How Do You Do Cornrows?

To braid cornrows, divide the hair into sections. Begin a regular braid from the top of one section, and then add pieces of hair until you reach the end of the section. Braid the excess hair hanging from the scalp as you would a regular braid. Finally, secure the ends.

  1. Divide the hair into sections

    Use a rattail comb to divide the hair into equal sections. For simple cornrows from the front to the back of the head, divide the hair into equal, vertical rows, making them as thin or thick as you want.

  2. Prepare a section of hair

    Working with one section at a time, wet the hair slightly so that it is damp, using water or a diluted leave-in conditioner. You can also add a moisturizer or holding product to help keep the cornrows smooth.

  3. Braid the top portion of a section

    Section out a small chunk of hair at the start of one section, and divide it into three strands. Make a regular braid. However, you must go under with the strands instead of over. Pass the right strand under the middle strand so that it is now the middle strand, and then pass the left strand under the new middle strand to create the first braid stitch.

  4. Cornrow the hair

    Grab a small amount of hair from the section just below the initial braid, and add it to the strand of hair that is going underneath the middle strand. Continue to braid to the end of the section, adding an equal amount of hair to the strands as you go, creating a cornrow braid along the scalp.

  5. Braid the remaining ends

    When you reach the end of the section along the scalp and have excess hair, braid it as you would a normal braid. Then, secure the ends with hair-safe rubber bands or hair barrettes. Repeat the cornrow braiding process on the rest of the sectioned hair.

Cornrow braiding originated in Africa and may have evolved as early as 500 B.C. From complex spirals and curves to a straight design, there are many styles of cornrows.