How to do cornrows: 5 amazing steps to make fine cornrows at home

If you have long hair and find the common hairstyles such as body wavy vs straight hair, layers or curly hair boring, you can go for braided hair. Beside the dreadlocks or twist outs, cornrows is considered to be a convenient and trendy hairstyle that is widely favored by the young. This article will provide guidance for hair lovers on how to do cornrows at home and the hair extensions used for this style.  


How to do cornrows: 5 amazing steps to make fine cornrows at home

1. How to do cornrows: Overview about cornrows

Although cornrows is a type of braided hair, it is different from the braid out or traditional braids. This part shows you the basic knowledge about this hairstyle and a comprehensive comparison with other braid styles.

1.1. How to do cornrows: Definition of cornrows

Cornrows is a method of braiding the hair strands very closely to the people’s scalp thanks to the use of underhand, upward motion repeatedly until the ends of hair. The common cornrows strands have simple and straight lines; however, it has been modified and created into different designs.

Cornrows is considered to be invented in Africa and was applied for both men and women. However, only the styles for women still remained until now and the tutorial for how to do cornrows in the next part in this writing is based on it. 


How to do cornrows: Definition of cornrows

1.2. How to do cornrows: Comparison between cornrows and braids 

There are two braid styles that would be easily mistaken with the cornrows, they are Dutch braid and French braid. Both braid styles require sectioning your hair into commonly three parts and separating each part into three strands. Dutch braid is putting the left strand under the middle strand then putting the right strand under the middle strand, making this process continuous until the end. Otherwise the French braid with the same sections has a different technique: putting the right strand over the middle strand then putting the left strand over the middle strand until the ends of hair.


How to do cornrows: Comparison between cornrows and braids

The cornrows have identical technique in making with the Dutch braid and opposite to the French braid. However, while these two styles of hair braid consist of two to three sections for a head, the cornrows have more than three hairlines in a scalp. The cornrow, with steps of how to do cornrows below, also requires the strands to be twisted tightly to make the hairlines visible. Therefore, it is somehow difficult to make and is usually chosen in terms of hair extensions from the B2B hair factory and hair resellers.  

1.3. How to do cornrows: Types of cornrows

Cornrows with extensions feed-in

This is one of the most trendy styles of cornrow at the moment. You can add the hair extensions at the middle region of the scalp to thicken the cornrows strands. The extensions can have the same or different colors with the natural hair. You can also place the accessories on the braids to make your hair more stunning.

Big cornrow braids

This hairstyle of cornrows is exactly the same with the Dutch braid but in a more hair- section version. Normally, there are from five to six rows of braided hair in a full head which is easy and time-saving to make. This style of cornrow is also convenient to maintain and care for as the big twists can absorb the essence better.


Cornrows with extensions feed-in Vs. Big cornrow braids

Cornrows braided into a bun

If you have pretty long hair and the cornrows strands are so long that may be sometimes hard to control, you can go for this hairstyle. After making sections of cornrows, you can wrap the strands up into a bun. This updo style of cornrows will create an attractive look for your head.

Tree braids cornrow

This is a mixed hairstyle of cornrows rather than a complete cornrows style. Tree braids cornrow means you make the mini cornrows at the frontal region of your scalp and then make the rest of your hair free. The rest of the hair should be curled properly and kept in alignment to bring the best look.


Cornrows braided into a bun Vs. Tree braids cornrow

Half cornrow braid

This is another simple style of cornrow that you can make by yourself. Keep doing the same beginning steps with the big cornrow braid. After twisting each section of hair till the end of the nape, tie it up and make the rest of the hair free. You can keep the free part of hair curly or straight as both look good with this style.

Jumbo cornrow braids

The cornrow style of Jumbo is no longer strange to the fan of cornrow as it is a traditional style. The only demand to make Jumbo cornrow braids is having significantly thich natural hair or you can get the support of weaves. The hair strands must be straight, tight from the front to behind parts. The hairline between every two twists must be vivid. 

Ponytail cornrow

If the normal cornrow is not cool enough, tie the strands up to the crown of your scalp. With long twists, you can make a style of ponytail cornrow that brings the energetic and active vibe for users. You can stick the gold cuffs or rings on each strand of cornrow to make the hair stand out. 


Half cornrow braid Vs. Ponytail cornrow

2. How to do cornrows: Steps with full details

This would be the part that you have been waiting for. The specific guideline of how to do cornrows is below along with the tips for preservation. You can also follow the tutorial videos on youtube to make cornrows at home. 

2.1. How to do cornrows: Guideline with typical types

Here are the most detailed but simple steps for a newbie to make cornrows at home. The process would take from one to two hours based on the length of hair and speed of the maker.

