
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Photo: Via YouTube/London Rach.
Interested in creating goddess braids (which are essentially chunky cornrows) yourself? Check out this step-by-step video to learn how.
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Photo: Via @trancadasbr.
Get even more creative by playing with color — ombré box braids, anyone? As for daily styling, keep the look fresh and trendy by adding in some double-bun action.
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When it comes to goddess braids, both Ciara and Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta star Rasheeda Frost won out in terms of search volume.
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Photo: BEI.
Take a cue from the queen of '90s braids Brandy, a.k.a. Moesha, and top your mini plaits off with an adorable headband.
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Photo: Via @kdenise25.
A goddess braid updo, like this one, is perfect for a formal occasion.
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Zoë Kravitz's badass undercut adds an edgy twist to her box braids, which she shows off with a high ponytail.
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Photo: Angela Weiss/Getty Images.
Solange gathers her braids atop her head in a big bun fit for a queen.
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Photo: Via @_janellehill.
Fancy your braids up with some '80s-inspired rings.
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Singer Keri Hilson styles her butt-grazing braids in a some-up-some-down 'do. Gel down your baby hairs to really complete the look.
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Photo: Via @gabunion.
Gabrielle Union turned her tiny boxed plaits into one large side braid that's both easy to do and refreshingly chic.
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Photo: Via @trancadasbr.
A box-braid bob and bun. Try saying that three times fast.
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No mention of box braids is complete without noting the bulky box braids Janet Jackson made famous in the '90s film Poetic Justice. A classic look that will live on in our hearts an on the big screen.
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