Cornrow Styles: 15 Top Listed Black Braided Hairstyles

What are cornrows?

Cornrow braids for men are a traditional style of braiding the hair close to the scalp. While usually done in straight rows, the cornrow can also be seen in complex geometric and curved patterns. Often found adorned with beads or shells, the cornrow hair style is favored for its easy maintenance. It can be left in for weeks at a time with careful washing and oiling of the hair and scalp.

Dollar CornrowsDollar Cornrows by Evelin.

It’s not just a style.

Cornrows were a common way of styling hair in Sub Saharan Africa for centuries, and were continued in the United States and other countries by enslaved Africans. The cornrow hair style can be used to display social status, as well. Things like religion, age, kinship, status, and ethnicity can all be conveyed. In the 1960’s the styles became widely popular among African Americans as a way to highlight their natural hair texture.

cornrows hairstyle design
Cornrow hairstyle.

The patterns.

Cornrow hairstyles can range from the strictly linear, in parallel rows beginning at the front of the scalp and ending at the neck to complex geometric patterns, swirls, and curves. Although it may be tempting to consider the more stylized geometric patterns as modern, ancient artifacts uncovered in Africa reveal geometric patterns in cornrow hair styles as well.

The hairstyle survived the era of slavery, when it was common to shave the heads of enslaved people, because the slaves who worked in the houses were expected to keep a neat and tidy appearance at all times. These house slaves modeled their cornrow braid after more traditional designs, and kept the tradition alive.

Keeping a tradition alive.

After the civil war, many adults straightened their hair, but the cornrow tradition was once kept alive by braiding corn rows in the children’s hair. Repopularized in the late 1960’and early 1970’s, and again with the hip hop movement of the 1980’s many of the cornrow styles and designs we see today are a conglomeration of the styles found in ancient Africa, some Native American touches, and a hint of modern flair.

Why we love cornrows.

One of the reasons for the popularity of cornrows is the relative ease of maintenance. The braids are often found decorated with beads or shells and can be left in for weeks or even a month at a time with careful protection. Cautious washing, along with regular oiling of the scalp and hair create a long lasting, simple and quick hairstyle sure to complement almost any person’s lifestyle.

Lists of Cornrows Designs:

 

 

Axl Rose Hairstyle

 

 

 

Jaden Smith Hairstyles

 

 

Trey Songz Hair

 

 

Bow Wow Hairstyle

 

 

Glen Johnson Hairstyle

 

The following are cornrows styles created by my friend, Evelin.

Cornrows & photos by Evelin, a braid artist who has been practicing cornrows for 5 years. She started practicing it when she saw Craig David’s poster. Started doing patterns after practicing straight rows for one year. And then she started improvising those patterns & did patterns that she saw on the internet.

More Cornrow Braid Designs:









 

74 Comments

  • does anybody know where theres a caribean hairdressers somewhere in london, someone please answer me and respond with the answer.thank you x

  • but african americans brought it to the fashion and u know how everybody r trying to be modern. even if it doesnt look good on them.

    • Hey evelin i like thé corn rows that you do but can you send me thé other side of thé dude head its thé 4th dude from thé last thé one tht looks like all of it is in one please i really like tht i’m doin this for my prom an i runnin outta days

  • To adreana,
    Cornrows are african origin. But it doesn't mean that not everyone can wear conrows. Because cornrow is not depend on the hair texture. So, any ethnicity can have their hair cornrowed best. I often see asian & white people wearing cornrows very well.

  • it depends how its done and what kind of hair u have. if u have straigh and slik hair then they usually dont stay as long as for curly hair. and if they r well done then about 3 weeks…it all depends how thin those r0ws r..

  • cornrows can look good on white people, it just depends on the style of cornrow you have, how thin/thick they are and how well theyre done, As long as you choose a style that suits your face shape etc then they can look good on anyone.

    • cornrows and white ppl go together like black ppl and tans…NOT! black ppl wearing cornrows and braids shows our ethnicity and originality and just like always here comes the caucasion persuasions stealing and copying our style…damn shame!!!

