How To Cornrow Hair. African American Cornrows

Small African American Cornrows
Cornrows which are also known as track braids or flat braids, are braids that lie directly on the scalp. Braiding African cornrows is accomplished by plaiting hair in a three strand pattern as close to the scalp as possible. They usually run the length of the scalp from the forehead to the nape of the neck. Natural hair can be combined with synthetic or human hair extensions to produce dazzling hairstyles. African cornrows can also be decorated with beads or shells. You will need to learn how to braid cornrows if you would like to plait braided African hair bobs and traditional hair weaves.

How To Cornrow African Hair. A Slow Step By Step Video Guide

What should you do before beginning to cornrow your hair?

Before you begin braiding cornrows, ensure that you wash and condition your hair, then blow dry it using a wide toothed comb. Thereafter, oil your scalp with hair food evenly and massage.

Are there any tools, extensions or accessories that are required or preferred to braid cornrows?

You need a toothed comb, a hair clip (optional), hair food or Vaseline and a hair band (optional). For ease of braiding, use a hair clip to hold and keep the remaining natural hair in position every time you part it into three strand sections.

Do you need a lubricant to make your fingers ‘sticky’ so as to create African American cornrows?

It is good idea to use a lubricant like TCB hair food on your finger tips which will enable your fingers to slide easily through your hair and will help any protruding braided hair ends lie flat.

What are the common ways of finishing the ends of natural cornrows?

Normally, each cornrow is braided in an interlocking manner up until the hair ends. You could add hair extensions at the hair ends. For a unique look, you may prefer to use different colored braid extensions.

What is the easiest way of removing cornrows?

The most common way of removing cornrows is to use a comb and pick at the middle of the interlocking braids starting from the ends and moving towards the front.

What are the advantages of braiding cornrows?

Cornrows strengthen the natural hair. Cornrows are neat and give a stunning and unique look.

What are the disadvantages or challenges of braiding cornrows?

When braiding cornrows with the hair extensions, caution should be taken not to pull the natural hair from the hairline as this will weaken the hair and break it. You should not braid cornrows too tightly as it can be painful and you could damage the hairline.

Is braiding with short hair any different from braiding long hair?

The minimum hair length for braiding cornrows is usually about two .

Braiding short hair is more challenging than braiding long hair. This is because it’s more difficult to grip the short hair while braiding three strands. Braiding cornrows with the long hair is a lot easier as there is a continuous flow of hair without strain on the hands.

How many different thicknesses or types of cornrows are there?

In general, there are three thicknesses of cornrows: thin, medium and thick cornrows.

Are there any differences in braiding the different thicknesses or types of cornrows?

Braiding thin cornrows normally requires a firmer grip on the hair so as to maintain the small size of the three strands. Whereas braiding and managing hair flow of medium or thick cornrow braids is much easier.

How long do the different thicknesses or types of cornrows take to braid?

Thick braids take a much shorter time say half an hour to braid. Cornrows of medium thickness can take up to an hour to braid. Thin cornrows will generally take more than an hour to braid.

On average, how long do the different thicknesses or types of cornrows last before becoming messy and untidy?

Thick cornrows can last up to a month and a half before they begin showing signs of unraveling or general untidiness. Whereas thin to medium size cornrows take about two months before they begin showing signs of becoming untidy.

What is required to maintain tidy cornrows?

To maintain your cornrow braids for a longer time, you will need to oil your scalp regularly. Also before you sleep, you will need to wrap your head with a silk cloth so as to maintain the shape of the braids.

What happens when cornrows get soaked in water?

If you soak your braids in the water, they will become loose and may unravel. The natural hair also becomes tangled. It is advisable to wear a shower cap while having a shower.

How does one clean dirty cornrows?

When the braids become dirty, you may take a piece of cotton wool and dab some mineral oil on it, carefully remove any dirt and grime with the treated cotton wool. Apply hair food along the braided lines beginning from the hairline to the nape of the neck.

What happens when cornrows are braided improperly?

When braided improperly, the cornrow braids will tend to look very untidy, unkempt and aged. The braids also become loose and will unravel.

Can you describe in words what the common styles of cornrows are?

Many styles can be created including geometric patterns and designs in the braids with curling, wavy or zig zag lines.

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