How to Do Corn Braids With Simple Steps

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How to Do Corn Braids With Simple Steps
Cornrows can be very intricate. (beautiful Asian girl with braids image by Gina Smith from

Cornrow braids lay flat against the scalp and are believed to have originated in Africa. An ancient sculpture discovered from Nigeria's Nok civilisation depicts a figure sporting cornrows, and dates back to as early as 500 B.C. Learning to braid your or someone else's hair in cornrows may take some practice before it is perfected. Hair of any texture needs to be damp--not wet--and properly moisturised before cornrowing. If you are braiding very straight hair, add a water-based hair pomade or wax for more pliability; a natural oil moisturiser works well for very curly or textured hair.

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Things you need

  • Spray bottle
  • Water
  • Water-based hair pomade or wax
  • Natural oil moisturiser
  • Medium- or fine-toothed comb
  • Hair fasteners
  • Small rubber bands or hair elastics

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  1. 1

    Use a spray bottle to mist the hair with water if you are starting with a completely dry head of hair. The hair should be damp but not completely soaked.

  2. 2

    Add moisturiser to the hair. Determine the amount needed by the thickness and length of hair you're braiding. Very long and thick hair will require more product than fine or shorter hair. Read the manufacturer's label for specific directions.

  3. 3

    Determine the style and direction you want to braid in. Use a comb to part the hair into your first row, and keep excess hair out of the way with a fastener. The thinner you make the rows, the more braids you'll be able to make.

  4. 4

    Separate the hair on your row into three small sections. The section on the left side will be piece A; the middle section will be piece B and the right section will be piece C.

  5. 5

    Hold piece A between the ring and middle fingers on your left hand, and put piece B between your index finger and thumb on your left hand. Hold piece C with your thumb and index finger on your right hand.

  6. 6

    Use the right index finger to grab piece A from your left hand and put it under piece B and over piece C. Do this in one fluid motion. Simultaneously, use your left index finger to carry piece C to grab more hair in the row. Continue this motion until the row is braided. Fasten the end of the braids with rubber bands or hair elastics, if necessary.

  7. 7

    Repeat Steps 4 through 6 with a new row of hair, until the entire head is braided.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not braid the hair too tight, as this can be painful to the wearer and lead to breakage around the hairline.

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