      • Your right … But you know a good thing when you see it … I’m white, but my family is from Slovenia … I’m going to little Cayman for 6 days doing research out of long beach state university … Suffice to say my hair is 16 inches long and ill be in the water for 6 hours a day for 6 days…It’s getting braded … Not as a statement … But for purpose so I’m not going to be showing it off like jt … As such I respect the tradition … Even though its not a part of my

      • This comment is for “Slim Goodie”. You should look at it as a compliment. The old saying goes-“Immitation is the greatest form of flattery.” I have a huge clientele of black women who come to me to straighten their hair. Both chemically and thermally. Isn’t that the same thing? Pretty sure straight hair is a causation thing. When was the last time you saw a white girl wearing an afro? Just saying. By the way….. I’m black and I’m proud to see women of ANY race wearing cornrows.

  • i dont see what all the hype is about only african americans can rock cornrows. dude looks white to me, and it looks hot. whoever did it can deff braid. and if u can do it on soft hair, u can do it with any type of hair. keep up the good work

  • HI JUST WANTED TO KNOW WHAT TO ASK FOR IF I WENT TO A SHOP AND WANTED MY HAIR LIKE CRAIG DAVIDS WHEN IT WAS SECTIONED AND TWISTED IS THERE A SPECIAL NAME FOR IT

  • i have a long hair and i want to do cornrow but i’m scared if i want it out i have to cut my hair, or is they a way that it could be done without i lossing my hair

  • i will be in barcelona on jul 12th….Do you know a place or places to do cornrow and what is the avarage price of it??

  • white men dont need to qet no kinda braids cause they aint qone look riqht . personally i think braids look better on black people then white but some white people CAN pull it off . & mixed dudes are ( sexy ] wit braids . but anyway braids look better on lil kids that are white then qrown men .

  • hah sasha. true(the kids part)! and you who asked that if u need to cut braids off, no! it's just a braid. u can untwist it!

  • of course caucasians can wear braids but it would only suit some David Beckam doesnt look too good with corn braids he looks retarded suits africans and hispanics more

  • i thought we had come further then that, some of the people on here just sound angry! i thought this was about hair not race!!

    • THANK YOU I look damn sexy with braids but now I feel like never doing it again even though it’s my JAMAICAN GIRLFRIEND doing it… but I guess I’m somehow STEALING culture :S

  • I just want to say caucasians can wear corn rows just as well as blacks or hispanics and look just as good. Of course some will look silly just as some ppl suit short hair raher then long hair, this is just silly racial talk from some..!

  • i braid hair all different styles i think all race should wear their hair any kind of way they want i reject the comment of only blacks can wear braids

  • who ever sed only black people can only bus braidz chat shit there jus rasist to white people. im a white man from england an i bust braids pretty gud an ive bean told it luks betta on me then most black men an das by men an women that are black themselves! people jus need to sut the fu** up if they got nothin nice to say

  • I think that it's beautiful that other races are embracing African culture. And why not? We (Blacks) rock European styles so why can't they rock ours? It's the sharing and respect of each other's culture that will (I pray) make this world a tolerable place to live in!!!

  • Im having trouble with my daughter and her hair twirling. So much that her finger gets stuck and cuts off curculation. She is 18 months old.(and white)

    Do you think that putting cornrow briads in her hair would be helpfull, and could it be done since her hair is fine?

    Thanks 🙂

  • 1.I'm black, have short hair, but have had my hair braided before using extensions; I'm looking now to get it braided again becuase my scalp is messed up and throws off the shape of my fro.So my fro definitely doesnt look good. I have to have my hair cut,braided or some other style.
    2. And to the people making this racial,please stop it, cause comments like that are just stupid; I've seen both blacks and whites,males and females that wear braids very well and looks great on them.

    3.Lastly, the person that said they would have to cut their hair if they wanted to take their braids out, NO! Unless theirs something unique about your situation then it's very easy for people that braid hair to take out your braids.As far as I know, having to cut your hair is mainly true for people that want to take out their dreadlocks.

  • guys … how much does it cost a 3 hour cornrow work .. aproximately … ??? cause i'm in Greece and it's too expensive here . it does't worth it to have your here braided every month ….

  • whats good..on the real its just hair yall, and this is 2010 and everybody still goes straight to the color of yo skin, as if the brothas n sistas own that style, and the white folk sposed to be in skate n surf style, or the SA's gotta bang the 1 button adn creased up pants with they cortez's on…. nah, thats booty, you should upin the next foo with yo rows thinkin of somethin slicka…

  • this is for the comment about what fingers to use. i use mainly my thumbs and middle fingers and practice is all you can do to get them tight.

