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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sal on

boy that’s about to make the 3 time married KimKow mad! Bey can go to the wedding bald and still upstage her

Hair Gone Wrong on

I don’t know to me that doesn’t look like Beyonce at all, look at that persons face. If it is her it looks HORRIBLE!!!!

annie on

hours? more like the braids were made and then put on her head. its not real, for gods sake.

blacklady86 on

It looks ridiculous…but, what do I know, I am not rich and famous.

guest on

Yuck!

Nina on

Maybe it’s me and this is my opinion but any MOTHER would tell you that that much hair with a young baby is not a good idea. Outside of that I’m not impressed but she won’t care worth a damn LOL

Moi on

Hideous.

ummmm on

@annie, you do realize box braids take a lot of work don’t you? every bit of your hair, braided into extensions…you need those to look even for a clean look…it is DIFFICULT. so yeah, it will take HOURS. i’ve known women who have gotten them with far shorter extensions and sat for three hours…if not longer.

Keceya on

People Magazine— those are not “Box Braids”

Melba on

Beyonce could were a paper sack and upstage anyone. She’s naturally BEAUTIFUL and that don’t crack.

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