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What Are the Various Types of Cornrows?

Different braiding patterns and hairstyles have been used to identify people based on their marital status, community, or age in African communities. Cornrows, also called cornrows are one of the commonly known styles for Afro hair. Depending on your preference or origin, there are various types of cornrows.

What Are the Various Types of Cornrows?

Cornrows are raised braids that are formed by using the underhand technique. Your skin is often exposed because cornrows are braided very close to the scalp. It is considered a protective style that you can have on for weeks. However, you must keep your scalp moisturized and take care of your cornrows to ensure that they last long.

Additionally, you can create various looks with it. With this type of braid, you can create crazy, colorful, simple, sexy, or sleek hair. Below are some of the various types of cornrows that will allow your hair to shine.

1. Cornrow side braid

With the side cornrows, you can add a unique touch to your hair. With this style, you can create a “faux-undercut” look. You can also take it to the next level by pairing it with other braided hairstyles. A combination that stands out is side cornrows with Dutch braids.

You can also go a step further by adding some contrasting cornrows right at the crown of your head. Whatever your preference is, the cornrow side braid is a versatile and fun style to try. It is perfect for emphasizing your face bone structure because it brings out the frames of your temples and also brings out the cheekbones.

2. Big cornrow braids

To embrace this trend, you can opt for big cornrow braids. This style is eye-catching and bold. Braiding in larger plaits involves you using more hair for making each row, saving you a lot of time. It is a style you should go for if you want to spend less time in the salon chair and still have a unique and beautiful look.

Additionally, styling, caring, and maintaining this type of cornrow braid is easy. To make the most of this look and give a unique twist to it, add accessories like delicate chains and ribbons to it.

3. Two cornrow braids

These two-statement braids are one of the most iconic types of cornrows. Creating this style involves braiding underhand. This is done at an angle and close to the scalp, with hair sweeping from the face into two plaits. It is a classic style with a fresh update of having your hair braided to wrap around your head asymmetrically.

Furthermore, the two cornrow braids are an off-center look that feels playful and younger. It will take your hair up the notch, and it is subtle to wear to school or work. With this type of cornrow, you are sure to attract attention and get compliments because of its uniqueness.

4. Cornrow braids with natural hair

The perfect match for cornrows is natural hair. This is because this braiding technique was developed for totally unstraightened and untreated Afro hair textures. To make the best of your natural hair with this style, go with side cornrows.

With this technique, you can create a faux-undercut style or mini-Afro mohawk effect. This style is also great for making a statement with a pair of earrings due to the hair being braided up. It is also a type of cornrow that is suitable for the hot summer season.

5. Cornrows in front box braids

The box braids are an iconic braid type that has been around for thousands of years. This style originates from Namibia and it is protective and low-maintenance. It is protective because the pressure of the raids on your scalp is not too much.

Additionally, they are versatile and have a lot of definitions. For more volume and length in the braids, you can as well braid in synthetic hair. Combine side cornrows with your box braids for a trendy look with an old-school vibe to it.

6. Tree braid cornrows

Tree braids are among the most subtle types of hairstyles. When created in the cornrow style, tree braids look great. This type of braid involves making mini cornrows together with the natural parting of your hair. In doing this, the majority of your hair is left loose and free.

The tree braids used to be a lot more popular in the early 2000s. you should opt for it if you want to add some attitude to your unbraided hair. You will get a refreshing nod of your natural roots and contrast as well if your tresses are relaxed or straightened.

7. Cornrows braided into a bun

Wrapping braids into a bun is chicer than many other things. You can make this look extra striking with cornrows. Usually, before twisting your cornrows into this sophisticated and sexy updo, you can braid your cornrows straight back.

You can also try a new twist on this look by asymmetrically braiding your cornrows from left to right. This draws the eye to your face and focuses attention on your forehead and the crown of your hair. Just as it is with the bun hairstyle, you can balance this look with winged eyeliner and bold lipstick.

8. French braid cornrows

French braids traditionally lie flat against your head. They incorporate all the hair seamlessly into the plaits. The plaits are lifted when it is braided cornrow-style and still have the same cut finish and sophistication. To give interest and a little more edge to this hairstyle, add side cornrows to it.

However, doing so requires that you follow the same principles of the classic French braids. With this type of hairstyle, the result is polished and pretty as all your hair is tucked neatly into the plaits.


Cornrows have been around for a very long time and are still trendy today. With any of the types, you can create different characters. Most of the various styles are great to have on and you can consult your hairdresser or go with your preferred choice when making your hair.


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