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5 Tips for Getting Great Cornrows
By Nicole Lasher   

Last edited: Tuesday, December 09, 2003
Posted: Thursday, November 20, 2003

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Essential advice for selecting a braid artist and keeping your cornrows looking great beyond the first day.

Cornrows are a convenient and very beautiful hairstyle for both women and men. All over the world, celebrities and regular folks alike are discovering this wonderful hair art.

Just as with any other style though, there can be problems. Here are a few tips for making sure that your venture into cornrows is a successful one.

1. Your hair should be at least 10 cm. long if it is straight, and at least 5 cm. long if it is tightly curled.

This is so that it doesn't have to be braided too tightly in order to stay.

2. The braid artist should have photos or other examples of their work.

Many get their business through word of mouth, but increasingly cornrows are done at salons. So you might not have a good preview of a particular artist's work unless they have a portfolio or training mannequins in the shop.

3. Be advised that cornrows should not be painful.

Too much tension from the hair being pulled can cause bumps, hair loss, and infections. A truly caring and experienced braid artist should not be more concerned with how a style looks at that moment, but how well it will last.

4. Use a silk or satiny pillowcase, or wrap your head in a silk scarf or a "do-rag" at night.

This will help the style to last longer, and protect it from getting frizzy due to being pulled and matted by cotton or other fibers that hook onto the hair.

5. Keep them clean.

You can wash your hair with cornrows in. Some suggest using a plastic wide tooth comb or "pick", a waterpick dental cleaner, or a shower massager set to a light pulse to clean under them without unravelling the style.

If you'd like more advice, feel free to visit the website.

Web Site: Cornrows Info, FAQ, and Free How To

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Reviewed by Damaa -- 11/26/2005
I find that all but #5 apply to me. Once they cornrows get washed they tend to sour and frizz in my experience. They last longer with a dry shampoo. There are products at the beauty supply where you apply it to the scalp, rub it in and them remove without water to keep the scalp clean. Some people like using an astrigent but that can by drying so witchhazel might be a better solution.
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 11/21/2003
enjoyed the read
Reviewed by Cynthia Borris 11/21/2003
Thanks for the enlightening article. Although I don't have cornrows, I always wondered "just how do they do that?"

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