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17 Stunning Modern Interpretations of the Old School Bead Style

Avatar • Jan 24, 2018

Putting beads on the end of braids and twists is an old school practice for black women. How many of us remember walking around as little girls, our heads clinking from the sound of colorful plastic beads hitting against each other. The beauty of the bead style is that it is constantly being reinvented. For instance, Solange looked breathtaking on the January/February 2018 cover of SURFACE magazine wearing blond cornrows and vibrant red beads from her ears down past her shoulders.

Photograph of Solange Knowles by Andrew Zuckerman.

On Instagram women are putting their own riffs on the traditional bead style, and the results, as always, are absolutely gorgeous.

Kelela Mizanekristos in translucent beads. IG: @kelelam.

Singer Dawn Richard. Image from IG: @dawnrichard.

Image from IG: @lunathi007

Image from IG: @mandisa_l_constable

Image from IG: @urban_mimz

Image from IG: @urban_mimz

Image from IG: @dolenebeauty.

Image from IG: @holluwaniphemmie.

Image from IG: @mimi.irvin.

Image from IG: @nomashenge_

Image from IG: @nunugold_beauty.

Image from IG: @refiloedhladhla.

Image from IG: @andrewalkerhair.

Image from IG: @afrikankrowns

Image from IG: @brooklynbraiders

Image from IG: @livhuljm

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Ladies, which style is your favorite?

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Because of Reasons
Because of Reasons
2 years ago

The woman in the second photo (first after Solange) is critically acclaimed musician Kelela Mizanekristos and there’s a typo in her instagram handle up there; it should be @kelelam

Black Girl With Long Hair

Thank you for letting us know! We’ve made the correction.

Cynthia
Cynthia
2 years ago

Where can I find those beads that Kelela is wearing? They are absolutely beautiful

sheigh
sheigh
2 years ago

My goodnes I’m in love with all of them !

Rosalyn Jordan
Rosalyn Jordan
2 years ago

All of them are beautiful. Very difficult to pick one style

Chauntae Scott
Chauntae Scott
2 years ago

@brooklynbraiders

Helen
Helen
2 years ago

I love Solange style and in second place Kelela. Absolutely stunning, I am definitely getting my hair braided like that!!❤️❤️

Ama
Ama
2 years ago

Very nice styles!! It’s a tie between mimi
.irvin, andrewalkerhair, afrikankrowns, and nunugold_beauty. I want beads in my hair now!!

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