Beyoncé, lead vocalist of the chart-topping trio Destiny’s Child, has had a rapid rise to diva status. With the stage presence of Diana Ross and supermodel good looks, it’s not hard to see why. To get Beyoncé’s golden and glamorous look for yourself, we asked stylist Tyrone Traylor to reveal her styling secrets to all of you with shoulder-length hair or longer.
To get this look you’ll need to braid your hair, so you have two options: Braid the night before and sleep on them for a great look in the morning, or braid in the morning and wear them all day for a fun daytime look and a great style that night.
STEP 1 Shampoo hair and follow with a deep conditioner. Long hair tends to be dryer on the ends, so focus the conditioning there. After gently towel-drying the hair, apply a liberal application of a moisturizing styling lotion and comb through to evenly distribute.
STEP 2 Part the hair down the middle. You will be braiding in rows starting from the scalp and working back toward the base of the head. Using your comb, section off a one-inch section of hair closest to the part at the hairline. Begin braiding at the base of the head and continue using moderate tension. Secure the braid with a coated rubber band.
STEP 3 Continue braiding the top row in this manner until you reach the back of the head, then begin another row just down from the first until that side of the head has three complete sets of braided rows, top, middle and bottom. Repeat the process for the other side.
STEP 4 It’s important that the hair be completely dry before undoing the braids, which, depending on the thickness of the hair, could be a little longer than you’d think. Before unbraiding the hair try a test strand from one of the back bottom rows to make sure the hair has had time to dry.
STEP 5 Remove all the rubber bands and carefully unbraid the hair using your fingers — no combs! Combing the hair will make it frizzy. The look here is textured and tousled waves.