How to Braid Cornrows for Beginners

By Seth Amery

Women and men often have their own separate styles for hair, but cornrows are a style popular with both genders. For example, Alicia Keys, Queen Latifah and Ludacris all have been known to make cornrows a part of their everyday look. To someone who has never performed the process before, cornrows can look like a complicated affair, but with some practice and patience, you can achieve this look as well.

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With a little practice, you can become a pro at braiding cornrows.

Step 1

Comb your hair along its natural parts. The way you part your hair ultimately depends on the design you wish to achieve. For example, for cornrows that go straight back halfway across your head, you must make a long, horizontal part in your hair.

Step 2

Pick up some of the hair where you want the cornrow to be. The amount of hair you hold depends on how thick you want your cornrows.

Step 3

Separate the hair you are holding into three even strands. Loop the first strand over the middle strand.

Step 4

Pick up a small amount of hair near your braid. Make sure it is hair you are not already holding. This part is essential to fusing the hair close to your scalp. Place the new hair along with the middle strand you are already holding.

Step 5

Loop the third strand over the middle strand, and add some nearby hair to the middle strand again.

Step 6

Repeat steps 4 and 5 until you have finished braiding the first cornrow. Repeat the process with the rest of your cornrows.