How to Cornrow Your Hair for Beginners

How to Cornrow Your Hair for Beginners

In this article, I am going to give you a brief description on how to cornrow your hair by your own for beginners. Cornrows are traditional African style braid. In this hairstyle, the braids are very close to the scalp. We have often been confused about how does this hairstyle is made actually. That’s why I have came up with this article.

Things You need to do this hairstyle:

  • Comb
  • Hair moisturizer
  • Elastic bands


To get started the first thing you want to do is to comb at your hair and partition your hair into two equal halves. So, that way you have workable sections and it’s easier for you to braid.


The next thing you need to do is moisturize your hair especially, if your hair lacks moisture or if your hair is natural, you do need this moisture to soften it up a little bit, so that way it’s easier to braid, it’s easier to cornrow, and it’s easier to manage. You can see the difference how the hair is sleeping flat after using the moisturizer. Again, if you have new growth, if you have natural hair or if your hair just needs a little bit of moisture definitely moisturize it, it’s going to help with the entire cornrowing braiding process.


The next step is you are going to be partitioning the hair, and you need to partition the hair in the size that it is not too small, it is not too big but somewhere between like the medium range, just so it’s easier to braid and then it also lasts longer. Typically you would get between 10 to 12 braids on your hair or cornrows on your hair, if your hair strength is in between.


This step is where you need to take your time and you need to use a mirror to start cornrowing. You need to take a piece of your hair first and divide that into three equal halves. Again for this entire cornrowing process, you’re going to be needing three fingers from each hand. You are going to be needing your thumb, your index finger as well as your middle finger. These fingers are going to be doing the entire work.

Then you have to be looping each hair strands across each other, and while you’re doing that you should make sure to pick the hair from the back, so that way it cornrows, and it look like a braid basically. So that’s what you’re going to be doing again and again to get your cornrows braids.


You’re going to do all the previous steps over again, comb the hair, partition it to a size that it is workable, always make sure that you are eyeballing how you’re positioning the hair and that each section or each part has something like an equal size. Then you’re going to do the same thing. You need to secure the hair to make sure that it is not distracting you. Again you need to grab a piece of the hair, and section it into three equal halves. You need to be use the index finger, picking it up, and it is pretty much like you’re twisting the hair but you’re twisting it with three strands, and you’re picking up the extra hair at the back, so it cornrows basically.


Once again, you need to take the one in front, putting at the back, and picking up the hair at the back, taking the one in front, putting it at the back, and taking another section at the back. So, that’s what you need to do continuously and consistently. This is going to be a bit repetitive and you need to do this a couple of times. You’re going to do the same thing over and over again. Knowing the process, practicing it, making mistakes, learning from the process again, and then continuously practicing is what will really make you learn how to cornrow your hair.

If it’s your first time, you’re going to make a lot of mistakes, your hair is going to be loose but the point is for you to keep practicing to your perfection. The last step is you need to apply some hair growth oil on the braids so that, it just lock in all of that moisture, all of the goodness. If you want to add edge control to your hair, you can go ahead to add some edge control.

Below are some cornrow hairstyles: