Funky Cornrow Styles

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Funky Cornrow Styles
Goddess braids are funky because you can weave colours into the cornrows. (angel hair image by Randy McKown from Fotolia.com)

If a cornrow hairstyle wasn't modern and eccentric enough, there are actually different types of the cornrow style that make for a fashionable and funky hairdo. For example, you might consider combining the cornrow with a mohawk for a really extroverted look or even try braiding your hair into a funky design or logo. Either way, ensure that you have your hair braided professionally because getting cornrows done can be painful if you're in the hands of an amateur.

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The Cornrow Mohawk

Although they are completely different hairstyles, combining a mohawk with a cornrow style can actually produce a very textured and retro-modern look. There are two key styles: a straight mohawk with cornrow sides or a front-braided mohawk. The key to the straight mohawk look is getting the stylist to braid the hair on the back and sides upwards into the central line that splits your head vertically. From there the hairstylist should gather and mould the remaining hair into a mohawk shape; for a really funky look you might consider pretending you're back in the 1970s and frizzing or curling the top of the hair on your head into an afro "disco" mohawk. The front-braided mohawk, on the other hand, is essentially one loose-braided cornrow. Achieve the look by gathering the hair tightly around the nape of the neck and then braiding the hair upward and forward over the head. Make the look a little more modern and unconventional by clipping or shaving the sides of the head to a low grade.

Cornrow Logos

Cornrows do not have to be moulded into straight lines. According to the CoolMensHair website "cornrow hairstyles can range from the strictly linear, in parallel rows beginning at the front of the scalp and ending at the neck, to complex geometric patterns, swirls and curves. Although it may be tempting to consider the more stylised geometric patterns as modern, ancient artefacts uncovered in Africa reveal geometric patterns in cornrow hair styles as well. These patterns can range from simple criss-cross designs to the more intricate and complex swirls, circles and even dollar signs. Make the logo funkier by experimenting with star shapes, sheet music icons, peace signs or specific letters and abbreviations. You could really think outside the box by braiding the word "funky" into your hair. Remember, however, to enlist the help of a skilled cornrow stylist for the more complex designs.

Goddess Braids

One funky cornrow style for women is the "Goddess braids" style. The look involves getting your stylist to insert synthetic hair into the cornrows as they are being braided. The end result is a thick head of cornrows that braid backwards to a bun or chignon at the rear of the head. The look can be particularly funky due to the colours that the fake hair can take. According to the Black Hair Extensions website, Goddess braids "are very popular with little girls because they can request fun colours in the braids such as pink or purple pieces." Modern celebrities such as Ciara have been known to style their hair in this way.

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