A lot of people want to keep their natural hair but due to the excess stress that comes with keeping and maintaining it, they kick against the idea. But in this article, I would be teaching you one of the ways of plaiting your natural hair so as not to go through the stress of combing it all the time.
Cornrows (popularly known as all back) are a fun and practical way to wear natural hair. They add style to hair that you’re growing out, and also protect your hair from heat damage caused by other styling techniques. For basic front-to-back cornrows, follow a series of easy steps to get great braids. For someone who’s more experienced with braiding, you can separate your rows in a number of unique styles to create a cornrow look that’s perfect for you.
1.Wash and detangle your hair:Use your normal shampoo and conditioner to wash your hair. While its damp, detangle your hair with a leave-in conditioner and brush, then apply an oil or butter to lock in moisture. Your hair will be much easier to braid when it is moisturized and free of tangles.
Examples of oils or butters you can use to keep your hair moisturized and tangle-free are coconut oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, shea butter, or aloe butter products. Check the natural hair care aisle at a pharmacy or beauty supply store to find these products.
If your natural hair is tightly coiled, you may also want to blow dry your hair before you start braiding. Blow drying will help stretch out your curls and give your cornrows a neater look.
2.Part your hair in rows from front to back. Use the end of a rat-tail comb to part your hair in rows from your forehead to the nape of your neck. You can part your hair down the middle first, from your forehead to your neck, then divide each side section into 1-3 more rows. Secure the rows in place with small-tooth clips or with bobby pins.
If you don’t want a middle part, create 2 parts near the middle to make a row right on top of your head, then make more rows on the sides from there.
Try to make your parts evenly spaced so that your rows are about the same size.
3.Divide the first row into 3 small sections. Begin with a row of hair on top or on the side and unclip it. Take some hair in your fingers from the front near your forehead or ear. Separate that row into 3 even sections with your fingers: a left section, center section, and right section.
You should use both hands to do this, with 1 hand holding 1 section of hair, while the other hand holds 2 separated sections of hair.
Before you start braiding, you may want to add a bit of edge control along your hairline. This will help you grip the hair easier, tame flyaways, and keep your cornrows neat.
4.Make the first braid stitch: Starting with either the left or right section in your fingers, move it over and on top of the center section, replacing the center with it. Then move the section on the opposite side over so that it is in the center, and switch the current center piece with that side.
At all times you will still have 1 hand holding 1 section of hair, while the other hand holds 2 separated sections.
5.Add a small section of hair from the row underneath to each braid stitch: Repeat the above braid stitch technique, adding a 1⁄2 in (1.3 cm) section of hair to each stitch as you go. Every time you make a new braid stitch, add more hair from the row, and continue until you reach the nape of your neck. This will keep the braid attached to your head.
If you don’t add more hair with each stitch, the braid will be loose and come out from your head instead of being in a cornrow style. Instead, you want to french braid each row.
6.Finish the braid once it’s off your scalp and secure it with a hairband: When you get to your neck, you won’t have any more hair to add into each stitch. Simply finish the braid until you’ve used up the rest of your hair. If you want, you can secure the braid when it’s finished with an elastic hair band, rubber band, or small barrette.
The length of the end of your braid will depend on how long your hair is.
7.Continue the same braiding technique for each row on your head:Unclip the next row of hair on your head. Repeat the process: divide that row into 3 even sections at the front near your forehead or ears, french braid until you reach the nape of your neck, braid the remaining hair, then secure the braid at the end with a hair band.
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