Plenty of us have been wearing braided hairstyles like cornrows and box braids for as long as we can remember, and as much as we love a classic braided style without all the bells and whistles, we do appreciate when a more modern take on the look pops up. Take braided bangs, for example, which are plaited bangs that are usually worn with box braid bobs and lobs, and accessorized with items like beads and shells.
Fringe braids were worn by the late musician Rick James in the early days of his career, and these days they’re popular among the festival-going crowd and others who are eager to add some edge to their hairstyles every once in a while. Celebrities like SZA, Beyoncé, and Ciara have all been seen sporting the trend. Though the braids are a wildly popular protective style worn mainly in the summer, bangs always do seem to make a resurgence in fall — making the cooler months an even better time to swoon over the style.
Ahead, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite takes on braided bangs, so if you’re looking for inspiration you can bring with you to your next hair appointment, or if you just want to drool over the gorgeous styles, keep scrolling.