Let these celebs be your guide.
Box braids have been around for thousands of years and can be traced all the way back to Africa, according to Ebony. The style saw a big resurgence in mainstream media when Janet Jackson wore them in her 1993 film debut, Poetic Justice. Since then, we've seen more and more celebrities proudly rocking them everywhere from the red carpet to magazine photoshoots. If you're looking to try the look yourself—whether it's with your baby hairs slicked down to perfection or as your up do look for a wedding, let these pictures of Tessa Thompson, Kerry Washington, and more serve as inspiration the next time you want to style your box braids.