Beyoncé Wears Super-Long Braids

05/22/2014 at 11:22 AM ET

Beyonce box braidsSplash News Online; Inset: WireImage

Beyoncé and Rihanna are constantly going head-to-head (hair-to-hair?) for most mane changes in any given month. It seems like we can’t turn around without one of them sporting a pixie, wild curls, an intricate updo or a sleek bob. But Beyoncé may be pulling ahead in the best-tressed race this month with her latest look: A full head of long, elaborate braids.

Bey was snapped in N.Y.C. with husband Jay Z wearing her new ombré hip-length style, which she wore pulled to one side for a waterfall effect. Wondering how long it might take to transform Beyoncé’s hair into these braids? Writer/reporter Jackie Fields (who has tried the style herself) says “Unless she had, oh, I don’t know, 10 people working on it at once, her hair took hours. Mine took five!”

Jackie also suggests that Bey opted for the style because she might have a warm-weather vacation coming up (after all, the last time she rocked these locks was on an anniversary trip with Jay to Cuba — and her sister Solange favors them for beach and boat trips as well). “It’s just so easy breezy,” Jackie explains. “If she’s hopping on a yacht to some hot spot, this is a no brainer.”

Which leads us to wonder: Is Beyoncé getting prepped for a trip to Paris and Florence to witness the nuptials of another celeb power couple? Did Jay promise her a yacht trip around the Mediterranean if she didn’t upstage the bride? Is Kim even letting anyone in the door who doesn’t have regulation Kardashian bombshell waves?

While you ponder those deep questions, tell us in the comments how you feel about Beyoncé’s braids. Is this a top Bey hairstyle for you?

–Alex Apatoff

FILED UNDER: Beyonce , Hair , Hair Changes
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sal on

boy that’s about to make the 3 time married KimKow mad! Bey can go to the wedding bald and still upstage her

Hair Gone Wrong on

I don’t know to me that doesn’t look like Beyonce at all, look at that persons face. If it is her it looks HORRIBLE!!!!

annie on

hours? more like the braids were made and then put on her head. its not real, for gods sake.

blacklady86 on

It looks ridiculous…but, what do I know, I am not rich and famous.

guest on


Nina on

Maybe it’s me and this is my opinion but any MOTHER would tell you that that much hair with a young baby is not a good idea. Outside of that I’m not impressed but she won’t care worth a damn LOL

Moi on


ummmm on

@annie, you do realize box braids take a lot of work don’t you? every bit of your hair, braided into extensions…you need those to look even for a clean look…it is DIFFICULT. so yeah, it will take HOURS. i’ve known women who have gotten them with far shorter extensions and sat for three hours…if not longer.

Keceya on

People Magazine— those are not “Box Braids”

Melba on

Beyonce could were a paper sack and upstage anyone. She’s naturally BEAUTIFUL and that don’t crack.

ssj455 on

We just want to see that big ass!

SL on

Looks just as fake as you’d expect fake hair to look like.

Cindy on

Can we say ‘ ULGY ‘ !!!!!

Just Sayin' on

She had better cornrows when she was in Destiny’s Child

Bhavana on

I don’t like it. What happened to natural looking hair? We all know that’s not her real hair length or color.

starbbycat on

what on earth is a box braid?

Roze on

All she needs now is a tree.

Claudia on

I would love for her to wear her natural hair. I am not talking her weaves or wigs that look natural, but her real hair!! Rihanna can rock anything, her real hair and weaves plus any color. Is she not tired of being a fake blonde?

lilly on

looks quite ridiculous!!

Denise on

Horrible woman, horrible hair.



observant on

1. What are box braids? Just curious. I’ve never seen that style referred to as box braids. 2. Its not a great look on her. The color makes it look cheap.

slawson on

I agree, the face isn’t Bey. Shame on People.

Estella on

For those of you who don’t know what “box braids” are, google it! You’re on the Internet for chrissakes.

matt on

Janet Jackson wore the braids better……in 1993. NEXT!

gabbiegirl on

egads!!! Looks heavy and uncomfortable. Not digging on it.

MissE on

Hideous and cheap looking. What a riot it would be if she showed up at the wedding of those two idiots in this ghastly ‘do!

DI on

Just one word – “UGLY”

TT on

Wow from one extreme to another

fayem1 on

I will be so glad when the trashdashian wedding is over every article no matter who it is about mentions that useless urine soaked woman

fayem1 on

I will be so glad when the tradhdasian wedding has padt no matter what the article they mention this urine soaked woman

isa on

It looks hideous.

bitsy on

i don’t think that is her at all. doesn’t look a thing like her. and i totally agree with Hair Gone Wrong. HORRIBLE look, whomever it is.

Dee on

@annie: You clearly aren’t familiar with black hair. Clearly that’s not all hers, but it does take HOURS for a woman with any length hair to get braids as her hair is braided in with longer extensions. How would you attach already braided hair? That doesn’t even make sense…

janetwalterslevite on

That doesnt look at all like Beyonce. I’m not even a Bey fan, but I’ll be the first to admit that when Bey steps out, she steps out put-together… even when its casual. Look at that pic. Hair ends unfinished. Cheesy looking shoes, cheesy looking top, cheesy looking pants, cheesy hair and cheesy looking handbag. Com’on folks. Look at the facial features. That’s NOT Beyonce.

Pat on

Its different from other BeyoncĂ©’s hair style, maybe she wants to try something different.

Jas on

Never ask white people their opinion on black hairstyles.

Gretchen on

Bad hair day! For such a beautiful woman, OMG!

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