Before being known as poetic justice braids, people used to refer to these popular braids as box braids. In fact, their name changed after the late Tupac Shakur and Janet Jackson (the pop singer) famously collaborated in a movie titled ‘Poetic Justice‘.
Poetic Justice was a 1993 romantic drama movie that starred the two musical artists, but also other popular names of the time, such as Regina King and Joe Torry. The movie was written and directed by John Singleton.
The producer named the main character Justice, a young woman who was a very good singer and hairdresser. After taking a long trip in a postal mail delivery truck, Janet met Lucky (Tupac) and fell in love with him.
The movie was very successful and grossed approximately $27 million. It’s interesting to point out that during the entire movie, Justice wore braids that were eventually dubbed poetic justice braids by the fans. The scene below shows Justice (Janet Jackson) wearing poetic justice braids while reciting the poems ‘Alone’ & ‘Phenomenal Woman’ by Maya Angelou.
While it’s impossible to call hair braiding a trend, it seemed to increase in popularity thanks to Janet Jackson’s return to the spotlight. Currently, poetic justice braids are very popular with African American musical artists, including Solange Knowles, Beyonce Knowles, Brandi Norwood, Keri Hilson, and many others.
Different Ways to Wear Poetic Justice Braids
Poetic justice braids generally refer to long, rope style braids. These braids are often considered a throwback from the nineties due to Janet’s role in Poetic Justice. Although, these braids have been worn for many years.
Many women still wear poetic justice braids today. Some women wear the braids down their backs, while others wrap them up with bandanas. Some women are very creative with the beautiful braiding hairstyles that they create.
How Many Packs of Hair Are Needed for Poetic Justice Braids?
You’ll need about eight or nine jumbo braiding hair packs. There are plenty of colors you can choose from, so you can mix and match any way you want to accommodate your style.
How Long Do Poetic Justice Braids Last?
In general, we recommend that you keep the braids for no more than two or three months. The braids can actually last quite a while, but it’s really important that you take care of your natural hair under the braids.
How To Do Poetic Justice Braid Styles
Before you can install the braids, you have to prepare the hair first. To help you get started, please watch the step-by-step video tutorials provided below.
Based on the look that you want to achieve, I have included three video tutorials.
1) How To Do Box Braids (Poetic Justice Style)
2) How to Install Box Braids – Start to Finish
3) 5 Simple Funky Styles with PJBs