How to Create Basic Cornrows

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Learn how to create basic cornrows, a classic black hair style with braids, with expert cornrow tips in this free hair styling video clip.

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Hello this is Jacqueline on behalf of expertvillage.com. In this section we would be talking about how to make a basic cornrow. Practice makes perfect. Once you have all of your tools dampen the hair with a spray bottle or light oil before you begin braiding. You could do one section at a time. Having the hair moist is better for getting the best tightest braids without pulling tight. The dampness will dry and make it tight and naturally. You do not need to pull the scalp and it should not hurt. Part the section of hair to be braided and clip the rest of the hair out of the way. At the point that you want the braid to begin grab a portion of hair to be divided into three more smaller sections. If the hair is short or fine at the hairlines start small but, still don't pull to tight. Start a normal French braid for about the first one or two Y patterns if possible before you begin adding hair as you go. Now as you hold the three sections reach down under with your index finger and grab a small amount of hair to add to the middle section of the braid. With the other hand do the same thing and keep going making the Y pattern until you run out of the extra hair. Always keeping the three strands. Continue the braid as a normal French braid all the way to the end of the hair. Then secure with a rubber band especially made for hair, barrette, bead, or whatever you like to clip it with. There is a natural rhythm to braiding and once you get it it is just a matter of repetition.

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