Learning to Cornrow Hair Takes Practice and Patience

Learning to cornrow hair takes practice and patience. It can be discouraging when a style you have in mind doesn’t turn out. I can’t tell you how many failed style attempts I’ve had. I tried learning to cornrow and gave up several times before sticking it out. I honestly thought I would NEVER get the hang of it.

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I like to think I’ve come along way with my cornrowing skills since I first started learning, like this easy cornrow style I did in my beginning days, lol, it is apparent my skills were lacking, but I don’t mind sharing, because everyone starts somewhere and everyone needs practice and anyone can learn to do it. It was definitely a process and took a lot of practice, but I watched from others, learned from my mistakes, figured out what works best for me and practiced some more while applying the cornrowing tips and tricks I was learning along the way.

This was a great protective style I did last year. Simple straight back cornrows, 2 Ki Lan style cornrows down the sides of the hairline in front and small box braids in the back. The bottom right photo are the lose braids braided and twisted up into a bun:

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Another cornrow style I did:
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A cute and easy style incorporating cornrows:
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See a tutorial for this cute and super easy hairstyle here and also see another way to wear this style.

My point of this post is to not give up, even when discouraged. You will learn and you will get better at cornrowing, it just takes a little lot of patience and practice. Start with these tips and once you get the hang of it try some of these cornrow styles. Good luck! and Please share your progress with us on our Facebook page.

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Cornrow Hairstyle Tutorial

Criss Cross Over Cornrow Hairstyles

Both of these cornrow hairstyles are similar and basically start off the same way. Your parts should resemble a pie or pizza.

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(For steps 1-3 refer back to the hair parting diagram above)
Step 1: Part hair in four sections. (front to back, ear to ear) clip each section to keep them separate

Step 2: starting with the right front section and from the center point, I parted diagonal so that I had two triangles.

Step 3: I then split those two triangles in half from the center point making 4 triangles in that 1 section. Make sure you keep the 4 triangles separate.

Step 4: starting w/ the 2 triangles at the top make a set of criss crossed cornrows (if you’re not sure how to do that see our criss cross cornrow tutorial) going to the center of the head, w/ the bottom two make 2 regular cornrows going to the center of the head.

Step 5: repeat steps 2 & 3 on the left front section. Once top portion is complete, secure w/ an ouchless band.

Step 6: untie back right section and split into 4 triangles like we did on the top and just cornrow downward.

Step 7 repeat on the other side and accessorize as you like.

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(For steps 1-3 refer back to the hair parting diagram above)
Step 1: Part hair in four sections. (front to back, ear to ear) clip each section to keep them separate

Step 2: starting with the right front section and from the center point I parted diagonal so that I had two triangles.

Step 3: I then split those two triangles in half from the center point making 4 triangles in that 1 section. make sure you clip the 4 triangles separate. (as shown in the diagram above)

Step 4: Make 2 sets of criss-crossed cornrows going to the center of the head in 3 of the sections(top, bottom left). with the bottom right section
make two sets of criss-crossed cornrows going downward.

Step 5: secure the cornrows going to the center into a bun on the top of the head. Accessorize as you like!

 

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5 Quick Cute Hairstyles

5 Quick Cute Hairstyles

Our talented friend LaShauna, from Nothing Unruly About These Curls, comes up with some really cute and creative styles that are fairly quick and easy to do. She has shared 5 quick cute hairstyles with us that are perfect school day styles for girls.

STYLE 1: One Hairstyle Two Ways

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This style lasted for 1 school week

To get this look:
Step 1:
  Part the hair down the middle, then tie off 1 side so that it will be out the way.
Step 2: With the loose section, part off a front ponytail and rope twist the ponytail (if you don’t know how to create rope twists see our tutorial on 2 strand rope twists).
Step 3: Make a thin cornrow behind the first ponytail
Step 4: Part off another section for the middle ponytail then make another small cornrow section beneath it.
Step 5: Make the bottom ponytail

I repeated this process on the other side. On the 3rd day I simply took the 2 front ponies sprayed them down w/ water added a moisturizer (use checkout code COLDUTHM to save on Bee Mine Products) combed them into 1 center ponytail using a toothbrush and eco-styler gel to smooth her hair. Repeat the steps for the 2nd and 3rd sections and I chose to leave the cornrowed sections alone. She wore it this way for 2 more days

STYLE 2: Small Ponytail into Big Ponytail with Twists

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How To:
Step 1: Section hair in to 3 sections (front, middle, bottom)
Step 2: Start with the front section part the hair slightly off center. Take the smallest section of hair, pony tail it with a rubber band then rope twist it down. (I had my daughter hold it so that it wouldn’t unravel while I smoothed out bigger ponytail).
Step 3:  Connect the small twist over to the larger ponytail with a rubber band. With the hanging hair split it in two, rope twist it down and add a barrette to the ends.

