Cornrow braids are one of the oldest hairstyles, worn predominantly in African cultures dating as far back as 3500 BCE, and are still worn today in many different styles by many cultures across the world.
Cornrows are the result of weaving techniques by which the hair is braided against the scalp. The process results in a neat, low-maintenance hairstyle that can be worn for up to a month without becoming messy.
Hairstylist Tiffany Clash demonstrates how a simple cornrow can be done by just about anyone.
You will need: a tail comb, hair moisturizer (for course, tender hair types), hair of at least 4 inches in length, a hair tie and elastic bands.
Step 1: Comb and moisturize hair well to prevent pain and pulling on the scalp.
Step 2: Using the tail of the comb, part a straight line going from the front to the back of the head.
Step 3: Use a hair tie to keep remaining hair away from the braid.
Step 4: At the top of the part, separate three small sections as if doing a normal braid.
Step 5: Begin intertwining the three sections as normal.
Step 6: Loosen a small section of hair from the hair tie and add it into the braid. Continue this down the braid and tie an elastic band at the bottom.
Step 7: Repeat steps 1 through 6 across the head until all of the hair is braided.