35 Fab Braids with Beads (The Long and Short of This Trendy Hairstyle)

The natural hair movement never fails to come through with the freshness. Braids with beads are having a moment, and we’re here for it. Now we’re definitely not new to adorning our crowns, but the revival of traditional African hairstyles brought this accessory back too.

Sure, beads can make updos a bit more challenging, but what they lack in flexibility, they definitely make up for in fashion. And they can still be suitable for any environment. Yes, even corporate, within reason.

35 Breathtaking Braids with Beads Hairstyles

Scroll down for all of the inspiration you could ever need. From box braids to bantu knots, cornrows to twists, from short chic bobs to long tribal looks, we’ve got beaded hairstyles for every situation and occasion.

Honestly we’re just thrilled we can still rock braids and beads at our big age. If our younger selves could see us now.

1. Medium Box Braids Bob with Beads

Medium box braids bob hairstyle with beads worn by a Black woman
IG: @beingstefs

While this might be considered a standard box braided bob, thanks to the addition of chunky beads, there’s nothing basic or boring about it.

2. Short Platinum Fulani Braids Bob with Beads

Short platinum blonde Fulani braids bob with beads worn by a Black woman
IG: @braidsbychacha

In a twist on the more traditional tribal braided looks, this platinum blonde beaded bob hairstyle is a guaranteed head-turner.

3. Box Braids with Beads High Side Ponytail

Box braids hairstyle with beads in a high side ponytail
IG: @karlatls

Large box braids adorned with tribal beads are gathered into a high side ponytail, for an absolutely adorable look.

4. Short Cornrows on Natural Hair with Beads

Short Pop Smoke-inspired braids with beads on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @asianxeyes

Short natural hair doesn’t have to miss out on all of the buzz around beads. Using the same type of beads as the style above, this cute cornrowed look is reminiscent of Pop Smoke braids, and needless to say, they’re banging.

5. Bantu Knots with Box Braids and Beads

Bantu knots hairstyle with box braids on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @queensess_lynn

A long box braid with animal print beads flanks each side, bringing regal realness to this bantu knot hairstyle.

6. Marley Straight-Back Flat Twists with Beads

Black woman wearing Marley straight-back flat twists hairstyle with beads
IG: @monaxbanks

Thanks to length from added Marley hair and flair from wooden beads, this flat-twisted style is fire.

7. Long Platinum Blonde Fulani Braids

Long platinum blonde Fulani braids with beads worn by a Black woman

Already edgy and exquisite, a few sparsely added beads complete this long platinum Fulani braids look.

8. Braided High Bun with Beaded Bangs

Black woman wearing a braided high bun hairstyle with beaded bangs
IG: @nnennab

Fierce and fabulous, what better way is there to frame your face than with gold beaded bangs?

9. Shuku Braided High Ponytail with Beads

Shuku braids ponytail with beads worn as a protective hairstyle on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @vanessamatsena

Clearly fit for a queen, ponytails don’t come more regal than this tribal braided style with beads.

10. Grey Face-Framing Cornrows with Beads

Black woman wearing grey cornrows and box braids with rainbow heart beads
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Grey face-framing cornrows and box braids plus rainbow heart beads, equals an unexpected combo you can’t help but fall in love with.

11. Short Chestnut Box Braids with Beads

Chestnut colored box braids with beads on a Black woman with short natural hair
IG: @euniceasiedu

All natural mini box braids get a mega style boost thanks to brightly colored beads.

12. Faux Layered Face-Framing Box Braids with Beads

Faux layered box braids with beads  worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @beingglowri

Part of the appeal of beads, in addition to the variety of shapes and patterns, is their ability to give the illusion of layers. By adding them after you bend your box braids to the desired length, you can create this fab faux feathered look.

13. Wavy Ginger Criss-Cross Cornrows with Beads

Wavy ginger criss-cross cornrows hairstyle with beads worn as a protective style by a Black woman
IG: @braidme._

Wavy cornrows are much more of a challenge to part, but as you can see, between the criss-cross design, color and beads, these stunning styles are well worth the extra effort.

14. Box Braids Bob with Shaved Sides and Goddess Beads

Box braids bob hairstyle with shaved sides and goddess beads worn by a Black woman
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The shaved sides of this side-swept box braided bob, along with the goddess beads, make this style, equal parts edgy and elegant.

15. Cornrows and Box Braids with Beads

Striaght-back cornrows and box braids with beads worn as a protective hairstyle on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @emani.marie

A cornrowed lob with beads is super cute no matter the color.

16. Grey Fulani Braids Bob with Beads

Short grey Fulani braids with beads worn as a protective style on a Black woman with natural hair
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We seriously can’t get enough of these short tribal hairstyles. If you adore these cornrowed bobs with beads, as much as we do, then you’ve found your people.

