This holiday season, many people are planning to get a new look, particularly women. But that might be tough for those that want to stand out and look unique from the others.
Lemonade braids are outstanding, and it can go with any skin color, race, or fashion. You can even go to the most formal event wearing it without having to worry about being left out.
Braids are unique and very stylish that even public figures like Beyonce have embraced this hairstyle. If you have been planning to get one, but can’t figure out what style you like for your braids, we have collected these chic lemonade braids for you to get inspirations.
Check out these cute braids for women to get you in the mood:
Braids idea for those that have curls
If you still want to leave your curls flowing, you can still get braids until at least halfway of your natural hair’s length. This is actually perfect for women who have long curly hair as it looks really trendy.
With this hairstyle, you can also color your hair if you like as long you prepare it for chemical services. You can check out our tips here for your guidance.
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Prepare your hair for your new hairstyle
It’s exciting to get a new look, especially that it’s the holiday season, but you also need to bear in mind that you need to get your hair ready for the long hours of installing your braids. Of course, that will include shampooing and conditioning your hair with hair products that can deeply cleanse your scalp and hair.
You can get a dry scalp care shampoo and hair & scalp conditioner. This works best, especially for those that have curly hair. It can also restore the hair’s natural moisture.
As soon as your braids are finished, you will need to use a leave-in treatment on your scalp. Gently massage it to help stop dry scalp and flaking while you’re wearing your gorgeous lemonade braids.
Wearing protective styles is fine. They look great too but don’t wear them for too long if you want your hair to grow healthy. Protective styles include braids, buns, wigs, two-strand twists, and more.
You may need to let your hair rest first before doing anything on it. The tension of being pulled for long can also cause breakage and damage to your hair and scalp. Keep them healthy all the time.
Keep your braids fresh and smooth
Women love all things beauty, and with that being said, we do anything to look stunning and attractive from head to toe all the time. After all, that’s what we always wanted.
Braids are low maintenance, especially if you live in a cold place as they don’t get itchy easily. But for those who live in humid areas with the gorgeous sun always coming out, it can be tough as humidity can cause itchiness and irritation.
You will need to have several things at home to care for your hair. If you want to keep your braids live longer, ensure that your strands don’t get too much friction.
To ensure the safety of your hair, you need the following:
- Silk Pillowcase. This will help lessen the tension and friction. Thus freeing your hair from possible damage and breakage.
- Braids and Locs spray. This will moisturize each of your hair strands.
- Hair restoring balm. This is perfect for under hair care.
- Castor Oil Grow Loc & Braid Butter. Apply this conditioning moisturizer right before you install your braids to keep it smooth and manageable.
- Extra Hold Shining and Conditioning Gel. Apply this extra hold styling gel will keep your hair from sliding out. It is also alcohol-free and non-greasy, which is safe for your hair and scalp.
- Edge Control. To avoid your hair’s edges to get messy, apply this.
- Oil Sheen Hairspray. There will be times that your braids will likely lack shine, but applying an oil hairspray will help revitalize your hair.
- Mimosa Hair Honey Calming Tension Spray. Installing braids can be painful as there is so much tension when pulled. But using this calming hairspray will relieve pressure on your scalp and can also avoid itchiness.
Keep your lemonade braids on the go
Your hair can be fuzzy over time. But if you maintain it on a regular basis, you won’t encounter serious hair condition, and that is, of course, can be avoided easily. You just need to be serious about taking care of it.
You also need the following to keep your hair healthy and in good condition:
- Melt-In Hair Wax. You have beautiful lemonade braids, but that might be fuzzy after running your errands. It’s a non-sticky holding balm that will soften your hair while keeping it from sliding out.
- Anti-Itch Serum. Yes, it can be itchy when your scalp gets dried out causing dandruff to develop, especially when your location is humid. Apply this serum to your scalp to keep itchiness at bay.
- Sea Minerals Moisture Shimmering. You also need to take care of your braids ends, which can go dry when your protective style is worn for a long time. Use this hair moisturizer on your ends to keep them nourished and hydrated.
- Tea Tree and Jojoba Hair and Scalp Oil. When there’s so much tension, your new hair growth can suffer from breakage. Apply this hair oil to moisturize your scalp.
- Dry Shampoo. Regular shampoos can leave residue on your hair that will develop into build ups on your hair track. Worse, it can cause dandruff. Use dry shampoo to avoid unpleasant odor.
- Black Vanilla Leave-In Conditioner. Using a moisturizing leave-in conditioner will leave your braids soft and smooth to touch. You can use this daily.
- Loc Cap. If you have no silk pillowcase, you’ll need a soft protective scarf or beanie to prevent your hair from matting while you’re sleeping.
Remember, having a healthy scalp promotes healthy hair. Take care of it.
Be confident with your chosen hairstyle
As soon as your lemonade braids are done, you might feel a little discomfort while your hair adjusts. But it shouldn’t take more than a week and you’re good to go. You can even start styling or adorn it with beads that won’t hurt your hair.
Beauty is simple and fun. You just have to go with it. But many women feel being left-out with their hairstyles – thinking that straight hair is the prettiest hairstyle they could wear.
On the plus side, it’s not the case. Women, especially those with curly hair love to make experiments, especially when it comes to their hair. It is always fun to try new things
But there are girls who believe that blending in with their colleagues is the best way not to be left out. The thing is, it isn’t bad at all. But if you are willing to be diverse and take things in a different way like trying out another hairstyle that you haven’t tried before, that will make a difference.
Sure it can be difficult in some places where braids are considered unprofessional. But if you take a closer look at its phase, it’s actually a tradition that has been embraced by many people.
People, specifically the black community, love this hairstyle as it stresses out the historical practices of their ancestors. Many of them wear braids, and in fact, other races love it too.
