Cornrows are a popular, edgy hairstyle that reflects modern pop culture. A cornrow is a group of small braids that are tightly secured to the scalp and this hairstyle takes practice to perfect. Cornrowed braids require meticulous design and take several steps to complete, so people often have these braids done at salons. However, if you have some techniques and a bit of patience, you can do cornrow braids on yourself. Even if you’ve never cornrowed your own hair, you can practice on your own head and learn a basic cornrow in one afternoon.
The braids of cornrows cover the whole head, with each resembling a French braid. They’re very small and close to the head. Most people do cornrows in a straight line, but you can create your own style. Generally, the easiest way for beginners to learn to braid their own hair in a cornrow is braiding the hair into cornrows that run straight back. But if you are desiring other designs for your braids, keep an eye on your mirrors as you braid, and use them to help you create curves and twists in your cornrows.
Firstly, you should set up a space to work on your cornrows. You must be able to see yourself in two different mirrors so you can check your progress as you braid. If possible, find a place where you can braid uninterrupted for several hours. Then, divide out a small amount of your hair to begin with, and clip back the other pieces of your hair. The smaller the amount of hair you begin with, the longer your cornrows are going to last and the better they’re going to look.
Then, braid the hair using traditional methods. Divide the hair into 3 strands and hold the outer strands aside, reach down under the initial braid to add a little hair to the middle strand. Fully merge this new hair to the middle strand so that it becomes a part of it, and you again have 3 strands. Make a braid stitch out of these strands. Begin braiding at one ear and work your way to the other ear, each time adding a little more hair to the middle strand, and repeat this until you’ve run out of hair to add.
Make sure to pull the hair tight as you grab extra pieces to keep your cornrows close to your head. Then, end the cornrow by making a simple braid with the remaining hair once you reach the end of your scalp. Secure it with a clip or elastic holder. Work methodically to create even cornrows, and the cornrows should each be the same size. After that, put a small amount of hair oil onto a cotton ball and dab the oil into your scalp and your cornrows.
At last, check your progress in the mirrors to make sure your cornrows are as tight to your head as possible and that you’re being satisfied with your design. Cornrows are a trendy way to wear your hair. Although they are a little time consuming, the results are well worth it.