How Cool Girls Are Styling Their Hair Cuffs

Photo: Courtesy of @freshlengths.
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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PHOTOGRAPHED BY EMILY MALAN.
Everything that glittered at Coachella wasn't necessarily, well, glitter. We spotted SO many gold cuffs on locs...
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... adorning gorgeous box braids ...
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... and twists, too.
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Blink and you might miss the details on this gorgeous braided bun.
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When your box braids get too cumbersome, try assembling them into a bigger, three-strand braid... and while you're at it, add some hardware to your updo, too.
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At Curlfest, we were captured by these black-and-white braided bantu knots.
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Over in Colombia, a stylist at Afrik Hair gave their client's curly cornrows some hardware.
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This arrow-shaped side braid, by Pekela Riley, adds edge to the model's soft brunette curls.
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"Get you a friend-muse that puts up w/ your creative bs," photographer Flo Ngala captioned. And clearly, it was worth the investment.
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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.
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All queens deserve a crown... or a crown braid, like YouTuber SimplyNarshaaa. See her helpful tutorial here.
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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.
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Lesley has a head full of beautiful brown curls, and the adornments only elevate her 'fro even further.
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Somehow, all of this beauty's beads don't distract from her braided topknot, as spotted at Afropunk.
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But at times, less really is more. This Afropunk attendee only needed three cuffs to make her puffs stand out.