How to Do Cornrows on a White Person

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Cornrows on a white person are done exactly the same as cornrows on any other ethnicity, as the sections are parted, the hair is clipped back and the braids are done tightly like a backwards French braid. Learn how to braid cornrows with beauty advice 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 how to do cornrows on a white person. Doing cornrows on a white person would be the same thing as doing cornrows on any sort of ethnic person. So what you're going to do is do a separation of a part. You're going to decide how wide you would like your cornrows to be. You're also going to decide on your parting. You can either do a straight part which leave your cornrows a little bit more defined. Or you can do a zig-zag part. You zig-zag by simply putting a tail-comb or a clip such as this, moving back and forth pulling it out. Once you go and pull it out the hair will automatically separate leaving you with that zig-zag part. After you figure out which part it is that you would like you're then going to section off the pieces of the hair on either side of that cornrow. It's important in order to keep the crisp line, also to not have any other hair interfering with your work space. You're then going to split the hair, the front piece out anywhere from about a 1/4 of an inch to a 1/2 an inch. You're then going to take two fingers, insert them inside of it and split the hair into three sections. Try to make the sections as equal as possible, if you find the section isn't really equal just kind of you know use your judgment in order to equal them out. You're then going to criss-cross the strands. You're going to go underneath rather than on top. So you're going to continuously go from side to center, changing that center strand by going underneath the braid. Once you''ve gotten two or three braids back you're going to actually start integrating some of the hair that was left on that side. And you're still going to be swinging it underneath. So what that does is it actually lifts the braid kind of up and off the scalp. It almost gives it a three dimensional kind of look. You're going to continue this all the way back until you're desired braid is in, depending on the pattern you choose, or the partings that you choose. You can either bring your cornrows back, more of like a headband effect, or you can bring them all the way down depending on your personal style. And then you start sectioning off and end up with a nice braid, a cornrow. And that is how to cornrow a white persons hair.


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