For the middle & bottom section repeat the above steps, alternating the side the small ponytail is on.

STYLE 3: 5 Pony Rope Strand Twists

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This is a super simple style that took me less than 30 mins to complete & lasted 3 days w/ minor touch up and accessory changes.

How To:
Step 1:
Part the hair in half from ear to ear, tie off the back half .
Step 2: For the front portion part off a small section/ponytail, secure it with an elastic then create 2 strand rope twists all the way down, tie it off with another elastic then add a barrette on top.
Step 3: For the back portion simply part off 3 vertical sections (as equal as possible) secured each with an elastic, rope twist each ponytail, add another elastic and barrette on the ends. Easy peezy!

STYLE 4: Donut Bun with Hanging Braids

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This is an easy protective style that took less than 30 mins to complete and she wore it for 1 week with daily touch ups.

Step 1: Part off a small section on the back/bottom of her head and put it into two simple single braids. This section can be as big or small as you like.
Step 2: Put the top portion of the hair in a ponytail using a ouch-less band.
Step 3: Slide the bun maker/donut/sock bun on the ponytail. Lay the hair all around the bun maker and use a smaller tooth comb to smooth the hair down (NOT combing through the hair just smoothing it down). Add another ponytail holder around the bun, don’t wrap it, just put it on top to hold the bun in place. Cornrow or braid the free hair around the bun and bobby pin it in place, then add a cute bow.

STYLE 5: 3 Side Cornrows Into a Ponytail of Twists

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Mireya wore this style for Picture day at school. it took less 30 mins to complete. the cornrows lasted all week and I redid the ponytail daily.

Step 1: Make a slanted square on the side of the head
Step 2: Part out and create 3 cornrows in that square.
Step 3: With the free hair smooth it into a side ponytail using an ouch-less cloth band.
Step 4: With the hanging hair make three 2 strand rope twists then loosely braid those twist together and secure with an ouch-less cloth band.

Guest Post by LaShauna from Nothing Unruly About These Curls

A big thanks to Shauna for sharing these styles and how-to’s with us! Try them out, don’t be afraid to put your own spin on them. And as always feel free to share them with us on our Facebook fan page. You can find us on Twitter, Pinterest, G+ community, join our blog via email and subscribe to our blog via email so you never miss a post!

Hairstyle Contributor Mo Plaits: Circle Cornrow Tutorial

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Hola! Bonjour! Annyeonghaseyo! Guten Tag! Hello!!! Mo Plaits Fan Page here to shed light on not only our family life, but how we came to be!! Being a family of four has been such a blessing in itself! Starting off with the parents, my Name is Tanya and I go by Mo. Daddy is T, and our babies are Princess A (4 yrs old) and Big C (2 yrs old). While serving in the US Army I had acquired the nickname ‘MoCrib’ from a Drill Sergeant of mine. My maiden name was Morehouse, so my Drill Sergeant broke it down into Mo Crib!! This is where ‘Mo Plaits’ comes into the picture! I have always been a stylist in my eyes and having Princess A has just taken my fingers to a whole new level. We are extremely excited, and thankful nonetheless for being featured as a hairstyle contributor on Untrained Hair Mom’s blog!! You will see many styles, and how to’s for them. Please sit back and enjoy the show!!

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The Knowles Family!!

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The first Hairstyle Tutorial from Mo Plaits is for Circle Cornrows

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Items needed:

You will need a rat tail comb/ small toothed comb, styling gel, water spray gun, and elastics for a secure hold! Ballies, barrettes, and beads are optional!

How To:

Step 1 Wet hair with water and apply a generous amount of styling gel.

Step 2 Take the end of comb and start your part from crown of head, drag comb all the way down towards end of hair line.

Step 3 Pin hair back, cornrow sectioned hair. (If you’re new to cornrowing be sure to check out our Cornrowing for Beginners post).

Step 4 For next cornrow, take end of comb and place it directly next to where the last cornrow ended, this will give the circle effect.

Step 5 Once all hair is cornrowed, braid the cornrows around head and secure end of braid with elastic. Remember for extra flare and pizzazz you may add beads or a cute set of ballies to the ends.

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Top Cute Hairstyles to Try

I have an ever growing list of the top cute hairstyles that I want to try on D. Some of these styles are from fellow bloggers and other are styles I’ve found here and there across the web while browsing for hair style inspiration…we all need it sometimes! Take a look:

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Cage Braid by Keyative Styles

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Braided cornrows
Cornrows by Mainly Braids

Kids Braided Hair Styles
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Yarn twists
Yarn twists by Chocolate Hair Vanilla Care

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Updo by Beads, Braids & Beyond

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Willow Smith Inspired Heart Hairstyle by Mainly Braids

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Cornrow Heart by Keyative Styles

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Protective Style by Braid with Me

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I would love to try pretty much any style by Braid with Me

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Mimi Braids (not quite on her cornrowing level, yet, lol)

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Cornrow Faux Hawk by Love Your Girls Biracial Curls

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Source: naturallymeashley.tumblr.com via Elizabeth on Pinterest

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Another Cornrow style from Keyative Styles

Elongated twist out with no shrinkage
Elongated Twist Out (How to get a twist out without the shrinkage) by KandLandKurls

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This is a friend of mine’s hair, I love how she did this.

