30 Trendy Lemonade Braid Styles to Inspire your Next Trip to the Braiding Salon

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Lemonade Braids are one of the trendiest protective styles in the natural hair community.  Here are some lemonade braid inspo styles to drive your next trip to the hair braiding salon. 

Traditionally referred to as cornrows — now most popularly referred to as lemonade braids, cornrow or Ghana lemonade braids are a hairstyle that has been around for ages and continues to stay in trend as the natural hair community constantly finds new and innovative ways to wear and dress up the look — looking for a new way to wear your next set of lemonade braids? Check out 30 trendy ways to wear the hairstyle below. 

These Lemonade Braid Styles Will Have You Loving Your Look All Summer Long!

1. Jumbo Colorful Cornrow Lemonade Braids

Blue Jumbo Cornows
Add some color to jumbo braids. Hair is by @tamika_braidbarbie on @soalandy.sd

If you are looking for out-of-the-box lemonade braids look that will also allow you to spend less time in the salon chair, then take a page out of hair stylist @tamika_braidbarbie’s book and try jumbo cornrows with a fun color. To add an extra flare, you could also enlarge the ends of the braids, add fun accessories, and style your edges. When styling your braids, try the SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Defining Styling Gel to smooth, tame frizz, provide long lasting hold and shine without drying out your hair.

2. Blonde Ombre Braids 

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Blonde Ombre Braids by @_ldbraids_ on @fisayolonge

Blonde ombre lemonade braids are the perfect way to experiment with new hair colors without having to go all the way if you’re not ready yet. If blonde isn’t your color, the amazing thing about a versatile look like this is that you can play around with different color options with the style until you find a color that you love the most. 

3. Beaded Lemonade Braids Ponytail

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Add some beads to spice up lemonade braids. Photo from @maimaiapplepie on IG

Are your cornrows feeling a bit plain? Or do you have a set of aged braids that you want to refresh? Beads will help you do just that. For a more neutral look, use brown or tan beads, for a fun, bright, and bold look, opt for colorful beads. While refreshing your braids, use SheaMoisture Aloe Butter Scalp Moisture Shampoo with Aloe Butter & Vitamin B3, which gently cleanses hair and scalp to remove buildup without stripping essential moisture.

4. Middle-Part Medium Lemonade Braids 

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Medium-length cornrows are great for everyday wear. Photo from @yaakankam on IG

If you love the look of lemonade braids but without all the length, then medium-length braids are a great choice. Also, the length of these braids makes them even better for everyday wear to work, school, and general day-to-day activities. To create a sleeker look, try adding a middle part. This is also a great style to add beads to! 

5. Opposite Parting Braids 

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Opposite-part cornrows are unique yet sleek. Photo from @kristianarnell on IG

Instead of going for the middle part look or the regular braided back look, try parting your cornrows in different directions like Kristian. On one side, have your lemonade braids going back straight, and then on the other side, have them going a bit sideways. This parting style will help give your lemonade braids a unique and sleek look that many will admire. You can also try the lemonade braids with heart technique by creating heart-shaped parts in the scalp before braiding the hair. The braids are then styled in a cascading pattern for this eye-catching look.

6. Side Part Lemonade Braids with Wavy Ends 

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Go back to the roots of Lemonade Braids with this style. Hair by @braidedbytee on @khatbrim

Side-braided cornrows originated the lemonade braid trend. Go to the roots of the lemonade braids with this look by @braidedbytee. Dress up this look by adding waves or curls to the end of your braids. To help maintain the waves/curls at the end of your braids, use SheaMoisture Wig & Weave Tea Tree & Borage Seed Oil Flyaway & Wrap Mousse for longer-lasting results. 

7. Lemonade Braids in Vacation Mode

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Seashells at the braid tips. Photo credit: Unsplash.com

Instead of beads, you can decorate your braid tips with small seashells, but make sure they are lightweight enough to not pull your hair down. Overall, keep your look plain and simple.

8. Low Bun with Lemonade Braids

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Cornrows in a low bun. Photo credit: Unsplash.com

Gather your cornrows back in a low and loose voluminous bun, and that’s all you need to create an elegant, yet effortless hairstyle. Pair it with big earrings, and you are ready.

9. Simple and Classy Lemonade Braids

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Long lemonade braids with a central part. Photo credit: Unsplash.com

Lemonade braids are beautiful as they are, so on a day when you don’t want to make an extra effort, just wear them loose and part as you like. Add hair wax or gel for shine, and remember that less is more.

10. Lemonade Braids with Subtle Highlights

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Small lemonade braids with subtle highlights. Photo credit: Unsplash.com

Highlights always make your hair look more textured, so do not miss the opportunity to add a color nuance to your small braids. You can choose a highlight shade just a few tones lighter than your natural hair, and it makes a big difference.

11. Lemonade Braids in a High Bun

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Put your braids in a high bun. Photo credit: Unsplash.com

Not all hair buns are boring. Trust us, if you gather your long lemonade braids in a voluminous bun at the top of your head and lose two braids at the sides of your face, your look will be outstanding.

12. Sleek XXL Lemonade Braids

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Don’t forget to smooth your baby hair. Photo credit: Unsplash.com

Sleek hairstyles are super-elegant and trendy right now, while another big trend is XXL hair length. And when they meet, you look gorgeous. Smooth your hair with gel, and wear your lemonade braids with grace.

13. Half Up Half Down Hairstyle with Lemonade Braids

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Lemonade braids half up, half down. Photo credit: Unsplash.com

We like half up, half down hairstyles so much because they are as comfortable to wear as updos but still let us show the hair length. Perfect choice for waist-length lemonade braids.

14. Lemonade Braids with a Headband

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Find your headband for this summer. Photo credit: Unsplash.com

Trend alert: headbands are back, so choose your favorite one and style with your long lemonade braids. Honestly, it’s not only trendy, but also comfortable for summer, or if you have a bad hair day.

15. Platinum Blonde Lemonade Braids

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All eyes are on your blonde lemonade braids. Photo credit: Unsplash.com

Opposites attract, like lemonade braids and bright platinum blonde hair color. They make a statement hairstyle by itself, but you can also add a voluminous high-top knot.

16. Lemonade Braids in a Messy High Ponytail

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Be playful with your lemonade braids. Photo credit: Unsplash.com

This hairstyle is a little bit of everything — gorgeous lemonade braids, playful curls, a high ponytail, and loose strands. A few added golden beads will give extra shine to your braided style.

17. Hot Pink Lemonade Braids

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Medium-length pink braids with beads. Photo credit: Unsplash.com

All pink shades, from Barbie pink to magenta, are the most popular this year and it seems like it’s a nice color pick for your lemonade braids. These are medium-length and decorated with light transparent beads.

18. Blonde and Lilac Side Part Lemonade Braids

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White and lilac highlights for your braids. Photo credit: Unsplash.com

Blonde and lilac highlights complement your natural brown hair color and add a stylish twist to your lemonade braids. To create this elegant look, do a side part and put your hair back.

19. Gray Lemonade Braids in a Voluminous Bun

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Find your best silver-gray shade. Photo credit: Unsplash.com

Gray hair color remains one of the trendiest options for any hairstyle, so why not try it with your lemonade braids? Also, long and thick braids will look even better in a voluminous high bun.

20. Lemonade Braids with Red Strands and Curly Tips

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A super-feminine look with red strands and curly hair tips. Photo credit: Unsplash.com

Dark brown and red is considered one of the most attractive hair color combinations. And how about pairing your lemonade braids with curly hair tips? You won’t regret trying.

21. Lemonade Braided Roots

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Braided roots and loose curls. Photo credit: Pexels.com

Embrace your natural hair texture by braiding just your hair roots and letting your curls flow. In contrast, your locks will look even more voluminous and soft.

22. Orange Lemonade Braids in a High Bun

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Let your lemonade braids stay on the bright side. Photo credit: Pexels.com

If you like experimenting with colors, try this sunny orange shade for your lemonade braids. Whether you wear them loose or in a high voluminous bun, you will always be at the center of attention.

23. Black and Brown Lemonade Braids

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Half brown, half black is a 100% excellent choice. Photo credit: Pexels.com

If you’re attracted to natural and sophisticated color combinations, pay attention to the black and light brown shade duo. It will give your lemonade braid hairstyle volume and texture.

24. Medium Side Part Lemonade Braids with Beads

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Add cheerful yellow beads to your braid tips. Photo credit: Pexels.com

Lemonade braids don’t have to be always super-long. For example, this medium-length hairstyle is perfectly fine with side part styling and bright beads on braid tips.

25. Turquoise Ombre Lemonade Braids in a High Pony

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When your braids need a pop of color. Photo credit: Pexels.com

Whether you call this color turquoise, it doesn’t change the fact of how gorgeously it flows from brown roots to blonde tips. With a high ponytail, it looks even better.

26. Lemonade Braids in a Retro Ponytail

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Lemonade braids in a cute retro ponytail. Photo credit: Pexels.com

This retro ponytail was recently back in trend, so why not give it a modern twist by pairing it with your lemonade braids? You’ll need to put your side part in place in the front, then put your braids back and tie.

27. Two Lemonade Braid Ponytails

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Sometimes, two ponytails are better than one. Photo credit: Pexels.com

For a change, try two ponytails with lemonade braids. Part them in the center, make a pony on one side, then wrap a braid around your scrunchie, and fix. Repeat on another side, and don’t forget to lose two braids at the sides of your face.

28. Lemonade Braids with a Headscarf

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Add a silk headscarf and a cute bow. Photo credit: Pexels.com

It’s amazing how just one accessory can be a full game-changer. Yes, we’re talking about headbands, headscarves, and bows that you can add to your lemonade braids hairstyle.

29. Lemonade Braids in a Top Knot Hairstyle

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Long lemonade braids in a high top knot. Photo credit: Pexels.com

Lemonade braids are great for making such knot hairstyles because they easily create volume and keep a shape. All that remains is to choose either side or middle parting for this look.

30. Lemonade Braids and Bantu Knots

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Braids and knots are good together. Photo credit: Pexels.com

Combine these two protective hairstyles for natural hair and create a stylish look. You can twist all of your lemonade braids in knots and leave half of them loose.

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