How To Do Cornrows: A 10 Minute Guide

How To Do Cornrows: A 10 Minute Guide

Have the coveted Afro Hair?

Then you would have definitely done it up in a Cornrow. It is one of the most popular hairstyles for Afro Hair. It is also called Canerows in the Caribbean. 

Cornrows are raised braids plaited with the underhand technique. Since these braids are plaited very close to the scalp, the skin on the scalp is exposed.

If you tend to them properly, you can leave them for weeks on end without unbraiding. Ensure that you keep your scalp well moisturized. Do this, and you can leave them alone for 8 weeks at a time. 

Cornrows are super stylish and fancy. And the best part?

You can create plenty of looks with them. Fancy, sleek, sexy, elegant, simple, inventive, crazy, or colorful – there is so much you can do with Cornrows that will turn heads wherever you go and make you look like a million dollars.

It is a protective hairstyle to give your natural hair some rest from everyday wear and tear. Give your hair a break it deserves in the most stylish manner possible with Cornrows.

Different Types of Cornrows Styles

Different Types of Cornrows Styles

1. Big Cornrows Braids

Bold and attractive, braiding in bigger plaits saves a lot of time. Not only is it eye-catching, but it is also easy to care for and style according to your preference. 

2. Side Cornrows Braids

Regular cornrows are great but rather common. Want to look distinctive and stylish in a hairstyle that really brings out those cheekbones and frames the temples on one side? Then go with side cornrows braids. You can also try out something unique and fun by pairing outside cornrows with other braids.

3. Two Cornrows Braids

Two cornrows braids are one of the most classic looks you can go for. This style is suitable for school, work, outings, and the beach – wherever you want a classy yet playful look.

4. Cornrow Braids with natural hair

Cornrows were created for unstraightened Afro texture, so natural hair is ideal for cornrows. Side cornrows are great for natural hair or creating an Afro-mohawk style with this style.

5. Cornrows Braided into a bun

This is such a chic look for any woman with Afro hair to the sport. A hairdo that reeks of sophistication, this is perfect for an official look.

6. Cornrows in Front Box Braids in the back

This iconic braid originated years back and is popular even now. This protective and versatile style is low-maintenance.

7. Tree Braids Cornrows

Mini Cornrows are strung along with your natural parting, but most of the hair is let loose and free. 

8. Cornrow Braids with Weave

Want to make your hair longer, thicker, and smoother? Then go for sewing in the weaves and braiding the hair into cornrows.  

9. French Braid Cornrows

French braids braided in Cornrow style are just as elegant and neat as a French braid. Your French braid in this style is lifted, and the whole look is pretty and polished.

10. Updo Cornrow Hairstyle

Otherwise called the Cornrow ponytail, this is one of the in-trend hairstyles that looks super cool if you are lucky enough to have afro hair. This style is great for summer because it will keep your hair in place and away from your face. Who likes hair in their face in scalding heat?

You can also style the cornrows and braids with rings or gold cuffs for something unique and quirky.

11. Small Cornrow Braids

Also called Lemonade Braids, these may take longer to put in. But they are totally worth it. These braids are easy to maintain and strong so that you can leave them in for around 4 to 6 weeks.

12. Cornrow with extensions

You can give your regular hairstyle a colorful twist with extensions in pink, blue or green. The pop of colors will be stunning, bold, and fashionable, and the best part is that this look can be created without the use of harmful bleach or dye.

13. Mohawk Cornrow Braid

Mohawk cornrows involve putting vertical cornrows on the sides and then twisting up the plaits to the center. The intrinsic braid of these cornrows is best matched with bold, big, and fashionable earrings.

14. Cornrow Braid Design

Cornrows are braided very close to the scalp, so adding eye-catching and intricate patterns and designs will really make you stand out. These designs are bound to turn heads, bring compliments your way, and what’s more, you won’t be able to stop looking at yourself in the mirror either.

15. Jumbo Cornrow Braids

This style is ideal for bigger than large cornrows if you have long, thick hair, weaves, or extensions. This style really lifts your face and makes it stand out.

16. Goddess Cornrows

Goddess cornrows are thicker versions of cornrows that start thin at the start of the plait, thickens at the center, and tapers towards the end. The end effect is feminine, powerful, and you will look just like a Goddess!

17. Cornrows into a fishtail braid

You can combine cornrows and fishtail braids for something a little glamorous, gorgeous, and girly. The cornrows sweep around the head into a long and stunning fishtail braid.

18. Feed-in Cornrows

These are in trend and super popular at the moment. It involves plaiting hair in extensions. This gives the appearance of naturally ultra-long cornrows. You can experiment with various rings, cuffs, and hair accessories that reflect your taste, style, and preference.

What do you need for cornrows?

A few things in your kitty, and you can do cornrows on your own hair.

  • A styling gel to control those edges
  • A wide-toothed comb
  • A tail comb
  • Hair Bands
  • Beads and rings (if you want to add a little extra).
  • Conditioner (depending on your curl pattern).

Step by Step Guide on how to do cornrows

A cornrow can be done in around 10 minutes by following this simple guide. Start small and then go for more intricate ones as you master the basics.

1. Prep and condition your hair

To prevent frizz and keep your locks healthy and moisturized, apply some leave-in conditioner by focusing more on the ends than the roots. This will also help to detangle the hair when you comb. Let the conditioner air-dry before you begin braiding.

2. Comb through the hair to detangle knots

With a wide-toothed comb, comb through your locks, ensuring that there are no tangles. This will make braiding easier. Start at the ends and go up the lengths of your hair, and finally, the roots.

3. Part and divide the hair

Using the nose as a guide, use a tail comb to part your hair down the center. Part all the way down to the bottom.

4. Divide hair section into three parts for braiding

Divide the first section of hair at the hairline into three equal parts just like you would begin any braid.

5. Begin braiding the cornrow braid 

Take a small section of hair from the front. Divide the hair behind that section into two. Now we have 3 sections to work with. Take the strand of hair at the front and swap it with the one nearest to the ear. 

Next, grab the third strand and bring it under the middle strand. Repeat this step, bringing more hair into the cornrow as you keep going. 

6. Finish the cornrow

Add the finishing touch by plaiting the rest of the hair. To prevent the cornrow ends from coming apart, you can curl them around your finger.

7. Repeat on the opposite side

Repeat a dozen steps we highlighted. Ensure that the cornrow braids are symmetrical. You can make sure that the braids are neat and no hair is out of place by applying some hair fall control gel when pulling more hair into the braid. 

The Bottom Line

Cornrows were tailored as a protective female hairstyle to regrow curls and help you cope with the hottest months of the year without breaking a sweat. Basic cornrows are not only easy to put up, but they are also low-maintenance.

It also helps to fix damaged tresses and promote healthy hair growth. Conditioning and moisturizing regularly will also help to take them out easily. If you tend to them properly, you can expect them to last anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks.

Tend to them properly, and you can leave them on for weeks on end. Stylish, elegant, fashionable, classy, subtle, and sexy – whatever look you are going for, there is a cornrow to match!

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