How to Style Hair for Cornrows

Cornrows, also known as braids, have been around for centuries, and have evolved over the years into many different creative styles. This is a versatile hairstyle that can be worn at any occasion and needs minimal maintenance. It is done by parting the hair and braided it close to the scalp. You can choose to get your hair done at a professional hairstylist -- or do your own experiment to save money and improve your braiding skills.

Things You'll Need

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Water
  • Towel
  • Comb
  • Hair clip
  • Beads
  • Rubber bands
  • Hair gel


    • 1

      Wash and condition your hair, then blow dry it. Use a medium-tooth comb to comb through your hair thoroughly to remove tangles. Part off a section of your hair for the first cornrow. Part thin sections of hair if you want a lot of cornrows, and thicker sections if you want just a few.

    • 2

      Separate the loose hair with a hair clip. Divide the parted section of hair into three even groups. Start braiding the hair from the front of your head, moving down to the nape of the neck as you make more cornrows.

    • 3

      Hold the left strand (A) between the middle and third finger of your left hand and the right strand (B) between the middle and third finger of your right hand. Use your index finger of your right hand to lift and bring the middle strand (C) over the left strand (A). Bring the left strand (A) over to the middle. Bring the right strand (B) over to the middle, while moving (A) over to the right. Keep braiding in this pattern until you reach the end.

    • 4

      Part another section of hair and cornrow it in the same pattern as the first one. Continue to braid your hair until all the hair is completely braided.

    • 5

      Style your cornrows by placing beads on the ends with small rubber bands. Choose the design and color of the beads that you want. Insert the end of the braided hair into the hole of the bead. Slide the bead onto the hair, then secure the ends with rubber bands. Continue to put beads on all the braided hair ends. Apply hair gel the size of a quarter to your braids to keep them in place.

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