Are you looking for a way to tame your unruly hair as well as turn heads in admiration?
If the answer is yes – then you need cornrow braids in your life.
A hairstyle that dates back to ancient Africa, cornrow styles are widely used and adapted by modern-day stylists all over the world.
We’re in absolute awe of these 20 different types of cornrows – and we can’t wait to share them with you!
Large Feed-In Cornrows
Probably our favourite of the thick cornrows hairstyles – and why wouldn’t it be? It’s so easy to fall in love with it! These large feed-in cornrows achieve classy, feminine and quirky all in one go. The detail that makes us lust after the look the most is the gold string that’s been incorporated into a few of the braids. It’s all about the details!
Straight Back Cornrows with Colour
If you’re looking for ideas on how to jazz up your straight back cornrows, adding a bit of colour will absolutely do the trick. The easiest way to achieve the look will be adding different colour jumbo braiding hair. You can add one colour or a few – the more colours, the more playful the look!
Feed-In Braids with Cuff Beads
There’s hardly anything more sophisticated than cuff beads – and when they’re added to beautiful feed-in braids with a cool pattern, the look scores top points! Feed-in braids are a way to create an illusion of long cornrow braids, without the need for hair extensions. First, you create a starter braid using your natural hair – then add synthetic braiding hair is to create a long cornrow that still looks natural.
Creative Halo Braid
If you’re a braiding enthusiast looking to take your cornrows to the next level, you’ve met your hairstyle. This halo braid is beautiful, sophisticated and unique – albeit a little more tricky to achieve. You won’t regret a trip to the stylist when what you’re left with is this wonderful hairdo, will you? We didn’t think so.
Simple Small Cornrows
There’s no need for your cornrows to be complicated for them to look absolutely beautiful. We think that simple, small cornrows deserve just as much praise as complex African cornrows designs and patterns. Plus, the look is more versatile, therefore you can style it however you like – pop it into a big ponytail, or twist it into a couple of buns – it’s your call!
Cornrows with a Large Bun
For a look that pairs ‘elegant’ with ‘cool’, pop your cornrows into a large bun at the top of your head. Any hairstyle with bun on top immediately looks more classy – while the cornrows will give the style a bit of an edge. Wear it for a special occasion or on a daily basis – it will perfectly work for both! If you’re keen to add a touch of chic – just drop in a few cuff beads.
Beautiful Cornrow Ponytail
We’ve always had a slight obsession with ombré – but ombré cornrows tied into a ponytail? That’s almost too good to be true. Lighter on the edges, these cute cornrows will go perfectly with any summer outfit – and you’ll probably shed a few tears when the time comes to say goodbye.
Simple Ghana Braids
One of the most popular African hairstyles of the last few years, Ghana braids are here to steal your heart. Also often called ‘invisible cornrows’, they create an incredibly awesome look and are very low-maintenance. Summer is the perfect time to try out this sassy hairstyle – especially for its protective qualities that will keep your hair healthy for longer!
Natural Cornrow Hairstyle
It isn’t all about feed-in and jumbo braids – natural cornrow hairstyles can be just as creative (and receive just as much praise!). This is an edgy yet elegant cornrow updo which you can create using your natural hair. Of course, if you wish to add braiding hair into the masterpiece to create a fuller, bigger look – then go for it!
Large Ghana Braid Buns
If big cornrows hairstyles is what you’re after, these beautiful Ghana braids braided into a bun will tick the boxes for you. We absolutely love how easy it is to turn these 4 cornrow braids into an elegant, low updo – and there isn’t a better way to deal with loose strands at the nape of your neck.
Cornrow Ponytail with Cuffs
Glam and sophisticated, this is a look that’ll undoubtedly receive a lot of attention. Gold cuffs incorporated into a beautiful high cornrow ponytail is a hairstyle that’ll work for a special occasion – or when you’re in need of a generous amount of compliments!
Large Jumbo Cornrows
If you’re looking for a hairstyle that’ll make you look and feel like a princess – then opt for these beautiful large jumbo braids, decorated with gold cuffs and unique patterns. Sophistication, boldness and elegance – those are the qualities we can’t help but think of (with a slight hint of jealousy) when looking at this wonderful hairstyle.
Half Box Braids, Half Cornrows
For those of you who are keen to give their cornrow hairstyle a bit of an edge, this is is the perfect way to do so. Opt for a pattern that’s quirky and unique, such as this beautiful zigzag and straight line design. Your half box braids, half cornrows will sure stand out from the crowd!
Beautiful Stitch Braid Updo
This is a wonderful example of a successful half head cornrow style. This stitch braid updo leaves the top of the hair unbraided, this way achieving a fuller looking top and a neat lower half of the head. What do we love about it the most? You guessed it! The ombre curls, of course!
Mohawk with Box Braids
Yes, cornrows are super versatile – you can truly style them in a million different ways! For the daring ladies out there, how about turning your box braids into a mohawk? Use some of the braids to create an illusion of a hairband (and hide the bobby pins or an elastic you’ve secretly used to fix it in place). Don’t worry – we won’t tell anyone!
Creative Braided Updo
Creative braiding enthusiasts – this is the hairstyle you’ve been waiting for! How about a beautiful and unique half head cornrows style that allows you to showcase some of the lushness of your natural hair? And you definitely won’t see the exact same hairstyle on anyone else (always a bonus!).
Side Cornrows and Curls
If this is a look you have not considered yet, then you totally should. This side cornrows hairstyle is for someone who would love to experiment with cornrows, but would love to show off their natural voluptuous curls at the same time. Double win!