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27 Sexy Lemonade Braids Inspired by Beyoncé

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When life gives you lemons, do braids. Formerly called side braids, lemonade braids have always existed in different cultures. However, Beyoncé brought them back in a big way by rocking the cornrow hairstyle in the music video for her 2016 hit album titled Lemonade. This is where braids got their new name associated with their newfound status as one of the biggest hair trends. So, to help you let everyone know you’re the Beyonce of the bunch, we’ve rounded up the best lemonade braids you’ll want to copy.

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1. Beyonce’s Lemonade Braids

Possibly the most iconic braids of all time, Queen B rocks extra long lemonade mini braids with pops of gold throughout her locks.

Beyonce's Lemonade Braids

2. Classic Lemonade Braids

Having fun with your lemonade braids is great, but you can’t beat the classic look. These micro braids feature traditional cornrows with long locks swept to one side. This subtle style will never date and will serve you well season after season.

Classic Lemonade Braids

3. Little Lemonade Braids

If you have thin hair or are just looking for a more delicate look, these little lemonade braids will make the cutest summer style.

Little Lemonade Braids

4. Lemonade Braids Pulled Back

This sexy pulled back style is a stunning way to bring out your features. Instead of having your braids swept to one side, pull them back. Let your locks fall naturally down your back.

Pulled back

5. Jumbo Lemonade Braids

Jumbo lemonade braids are the perfect style to protect and tame your thick mane. This statement style is a dream come true for ladies with thick curly hair, who keep their locks under control and look great at the same time.

Giant Lemonade Braids

6. Chunky Lemonade Braids

If jumbo braids aren’t for you but you still want to make an impact, opt for these chunky braids instead. They’re big enough to stand out but small enough to be subtle. The perfect in-between and pretty style.

Big Lemonade Braids

7. Center-parted lemonade braids

Although lemonade braids are traditionally swept to one side, you can also wear them with a center part. This style is flattering for women with a round face, it will visually lengthen the features and create symmetry.

Center Part Lemonaide Braids

8. Medium Lemonade Braids

This look is great for ladies with fine hair who want to make it a bit thicker. Add hair extensions to create slightly fuller, fuller locks.

Medium Lemonade Braids

9. Topknot Lemonade Braids

A bun is a quick and cute way to get rid of your hair on those hot days. Leave one section in the front of your face and a few in the back, and twist the rest of your braids into a bun on top of your head. Secure all loose strands with bobby pins.

Topknot lemonade braid

10. Side Lemonade Braids

Lemonade braids are usually styled to one side. However, how far they are braided is up to you. Here, the hair is braided entirely away from the head with a stunning geometric patterned part.

Side Lemonade Braids

11. Big Lemonade Braids

Try these big lemonade braids with super long locks. Apply a styling product to the baby hairs around the face and shape the curls to soften the look.

Great Lemonade Braids

12. Lemonade Braids with Beads

For some bohemian vibes, add a few beads to the ends of your braids. From feminine styles to punk, bohemian or simple styles, there are plenty of beads to suit any look you love. Whatever your style, just be sure to pick a size that will glide over your locks perfectly.

Lemonade braids with pearls

13. Giant triangle part

This bold style is about as far from tradition as lemonade braids. If you want to stand out, definitely try this triangle part with jumbo braids.

Jumbo Triangle Part Lemonade Braids

14. Long Lemonade Braids

Lemonade braids are known for their length. But, if you don’t have naturally long hair, fear not, you can always fake it. Any weave or hair extension can be easily incorporated into your lemonade braids.

Long lemonade braids

15. Lemonade Ponytail Braids

Pull your hair into a high ponytail, leaving a small side section. Wrap this section around the base of your ponytail and secure it with a bobby pin. Leave a few of your locks around your face as well to achieve that cool, laid back look.

Lemonade Braided Ponytail

16. Pink Lemonade Braids

This bright pink is more refreshing than a glass of pink lemonade on a hot summer day. Brighten up your look with this cool shade just in time for the warmer months.

Pink Lemonade Braids

17. Updo Lemonade Braids

Just because you’re sporting braids doesn’t mean you can’t jazz things up with a sleek bun. Pull all your hair up in a tight ballerina bun and complete your look with statement earrings.

