"Hype Hair," "Braids" and "Black Hair" are three magazines that focus on popular hairstyles traditionally worn by African-American men and women. The magazines are geared toward female hairstyles and each display pictures of braids, cornrows, extensions and other black hairstyles.
In addition to showing pictures, the magazines listed above teach readers how to achieve the looks displayed in the photographs. Cornrows can be worn in different styles, and they serve as a foundation for other popular hairstyles.
The most common form of extensions for African-American hair begins with cornrows braided around a woman's head. The extensions are then sewn into the braid with thick thread. Some Caucasian women use this method, called a "sew-in," for their extensions also, but most use a fusion method. The fusion method uses tiny clear pieces of plastic attached by glue to the root of the hair. This method is better for Caucasian hair because it is usually thinner than black hair, so the braids are not as stable.
Braids differ from cornrows because they don't lie flat against a person's head. Cornrows and braids have been worn for years by female celebrities like Alicia Keys, Bo Derek, Brandy and Janet Jackson. Famous men who have worn cornrows include Sean Paul, Ludacris and Lil Wayne.