Have you done any styles similar to these? Share your photo’s with us on our Fanpage! You can also find us on Twitter, G+ and Pinterest.

Visit these sites for more cute hairstyle ideas:
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Disclaimer: The children in these photos are not mine and I did not do these styles. I have credited each photo to the website on which they were found.

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Cornrow Mohawk with Morrocco Method Styling Products

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This is my second, ever, attempt at a cornrow mohawk or faux hawk hairstyle. D had swimming camp and I wanted something that was going to withstand the daily dips in the pool, and rinses and/or washes throughout the week and I thought a pomade would be best for this. So, I used this opportunity to use some new styling  pomades we’d recently received from the Morrocco Methods natural hair care line.

Our gentile pomade blend actually smoothes and conditions hair while providing that sought after texture and shine

Defining Styling Cream:          Extreme Support Pomade:

natural styling pomades

Styling Dragon Pomade: Defining Styling Cream
Ingredients: Aqua(Water), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Beeswax, Lecithin,Glycerin, Borax, Bacopa Monniera (Brahmi Oil), Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot Kernel Oil), Nardostachys Jatamansi (Spikenard Oil), Tocotrienols (Natural Vitamin E), SalixAlba (White Willow) Bark Extract
Price: $29.00, sale price $19.00 4oz

Spike-It Dragon Pomade: Extreme Support Pomade
Ingredients: Aqua(Water), Thea Sinensis Saponin (Green Tea), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cera Alba (Beeswax), Lecithin, Glycerin, Borax, Jatropha Dioica (Blood of the Dragon), Algae (Sea Silk), Raw Honey, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil
Price: $29.00, sale price $15.00 4oz

Neither of these really have a scent, they are both natural unscented. Both products are thick, the Styling Pomade being more of a creamy pomade and the Spike-It Pomade being more of a solid waxy pomade. Below are photo comparisons to show the texture of each:

Cream:                 Pomade:
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My first thought when I looked at the ingredients of these products was “how can these not be amazing?” There was a little part of me that feared the worst…what if her hair is dried out and feels like straw when I take her braids down…I won’t lie, that thought crossed my mind, but in my heart of hearts I knew it wasn’t going to be.

Cornrow Mohawk

I had washed and banded D’s hair the night before I did her cornrow mohawk, so when it was time to style I evenly distributed the styling cream throughout each section of her hair as I removed the bands. Starting in the front I began parting and braiding adding the pomade to each individual section of hair before I braided. When I finished, her hair looked really, really good…most of the credit going to the products and not my cornrowing abilities, lol.

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Each say after swimming and rinsing I would moisturize with Bee Mine Hair Milk and spray with Morrorro Methods Styling Spritz Hair Spray for hold.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Whole Leaf Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis), Blood of the Dragon (Jatropha dioica), Marine Proteins of Sea Silk (Algae leaf extract), Kelp (Macrocystis purifera), Nori (Nori Algae), Kombu (Laminaria digitata) and Fucus (Fucus vesiculosis), Yucca (Yucca aloifolia), Cactus (Opuntia erinacea), Shea Butter (Vitellaria paradoxa), Enriched Volcanic Ash with natural plant-base Herbs and Spices, Orange Seed (Citrus sinensis), Pure Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) Oil, Lemon (Citrus limon) Oil
Price: $19.00 16oz

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French braid down the center for a few days:

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This was Day 5, the style was still going strong after the week of swimming, it could have lasted longer but I was anxious to take her hair down to see how it felt and to give it a good washing after all that swimming.

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Cornrows and Beads: Hairstyle for Kids

Cornrow hairstlye with beads for kids

I just recently got  D’s hair trimmed (I’ll post some photo’s soon), it hadn’t had a good trim since November. But before the trim I wanted to do a cornrows with beads hairstyle, she hasn’t worn beads since around the first of December when we did a fun Christmas hairstyle.

Cornrows, Beads and a Bun

For this style I started with the cornrows down the back of her head, adding heart, princess crown and regular pony beads to the ends of the braids. (Want to know how to get the beads to stay on? See our instructions on how to add beads to braids). Next I started a part above her ear and began braiding, I wasn’t sure what I was doing or how it was going to turn out, I actually almost gave up and didn’t finish the style because I didn’t think I was going to like it, but it turned out ok, I was pleasantly surprised. Once I finished the top/front cornrows I put those braids into a bun.

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