More commonly known as braids, cornrows are a customary African hairstyle. The way a cornrow is achieved is quite sophisticated. It involves the hair being braided and held very tightly against the head, in an upwards, downwards motion to form each row. The main version of the cornrow is a constructed in a straight direction, however, this can vary depending on many factors including; personal preference or region of the world. In some parts of the world, both males and females wear cornrows, but it is the female more often than not who adopt the style.
Why are they still hot?
One reason why cornrow hairstyles are still hot is because of over-time, they have been adopted by many celebrities, and hence the world can see the different shapes and contours each individual wear them in. In turn, this creates a sense of curiosity and people enjoy trialing new hairstyles. Another significant reason as to why the cornrow is still hot is that younger generations are slowly finding out about their cultural backgrounds and ancestors, so naturally, out of interest, they begin to form the cornrow look.
In African, and indeed African-American societies, the cornrow is adopted for the ease factor, in that a large amount of hair is simply easier to wear up, in the ee-hive’ position, atop the head, keeping it out of the way.
For those individuals who are on the quest to find the easiest way to keep your hair, the challenge ends here. Many studies have shown that cornrows are in fact the easiest way to wear your hair, as well as repair any damage the hair has endured. The cornrow also encourages healthy growth, this growth will only remain healthy if treated correctly.
Maintaining the advantages for the cornrow
There are five steps to the hair maintenance process. They include; moisturising your head and hair on a regular basis using natural products, throw away your cotton and polyester pillowcases and use a satin or silk pillowcase, protection from the elements, use a leave-in conditioner regularly, and refrain from tampering with your cornrows, i.e. pulling or grooming.
Several advantages for the cornrow look is that you are able to just leave your hair until it is of the correct length, and even then, it is OK to leave it (unless you are moisturising it), they look excellent and each one has its own character, and they usually have a two week lifespan, so if you don’t love it, you only have to wait two weeks for it to return to its normal state.