Sometimes we need a break from our hair and instead of adding extensions, we can simply do cornrows – if you know how to do cornrows. Most cornrow styles stay neat for 2 weeks without washing if moisturised regularly (to prevent drying of the scalp that results in itching). Also, if the hair is washed gently then tied down, your style may last up to 3 weeks. But you don’t know how to cornrow?
What are Cornrows?
Cornrows, usually referred to as ‘canerows’ in Jamaica, are a style of braiding or plaiting the hair in narrow strips to form geometric patterns on the scalp. It is sort of like plaiting towards the scalp in a row. Still confused? See how cornrows are down below.
How to Cornrow Your Own Natural Hair
Like every other style, learning how to do it takes time. Start practising, using the videos below and you can be a cornrowing queen in no time. Now, some of use will get this faster than others. Be prepared to practise weekly (or even nightly) and you’ll master the cornrowing technique soon.
The Short Cornow Tutorial
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The Long CornrowTutorial
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Tips for Wearing Cornrows
- Start with thoroughly detangled hair. Starting cornrows with tangles make it much more difficult to cornrow your hair smoothly.
- How that you know how to cornrow, ensure that your hair is properly moisturised before you begin. This reduces breakage because your hair will be more elastic and pliable when moisturised.
- Ensure that your scalp is properly moisturised before and while wearing cornrows. Many people complain about itchy scalp with cornrows. This is often caused by dry scalp. Also, when wearing cornrows, your scalp is usually exposed to air which help to dry out your scalp. So, it’s best to moisturise your scalp with a light oil every couple of days.
- Keep your hair tied down at nights and when you are home. This can significantly increase the length of time that you keep your cornrows. Exposing them to the elements and things like rubbing on a pill will reduce the time that they can be worn neatly.
I hope you now know how to cornrow and make them last.
Happy cornrowing. I hope you master this technique soon.