How to Do a Cornrow in Afro Hair

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How to Do a Cornrow in Afro Hair
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Styling hair in cornrow braids dates back to ancient Egypt. Cornrows gained popularity in the 60s and 70s, then had a resurgence in the 90s in hip hop culture. Executing the style will take some practice, especially before you're able to do small cornrows, but the basics are not difficult to master. The key is to go slowly at first and to start with a section of hair you can hold comfortably without having to concentrate on how small you're making it. The cornrow is a variation of a simple three-section braid.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Hair clips
  • Pick comb
  • Water spray bottle
  • Small rubber bands

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Spray hair with water until it is damp but not soaking.

  2. 2

    Part hair and separate out a section that is 1/2 to 1 inch wide. Clip back the rest of the hair away from that section so it is out of the way.

  3. 3

    Separate a small portion, starting at the hairline, into three smaller sections. These three small sections will be the base of your braid: Think of them as strands 1, 2, and 3 from left to right.

  4. 4

    Place strand 1 under strand 2 so strand 1 will be in the centre. Place strand 3 under the centre strand.

  5. 5

    Lift a thin strand from the section of parted hair that is not in the braid. Add the strand to the bottom of strand 1. Place strand 1 under strand 2.

  6. 6

    Lift a thin strand from the section of parted hair that is not in the braid underneath strand 3. Add it to the bottom of strand 3. Place strand 3 under the middle strand.

  7. 7

    Repeat steps 5 and 6 down to the base of the hairline to complete one cornrow. Separate another 1/2 to 1 inch wide section of hair to start another cornrow.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not braid with soaking wet hair.

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