Creative Cornrow Hairstyles

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Creative Cornrow Hairstyles
Getting creative with cornrows allows you to express your personal style. (beautiful Asian girl with braids image by Gina Smith from Fotolia.com)

Essence Magazine reports that in 2010, braids made appearances on several high-fashion runways. Cornrows were among the many styles featured on the catwalk. Black Hairstyles Magazine defines cornrows as "braids that lay directly on the scalp. They are accomplished by braiding the hair in a three strand pattern as close to the scalp as possible." Cornrows are an ancient African method of hair braiding. Cornrows can be decorated with beads, shells, barrettes and ribbons. Black Hairstyles Magazine also explains that the cornrows' "likely comeback is due to celebrities such as Alicia Keys, Allen Iverson, and Ludacris rocking these styles with carefully planned designs." A few of the most creative cornrow ideas are listed below.

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Patterns

Cornrows can be made into square, crisscross, zigzag, diamond and whorl patterns. When it comes to cornrow patterns, the only limits are your imagination and the skills of your hairstylist. The website ThirstyRoots explains that "this hairstyle is a lot of fun because you can choose a design that best suits your personality." Come up with a pattern on your own, or discuss patterns with your stylist.

Partials

Cornrow fans can get really adventurous by cornrowing part of their hair and leaving the other part free-flowing or braided via a different technique. One celebrity who sports this style is Jill Scott. Essence Magazine reports that the singer has been pictured wearing half of her hair in fan-patterned cornrows and the other half all natural for an especially funky look.

Ponytails

With her "super-fancy cornrowed ponytail," Jada Pinkett Smith made a grand entrance at the 2010 BET Awards, according to Essence Magazine. For this fashion-forward ponytail interpretation, Pinkett Smith cornrowed the sides of her hair with the middle section of her hair micro-braided and then gathered into a long, luxurious ponytail.

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