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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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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