43 Hot Cornrows For 2019

All Things Hair | 21 August 2019
Three women with cornrow hairstyles

Everything you’ve always wanted to know about cornrow hairstyles.

Cornrows or canerows is a type of African hair braiding technique. The braids are woven flat to the scalp in straight rows and have a raised appearance resembling rows of corn or sugarcane (hence their apt names).

They are a low-maintenance hairstyle for both men and women and can last anywhere from 2-8 weeks. Although, this is dependant on how you care for them and hair products used. Famous fans of cornrows include Alicia Keys, Zendaya and Zoë Kravitz.

Keep reading to discover the history of cornrows, learn how to do them and the best ways to wear them in 2019.

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What Are Cornrows?

Cornrows are tight, 3 strand braids that are braided close to the scalp. Their characteristic 3D look is created by weaving the strands under one another while also picking up hair from underneath.

Ruth Negga with cornrows in an updo
Cornrows are a centuries-old traditional braiding technique: Rex by Shutterstock

Cornrows are much more than a hairstyle, originating in Africa thousands of years ago (there’s evidence of them as far back as 3000 BC). Historically, braids have held a lot of meaning with different styles and patterns reflecting a person’s religion, relationship status and ranking within their community.

In 1979, American actress Bo Derek appeared in the film 10 with beaded cornrows, starting a trend for braids outside people of colour. More recently, Kim Kardashian-West wore cornrows and Fulani braids and attributed her hairstyle to Bo Derek, which many felt erased the rich African heritage of cornrows. This has led to lots of commentary and discussions about cornrows in mainstream media.

How To Cornrow Braid Your Hair

Always wondered how to get cornrow braids? We’ve got you covered with our cornrow tutorial.

Little Mix star Leigh-Anne Pinnock with a cornrow bun
Cornrows are created by weaving strands under, not over for a 3D look. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Step 1. Wash your hair, then apply the TONI&GUY Leave In Conditioner to damp hair and comb through to remove tangles.

Step 2. Section your hair to create a vertical row from front to back using a tail comb.

Editor’s tip: More sections equal smaller braids, larger sections will create bigger braids.

Step 3. Starting at the front of your row, take a small section of hair. Divide this small section into 3 equal pieces.

Step 4. Start the braid by crossing the left or right strand under the centre strand and then repeating with the outer strand from the other side.

Step 5. Next, repeat step 4, this time adding in additional hair to each side from underneath as you weave.

Step 6. Once you have no more hair to add from underneath, continue to do a traditional 3-strand braid until you reach the end of your hair.

Step 7. Seal off the ends with a knot or secure with an elastic.

Step 8. Repeat steps 2-7 until all of your hair is braided.

43 Hot Cornrow Hairstyles For 2019

Looking for your next look? Get inspired with the stylish cornrow hairstyles we’ve got on our radar for 2019.

Cornrow Ponytail

Woman with a cornrow ponytail with gold cuffs
Credit: Instagram.com/freshlengths

Want an easy way to wear cornrows for every day? Try styling them into a high ponytail and accessorise with gold cuffs if you’re feeling fancy. Credit: @freshlengths

Ghana Cornrows

Woman with Ghana cornrow braids in ponytail
Credit: Instagram.com/jasmeannnn

Weave helps to create the signature thin to thick appearance of Ghana cornrows. Wear yours styled in an updo like this pretty ponytail for an everyday look. Credit: @jasmeannnn

VO5 Firm Hold Styling Gel

Editor’s tip: Thinking of laying your baby hairs? If so, reach for a small brush and the 24-hour hold VO5 Firm Hold Styling Gel.

Cornrows With Extensions

Woman with hip length cornrows
Credit: Instagram.com/6kenza

If you’ve been waiting patiently for your natural hair to grow, live your best Rapunzel life now by weaving in extensions for extra length. Credit: @6kenza

Cornrow Braid Styles

Woman with double cornrow braided buns
Credit: Instagram.com/braided_

The best thing about cornrows? You can work them into cute styles. From braided ponytails to these sweet space buns, you’ll never get bored. Credit: @braided__

Cornrow Wig

Woman wearing a red cornrow wig with gold cuffs
Credit: Instagram.com/kalariggins

If you’re afraid of committing to cornrows or just want a quicker alternative, a cornrow wig will do just the trick. Credit: @kalariggins

Side Cornrows

Woman with side cornrows
Credit: Instagram.com/onlybells_

Side cornrows are the perfect all-occasions hairstyle for day to night and always look amazing. Credit: @onlybells_

Big Cornrows

Woman with very big and long dark straight back cornrows
Credit: Instagram.com/unique_dandridge

Don’t have time to spend ages on your hair? Go for big cornrows, as they’re less time consuming and still super stylish. Credit: @unique_dandridge

Cornrow Updo

Woman with cornrows styled in an updo
Credit: Instagram.com/thelondoncurls

The cornrow updo is a go-to for naturalistas everywhere, keeping your hair up and out of your face. Credit: @thelondoncurls

Cornrows In A Bun

Woman with cornrow braids in a bun with gold cuffs
Credit: Shaquille Dunbar

If you thought you couldn’t style your hair once it’s in cornrows, think again. These versatile braids can be worn in a variety of hairstyles, like this chic high bun for example.

4 Cornrows

Woman with 4 cornrow braids
Credit: Instagram.com/lesharogers

You don’t need to spend hours in the salon chair to rock cornrows. This stylish 4 braid style looks great and takes less than half the time of traditional cornrows. Credit: @lesharogers

African Cornrows

Woman with long cornrow ponytail with beads
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Give your cornrows a cool traditional twist with some African beading detail. Credit: @protectivestyles

Cornrow Plaits

Jordyn Woods with dark and long cornrow plaits
Credit: Instagram.com/jordynwoods

If anyone is going to convince you to try cornrow plaits, it’s Jordyn Woods and her super sleek, glossy cornrows. Credit: @jordynwoods

Feed In Cornrows

Woman with feed in cornrows with gold thread details
Credit: Instagram.com/laiyhoward

Feed in braids are a natural haired girl’s go-to for adding length and thickness. Credit: @laiyhoward

Blonde Cornrows

Jasmine Sanders with blonde cornrows styled in a bun
Credit: Instagram.com/golden_barbie

This classic cornrow style is super easy to do (you can even do it on yourself), and not best of all when you undo your braids, you’ll have gorgeous heat-free curls. Credit: @golden_barbie

Half Cornrows

Woman with half cornrows with long, wavy loose weave
Credit: Instagram.com/arnell.armon

This half-done cornrow style offers you the best of both worlds, allowing you to show off your length in a cool and practical way. Credit: @arnell.armon

Half Head Cornrows

Woman with half head cornrows into a sleek long ponytail
Credit: Instagram.com/paris.crusoe

Another hairstyle you can rock with half cornrows? This neat ponytail. Credit: @paris.crusoe

Two Cornrow Braids

Woman with two cornrow braids
Credit: Instagram.com/happycurlhappygirl

One of the most popular cornrow braid options, this is ideal for those looking for a quick and easy hairstyle they can whip up in the morning with minimal fuss. Credit: @happycurlhappygirl

TONI&GUY Flexible Hold Braid Balm

Editor’s tip: Make braiding easy with the TONI&GUY Flexible Hold Braid Balm. Suitable to use for all braid hairstyles simply apply to damp hair or dry hair before styling.

Cornrow Hairstyles To The Side

Woman with long cornrow lemonade braids
Credit: Instagram.com/khatbrim

From the laid baby hairs to the curly ends, this cornrows hairstyle is ticking all our hair boxes. Credit: @khatbrim

Cornrow Hairstyles With Beads

Woman with shoulder length cornrow hairstyle with beads
Credit: Instagram.com/ijeomakola

Give your cornrow hairstyles a Solange-approved edge with some beaded hair accessories. Credit: @ijeomakola

Cornrow Kinky Twists Styles

Woman with burgundy cornrow kinky twists
Credit: Instagram.com/queenteshna

If you want a new look for the season, then this cornrow kinky twists hairstyle is just the look for you. It’s fun and can be worn in multiple ways. Credit: @queenteshna

Fancy Cornrow Updo

Amandla Stenberg with low braided cornrow updo on the red carpet
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Whether it’s a wedding or a fancy dinner, you’ll fit in perfectly with this sophisticated cornrow updo. Don’t forget some glitzy earrings! Credit: @amandlasponsored

Fishbone Cornrow Hairstyles

Woman with fishbone cornrows
Credit: Instagram.com/xcellentxtensions

If you like gorgeous and intricate braided styles, then this fishbone look is for you. While it might not be a hairstyle you can do on yourself, it’s well worth the time spent in the stylist’s chair. Credit: @xcellentxtensions

Jumbo Cornrows With Extensions

Woman with long golden jumbo cornrow extentsions
Credit: Instagram.com/lolowood_

The bigger the braid, the better! Credit: @lolowood_

Mohawk Cornrow Styles

Woman with a cornrowed mohawk hairstyle
Credit: Instagram.com/adannalewahair

Take your look to new heights with an eye-catching mohawk and intricately braided sides. Credit: @adannalewahair

Mohican Cornrow Hairstyles

Woman with mohican style cornrows
Credit: Instagram.com/shellyafrikhair

In this example, this beauty has given her mohawk cornrows a boho feel with cool hair rings. Credit: @shellyafrikhair

