Cornrows Are Back and Why They’ll Grow Your Hair Better Than Any Other Protective Styles

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We’re channeling our girl, Alicia Keys.

Cornrows were popular in the 90’s. Then, Alicia Keys kept them going in the early 2000’s, reminding us that braids were cute. She did everything from a braided puff to a full head of small cornrows. Everyone took a stab at being an Alicia Keys’ lookalike, and like clockwork, we’re bringing back the look almost ten years later. Cornrows have been one of the most trending looks on the ‘gram and one of the most requested next to crochet braids and Marley twists. We’re buying gold hair accessories and beads for our again, and the nostalgia of it all is almost too real.

These are a few tips to remember before you run off to your hairdresser to request the look:

  1. You want to to use soft braiding hair if you’re adding hair to complete your look.” Afrelle formula hair is your best bet to prevent breakage,” says blogger Kersti Pitre.
  2. Before you braid your hair, make sure you moisturize and seal your ends with oil to prevent breakage during your style.
  3. Make sure your hair is detangled and stretched whether through a blowout or roller set, says vlogger Whitney White.

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Vlogger FrogirlGinny was channeling a spice girl look.

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Artist and educator Elise Peterson with a look as part of the Women’s work project.

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Beauty blogger, Kersti Pitre, with beads and a gold ring to add some fun to her hair.

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Model, Khoudia Diop, channeling a traditional African look incorporating cornrows. 

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