Long braids are making a comeback in 2011—we've got the scoop!

Braids are one of my favorite winter accessories. They are versatile and a great protective style. Among super trendy fashionistas, long braids are the 2011 cold weather accessory to have. In 2011, we will also see that braids are appropriate for all ages and walks of life. Just in time for the cold front, long braids are making a comeback.

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Here is my list of lovely ladies who are bringing long braids back.

Patra & Janet Jackson

Music artists Patra and Janet Jackson made thick hair extensions famous in the '90s. Patra wore her hair in big individual plaits and Janet sported long, box braids. We have already been seeing women wearing Patra and Janet-inspired hairstyles this year.

Solange Knowles

When she went natural in 2009, Solange Knowles has become a style icon in the natural hair community. Since her big chop, she has worn her hair in bold styles. She has recently been seen sporting waist-length "Patra braids." She has paired the long braids with head ties and turbans to give the style a more retro look.

Brandy Norwood

Brandy has recently returned to her signature look, box braids. She has been seen rocking a braided 'do. This is how her fans from the 1990s' sitcom series "Moesha" are used to seeing her.

Willow & Jada Pinkett Smith

Willow Smith made her music debut by whipping her long braids back and forth. The braids give her a spunky look. Willow is not afraid to add a little splash of color in her braids, or to add accessories or a mohawk. Her gorgeous mother, Jada Pinkett-Smith, has also been wearing braided styles. She has worn braids to award shows and has dressed them up with fabulous gowns. Jada demonstrates how you can dress braids up for special occasions or dress them down for more casual styles.

Who says protective styles can't look fabulous? This spring, try a new accessory — long braids.