African braids are attachment hairstyles that never go out of style. From cornrows to shuku, box braids, knotless braids, and what have you, these styles remain evergreen. But there’s something else they have in common: you can tweak them to become braids with beads or curls when you get bored of your regular ends.
Besides giving you a different look, adorning your braids with beads enhances the beauty of your hairstyle.
Think back to when you were a little girl.
What was the number one accessory your mom used in adorning your hair? Beads, eh?
Remember how you’d shake your head anytime you wore this hairstyle so the beads could jiggle. Recall how the colorful rubber bands secured and complemented your beaded hair accessory.
How alluring you must have been as a little girl.
Now, you’re an adult. I don’t expect you to shake your head every second so your beads jiggle and make a sound.
But if you want to add more details to your braids and make a style statement, accessorizing with cute beads is the way to go. You’ll find inspiration in this post.
Just keep reading and you’ll see what I mean.
How to Wear Braids with Beads
To achieve this coiffure, your hairstylist will first install your braids, then attach the beads to them at the ends of your hair. They’ll also use a rubber band to secure the beads to your hair or singe the tips of your hair extension after putting the beads.
Another thing to note about this hairstyle is that you don’t have to use those colorful beads you used as a child.
You’ve grown past them. Besides, they may give you a child-like look that won’t suit your personality.
So, go for cool, regal beads. Neutral-colored ones will work better. And they can be of any size so long as it suits your taste.
Furthermore, these beads come in different shapes. For instance, you can get cowries beads, oval beads, round beads, etc. Whichever shape they come in, they’ll do justice in adding accents to your hair.
Types of Braids with Beads
Ready to go install this hairdo? Choose from these types of braids with beads:
1. Box Braids with Beads
Adorn your box braids with beads that further make you a cynosure of all eyes when you turn up. They’re cute and will surely jiggle without your effort.
2. Beaded Feed-in Braids
Thinking of wearing Ghana weaving or stitch braids? Get beads from a beauty store and give them to your hairstylist to add more accents to your hair.
3. Cornrows with Beads
Is it the regular straight cornrows, zigzag, two-step, updo, side cornrows, or anyone you have in mind? Adorn them with beads. You’ll love the results.
4. Beaded Shuku
Your braided ponytails aren’t left out. Beautify your shuku braids with beads that give people the impression is your coiffure is sublime.
5. Beaded Knotless Braids
This hairstyle isn’t just known to protect your hair from breakage. You can also adorn your knotless braids with beads for more beauty effects.
6. Short Braids with Beads
Beads also work with short braids. They’ll add more volume to your hair.
7. Long Beaded Braids
When you add hair accessories like beads to your long braids, you become a showstopper without trying hard.
8. Colorful Beaded Braids
Colored braids are already standout. Imagine adding beads to yours? An easy way to become a become statement, you bet.
9. Tiny/Chunky Beaded Braids
Adorn your tiny or chunky braids with beads. The accessories will add more volume to your coiffure and you’ll become an effortless epitome of African beauty.
10. Beaded Bantu Knots
To achieve this one, leave some braids dangling by the sides of your head. They’ll give your Bantu knots more details and an illusion of different textures.
Then add your beads to create a magazine-worthy beautiful finish.
11. Beaded Afro
Are you a naturalista who doesn’t like to spend much time in the salon? Wear an afro hairstyle with braids by the side. Top it up by attaching beads to them so that when they dangle, your beauty resonates.
And that’s a wrap for beaded braids. But before you head for the salon, remember tight braids can ruin your entire hairstyle. So, when you talk to your hairstylist, be sure to remind them you don’t want your braids too tight lest you should lose your edges.
But if you talk to them and still end up with tight braids, we have a resource to help you relieve pain from tight braids. Check it out and learn.
And if you’ll like to do that later, continue to feed your eyes on these cute braids with beads: