9 Chic Ways to Wear Braids with Beads

Your braids deserve some flair - add some beads!

As a naturalista you probably remember the days of getting your hair braided followed by your parent or hairstylist stacking the ends of your hair in beads. It was always so exciting to pick out the bead colors. Also, the feeling of walking into school the next day with the sound of your beads swaying back and forth against your head was always the best! 

Now beads have come back in a major way! Move over kids, you’re not the only ones who are seen as acceptable to wear this style! Now adult naturalistas are going back to their roots and rocking beaded braids as part of their protective styling too! 

Are you a naturalista who is looking for some chic ways to wear the beaded braids style? Whether you are a younger or older naturalista, check out these 9 ways to wear braids with beads to inspire your next do! Check out this style guide below for inspiration for your next protective style!

1. Seashell Beads with Braids

seashell beads on braids
Seashell beads are a unique and gorgeous take of beaded braids. Photo by Etty Fidele.

Are you going back to school/ the office soon but your mind is still on vacay mode? Then add some seashell beads to your braids to give you that warm feeling even while you’re at work. These seashell beads are a unique take on beaded box braids that will work great for your everyday protective style wear!

2. Cuffed Braids with Beads

cuffed braids and beads
Cuffs and Beads go hand in hand for braids. Photo by Jeferson Santu

Beads don’t have to only be worn at the ends of your braids. They can be worn throughout too! To leave beads spaced out throughout your braids, add the bead where you want it to be placed. Then tie a rubber band underneath it to hold it into place.

 To prevent frizzing up your braids with beads throughout this process, use a styling cream such as Emerge My Everything Hair Styling Butter Cream. A fabulous way to also spice up the beads and make the hairstyle look even more exquisite is to add some hair cuffs to compliment the beads. 

3. Clear Beads on Braids 

Girl with beaded cornrows
Clear beads on braids are so simple yet so chic. Photo by Benigno Hoyuela

Want a more laid-back look with your beaded braids? Then try using standard clear beads for your hairstyle. These beads are so simple that you will forget you’re wearing them from time to time. Yet they are so cute to the point where it will brighten your mood every time you look in the mirror!

While wearing your braids in cornrows, don’t forget to keep your scalp nourished which in turn helps increase the hair’s longevity. The RE-fresh Honeysuckle + Hydrate Scalp Serum is a great treatment for this. 

4. Metallic Braid Beads

silver beads on braids
Take your beads to the next level with a metallic touch. Photo by Nelly Ghansah

Make a statement when you wear these metallic-colored beads. If you love jewelry, then this is a great style to try! For example, if you love silver jewelry, then wear gold beads with your braids. Or if you love gold jewelry, then wear gold-colored beads with your braids. When doing this your accessories will compliment you so beautifully!

5. Beaded Braid Bangs

girl with braided band and beads
Braided bangs are a beautiful way to put a twist on your braided style. Photo by Bill Wegener.

Don’t be shy to spread those beads out! Wear some of your braids as bangs, and top it off with also adding beads to the bangs. The party doesn’t have to stop in the back, now you can bring it to the front too with your beaded braid bangs! 

6. Multi-Color Rubber Band Beads 

girl with colorful beaded hair twists
This is a great look for quick in-between protective natural hairstyles. Photo by Aude-Andre Saturnio

Who says you have to stick to only one color scheme with your beads? You should mix it up and have fun too! Rather than having all the beads rise up to the top part of your braids, you can supplement by adding colorful rubber bands throughout your hair. This style is also a great hairstyle to wear when you are wearing natural hair twists in protective styling. 

7. Long Cornrows with Beads 

Long cornrows with beads
Braids with beads can be worn long too! Photo by Olivier Rule

Although braided beads are typically worn at shoulder or mid-back length, long braids with beads still look just as great! However, with braids with beads that are this long, be sure you tie it up when you need to so that they do not get caught on anything causing the beads to fall off. For this same reason, with long braids, fewer beads are more! 

8. Layered Beaded Braids 

layered box braids with beads
Layered beaded braids give you the best of both worlds! Photo by Gina Tigere

Layered braids are a beautiful way to wear long braids with beads without having to worry about paying special attention to your beads. With this style, you are able to keep your beads at hassle-free length while still flaunting your long hair. Who said you can’t have the best of both worlds? 

9. Afro Puff Braids with Beads 

afro puffs with braids
Rock beaded braids without having to braid all your hair. Photo by Muhammadtaha Ibrahim Ma’aji

If you’re looking to explore beaded braids but don’t want to go through the process of braiding all your hair, then try this style. Wear an afro puff, leaving two braids at the front of your hair. Then put beads on those two front braids.

When styling your hair use Love Beauty and Planet Rice Oil & Angelica Essence Curls and Waves Conditioning and Styling Treatment to help make the process quicker and to leave your hair looking sleek. 

Are you feeling more inspired than ever to get braids with beads now? Show us how you style your beads by tagging us at @AllThingsHairUS for a chance to be featured on our Instagram page! Also, be sure to click to subscribe to our newsletter below for more protective styling ideas. 

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