Putting beads on the end of braids and twists is an old school practice for black women. How many of us remember walking around as little girls, our heads clinking from the sound of colorful plastic beads hitting against each other. The beauty of the bead style is that it is constantly being reinvented. For instance, Solange looked breathtaking on the January/February 2018 cover of SURFACE magazine wearing blond cornrows and vibrant red beads from her ears down past her shoulders.

Photograph of Solange Knowles by Andrew Zuckerman.

On Instagram women are putting their own riffs on the traditional bead style, and the results, as always, are absolutely gorgeous.

Kekelam in translucent beads. IG: @kekelam.

Singer Dawn Richard. Image from IG: @dawnrichard.

Image from IG: @lunathi007

Image from IG: @mandisa_l_constable

Image from IG: @urban_mimz

Image from IG: @urban_mimz

Image from IG: @dolenebeauty.

Image from IG: @holluwaniphemmie.

Image from IG: @mimi.irvin.

Image from IG: @nomashenge_

Image from IG: @nunugold_beauty.

Image from IG: @refiloedhladhla.

Image from IG: @andrewalkerhair.

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Image from IG: @brooklynbraiders

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Ladies, which style is your favorite?