2.1.1. How to do cornrows: Making big cornrow braids

  • Step 1: Wash your hair properly and remember to apply deep conditioner after that to make the hair look smooth and silky. Detangle any knots and brush the hair to make it stay on alignment. Finally apply an amount of moisturizing oil on the hair.
  • Step 2: Section the hair from the frontal region till the nape. If you want to make an even number of twists (4,6,8…), make a hairline at the middle of the scalp and divide each side into a half of the whole number of sections. If you prefer an odd number of twists, make a middle section of hair instead of the hairline. Make sure all sections have the same amount of hair so that the rows of cornrow will have similar size. Secure the section one by one.
  • Step 3: In each section, take a small amount on top, at the frontal region of the scalp and divide evenly the hair into three parts. One hand holds a side strand (for instance the left strand) while the other hand holds the other two hair strands (the middle and the right strands). Start putting the left strands under the middle strand then the right strand under the middle one. 
  • Step 4: Keep on the step 3 and gradually add a small amount of hair from the row underneath to each side strand when you put it under the middle strand. Make sure that the amount of adding hair is identical as well. Keep on adding and braiding until the end of nape. Make a Dutch braid for the rest of the hair section. 
  • Step 5: After finishing braiding the hair section, tie the root of the row with the hairband and then continue the same technique with other sections of hair. When all the cornrow strands are done, spray on the rows to make them fixed and more stand out. 

How to do cornrows: Making big cornrow braids

2.1.2. How to do cornrows: Half cornrow braid

You can section the natural hair into any parts based on your interest. Keep doing the same as the method of making big cornrow braids. However, each hair row after being braided to the end of the nape will not keep on the process. Use the hairband to secure the cornrow strands right near the nape of your neck. Style the free hair, using curling iron to make volumes of curls if necessary.

2.1.3. How to do cornrows: Ponytail cornrow   

Follow the first three steps of making big cornrow braids. However, stop braiding at the crown part of the scalp. Tie the ends of the cornrow sections one by one and tie them all together close to the knots. Make strands of braid with the rest of the ponytail to finish this hairstyle.

2.2. How to do cornrows: How to maintain the cornrows


How to do cornrows: How to maintain the cornrows

  • Keep the scalp clean and moisturized: Make sure that you have washed the hair and clean the scalp properly before making cornrows. Remember the deep conditioner to reduce the flakes on the scalp caused by the dryness. 
  • Keep the hair strand hydrated: You should regularly apply the hair oil to moisturize the rows as well as the scalp. Avoid using the dryer with high temperatures to dry your cornrows strands after washing. Use the UV-protection oil on your hair before disclosing under the sun rays.
  • Protect the cornrows while you are sleeping: It is essential to take care of your rows during the time you sleep. It is advised to put on a bonnet to keep your braids in shape and hydrated. This sleeping hat can be replaced by a silk scarf.
  • Don’t keep the cornrows for too long: The maximum to keep the cornrows hairstyle on your scalp should be six weeks. The reason is that during the time your hair is twisted, the scalp is stretched out and the strands can not absorb the essence evenly. Therefore, if you keep the cornrows for too long, it may cause pain on your scalp as well as make the hair weeker, the breaking and shedding will possibly happen.    

3. How to do cornrows: Hair extensions to make cornrows

If you find the drawbacks of the natural cornrows a big issue but still want to have a cool appearance with this hairstyle, hair extensions will be the best solution. This part will provide the primary information about these products. 


How to do cornrows: Types of hair extensions for cornrows

3.1. How to do cornrows: Types of hair extensions for cornrows

The hair extensions for cornrows can be made from human hair, synthetic hair or fabric threads. However, human hair extensions are considered to have the highest quality and the most similar look to real hair. The reason is that products made from human hair can remain major characteristics of natural hair and offer longer durability.

As the cornrows hairstyle requires the tight braids of hair sections as well as visible hairlines, the most appropriate types of human hair extensions to use for cornrows are lace frontal/closure and wig hair. These products have effective bleaching knots and can stick firmly on the scalp, which can satisfy the mentioned demands.

3.2. How to do cornrows: Where to buy hair extensions for cornrows

You can buy the human hair extensions for cornrows either online or offline. Particularly, if there are hair stores or big hair salons in your location, you can go to these addresses and try on the middle part lace closure  or frontal or wig to consider if they fit your scalp or not. 

Otherwise, you can visit the online marketplaces on the Internet to order hair extensions. However, remember to check carefully on the feedback, rates and details of the hair items before ordering. 


How to do cornrows: Where to buy hair extensions for cornrows

Beside purchasing the hair products via e-commerce, you can go to the website of reputed sellers of human hair extensions for cornrows. For instance, the official website of K-Hair Company is a famous address for worldwide consumers as this brand is recognized as the flagship hair vendor in Vietnam and Asia. The K-Hair staff are available 24/6 to provide the finest customer service and convenient ordering process.    


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