You might be in doubt at this time whether or not you’re getting braids, but many famous public figures like the supermodels have worn them for quite some time. So, be confident and show the world what you got.
Queen Bey slays this hairstyle
So, if you think that this hairstyle isn’t great for you, think about Beyonce. The American singer, who rose to fame when she joined the R&B girl group Destiny’s Child, has also embraced this hairstyle and had been seen on stage performing with braids.
Braids are antebellum and classic. When Beyonce released her song “Lemonade” in 2016, the visual album’s cover featured the singer with lemonade braids. Her longtime hairstylist Kim Kimble said that the look was Egyptian Queen Nefertiti-inspired.
As shown in Beyonce’s photos below, the hairstyle takes up a lot of strands on the other side and leaves no strands at the opposite side of the head. Instead, the opposite side is where the different styling and designs are detailed.
Another feature photo also shows Queen Bey wearing braids that are stacked on top of each other to make it look like a crown. According to her hairstylist, that’s what Beyonce is – a royalty in music, as a woman, in business, and as a mother.
Kimble also added that Beyonce’s “Lemonade” music video is to celebrate women’s culture and empowerment. It is to give honor to the women’s vintage look long before the hair tools exist.
Protective styling will never be out of style
Beyonce has proven it many times that braids will never be outdated when it comes to hairstyles. When she was pregnant, she has worn her long braids for some time and adorned it with beads.
She has also been photographed sporting ponytailed braids during her holiday weekend errands as well as at a courtside. During a stage performance, Beyonce wore single-strand braids and has graced the red carpet with her regal updo with beads.
The American superstar has also been spotted wearing summer-look braids that even other celebrities envied. She’s been seen slaying the hairstyle for years that have inspired so many women in all walks of life.
Here are Beyonce’s gorgeous lemonade braids that fit anyone’s fashion and lifestyle.
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What to do when you decide to remove your braids
Wearing a protective style also promote healthy hair growth and protects your scalp and hair from damage. Many women have worn this for months and definitely loved it.
As a matter of fact, most women have never felt beautiful before. Digital beauty editor and social media influencer Maya Alena said that when she decided to get braids, she thought it would only last for a month.
However, it took four months and she didn’t even want to take them out. She was definitely obsessed with it and added that she applied conditioning gel and tied or wrapped them with a silk scarf whenever her hair gets fuzzy.
People asked her about her braids, but she never gets offended. She educated them instead – influencing them that wearing this hairstyle isn’t as difficult as it can be.
But as soon as you’re ready to remove your braids, you can’t just leave it like that. You still need to take care of it as there might still be build-ups.
Keep scrolling for more tips on how to condition your hair once your braids have been taken out.
Condition your hair after removing braids
Many women love wearing braids because it just doesn’t go out of style, but it also protects the hair’s natural growth. But it’s true that you can’t wear them for a long time because your hair also needs time to rest from being pulled.
When I had braids, it took me two months before I decided to take them out as I wanted to cut my hair short. But I didn’t just remove them easily. I had to condition the strands before I took them out.
Here are some easy tips on how to untangle your braids without pain:
- First, you will need to apply conditioning oil to moisturize your braids so when you take them out, they won’t kink. It would be easier for you, especially when you do it alone.
- Start untangling from the ends of your braids and work it all to the top. Gently do it and just use your fingers to detangle the knots and twists.
- Never use a comb to untangle them, or you’ll leave your natural hair damaged. Finger combing will help separate the twists gently. Take your time.
- Once you’re done detangling your braids, wash your hair and apply a clarifying shampoo to clean your scalp from any build-ups. It deeply cleanses your scalp and hair tracks.
- Use a deep conditioner once you’re done washing your hair. Wear a shower cap and leave it for 20 – 30 minutes. Wash and rinse well.
- It can’t be avoided that your ends will be damaged, but that’s not a problem. You only need to trim your hair to have them grow healthy.
- Give your hair at least 3 weeks or so to rest before you wear another protective style.
Be serious in your hair care
No one will take care of your hair but you. Have fun wearing protective styles, but be responsible at the same time.
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Easy steps on how to add beads to your braids
Adding beads to your prolific braids will add more charm to your hairstyle. They’re very attractive and fun to look at.
You will need the following:
- Rubber bands
- Hair beader tool
- Hair beads with a big hole (around 5mm to 8mm)
- Crochet box braids
Check these steps on how to put beads to your long lemonade braids:
- Insert the beads into the beader tool. You can choose any design you want to put and line them up. The first bead that you place into the tool will be positioned at the bottom of your braids.
- As soon as you’re done adding the beads, place the box braids to the beader loop.
- Gently tug your braid through the beads by pulling the beader tool.
- When done, fold your braid’s end until it gets to the last bead by around 1cm. Use the rubber band to tie the beads. This will prevent the beads from falling out.
- And you’re done!
But what if you don’t have a beader tool? Can you still adorn your braids with beads?
The answer is yes. Keep scrolling below for the steps.
How to put beads on braids without a beader tool
Having braids is already cool. But it’s cooler when you adorn your hair with colorful beads. That’s not a problem as long as you have beads with large holes to fit the strand of your braids.
But if you think that you can’t do it if you have no beader tool in possession, you’re wrong. It’s easy. What you need is aluminum foil.
Follow these steps:
- Smoothen your braids to even out knots.
- Wrap the end of your braid with the aluminum foil tightly and slide the beads over. You can put as many as you want as long as they don’t hurt your hair and scalp.
- When finished, roll the foil up beginning at the base to make it into a ball. It is worthy to note that the ball must be big enough to secure the beads and stop them from falling out.
Voila! You now have beaded braids.
Lemonade braids are perfect for anyone who wants to explore the world of hairstyles. Once you find your normal hairstyle boring, you can always try wearing braids.