Is There a Secret Meaning Behind Beyoncé’s New Braided Bun Hairstyle?

Is There a Secret Meaning Behind Beyoncé’s New Braided Bun Hairstyle?
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Leave it to Beyoncé to break the internet with her hairstyle. On Wednesday, the 36-year-old singer, her husband, Jay Z, and her sister, Solange, stepped out in New Orleans for a quick meal, where they were unsurprisingly swarmed by fans.

The trio headed to New Orleans’s famous Dooky Chase’s Restaurant where they noshed on Creole cuisine and took selfies with fans, including a waitress and the eatery’s owner, Leah Chase. For the outing, Beyoncé sported a Houston Astros jersey (makes sense, considering the team won the Major League Baseball World Series last week), tattered jeans, and round sunglasses. The singer also flaunted a new hairstyle: honey-blonde box braids tied in a sky-high bun on the top of her head.

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Though, like all Beyoncé-related news, the singer’s new hairstyle was bound to make headlines, there is an extra tidbit about Beyoncé’s braids that might be of interest to the BeyHive. (Hint: It’s a clue that new music is coming—allegedly.)

According to Beyoncé stans, the singer frequently styles her hair in braids when she’s working on new music. One Twitter user claims that Beyoncé sported identical braids when she was recorded “Partition” off of her fifth album, Beyoncé. Similarly, Refinery29 pointed out Beyoncé also wore braids when she was recording Lemonade, as seen in her 2013 HBO documentary, “Life Is But a Dream.”

The Knowles-Carters’ impromptu vacation to New Orleans might also be a clue that new Beyoncé tracks are coming. For her last album, Lemonade, Beyoncé spent a lot of time in the Louisiana city, where she recorded several music videos. And though the mom of three’s “Formation” music video, which nods to New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina, was shot in Los Angeles, the singer clearly has an affinity for the city. Plus, in the music video, she sported—you guessed it—braids.

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However, it’s important to note that the singer’s hair could just be out of convenience. Considering she’s a new mom to two newborn twins, the singer’s fuss-free hairstyle might be to help her run after her three kids, as Refinery29 first pointed out.

Though Bey’s hair could also mean nothing other than her affinity for braids, we have a feeling the internet is onto something. (When the BeyHive theorizes, we listen.) We guess the only way to find out is when Beyoncé drops another internet-breaking album out of nowhere and simultaneously causes the entire web to implode. Looking forward to it.