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Beyoncé Wears Super-Long Braids

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Beyoncé and Rihanna are constantly going head-to-head (hair-to-hair?) for most mane changes in any given month. It seems like we can’t turn around without one of them sporting a pixie, wild curls, an intricate updo or a sleek bob. But Beyoncé may be pulling ahead in the best-tressed race this month with her latest look: A full head of long, elaborate braids.

Bey was snapped in N.Y.C. with husband Jay Z wearing her new ombré hip-length style, which she wore pulled to one side for a waterfall effect. Wondering how long it might take to transform Beyoncé’s hair into these braids? Writer/reporter Jackie Fields (who has tried the style herself) says “Unless she had, oh, I don’t know, 10 people working on it at once, her hair took hours. Mine took five!”

Jackie also suggests that Bey opted for the style because she might have a warm-weather vacation coming up (after all, the last time she rocked these locks was on an anniversary trip with Jay to Cuba — and her sister Solange favors them for beach and boat trips as well). “It’s just so easy breezy,” Jackie explains. “If she’s hopping on a yacht to some hot spot, this is a no brainer.”

Which leads us to wonder: Is Beyoncé getting prepped for a trip to Paris and Florence to witness the nuptials of another celeb power couple? Did Jay promise her a yacht trip around the Mediterranean if she didn’t upstage the bride? Is Kim even letting anyone in the door who doesn’t have regulation Kardashian bombshell waves?

While you ponder those deep questions, tell us in the comments how you feel about Beyoncé’s braids. Is this a top Bey hairstyle for you?

–Alex Apatoff

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