By LeafTV Editor

How to Care for Cornrows. Cornrows are a traditional form of hair braiding with origins in Africa. Rows of braids are fashioned close to the scalp in simple or intricate patterns. Cornrows are time-consuming and are intended to remain in the hair for as long as several weeks. This hairstyle requires a specific form of maintenance. Follow these steps to care for cornrows.

Care for Cornrows

Step 1

Dampen the hair lightly with an oil spray before braiding. Braid the hair damp, which tightens as it dries.

Step 2

Sit comfortably on a pillow or on the ground. Take breaks throughout the braiding so that the process is enjoyable.

Step 3

Place a net or stocking cap over the cornrows before shampooing. Wet the head thoroughly through the net or cap. Put a small amount of shampoo in the palms and mix in a bit of water. Press the palms all over the head, pressing the shampoo into the hair as much as possible.

Step 4

Wait several minutes then rinse the shampoo from the hair. Use gentle stream of cool water for several minutes to make sure the soap is completely rinsed out.

Step 5

Make a scalp exfoliator by mixing 1 tbsp. of brown sugar with 3 tbsp. of conditioner. Massage gently into the scalp in a circular motion for several minutes. Rinse or shampoo out.

Step 6

Oil the braids as necessary or apply a light spray sheen. Pay particular attention to the scalp to avoid drying and itching.

Step 7

Mix 1 tsp. of honey in 4 cups of warm water. Pour over the finished braids. Let the hair dry naturally to leave a wonderful sheen and scent.