7 Heat-Protective Microbraid Styles to Get You Ready for Warmer Weather

Updated 03/07/18

"Microbraids are a protective style that has been trending for years, especially in the colder months," explains Carol's Daughter hairstylist Stephanie McLemore. "They are extremely versatile and can be styled with endless possibilities. You can add color, leave them loose at the ends, and wear them in a radiant updo. Microbraids are very small in diameter and take several hours to get, so make sure you carve out time. This style can be worn on hair that is healthy and thick in diameter. If your hair is fine, damaged, weak, or thin, as a professional stylist with years of experience, I would not recommend this service."

Here's every striking way to wear microbraids we've been eyeing, plus a few iconic throwbacks.

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Zoë Kravitz has rocked microbraids many times—but the moment she stepped on the red carpet with these bleach-blonde braids, she stunned everyone. Here's proof that they're equally as elegant on the red carpet.

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We love young Bey. Never forget her honey-blonde microbraids. She inspired my teenage self to take the plunge and try out the style.

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Like Nicki Minaj, try a braided microbraid ponytail. Get tiny cornrows braided in the direction of a high pony. Extend the braids in your ponytail to whatever length you desire.

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It was a moment when Bey hit the stage during the 2016 BET Awards to perform the song "Freedom" in these iconic braids.

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There Zoë goes again in her signature microbraids before she donned that badass short cut she's wearing now. We're obsessed with the faded undercut that's accompanying this braided topknot.

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To show how versatile this convenient style is, here's what it looks like in a high side ponytail. The look can be reinvented in so many ways.

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If you look closely at Janet's curly style, you'll see that she's actually wearing microbraids. Going back to what I said earlier, you don't have to braid microbraids down to the very ends. Like Janet, a couple of inches of microbraids at the very top of your head look gorgeous with curly extension hair.

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