  • Ive been having rows for about four or five years, and they dont even touch the back of my neck. If my hair isnt growing, would it be time to cut it off? alot of people are doing it, but idk how the end result will look, and growing them again would put me thru hell just like when i first began to grow them. What should i do?

  • hi m yhair is aprox 2cm and i want simple cornrows can some one tell me what lengh my hair needs to be for them and wat styles i can have inbetween ?

    many thanks

  • how can i keep my cornrows the longest? im black and my hair is not as curly than full black people, but my hair is still very curly. plz respond… THainkyou!

  • Quite a beautiful website. I built mine and i was looking for some design ideas and your website gave me some. Did you develop the website alone?

  • Im black n filipino n I dont think it matters race and who can get braided… Some ppl black ,white, mex, asian, samoan, filipino it doesnt matter, anyone can look good with braids. Depends on the style and how u carry yourself. I have cornrows, and it does depend on texture. My hair is thick, and wavy, not curly. I last bout 3 weeks. look at history. Other cultures worked with hair too.

    • Nah the kind of braids blk folk (ppl of black African descent) get other races other races steal, copy, & claim it to be own til the casket drop. They (other races) been doing this all thru/o American history & even before. The small & big braid designs have always belonged to ppl of African descent & has always been apart of our culture, traditions, & identity. Even the single & three braided hairstyles that Native Americans, white ppl, & Asian ppl wore, black ppl wore as well. I go so far as to say the present world is screwy since ppl are indifferent of black African & African American history hence failing to realize the indiscretion, abuses, & thievery that some races have forced upon black culture & traditions. So sad. Ex: Elise created the song don’t cha & the Pussycat Dolls stole it & made the song their own. 1 of thousands of examples. Sad sad sad.

  • i just like to no if you from raleigh if so where cause i like getting my hair have deen for the last 6 yr ilove the desings the most call me 255 2373

  • i think if cornrows suits u and u want to have it go ahead but the best cornrows i have ever seen is busy signal in the one more night vid no homo

  • what r some good hairstyles for black women that just wants the top of the head braided into a design n the rest of the hair hanging r curled down?

  • hi, i need someone to tell me a good place to get cornrows in london and at a good price. please answer. thank you

  • braiding is part of my life i taught myself and i do black white chinese italian ect looks good on most people but i think personally it either suits u or simply doesnt u have to have the face 4 it if u really ugly y show ur face more but true say if ur paying me il do it lol keep up the good worlk peeps still as the dollar sign looks sick have to try this 1 on my yr old i am a mother of 6 and 3 of which are girls so i extended braid ect and its a hobbie but now need funds for wedding so doing it 4 cash i love different styles so thank u for this site can any1 tell me fair prices to charge? god bless amen x

  • dese braids aint all dat yall need some more braids uploaded on here bxuzz dese braids aint really all dat yall need moe designs on here bt some of the braids are pretty xlean yall jus need moe styles uploaded on here

  • I’ve gotten my hair braided 4 times now an I love it I’ve also had hair extentions that I will be getting again soon, I would like to know what I can do about the hair on the back of my head at the bottom close to the hair line that will hurt an get bumps… so is thier anything I should do to help this or do I need to change how I do the back ?
    thanks please send me a reply soon as I will be getting my hair done soon Scotty

  • my boyfriend have a mini afro and do not like the way it looks and want me to do something about it i cant braid it cuz its to short and he dont like twist so wht can i do with his hair

  • I like alot of your hairstyles and looks on different sites for ideas when things are just blank for me but my question to you is where state do u braid in or have braided in?and how did you create this web site I been trying to create one right now I only have a couple on facebook laketra Hoskins feel free to check then out

  • Race doesn’t matter at all. Hair is hair. Anybody can rock cornrows or whatever braided hairstyle they choose to get. No need for all the bickering going on. Yes braids do look cute on kids but they can look good on adults too. That always sounded dumb to me when someone would say that only on children braids look good -_-. Sounds so stupid to me. It’s just your opinion. Many people would disagree. I’m 22 years old and I have box braids in my hair. I don’t care what other people think. Haters are going to hate. I love my haters. Their my number 1 fans. I’m growing my hair to my diaphragm. My hair grows fast with braids so it shouldn’t take long. In America Black men with braids was given a label. People assume that just because we have braids that we are hoodlums. My hair doesn’t say who I am. My Lord does. Hair is just something God let grow. In Africa Braids mean different things. Good meanings though. Like for ceremonies, or different tribes. I’m keeping my braids.

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