Braids piercings are clearly having a moment this year. We’ve seen everyone sporting them from celebs like Zoe Kravitz, Ariana Grande, Shay Mitchell — even Kim Kardashian — to some of our favorite Instagram influencers. But before we show you all the cool ways to wear it, let’s take a second to acknowledge the history behind this very cool trend. Black women have been sporting braid piercings (which is more commonly referred to as hair rings in the black community) for centuries now. Hair rings and braid jewelry has existed for quite some time. In other words, it’s technically not a new thing. It’s just become really popular, all thanks to Coachella and music festival culture.
The cool thing about pierced braids is the numerous ways you can sport them. These gorgeous hair rings aren’t limited to box braids. They also work on other styles, as well as for any and every texture—which is a total plus, right? Just think of it as jewelry to dress up your goddess mane. Did we mention they aren’t hard to find? Hair rings sell everyone from beauty supply stores, to amazon.com — we’ve even seen them on Etsy. Before you purchase yourself a pack, check out a few of these looks below for Inspo!