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15 Dazzling Lemonade Braids to Try Out

Your natural hair doesn’t have to be boring. For a long time now, cornrows have been in vogue for women of color. They are attractive and also protect your hair. Cornrows or side-swept braids have become even more popular now as Beyonce was seen sporting them in her album “Lemonade”. From that time onwards, they have gained popularity as Lemonade braids.

Color Variations

You can add different colors also to make your lemonade braids fun and creative. You can add pink or burgundy extension to make the braids look more vibrant or like Beyonce, you can go for adding golden color to the braids. 

Given below are answers to some common questions surrounding lemonade braids. 

Why are they called lemonade braids?

In 2016, Beyonce was seen with side-swept cornrows in the music video of her song ‘Formation’ from her album ‘Lemonade’. She also sported this style during her music tour for the album. Due to the name of the album, side-swept braids became known as lemonade braids.

Are lemonade braids good for your hair?

Lemonade braids especially jumbo lemonade braids can tame and protect thick natural hair. So, in that sense, they are good for hair.

How long does it take to make lemonade braids?

It takes a maximum of 3-4 hours to make lemonade braids. Thin and intricate braids generally take longer than big lemonade braids. Exactly how long it takes to make them depend on the skill of the hairstylist, the number of hair extensions used, and the length of your natural hair.

How long do lemonade braids last?

That depends on how much you care for them. If you take proper care of lemonade braids, they can last up to 3 weeks.

List of 15 Lemonade Braids

The Lemonade braids are usually created close to the scalp and are flipped over to one side. They are a bit similar to box braids but while box braids have square or rectangular partitions, lemonade braids are simply cornrows swept to aside. There are many variations of this hairstyle to suit all personalities and preferences. You can get creative with lemonade braids and add hair accessories and colors to them. This will make them stand out even more. To provide some inspiration and help you choose the best look, we have given details of some dazzling lemonade braids below. Have look and get inspired.

#1 Classic Lemonade Braids

These braids are simple and never go out of style. The hairstyle features tiny braids swept to the side. These braids stick to your head and protect your hair. They also make your hair texture stand out.

#2 Beyonce Lemonade Braids

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The lemonade braids that Beyonce rocked in her album are quite thin and long. The golden color of the braids makes them even more eye-catching.

#3 Jumbo Lemonade Braids

Want to tame your thick hair? Go for the jumbo lemonade braids. This style involves thick braids and is perfect if you are looking for making your hair texture stand out while protecting your locks. You can also try out this style with hair extensions.

#4 Big Lemonade Braids

The size of these braids is sure to turn heads. They are similar to jumbo lemonade braids but are more natural and less thick. So, if you want something that makes an impact but is a bit more subtle than jumbo lemonade braids, go for big lemonade braids.

#5 Micro Lemonade Braids

This style is the opposite of jumbo lemonade braids. These tiny braids look intricate and delicate. So, if you are not into thick braids, go for these. Plus, they make a nice hairstyle for women with thin hair. Micro lemonade braids might take more time to create but they will definitely be worth it.

#6 Thick and Thin Lemonade Braids

If you can’t choose between thick or thin lemonade braids, why not have them both. With thick and thin braids, you have one medium braid in the center and along with every thick chunky braid, you have one thin braid.

#7 Pulled Back

This involves pulling your braided hair back rather than sweeping them to one side. It frames the face and makes your features stand out.

#8 Center Parting

Your lemonade braids don’t have to be side swept always. You can divide them right down the middle so that they fall on the sides. This hairstyle can make a round face look longer and create symmetry.

#9 Lemonade Braids with Beads

Try out this hairstyle if you are fond of hair accessories and are looking for a boho look. Just slide some beads on the braids for that extra glam. There are many different types of beads like wooden beads, ceramic beads and bohemian beads so you can choose those that match your style.

#10 Triangle Braids

If you want your lemonade braids styled differently go for this style. This style involves separating the hair into triangular patterns at the top of the head and then braiding them accordingly.

#11 Zig Zag Braids

For those feeling a bit adventurous with their braids, this style is perfect. In this style, the hair is partitioned at the scalp in a zig-zag pattern rather than in the traditional cornrow pattern.

#12 Topknot

Don’t want your hair in your face, go for a topknot. This hairstyle involves taking the braids and pulling them up on the top of your head into a knot. You can then secure the knot with pins. It looks good with the texture.

#13 Lemonade Ponytail Braids

You can also make a ponytail from lemonade braids. For this, you just need to gather your braids and tie them together to form a high ponytail. This is a great hairstyle for teenagers and young girls. The braids give texture to the ponytail and make it look distinctive. 

#14 Half Up Half Down Lemonade Braids

If you are bored with your lemonade braids, you can style them in a half-up half-down do. Just pull a section of your hair into a bun at the top of your head and leave the rest hanging down.

#15 Lemonade Braids with Curls

Add a twist to your lemonade braids by using curly extensions or weaves. This will allow you to have the braids till mid-length with beautiful curls flowing down at the end. 

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Suhira Munshi

Suhira heads the editorial department of SheBegan Magazine. She joined SheBegan Magazine as an author in 2017, and her writings also appeared on cosmopolitan, lifefalcon and other mags. Suhira loves to write on wellness-related topics, skin/hair/beauty tips, and bridal grooming niche. Later, in 2019, she became the head of our editorial board and also holds the position of Growth analyst. Having had sufficient experience with fitness and nutritional balance, Suhira has worked as a fitness trainer at local Gyms, we utilize her experience in our fitness and nutritional recommendations.

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