Raindrop Braids Are the Box Braid Upgrade You’ve Been Looking For—See the Photos
As someone whose hair is always on guard, I am constantly on the lookout for my next look and TikTok is my hunting ground. The app is full of natural hair inspiration and the latest trend flooding your pages is raindrop braids. style hashtags The video has already garnered 4.3 million views and with one scroll through, you’ll see why it’s trending.
The raindrop braid is an adorable twist on the classic box braid. The style incorporates clear beads to create the illusion that raindrops have been delicately placed on each plaque. Adding beads and other embellishments to box braids certainly isn’t new, but the technique for raindrop braids is a bit different.
Maryland based builder and braider bethany nache She is credited with starting the trend when she posted a video of her sister wearing knotless braids decorated with clear bubble pearls. It wasn’t long before the comments flooded in with praise and requests for a tutorial.
“The style came spontaneously,” says Neche. “My sister wanted pearls on her hair, but the size of the pearls was too small so I thought what if the pearls went all over the hair instead of down.” After seeing the result, the braider knew she had made something new.
“He [Nché] did such an amazing job of turning box braids into a piece of art and I immediately knew I wanted to recreate this look,” says amensis berquinAnother hair content creator who tried the style on TikTok.
If you already know how to make yourself a box braid, it’s simple enough to upgrade them to a raindrop braid. Both Nache and Berquin use a bead applicator (you can find one on Amazon) to set the beads in each ponytail. “As you twist a box braid down, take out a small section of hair and use it to slide through a bead, then continue braiding,” explains Nache.
Add as many beads as you want to your braid, and although clear beads look like raindrops, don’t be afraid to play with different colors.
This feature originally appeared on allure,