How to Braid Cornrows

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You can braid cornrows in a variety of different ways depending on your preferences. Find out how to braid cornrows with help from a hairstyle and beauty expert in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Marquetta Breslin from Braids by Breslin, and today I'm going to show you how to braid cornrows. Okay, so what I have here is I have two sections of hair. This section has not been parted off to start to braid. However, this section has. I've parted my first part down the middle, because this is just going to be a straight back cornrow. My next part was determining my width, and it was just to the other side of that cornrow, all the way back down to the nape of the neck. Now, it's very important that you section these two pieces, or these two bundles of hair off, because if not, then they can interfere when you start to cornrow, and it can be kind of discomforting to the client. So you just wanna be sure that these pieces, or these sections, are properly sectioned off before you start. Now, let's get into the actual cornrow. To start your cornrow, you wanna take a small piece from the middle, or from the top part, top portion of your part. Now you're going to divide this section into three equal strands. The problem a lot of people have with cornrowing hair is they'll come out lumpy and bumpy, and it's because the strands of hair that they're using to cornrow the hair are not even. So it's very important to keep these three strands even. Now once you have your three strands of hair, you're just going to start cornrowing by pushing the outside strand underneath the middle strand. It sounds complicated, but it's really easy. So I'm just gonna push this strand here, and as I push each strand, I'm going to pinch hair from within the part. And when you pinch that hair, you're actually picking it up and adding it to each strand. And that's what's creating the actual cornrow. I'm going really slow here, so you can see exactly what I'm doing. And you're just going to continue doing this all the way down to the nape of the neck. You're just gonna pinch hair, and pinch and grab, that's all you're doing is pinch and grab, and you're also alternating your strands. Cornrowing is really easy to do. A lot of people get intimidated by it because it seems so complicated, but if you just practice and, you know, are you, you're real consistent with your practice, I promise you, each time you start to cornrow hair, you'll get better and better, and then it will just be like second nature to you. Depending on the texture of hair you're cornrowing, you wont be able to pinch hair, 'cause it will be laying so flat to the scalp. In that case, you just wanna use your other hand, and just place some hair in there. That's fine too. Now that I'm getting towards the back, you just want to continue braiding all the way down until you get to the nape of the neck. And again, I'm just pinching hair from within the part, and that's what's actually creating my cornrow. Okay, now that I'm at the nape, I'm going to reposition my fingers to finish off the cornrow. I'm just transitioning my fingers so that I can keep my same tension, for the loose end. And you're just gonna continue to push the outside strand up and through the middle. The only difference now is there's no hair to pinch and grab. And you're gonna just continue doing that until you get to the very end. And once you get to the end, you can secure it with a rubber band, or you could just leave them loose. So there you have it, it's really simple, really easy. And remember, don't get discouraged. Just keep practicing, and you'll be sure to get it in no time. Thank you so much for watching, again I'm Marquetta Breslin from, and I'll talk with you soon.


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