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How to Do Cornrows

Follow these step-by-step instructions to learn how to weave your hair into hairstyles that have been popular among African people for thousands of years.


  • Step 1: Continue braiding until you get to the end of the 1-inch section of hair. When you get to the end, tightly secure it with a rubber band, snap bead, or other hair tie.
  • Step 2: Section off a new 1-inch section of hair and continue braiding until your whole head is done or until you've achieved a design you created yourself. Enjoy your new do!
  • FACT: Cornrow braids have been depicted on African artifacts that may be as many as 2,500 years old.
  • Step 3: Collect more hair from under the braid that hasn't been braided yet and add it to the middle section so that you have three sections again. Then continue braiding, left over center, and right over center.
  • TIP: Make sure that the braid is tight and close to your scalp.
  • TIP: You can also spritz on some detangler or a leave-in conditioner.
  • Step 4: Divide your hair into a 1-inch section from your hairline to the nape of your neck. You can start on either the right or left side of your head, start in the middle, or start somewhere else and make your own design.
  • Step 5: Divide the section into three equal, smaller sections and braid the three sections by crossing the left section over the center section, so that the left becomes the center section. Then cross the right section over the new center section so that the right becomes the center. Then repeat two more times with the new left and new right sections.
  • Step 6: Dampen your hair by spritzing some water on it, and then comb or brush it to remove any large knots or tangles.

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