Cornrows have been a popular hairstyle for centuries and are a timeless African braiding hair style. A unique aspect of the Cornrow hairstyle is that it has crossed gender lines and is known commonly seen on men and women. They are also seen worn across various nationalities as well. Additionally, Cornrows are seen among multiple races as well.
For the most part, women wear Cornrows to help repair damaged hair. Cornrows are known for helping to promote healthy hair growth. However, Cornrows are not maintenance-free braids and require care from time to time.
It is also important that Cornrows are not done too tightly or hair damage and breakage can occur. It is also not recommended to wear Cornrows for a long period of time because that could result in frizzy, dull hair.
When done properly, cornrow braids can last long enough that they will not need repairs for up to a month. For some people, because the hair is pulled as tightly as it is into braids, cornrows can be problematic. For example, people with dry skin could see dandruff. Additionally, some people with cornrows experience hair loss, also referred to as traction alopecia. With cornrows, it is important to use quality oils or gels to help keep the scalp moisturized. Ask your braider at La Reine Hair Braiding for the best oils, moisturizers and gels to use with your particular braid and skin type.
Caring for your cornrows
Care must be taken when washing your cornrows. Ideally you want to wash your cornrows as infrequently as possible. When washing your cornrows, it is best to wear a net cap before using any shampoo. After putting the hair net on, wet the hair thoroughly. For shampoo, use a high grade, mild shampoo that will effectively clean your hair and scalp without over-drying it.
Many shampoos, especially the inexpensive kind commonly found at grocery stores, tend to strip the hair leaving it dry and brittle which leads to hair damage. Apply a small amount of shampoo to the palms of your hands and gently press the shampoo into your cornrows all over your head. Allow the shampoo ti stay in your cornrows for a few minutes before gently rinsing your hair of all shampoo.
Using a good, quality conditioner is essential to maintaining your cornrows. Properly conditioned cornrows will not break as much with hair that is properly conditioned. It is recommended that you condition your hair on a regular basis. You can use a rinse off conditioner or the kind that you leave in. You may want to try diluting the rinse-off conditioner before applying it to your cornrows since it is then easier to rinse it away. With leave-in conditioner, it is best to use it at least twice a week.
Moisturizing your cornrows and scalp is essential and should be done regularly. The better moisturizers come in spray sheens. The better moisturizers use natural oils, such as olive or jojoba. When applying moisturizer, direct it primarily to the scalp to reduce itching.