Thursday, August 16, 2012

#ThrowbackThursday - Poetic Justice "Box" Braids

"Don't call it a comeback!" Box braids and other braided styles have been around for centuries. But they have come full circle, making their way back to the forefront on every girls "hair to-do-list." From the braided tresses of Janet Jackson in the 1993 box office hit, Poetic Justice to the uniquely styled braids on the 90s hit show Moesha (sported by one of my FAV singers...B-Rocka aka Brandy).

Janet Jackson playing "Justice" in Poetic Justice

Fresh faced Janet Jackson with her box braids pulled up in a high ponytail with a white criss-cross headband

Moesha played by Brandy with her box braids split down the middle and honey blonde highlights in the front

Moesha with the double bun box braid style

Today's #ThrowbackThursday is dedicated to this legendary style which girls across the country are starting to embrace (myself included)! I've always been a fan of minimum maintenance when it comes to my hair. So these box braids seem SUPER LOGICAL in terms of maintenance. They can last the span of a couple weeks or a couple months if you take care of them properly. They are low maintenance on the hair scale (so you can go to the gym without worrying about sweating your hair out). They are very versatile, so you can style them up in a ninja bun or leaving them cascading down your back. Either way you can style them in a flash :) And best of all they simply look elegant and put together without trying which gives them an A in my book.

If you need some ideas of how to rock these braided beauties have no fear. I've collected a few photos of celebs and around the way girls who have dared to be different on this hair journey. Check them out below!

Solange is one of the box braid ambassadors of this generation, she has been rocking them for years and she rocks them effortlessly

Beyonce' took a bite out of her sisters hair book and rocked the ninja bun (while holding cutie Blue Ivy)

Sonji Williams my fav upcoming designer on Project Runway Season 10 rocks her auburn highlighted box braids with a a slight wave (you can achieve this look by rolling your braids and dipping the ends in steaming hot water)

Tae Heckard also known as Jasmine from the Saber Sunbeams on The Game rocks her jumbo box braids dyed and laid to the side :)

Old School (Janet Jackson, Yo Yo, and Cleopatra?) vs. New School (Shaunie O'Neal, Brandy, and Solange) they all look fresh and fabulous!!!

Braided box braid side twist (found on

Box Braid updo with braided bang - super chic and very cute (found on

Edgy box braid bun with shaven sides for the daring chicas willing to take it up a notch
I can't wait to rock this retro hairstyle this fall. It will be a change for my naturally tight coils! I will re post pics once I get them done, so be on the lookout! And if you haven't gotten enough of the box braid phenomenon go check out a website specifically dedicated to the love of box braids at

1 comment:

  1. I love that people are rocking this style more willing! Let's not forget Senegalese Twist! Go black hair!