05/29/2014 01:56 pm ET Updated May 29, 2014

17 Reasons Braids Are The Best Summer Hairstyle Ever (PHOTOS)

While Memorial Day weekend always marks the unofficial start of summer, we got another reminder that warmer days are ahead when Beyoncé debuted a lovely head full of blonde box braids this past week. Nothing says summertime like a fresh set of braids ready for some fun in the sun!

Whether rocking box braids a la "Poetic Justice," cornrows, mirco braids or Marley twists, the plaits are more than just pretty -- their practical too. You can sweat, swim or do whatever your heart desires without worrying about your freshly pressed hair, curl pattern or weave being compromised. #Winning

With that said, here's some beautiful braid inspiration via Instagram that will definitely get you excited for Summertime!

Celebrities Rocking Braids
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