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Peekaboo braids are a protective braided hairstyle defined by colored hair under the top layer of strands. To achieve this look, most black women contrast their natural hair color against brightly colored braids such as blue, pink and red.  Put differently, a traditional braided hairstyle–say, box braids–is paired with an unexpected touch of color and …

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Lemonade braids are neat, close, even cornrows that are created from left to right and belong under the umbrella of protective braided hairstyles.  True to your guess, lemonade braids owe their name to Beyonce’s blockbuster 2016 album Lemonade. In its visuals, she’s frequently seen rocking side braids–the very crux of this hairstyle–or what some now …

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Alicia Keys braids are freestyle feed-in curved cornrows done using the stitch method. Alicia Keys braids are inspired by and named after singer/songwriter Alicia Keys whose signature hairstyle is straight back cornrows or Fulani braids (half cornrows half knotless braids) often accessorised with beads. Alicia Keys has been spotted rocking freestyle stitch braids dating back …

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French curl braids are a protective braided hairstyle characterized by loose, wavy, silky and voluminous bouncy curly ends. Despite the misleading name, French curl braids do not originate from France. The 90’s hairstyle popularised by Nollywood stars in Africa and singer/songwriter Brandy, Beyonce and other Hollywood stars stems from Africa. Much like many of the …

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Mixed colour/color braids are a great way of breaking the monotony of getting black braids. For many protective braided hairstyle lovers, black is always the go to color when it’s time to get a new braided hairstyle. If you, unlike many people, love a good pop of colour in your box braids or a blend …

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