9 Embellished Braided Styles We’ll Never Get Over

What’s better than classic braids? Embellished braids.

Ultra-accessorized takes on traditional twists and plaits are taking center stage this season. From geometric jewels to beaded hair ties and even sea shells, bedazzled braided looks are glitzy, glamorous, and grabbing the attention of celebrities and stylists alike. Blinged-out braids are the ultimate adaptable aesthetic. Go for hot high fashion with all-over accessories, or opt for a more muted mane moment with just a glint of gold. Even the most subtle embellishments take basic braids to the next level.

We rounded up 9 embellished braided looks we’re dying to try. Check out this stunning summer trend below.

1. Platinum Braids and Beads

Platinum plaits and bubbly beads? Sign us up. These white-hot blonde braids are a bold summer statement we can get behind. Complete with gold baubles and neutral-toned beads, this look is luminescent.

2. Touch of Gold

Sometimes it’s best to opt for something a little on the subtle side. Simple gold accessories can add the ideal glint of glamour to any plaited ‘do. This gold-laden look is giving us goddess vibes.

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3. Teased Up

The half-up half-down ‘do, done right. This teased up, textured top bun is the perfect compliment to long, manicured braids. Tied off with shells and a few clear beads this pretty updo is sure to turn heads.

4. Blinged-Out Updo

There’s nothing like an eye-catching top knot. Tiny cornrows form the base of this coiled updo. Precisely placed gems and jewels bring this already stunning style from 100 to 1 million.

5. Bubble Ties

This look is all about the retro accessories. From the beret to the multi-colored bubble ties, Zazie Beetz is absolutely killing the embellished braid trend.

6. Ornamental Updo

Pro tip: match your earrings to your hair accessories whenever possible. With a hodgepodge of unique embellishments and beads, this twisted top knot is a bohemian daydream.

7. Braids and Shells

Nothing says summer like the use of sea shells. This beach-ready accessory is simple but stunning in the most versatile way, ideal for a casual day sunbathing or an evening shoreside rendezvous.

8. Beaded Bangs

A new way to DIY bangs. We’re over the moon about this beaded aesthetic. Color-coordinated beads and sea shells form the face-framing fringe to this shoulder-length set of cornrows.

9. Accessory Overload

Kick your prettied-up plaits up a notch with an overload of glamorous accessories. Multi-colored beads, wooden baubles, and sea shells cover each braid for a totally eye-catching, summer-approved style.

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