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How To Braid Cornrows And Keep The Style All Day Long?

How To Braid Cornrows And Keep The Style All Day Long?

William Brown

William Brown


William is a professional hair stylist with over 10 years of experience. He is passionate about creating personalized, trendy looks for his clients and specializes in hair treatments and updos. He is now a certified hair adviser for Mic Hair Company. His articles are always filled with advice, pro tips, and latest hair research results.

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Wed Dec 29 2021

Various hairstyles can enhance the entire appearance of both men and women. They are not only easily achievable but also manageable. Cornrows braids are on the list of these trendy hairstyles. Those who know how to get braids won’t have much issue learning how to braid cornrows.

The main difference between these hairstyles is that common braids hang from particular sections while cornrows braids are perfectly attached to the scalp. Cornrows are stunning and reflect the heritage of Africa using various popular braiding techniques. These hairstyles reflect freedom and allow you to create different design patterns.

Prepare For Braiding Cornrows

1. Deep cleansing

First, you have to make sure that your hair is clean and soft by washing with special shampoo. It helps you remove dust, oil and sweat from your strands to ready for braiding. You have to know your hair type and choose a particular shampoo that gently cleans your hair without drying too much.

Deep cleansing

2. Deep conditioning

After washing, you should use a conditioner to hydrate the hair. Many hair stylists agree that soft hair is easier to braid. Moreover, you should use conditioners containing heat protectant which are very helpful when you straighten your hair using a heat tool.

3. Moisturize your hair

If you feel that hair conditioners don’t give enough moisture, you should use some moisturizing creams. By using those products, your hair will be hydrated and manageable. This is especially important for textured or curly hair, as it helps to maintain moisture levels during the braiding process.

4. Straighten your hair

If you have tightly coiled or natural hair, you might want to stretch it slightly before braiding to make the braiding process easier. This can be done using methods like twist-outs, braid-outs, or blow-drying with low heat.

Cornrows Braiding Step-by-Step

1 - Part Hair For Individual Cornrows Sections

To create desirable size sections, you should use the rattail comb’s tail end. You have to make smaller cornrows in the sections that are skinnier. Bigger cornrows will be easier to create in larger sections.

There is no particular method to part for cornrows. They can be created from backward to forwards, side, straight back, tiny braids beside larger braids, braids crossing over other braids. Hence, there are endless patterns for braiding.

2 - Divide Hair Section Into Three Parts

No matter what type of braiding you style,  hair parting technique is very important. Just like you divide sections for any braiding technique, divide three equal parts of the hair’s first section at the hairline.

3 - Start Braiding A Small Section

In this article, I will let you know how to braid cornrows using African braiding techniques.  At the hairline, you can start braiding a small section of hair. Those who are new to braiding can start with a simple cornrow style. Straight back is the most basic type of cornrows you can start with. Once you have gained knowledge, choose patterns and add extra hair for extreme lengths.

Start Braiding A Small Section

4 - Add Hair As You Braid

While continuing the braiding process, including the section of hair getting braided into the cornrow, this simple process turns a braid into a cornrow. You can use this technique to master how to braid cornrows and attach them to the scalp.

After selecting the three hairpieces for braiding, you have to pull the hair gently from the parted section and include it inside the cornrows after braiding. For a uniform look, you should add parts of hair evenly.

5 - Continue Braiding And Adding Hair

Keep adding more hair into the cornrow while braiding the section of hair till you move towards the end. Until the style is complete, you have to gradually pick up the hair to add in three sections from every side.

Based on the style, you can take 15 minutes to 4 hours to learn how to braid cornrows. As a beginner, you should avoid choosing a more intricate style. Once you start creating simple braid cornrows, the chances to create better patterns will become easier with time.

6 - Detangle Sections Of Hair

Those who are making cornrows on relaxed or straightened hair won’t have to detangle while braiding. However, women with natural or curly hair will have to detangle as they work their way down sections.

To ensure the braids are created uniformly and neatly, you should gently pull the fingers through the hair. Simply get a detangler brush that helps remove knots without causing breakage. To prevent breakage while detangling, you can create a mixture in a spray bottle of leave-in conditioner and water. Alternatively, use a mixture of natural oil and water.

7 - Continue Braiding

Since the braids are not attached to the head, one can continue the braiding process just like regular braids. Those who have long hair will have to braid after starting from the hair around the scalp consistently.

Continue Braiding And Adding Hair

8 - Secure The Ends

You can curl the ends of cornrows around the fingers to prevent them from unraveling. These curls look best on people with natural hair. If you have straight hair, there might be issues with ends staying together. Hence, you should use barrettes or rubber bands.

9 - Repeat Around The Head

You have to repeat the same braiding technique around the head. While creating braids, it is extremely important to part section the same size for uniformity and balance.

10 - Completed Cornrows

A simple and basic cornrow hairstyle generally has straight parts and a uniform size. You should place silk or satin scarves or caps over the hair before sleeping. This hairstyle can stay protected for nearly two weeks. Women who want to take a break from heat styling and chemical treatments should choose cornrow braids.

How To Ensure The Style Stays All Day Long?

1. Layer Your Hair Products

When styling your hair, use products in layers. Begin with a light application of mousse or styling cream, followed by a hairspray designed to hold your desired look in place.

2. Use waterproof spray to secure your braids

If you anticipate a long day or potential exposure to moisture, opt for waterproof makeup products. They're formulated to withstand sweat, tears, and even light rain, ensuring your look remains intact.

3. Don’t touch your hair so often

Constantly touching your hair can transfer oils from your hands to your hair, which might lead to a greasy or less polished appearance over time. Additionally, frequent touching can disturb the hairstyle and contribute to frizz or disheveled strands.

4. Carry a Style-Saver Kit

Pack a small kit with essentials like a mini hairspray, bobby pins, and a compact mirror. This kit allows you to touch up your style discreetly, ensuring it remains polished.


We hope now you understand how to braid cornrows and ensure the style stays all day long. You should wash the hair using shampoo and paraben-free conditioner twice every week to ensure the style looks shinier and smoother. Don’t use a comb or brush after applying hair spray. The hair spray should be suitable for long hair.

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