This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
Grab your edges, people: The Carters are coming to town. On March 12, 2018, Beyoncé and Jay Z announced that they’d be embarking on yet another joint world tour… meaning that there are so many possibilities. A new Bey album. Another Jay album. Or MAYBE a whole album of duets?! Either way, we’re fully prepared for our hairlines to be snatched from their actual follicles once Bey, Jay, and Blue sweep in to a city near us.
With a new tour comes a new setlist, costumes, and of course, new glam. Bey’s dream team — Sir John and Neal Farinah — will be on board to create more magic, too. But in the meantime, we’ll gladly reflect on the hairstyles we’d love to see on the Queen once again, ahead.
When it rains, it pours. On the first night of On the Run II in Cardiff, Wales, Bey didn’t just bless us with a #veryrare glance of Sir and Rumi — she did it wearing a set of intricately beaded blonde plaits. And while it might not technically be the style she sang and danced in, we would live for that performance.
Nothing stops Beyoncé from absolutely crushing her choreo – not a tumble, not an unexpected gust of wind, not a frisky fan. But she’s not totally superhuman. Her hair gets in her face when she’s swinging it around, so sometimes she’ll pull it up on a half-ponytail. Just like us normal folks.
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2o15 was big for for Beyoncé’s unconventional updo. She wore the look to the Met Gala that April, and according to Farinah, the look was actually a mistake. “For the Met Ball we did that high ponytail but that wasn’t supposed to be the style,” he told Us Weekly, explaining that the original style was supposed to be an Asian-inspired chignon. “We did that in the elevator as she was on the way out… she looks at me and says ‘Neal, I want to change my hair, will you change my hair?'” Bey gave him five minutes, and he set the tone for an entire year.
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And then in 2016, Farinah had the same concept in mind (and once again, took five minutes to do it!). “Beyoncé was like, ‘What would you want to do?’ And I wanted to make a statement and really embrace and celebrate the braided hair trend, so I just kept adding pieces of braided hair into her braided ponytail, and the more I started braiding it, the longer it got and the cooler it looked,” he told Cosmopolitan.”
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Remember the “Drunk In Love” era, when everyone was hitting the streets right after taking a shower to copy Bey’s drenched hair? Well, she brought it back for the Formation Tour in 2016, and we LIVED For it. Hairstylist Bethany Brill showed us how to get the look without getting our hair wet, with the help of wave gel.
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A worldwide superstar like Yoncé covers a LOT of ground while touring. Hopefully, she gives her protective styles, wigs, and weaves a break by letting her real curls down (like she’s been doing lately). We’re not certain if this 2011 look was all her, but the natural luster and texture is tremendously flattering.
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Formation was equally important for its lyrical content and its visuals. Bey really represented with her protective styles in the film and on tour. These cornrows gave the star the liberty to get her hair drenched without having to make a fuss about frizz.
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Back in 2013, Beyoncé — who loves her inches — stopped the world when she debuted her sharp, asymmetrical bob… and added some length and curls for the stage.
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