Cornrow Wedding Hairstyles

Written by matthew caines
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Cornrow Wedding Hairstyles
The bride, the groom and even the bridesmaids can wear cornrows. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

The cornrow style is a tightly-braided hairdo that can be arranged into patterns, designs and even names. The braiding procedure usually takes a significant amount of time but requires only a little bit of maintenance and always looks eye-catching. Not all wedding hairstyles have to be completely braided either -- some haircuts have the cornrow style on only sections of the head, which means the stylist can add more volume and texture to the leftover hair.

Pushing the Cornrows Back

In this type of hairstyle, the cornrows are braided in the central section of the head. The fringe and the back of the head are not braided but left for the stylist to shape later on -- the hair in between the fringe and the rear is braided though into a wide set of straight cornrows. The hair at the rear is usually tightly curled and held up. The central cornrows tend to be smaller and thinner so that they don't take too much focus away from the extravagant curls at the rear of the head. The fringe is almost always straightened and swept to one side and held in place by a decorative hair clip. Other decorative hair pieces (e.g., a tiara or crown) can be added to the point where the cornrows end and the curls begin.

Loose Cornrows

Tightly tied cornrows may not be for everyone; sometimes the colour and texture of the skin or the material of the garment conflicts with a tightly braided hairstyle. Instead you can opt for a loose cornrow style that braids the hair in larger sections and with less amounts of hair -- the style also leaves less of the scalp showing and gives more volume to the overall haircut. Looser cornrow styles are also usually tied halfway to the back of the head -- this allows the stylist to shag and wave the remaining hair at the rear to give the do a little extra texture and volume.

Cornrow Wedding Hairstyles
These cornrows are tied loosely and separated further apart, adding a little extra volume and texture. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Cornrows for Kids

The bridesmaids at your wedding will look extra cute if they have cornrows that have been tied up. Not only does this type of style look youthful and playful but it also lets you tie coloured ribbons into the hair that match your colour scheme. To achieve this look, simply ask the hairstylist to braid the hair to the two points of the head where the ties will be (e.g., a few inches above and behind each ear). Once the hair has been braided, bunch the loose cornrows together and tie them with a coloured ribbon to match your theme. For pageboys, you might just consider a normal, straight-row style.

Cornrows for the Groom

For men, the cornrow style is much more straightforward. Extra volume and texture are not usually needed for a man's braided head, so it tends to look neater and much more mature when he just has a full head of cornrows. These cornrows also don't have to be particularly straight or in line because the groom might consider styling his braids into a pattern. Some example designs include zigzags, waves, crisscrosses, inversions and swirls -- some expert hairstylists might even be able to braid the cornrows into the shape of a letter or a pair of initials.

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