When you’ve been blessed with natural curls or coils, you’ve already got a canvas for some of the dopest hair accessories out there. Stud your ‘fro with flowers. Put pearls on the ends of your braids. Hell, you can even stick a few butterflies in your curls, if you’re feeling fly. In the midst of all this creativity, we’ve forgotten about our day one: filigree tubes, or hair cuffs. The tiny decorations, usually sold in a pack of 12 for $1 at local beauty supply stores, were the easiest accessories to clip on to box braids or locs. Now, naturalistas are finding so many ways to wear them — and are giving even the most expensive baubles a run for their money. See the styles we love, ahead.
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At Curlfest, we were captured by these black-and-white braided bantu knots.
Over in Colombia, a stylist at Afrik Hair gave their client’s curly cornrows some hardware.
Photo: Via @shellyafrikhair.
This arrow-shaped side braid, by Pekela Riley, adds edge to the model’s soft brunette curls.
Photo: Via @maneaddicts.
“Get you a friend-muse that puts up w/ your creative bs,” photographer Flo Ngala captioned. And clearly, it was worth the investment.
Photo: Via @flongala.
Thankfully, most filigree tubes are made from bendable materials — so you can use them to segment your French braid, like @shanillia26 did on her daughter’s hair.
Photo: Via @shanillia26.
All queens deserve a crown… or a crown braid, like YouTuber SimplyNarshaaa. See her helpful tutorial here.
Photo: Via @curlslovenarsha.
If you don’t want to braid all of your hair, take a page from KishMyKurls’ book and make a smaller plait, leaving the rest of your curls loose.
Photo: Via @kishmykurls.
Lesley has a head full of beautiful brown curls, and the adornments only elevate her ‘fro even further.
Photo: Via @freshlengths.
Somehow, all of this beauty’s beads don’t distract from her braided topknot, as spotted at Afropunk.
But at times, less really is more. This Afropunk attendee only needed three cuffs to make her puffs stand out.
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