Cornrows, like any braided hair style, can be worn simply hanging loosely around the head, but if you want a more sophisticated look, try a cornrow updo. In the late 2000s, many pop culture icons were displaying cornrow updos in magazines and on the red carpet. Sweeping your cornrows into any type of braided updo can quickly turn a casual day look into a classy coif for the evening.
Cornrow Bun Styles
The bun is a classic, elegant updo style you can try with your cornrows; there are many types of buns to try. A lower bun at the nape of the neck creates a more sleek, dapper look. A top bun at the centre of the head, or off-centre chignon lends elegance and height to your cornrow style. MyBraids.com suggests tying your bun with your cornrow braids, creating a seamless, attractive border around the bun before securing it with hair clips. And there's always the "Princess Leia"--two buns on the side of the head.
Cornrow Pigtail Styles
You probably used to wear pigtail or ponytail hairstyles when you were a child, but you can still rock this look with your cornrows. For a more sophisticated look, pull your cornrows back into a simple ponytail at the back of the head. For a more youthful, festive style, put your cornrows into two side pigtails toward the top or bottom of your ears. You can secure these cornrow updos to your head with a barrette or hair clips if you want to create a looped ponytail.
Cornrow Pin Up Styles
A basic and attractive updo for cornrows involves simply pining any section--or all sections--of your braids up onto your head. You can loop the cornrows, twist the cornrows, drape them in various shapes across the top of your head or along the sides and then secure them as you like. Using hair clips or barrettes that match your hair colour can help the look blend in, says MyBraids.com, or you can spice it up with some coloured, shiny hair accessories. HairStylesChat.com recommends incorporating beads, which would give your cornrow updo an alternative look.
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