Hip-hop culture and African-American hair braiding styles go hand-in-hand. These have an exclusive look, which makes it stand apart from amongst all the other types of hairstyles. Perhaps this is the reason why hair braiding is so popular. Natural black hair, particularly Afro hair, with plenty of curls, best suits all types of hair braiding styles.
Hair braiding can be seen in an interesting mixture of styles. From micro braids to box braids, cornrows to zigzag braids, there's no dearth to the kind of styles you can choose from. The designs are mind-boggling, and this itself has turned into an art form. With the increase in demand, more and more hairstylists are specializing in this field. The beauty of hair braids is only increasing with every passing year.
Amongst all the braids, cornrows have a timeless appeal. These have been in existence for a number of years. For this style, the hair is particularly braided very close to the scalp. These are created in simple lines or even in many complex, geometrical shapes or lines. These do need maintenance and care, and this is something which you must be prepared for in advance.
Cornrows were particularly popular in the latter half of the 1960s, in the United States, although they were first seen in Africa. Since then, many beauty salons were seen in every town, and women had no qualms about spending hours on getting the perfect cornrow done. Till today, it still continue to create a stir, although this hairstyle may not be permitted at many professional organizations.
There are many different styles you can choose from, if you are planning to go in for such a look. From the basic crisscross or zigzag styles, many complex designs are being created and added every year. Opt for intricate patterns only after you are completely aware about the skills of the hairstylist. These can be further glamorized with hair accessories. Colorful clips and tiny bands will add to the beauty.
Steps to be Followed
Begin with spritzing the hair with some water that is mixed with a detangler. Comb and brush through the hair thoroughly to get rid of any tangles. Ensure that the hair is mildly damp. Now, you need to begin with the partings. Choose a section on the front side. Move all the other strands out of the way. If you are beginning at the hairline, do not pull the hair too tightly. Avoid taking too many strands in one section. Now, separate the first strands into three sections. Make a normal braid out of this section.
Next, you need to hold the two outer strands aside. Meanwhile, with your other hand, select strands from below the first braid you have started with. This will give you a third strand for the new braid. Merge this third new strand to the other two and continue making the braid. Use a bead to secure the end of the braid. Continue with the same process for one side of the head. Repeat for the other side.
Tips to Remember
Always grow your hair to an appropriate long length, so that the hairstylist gets enough freedom to style the cornrows.
When you are sleeping, wrap your head with a towel or a scarf. This is because, constant contact with the pillow will only cause more friction and hair breakage.
While shampooing your hair, you can place a stocking over the cornrows. Then wet the hair with a gentle stream of water. Use a small amount of shampoo in the hair. Press the palms over the hair and wash gently.
You can oil the braids gently, as and when required. This will prevent the scalp from turning itchy and dry.
Combine your stylish cornrows with the right kind of hip-hop attire. You are bound to sizzle and cause a flutter wherever you go.