Lemonade Braid Bun

18. Lemonade Braids with Color

Can’t choose just one color? Why not try this unicorn-inspired look instead. These rainbow braids are what summer hair dreams are made of.

Lemonade braids with color

19. Nicki Minaj Lemonade Braids

Nicki Minaj can also be credited with bringing back the lemonade braids. The rap star rocked those fairy yarn locks in his 2018 music video for MotorSport. You may need a few extensions if you want to rob her of her style.

Nicki Minaj Lemonade Braids

20. Burgundy Lemonade Braids

Enhance your bohemian look with this dark burgundy color. Add extensions in this shade for a statement hairstyle that will turn heads.

Burgundy Lemonade Braids

21. Lemonade Zig Zag Braids

You can go for a standard cornrow style or have a little more fun with the hair parting. If you are adventurous at heart, go for this mesmerizing zig-zag part.

Lemonade Zigzag Braids

22. Lemonade Blonde Braids

Lemonade braids and blonde hair are a heavenly match. Braids protect hair and help restore faded locks to their former glory.

Blonde Lemonade Braids

23. Half and Half Lemonade Braids

Half and half hairstyles are a cute and effortless way to change up your lemonade braids. Simply pull the top part of your hair into a bun and leave the bottom part of the braids out.

Half Up Half Down Lemonade Braid

24. Lemonade Braids with Wraps

Get creative and add a few twists to your lemonade braids. You can experiment with different patterns and thicknesses. This look is perfect for festival season.

Lemonade braids with wraps

25. Swirly Lemonade Braids

Mix up your party with this mesmerizing swirl pattern. It’s a great alternative to traditional cornrows and is perfect for kids or adults. Wear this swirly style for festival season as well.

Swirly Lemonade Braids

26. Ombre Lemonade Braids

Spring is the perfect time to lighten your hair, so why not add some fun color to your lemonade braids? Fresh pinks, striking silvers, summery blondes or playful purples are the shades of the season. But the key is to go for a color that will suit your skin tone.


27. Two-Tone Lemonade Braids

Refresh your locks with some highlights. A few blonde streaks will create a stunning contrast throughout your lemonade braids.

two tone

How to do lemonade braids

Check out this tutorial to teach you how to recreate those badass braids. Also, keep reading to find out how you can add your own take on lemonade braids.


How long do lemonade braids last?

It can usually take three to six hours to create lemonade braids. It depends on the size of the braid, as well as the length of your hair. If you are working with a waist length it may take a little longer as the ends of the hair get quite thin.

Why are lemonade braids called lemonade braids?

Lemonade braids got their name thanks to Beyonce and her iconic 2016 visual album Lemonade. It was the hair style Queen Bey wore in the movie clips that started a trend. Braids themselves have been around for years and were previously called side braids.

How many bundles of hair do you need for lemonade braids?

This style features a lot of hair, so you need to provide enough to your stylist for maximum impact. For lemonade braids, you will need five to six bundles of hair to complete this look. Choose ombre shades in burgundy or honey, classic black, or keep it Beyonce-inspired with pops of gold throughout.

How to refresh lemonade braids?

You can wash off your lemonade braids in the shower. Use a clarifying shampoo mixture diluted with water and massaged into your scalp. Then, rinse it off in the shower, letting the shampoo flow all the way to the ends. Use the same method with your conditioner. Once your hair is air-dried, you can make sure everything is neat and sleek. Start by applying a hair and scalp treatment between your braids, massaging your scalp. Then, use a moisturizing mousse to smooth out flyaways and place it on low heat on your hair dryer. Then, use styling gel and a toothbrush to lay down your edges before finishing with an all-over shine spray. When you’re done, you’ll look like you just stepped out of the living room.

How much do lemonade braids cost?

There is a lot of work to do to create lemonade braids. The price of the style can vary greatly depending on the type of braids you want to achieve. For small braids to your tailbone, prices can start at $270, and for traditional lemonade braids, you’d expect to pay between $50 and $300. You may need to supply your own hair packs, depending on the salon you select.


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