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Beyoncé Put A Vintage Spin On Her Braids For The Lion King — & Fans Love It

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Over the years, red carpet appearances from Beyoncé have become a rarity. So, when promotion began for the upcoming live-action rendition of The Lion King(in which Queen Bey plays Nala), we were antsy. Would she walk the carpets and hit the late-night circuit? Or stay low-key until the movie landed in theaters?

Luckily for the Bey Hive, the singer showed up in full force for the film's L.A. premiere last night wearing a gorgeous protective style that is sure to serve as summer hair inspiration. Bey's hair was braided in super-skinny, side-parted cornrows by celebrity stylist Kim Kimble — a strikingly beautiful look that fans dubbed "finger-wave braids."

Compared to the Lemonade braids we've seen on Beyoncé in the past, these didn't sweep to one side of her head and were instead parted in a curvy, S-shaped pattern — similar to finger waves. Toward her hairline, Kimble styled single braids in swirls and pin curls to create a dramatic baby-hair effect. Then, starting at her crown, her cornrows went straight back into a ponytail that cascaded down to her waist. Many fans compared the singer's style to Josephine Baker, the world-renowned performer, World War II spy, and activist who wore a similar, slicked-down wavy look in the 1920s.

Like everything Beyoncè does, you can expect her hive to follow suit — so prepare to see a lot of similar braids in formation this summer (and when The Lion King premieres on July 18).

RELATED VIDEO: Watch Beyonce and Blue Ivy Slay 'The Lion King' Red Carpet in FIERCE Matching Ensembles [Provided by ETonline]

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