Beyoncé’s evolution as a prolific performer isn’t without its epic hair moments. With each new album, record-breaking tour and red carpet appearance, the iconic singer has upped her beauty ante with the same gusto.
Last year’s “Formation World Tour” was a glorious reminder of Bey’s particular love for braids.
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Over the course of her hours-long show, Bey took on a couple of different looks that prove protective styling with always be on trend.
And if her hair history is any indication, she’ll be donning twists, braids, locs and more for years to come. Take a look at her most stunning braid moments to date.
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In April 2017, Bey's mother Tina Lawson shared a photo of the singer, adorned in beaded braids, for the holiday weekend.
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In 2016, the singer sported a braided ponytail while catching a tennis match with her hubby, Jay Z.
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In October 2016, the singer wore an epic braid while performing at the TIDAL X: 1015 concert.
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When Beyonce hit the 2016 BET Awards stage to perform "Freedom," we had trouble taking our eyes off of her glorious braids. What an epic moment!
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At the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, Queen Bey shut down the red carpet in a regal updo, accented with braids.
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In October 2016, Bey looked fresh and fierce in two braids while perusing the streets of NYC.
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This is definitely one of Beyonce's more unique tour looks and we absolutely love it! By unbraiding the bottom half of each section, Bey's mane looks more voluminous; obsessed!
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Beyonce is the queen of bling and as evidenced by this "Formation Tour" look, it starts with her braided hair.
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Don't hurt yourself! Beyonce's LEMONADE film included plenty of unforgettable hairstyles, included this braided one from the "Don't Hurt Yourself" segment.
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The "Formation Tour" has been a treasure trove of hair inspo and this braided ponytail is one of our favorites. We guarantee many will want to copy this stage-ready hair moment.
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How many of us were willing to risk neck injuries to emulate Beyonce's waist-length micro braids? Of all her countless hair moments, this off-duty look is one of her most epic.
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Okay ladies, now let's get in formation. This slow motion shot of Beyonce's braids swaying in the wind will go down in music video history. She always slays.
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Back in 2013, Beyonce traded in her signature blonde waves for beautiful brown box braids while visiting Havana, Cuba. Box braids are the ultimate vacation hairstyle because they require little to no maintenance.
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Some of Beyonce's most candid moments have included a showstopping hairstyle. Although these braids are a go-to style for many, Bey's confident stance makes them look next level fabulous.
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This braided look was by far one of the most sought after celebrity looks for summer. And because it's worn by Beyonce, we predict it will be just as popular in the fall.
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One of Beyonce's most regal hair moments is this braided high ponytail. It may not feel too comfortable, but this look is a great way to update braids that you've been wearing for awhile.
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Back in 2011, Bey wore a simple and stylish braid for the launch of her "PULSE" fragrance.
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Back in 2003, Beyonce spiced up her microbraids by curling them at the ends. The half-up, half-down style has been a go-to for years.
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How epic is this mane moment?! Besides the blinged out "Bootylicious" belt, Beyonce's straight back braids are giving us so much life. We miss watching our favorite stars get glammed up for MTV's TRL.
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Protective styling is the most stylish way to shield your natural locks from the elements; something even Beyonce can't deny. We've watched her don a plethora of looks over the years, including these beautiful twists.
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Long before her iconic LEMONADE album cover, Beyonce was rocking cornrows on and off the stage. No matter the style, Mrs. Carter is a 10.
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