17. Short Tribal Cornrows with Beads

Short tribal cornrows bob with beads worn as a protective hairstyle on a Black woman with natural hair
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18. Two Strand Twisted Bob with Beads

Short two strand twists bob hairstyle with beads on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @jd_winters

These mini twists with beads are serving maximum style. And no extensions were needed. Even if your natural hair is cut in a different shape, the ends can be bent to a uniform length, as you’re adding the beads, to give that illusion.

Get the scoop on the step-by-step below.

19. Half-Up Half-Down Tribal Braids with Beads

Half-up half-down tribal braids hairstyle with beads and crochet on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @a.dai.sha

Created using Springy Afro Twist hair, this half-up half-down tribal style is proof that a head full of beads isn’t needed to take advantage of this trend. A few adorned braids in the front is more than enough to achieve an enviable look.

20. Orange Peek-a-Boo Knotless Bob with Beads

Orange peekaboo asymmetrical knotless box braids bob hairstyle with beads
IG: @pearlthestylist_

An asymmetrical box braided bob balances a bright pop of orange with clear beads to slay in an unexpected way.

21. Burgundy Peek-a-Boo Box Braids with Beads

Burgundy peekaboo box braids hairstyle with beads worn by a Black woman
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Adding a peek-a-boo burgundy color and beads are a subtle way to make your box braids stand out.

22. Freestyle Cornrows with Beads

Freestyle cornrows with beads hairstyle
IG: @neyhairs_

Clear beads are often the best complement for complex styles like freestyle cornrows.

23. Long Tribal Cornrows with Beads and Bantu Knots

Black woman wearing long tribal braids with beads in a half-up half-down bantu knot hairstyle
IG: @lelliessantiago

Beyond the length, tribal cornrows get added flair by opting for bantu knots and large wooden beads, in this head-turning half-up half-down hairstyle.

24. Half-Up Half-Down Small Box Braids with Beads

Black woman wearing a half-up half-down small box braids hairstyle with beads
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Although beads will limit some looks, box braids can still be put up into interesting hairdos, like a half-up half-down hairstyle with pigtails, or even a messy bun with bangs.

25. Half-Up Half-Down Box Braid Pigtails with Beads

Rear view of a half-up half-down box braid pigtails with beads
IG: @betty_bella_braids

26. Messy Box Braids Buns with Blue and Beads

Black woman wearing messy box braided buns with beads and blue color
IG: @pprincessjay_ @ej.styless

27. Zig-Zag Cornrow Braids with Beads

Zig-zag cornrow lob with beads worn as a protective hairstyle on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @mk.lille

Zig-Zag cornrows and beads make a dynamic duo.

28. Long Box Braids with Center Part and Beads

Black woman wearing long box braids with center part and beads
IG: @jovinechance

A few clear beads on each braid can be enough to elevate any style.

29. Waist Length Cornrows with Box Braids and Beads

Black woman wearing waist length cornrows with box braids and beads
IG: @alissa.ashley

30. Half-Up Half-Down Kinky Twists with Beads

Half-up half-down kinky twists with beads worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @onlyonejess_

Jumbo beads take these super cute, kinky twists up another notch.

31. Tribal Braids Lob with Beads

Black woman wearing a tribal braids lob with beads
IG: @crystalotv @beulah_braids

On the longer side, this tribal braids lob with beads is lovely.

32. Two Long Feed-In Cornrows with Beads

Two long feed-in cornrows with beads worn as a protective style on a Black woman with natural hair
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This ultra-long two cornrows hairstyle, finished with beads is stunning in its simplicity.

33. Cornrowed Lob on Natural Hair with Box Braids and Beads

Cornrowed lob hairstyle with beads on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @creeative91

Whether you opt for slanted parts instead of straight, wooden beads over clear, or natural hair as opposed to blonde extensions, these cornrowed bob styles with box braids, show how seemingly minor choices can drastically set two similar styles apart.

34. Blonde Cornrow Lob with Box Braids and Beads

Blonde cornrowed lob with beads worn as a protective hairstyle on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @kersti.pitre

35. Half-Up Pink Ombre Tribal Braids with Bangs

Half-up half-down pink ombre tribal braids hairstyle with beaded bangs worn by a Black woman
IG: @zumbahairbeauty

While many prefer to stay on the more subtle side, no color is off limits. Bright pink hair is a refreshingly bold, but atypical approach to tribal braids, in addition to accessorizing only the bangs with clear and yellow beads.

If you’ve made it this far, hopefully we’ve convinced you that braids with beads are a must-do hairdo. The hard part will be deciding between so many lovely looks.