Last updated on Nov 16th, 2018 at 11:03 am

Braids and cornrows are not only a great summer hairdo, but they’re also great protective hairstyles when done right. Braids have been adorned with decorative baubles and beads for centuries and it’s a growing trend this year.

Celebs like Solange Knowles and Ayanda Thabethe have been seen showing off their beaded braids

Scroll down for gorgeous beaded braid styles to serve as inspiration the next time you head to the salon.

1. Just a little flourish

A few well-placed silver or gold cuffs and beads add flair to an already gorgeous braided look.

2. Embellished updo

A great braided updo can be taken to new heights with a handful of beads and cuffs.

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3. Switch it up

This braider decided to go fot chunky cornrows in the opposite direction they are usually done and weaved in tiny white and clear beads for an ethereal look.

 

4. Beaded bangs

Look just like a modern-day Cleopatra with the beaded braid bangs look.

 

5. A crown for your crown

Let a single braid extend across your forehead for a delicate crown effect.

 

6. Cuff crazy

Let Alicia Keys inspire you with this simple style: a set of chunky cornrows with strands of unbraided hair sectioned with gold cuffs.

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7. Blonde bombshell

Your beaded braids don’t have to be black or brown. An all-blonde braided look with clear and white beads is a look even Kim Kardashian approves of.

 

8. Halo braid

The braided halo or modern twist on the milkmaid braid isn’t exclusive to festivals. With just a few golden cuffs along the crown, this look is can be worn anywhere – it’s elegant enough for a special occasion, but casual.