Cornrow Styles for Black Natural Hair

Written by michelle renee
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    Cornrow Styles for Black Natural Hair

    Cornrow hairstyles for black natural hair are narrow sets of braids woven tightly across the head. The hairstyle originated in Africa. Different African cornrow hairstyles are worn to represent ethnicity, religion, status, age or kinship and the act of braiding is performed to express bonds between family and friends by African cultures. In modern American times, cornrow hairstyles have evolved to include numerous contemporary styles of the traditional African hairstyle.

    Natural black hair can be styled in cornrows. (black girl image by Morkidz photography from

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    Cornrow Afro

    A timeless type of cornrow hairstyle for natural black hair is a cornrow Afro. Several tightly woven braids are started at the front of the hairline closest to the face. The braids are woven from front to back and around the ears and stop either four or five inches from the face, or as far as the lower end of the crown. The back of the hair is left free in a natural Afro style.

    Children can wear cornrows, too. (métisse afro pouf image by C Quenum from

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    Cornrows With Braids

    Another popular cornrow hairstyle for men or women with longer hair is a cornrow with braids style. In traditional cornrow fashion, braid the hair sections from front to back stopping either at the crown or nape of the neck. Using the remaining free hair, begin weaving the braids away from the scalp for a looser, free-falling effect. Fasten ends with miniature rubber bands or add beads for a decorative look.

    People of all ethnicities wear cornrows. (beautiful Asian girl with braids image by Gina Smith from

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    Cornrow Designs

    Cornrow designs allow your imagination to run wild with your natural black hair. Try parting your hair in multiple sections and starting the cornrows from multiple points of origin around the head to create designs. You can braid in circles to create a cornrow swirl effect, in boxes for a grid-like look or braid original designs by using your imagination.

    Create your own cornrow designs. (hairstyles mannequin image by Radu Razvan from

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    Cornrow Mohawk

    Designed after the partially shaved Mohawk hairstyle, the cornrow Mohawk will not require that you shave your head. Starting at the bottom of the hairline, braid upward from the back and sides of the head. Stop braiding the back just under the crown and stop braiding the sides about two inches from the top centre of the head on either side. Leave only about a two- to three-inch strip of unbraided hair at the top of the head.

    A cornrow version of the Mohawk can be styled. (runner with mohawk image by jimcox40 from

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