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How To Cornrow Hair
Cornrows are essentially a popular African American hair do in which sections of the hair are braided all along the scalp. There is no section, which is left loose. It is a relatively popular hair styling art amongst African Americans.
The African American community has adopted the hairstyle because they have been genetically blessed with a thick crop of hair. Cornrows help them to manage their thick hair better. Some of these steps will helps you to cornrow your hair without making the common mistakes, which are normally seen.
Steps To Do Cornrow Hairstyle
Decide On A Style
It is very important to decide on the cornrow style that you want. Some people choose to have several sections of braided hair while others prefer to have just 6-7. Once you have decided, mark the thickness and spots on the scalp with the help of a wig holder.
Divide Hair Into Sections
Now you need to divide your hair into sections, which are to be braided. The sections should be equally thick or thin as desired. Comb out each section with a hairbrush to remove tangles. Use a detangling spray to help you comb better. Spray some styling serum or water on each section. This helps the sections to be easily braided without loose ends coming out. It also helps the hair to be pulled back with the right amount of tension.
Pick One Individual Section
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Take one section of hair that you will now begin to cornrow. In order to prevent the other hair from getting in the way, use clips or dividers to keep them away. Make tidy sections of your hair such that they leave straight lined gaps on the scalp.
Take one section and divide it into three sections, as you would do for a normal braid. Start braiding the three sections. As you braid, put aside the first two strands, and pick some additional hair from the scalp and merge it into the middle strand and continue braiding. This is what makes the cornrows attach themselves to the scalp. Make a braid stitch out of these three strands.
Continue braiding, adding a little bit more hair to each strand from the scalp until you run out of hair completely. Once the cornrows are done, secure them with rubber bands, clips, barrettes or anything that will hold the hair in place.
People with shiny and straight hair may need more of styling serum to give their hair the necessary tension that it requires. The braiding has to be very deft. Use only an experienced hand for making cornrows. Too much of stretching and pulling will only lead to pain and hair loss.
Shampooing cornrows is very simple. Make sure you massage and wash the area under the cornrows well as this is the area, which catches dirt and grime.
Make narrow braids as they last longer than the thicker ones. Open the cornrows in between to allow your hair to breathe. This will also reduce the tension on your hair.
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