How to Do Corkscrew Braids

Updated April 17, 2017

Corkscrew braids are a hairstyle made from twisting two pieces of hair around one another. The resulting braid is a twist that resembles a corkscrew. This style is worn by both adults and children and can be incorporated into updos, worn as a single braid or styled into an entire head of twists. Corkscrews work best on hair that is medium to long in length.

Towel dry clean, conditioned hair. Blot the excess moisture from your hair but leave it damp.

Spritz leave-in conditioner over your entire head of hair and comb through to distribute evenly.

Separate your hair into four sections with two in the front and two in the back. You will be braiding one section at a time so clip all but one section up and away.

Use the end of your comb to select a smaller section of hair that is about 1-inch by 1-inch. Tie a small elastic around the base of this section to create a tiny ponytail.

Separate the ponytail into two sections. Twist each section in a clockwise motion. Do this by twirling the hair around your first finger.

Cross the right-hand section over the left and bring the left-hand section over to the right side. After they have been crossed, twist each piece once around.

Repeat the crossing and twisting motion for the entire length of the hair. When you reach the bottom, wrap a small elastic around the tip of the braid to secure in place.

Repeat the corkscrew braiding technique for your entire head (or for as many braids as you'd like). Your hair will air dry in the twists.


Depending on the texture of your hair, you will be able to keep corkscrews in for one to three weeks.

Things You'll Need

  • Towel
  • Leave-in hair conditioner
  • Comb
  • Hair clips
  • Small elastics
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