There’s no denying the beauty of braided hairstyles for natural hair. One of the most popular, cornrows, has been circulating our social media feeds in many variations as of late. In fact, cornrow hairstyles—from cornrows in a bun to cornrow ponytails—have no doubt become one of the hottest hairstyle trends of 2019. Wondering how to do cornrows so you can keep up with the trends and protect your natural hair in the process? Below, we’re sharing 25 cornrow styles to update your beauty look with.
CORNROW HAIRSTYLE #1: HIGH BUN
Cornrow updo? Yes, please! To get the look, simply gather your cornrow braids and twist them around themselves to form a high, voluminous braided bun at the top of your head. Be sure to secure the look with plenty of bobby pins!
CORNROW HAIRSTYLE #2: DUTCH BRAIDS
What beats almost any cornrow hairstyle? Braided, cornrow hairstyles—AKA double the braids! We’re talking about styling your cornrows, which are already a type of braid, into more braids. It’s braids on braids. To get the look, part your hair down the middle, creating two equal sections. Then, use each section to Dutch braid your hair as you normally would, resulting in an intricate, fun double Dutch hairstyle.
CORNROW HAIRSTYLE #3: HALF-UP TOP KNOT
We’re already suckers for a half-up hairstyle, and if you add cornrows into the mix, there will be serious heart-eye action. Grab a section of hair at the top of your head, from about eyebrow-height. Twist this section around itself to form a top knot, then pin into place. Easy, right?
CORNROW HAIRSTYLE #4: CUFFED CORNROWS
When in doubt, accessorize it out! Grab some trendy hair cuffs and get to it. You can focus the cuffs on your face-framing cornrows, opt for accented ends, or place them throughout your mane.
CORNROW HAIRSTYLE #5: LOW BRAID
Combine your cornrows into a low, traditional three-strand braid. That’s it! Your combined cornrows will speak for themselves in this intricate braided hairstyle.
CORNROW HAIRSTYLE #6: HALF-BRAIDED
When weaving your cornrows (or having your stylist do so) stop halfway toward the back of your head. Leave the rest of your hair untouched and natural for an eye-catching contrast in textures.
CORNROW HAIRSTYLE #7: HIGH PONYTAIL
Gather your cornrow braids into a high ponytail. Secure with a clear elastic or statement hair tie. Cornrow ponytails are one of the easiest ways to instantly upgrade your traditional pony.
CORNROW HAIRSTYLE #8: LOW BUN
Pull your cornrows into a low ponytail, then twist the braids around themselves to form a low bun at the nape of your neck. Pin it in place and you’re good to go!
CORNROW HAIRSTYLE #9: FROHAWK
This cornrow hairstyle may be best left to a stylist (or friend!) and is best on those with medium length hair, but with that said, it’s another fave! Create cornrows around your head going upward, instead of braiding down, so that the length of your mane is left at the tip of your head. Once your cornrows cover your head, with your length hanging free, fluff and perfect your natural hair to form a frohawk!
CORNROW HAIRSTYLE #10: BRAIDED BUN
This style involves braids on braids again. First, bring your cornrows into a high ponytail, securing with a clear elastic. Then, braid the ponytail into a traditional three-strand braid. Twist the braid around the base of the ponytail to form your braided cornrow bun, tucking the ends and securing with bobby pins.
CORNROW HAIRSTYLE #11: COLORFUL CORNROWS
Add a fun, flirty twist to your cornrows by spritzing individual strands with a temporary hair color spray! Take your pick from the shades in the L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Spray and L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup 1-Day Color lines and color strands to your hearts desire.
CORNROW HAIRSTYLE #12: HALF-UP TWISTS
Want to get your cornrows out of your face but still want to rock your length? Twist back your face-framing braids on either side of your face, pinning them into place just above your ear. All done!
CORNROW HAIRSTYLE #13: SPACE BUNS
Part your hair down the middle and put your cornrow braids into fun, quirky space buns! Not sure how? Here’s How to Do Space Buns.
CORNROW HAIRSTYLE #14: THICK CORNROWS
The size of your cornrows can make all the difference in your cornrow hairstyle. For a bold look, opt for thick cornrows that will showcase their braided texture.
CORNROW HAIRSTYLE #15: BRAIDED PONYTAIL
Bring your cornrows into a high ponytail, securing it with a clear elastic. Then, weave the length of your ponytail into a traditional three-strand braid. This look is perfect for a festival or a concert!
CORNROW HAIRSTYLE #16: LOW PONYTAIL
You can easily style your cornrow braids by pulling them into a low ponytail. Gather your braids at the nape of your neck, then secure with a clear elastic.
CORNROW HAIRSTYLE #17: SMALL CORNROWS
Remember when we mentioned the size of your cornrows matters? For a more intricate look, weave your mane into small, tight cornrows.
CORNROW HAIRSTYLE #18: SIDE SWEPT
For a side-swept look, create cornrows on one side of your head. Allow the rest of your hair to hang free for the ultimate contrast in textures.
CORNROW HAIRSTYLE #19: HALF-UP SPACE BUNS
Switch things up with some half-up space buns! Create a section of hair at the top of your head, then split that into two. Twist each smaller section into a bun at the top of your head, securing with bobby pins. Let the rest of your cornrows hang free. How cute!
CORNROW HAIRSTYLE #20: MIX AND MATCH
If you want to amp up the texture, consider varying the size of your cornrow braids. Mix and match small and thick cornrows for a mane full of dimension.
CORNROW HAIRSTYLE #21: LOW SPACE BUNS
Twist your cornrows into low space buns for a loveable, quirky ‘do. Section your braids in two, then twist each section into a low bun at the base of your neck. Secure with bobby pins and show off your hairstyle!
CORNROW HAIRSTYLE #22: WRAPPED PONYTAIL
Add an extra touch to your ponytail with a wrapped base. First, bring your cornrows into a high pony, securing with a clear elastic. Then, take a one-inch section of braids and wrap them around the base of your ponytail. Secure at the bottom with a bobby pin or two.
CORNROW HAIRSTYLE #23: STRAIGHT BACK
No one said styling cornrows had to be difficult! One of the easiest and most beautiful ways to wear cornrow braids is straight back.
CORNROW HAIRSTYLE #24: ACCENT CORNROWS
Rather than creating cornrows across your entire mane, consider trying cornrow accents. You can opt for a face-framing position, cornrows on one side of your head, or get creative with your own placement.
CORNROW HAIRSTYLE #25: PULL-THROUGH PONYTAIL
Another cornrow ponytail option is the pull-through ponytail. First, bring your braid into a low ponytail, securing with a clear elastic. Then, create a hole in your hair just above the elastic. Pull the length of your ponytail through the top of the hole and out of the bottom. You’ll be left with twists on either side of your pony for a beautiful pull-through ponytail style.