Red Cornrow Braids

Woman with red cornrows in half-up bun
Credit: Instagram.com/hausofbraids

Get creative with your cornrows by playing with different colours and for extra style points, try this beautiful half-up, half-down bun. Credit: @hausofbraids  

Tight Cornrows

Woman with tight side swept long cornrows
Credit: Instagram.com/lipstickncurls

What’s great about these side-swept cornrows is how neat and sleek they look. Credit: @lipstickncurls

Tribal Cornrows

Woman with cornrow braided bun with beads and golden hair thread
Credit: Instagram.com/blackhairideas

We can’t help but fawn over this dazzling traditional cornrow hairstyle. Credit: @blackhairideas

3 Cornrow Braids

Woman with three cornrow braids in half-up ponytail
Credit: Instagram.com/lavishhairbeautybar

With cornrow hairstyles there is no one size fits all. From all over braids to this centre-parted option, which style will you choose? Credit: @lavishhairbeautybar

African Cornrows Designs With Beads

Woman with medium length cornrows with beads
Credit: Instagram.com/niamonet.clark

Copy natural hair icons Solange and Zoë Kravitz by adding beads to the ends of your braids. Credit: @niamonet.clark

Cornrow Crown Braids

Woman with cornrow crown braid
Credit: Instagram.com/naturalhairdoescare

Have you ever seen anything so beautiful? Wear this cornrow crown braid for a special occasion like a wedding or birthday and you’ll be the best tressed in the room. Credit: @naturalhairdoescare

Cornrow Ponytail With Bangs

Woman with cornrow ponytail with side bangs
Credit: Instagram.com/nigerianbraids

Make your cornrow ponytail look oh-so-pretty with braided side bangs. Credit: @nigerianbraids

Cornrows With Singles In The Back

Woman with cornrows and long single plaits at the back
Credit: Instagram.com/cutelooksdar

When you mix cornrows with single braids, you get the dreamiest hairstyle ever. Credit: @cutelooksdar

Half Cornrows Half Afro

Woman with natural hair with half in cornrows
Credit: Instagram.com/afrodite.hair_

Create a faux undercut effect by only braiding half of your hair and letting your natural curls shine. Credit: @afrodite.hair_

TRESemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Hydrating Mist

Editor’s tip: Keep your natural hair hydrated with TRESemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Hydrating Mist. This lightweight mist is enriched with coconut milk and aloe vera which helps to smooth, condition and detangle hair.

Long Cornrows To The Side

Woman with long pink cornrows to the side
Credit: Instagram.com/vanessa_caixeiro

Thanks to Queen B (AKA Beyoncé), long cornrows to the side have become one of the hottest hairstyles to be spotted wearing and have even been dubbed Lemonade braids. Credit: @vanessa_caixeiro

Micro Cornrows

Karrueche with long cornrow micro braids
Credit: Instagram.com/e_scizorhands

These blonde micro cornrows are sure to be a hit amongst your friends and your followers. For the celeb touch add weave for extra length. Credit: @e_scizorhands

Pigtail Cornrows With Extensions

Woman with long pigtail cornrows with extensions
Credit: Instagram.com/kimmichellet

Who says long-haired ladies get to have all the fun? Even if you’re sporting short locks, you can totally get this cornrow hairstyle with the help of extensions. Credit: @kimmichellet

Rihanna Cornrows

Rihanna with red straight-back cornrows
Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Rihanna’s hair is summer-ready. The icon wore these classic straight-back cornrows to a recent event, and we can’t get over them.

Side Cornrows With Weave

Woman with side cornrows
Credit: Instagram.com/nanasbraids

Look extra fresh with this side cornrows with weave hairstyle. Adding weave will help to give your braids a fuller and longer finish that’s perfect for this style of braids. Credit: @nanasbraids

Thick Cornrows Extensions

Woman with thick and wavy cornrows with extensions
Credit: Instagram.com/braidsgang

Make cornrows even cooler with the addition of thick, wavy braiding extensions. Credit: @braidsgang

4 Layer Cornrows

Woman with long layered cornrows
Credit: Instagram.com/blackhairideas

These cornrows are so close to being box braids but are weaved differently. Credit: @blackhairideas

Banana Cornrows

Woman with dark banana cornrows double bun updo
Credit: Instagram.com/vanessamatsena

This next-level double cornrow bun will make complete your party or festival outfit. Credit: @vanessamatsena

Burgundy Cornrow Braids

Woman with burgundy cornrow braids with hair cuffs
Credit: Instagram.com/kersti.pitre

We love how the mix of thick and skinny cornrow braids helps to give this style a fresh new look. Credit: @kersti.pitre

TRESemmé Botanique Natural Hold Hairspray

Editor’s tip: Keep your style in place with TRESemmé Botanique Natural Hold Hairspray. Specially blended with natural coconut and cactus water, this hairspray helps you to enhance your hair’s natural shape and style.

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