Learning to Cornrow Braids

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When learning to cornrow braids in the hair, section off the hair into long, straight parts, begin with three small strands at the front of the row and cross each section under the next as a reverse French braid. Continue braiding in long rows to create cornrows with information from a professional hair stylist in this free video on hair care.

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Hi, my name is Lauren, and today, I'm here to discuss, learning how to cornrow braids. When you're cornrowing braids, you're going to want to decide on your pattern. There's many different ways that you can do this. Ultimately, you're going to create your two sides. You're going to split your hair into actual rows. You can use a straight part, which will make your cornrows a little bit more defined, or you can use a zigzag part, which will actually make them a little less defined. It will make them blend a little bit better. Depending on your style, and on what you want to do, is going to depend on how your hair is going to look. Also, the width of each section, will depend on how wide your cornrow is actually going to be, so again, depending on personal taste, it will depend on how wide, or small, that you want your cornrows to actually go. First thing you're going to do, is section that section out, however size that you want it to be. You're going to make sure that none of the other hair can actually be entangled within your cornrow. Once you've got your section, you're going to split the hair in the front, and then take that section and split it into three. This is ultimately doing a French braid, but rather than going up and over the center, you're actually going to go under, so you're going to take each piece, bring it to the center, by bringing it under the outside strand. Once you get a few in, you're actually going to start picking up that hair, and integrating it into your cornrow. Again, make sure to try to not grab the hair from the other areas, so that way, you don't have to worry about any snags, and you don't have to worry about any pulling. It will also help keep your parts nice and easy, and also nice and defined. You're going to continue all the way back. Now, what it does, is when you're going underneath the braid, and you're continuing backwards going under, you're actually almost having that braid pop up, so the braid is actually lifted up off of the scalp, which is helping that cornrow be a little bit more defined, and more of a cornrow, so again, go underneath. You can do this all the way down, you can stop your cornrows halfway back. You can also cornrow your entire head. You can end your cornrows by braiding them fully down, and then using a rubber band, in order to get them to stop, in order to hold your style, and that is learning how to cornrow hair.

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