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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

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MIAMI HEAT on

THEY ARE AS EFFIN FAKE AS SHE IS.

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

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