Cornrows are a beautiful style of braids mostly used by African American men and women, was made popular by the Black Power Movement who were against hair straightening and at the moment commonly worn by hip-hop artists and black basketball players.
Cornrows are created by braiding small portions of hair strands and close enough to the scalp. This style of braids can be groomed with other styles making it more attractive and attention grabbing.
Cornrows if taken care properly and maintained with the right hair products can last for about two to four weeks but extreme cases can last up to eight weeks.
Yet, cornrows are often worn for a long time that they need to be taken care of properly to avoid feeling itchy on the head and worse getting dreadlocks.
The following are tips in properly maintaining cornrows.
•It is important to wash the hair and apply conditioner two or three days before braiding.
•While the hair is braided use only products that are specifically made for such style to avoid hair problems and complications.
•Use a scarf or hairnet when sleeping so that cornrows will be kept in place neatly.
•Hairnet is also advisable when shampooing the braided hair because it helps cleaning the hair properly and easily.
•Sprinkle powder of dry shampoo on hair and gently put in a little to be able to mass the shampoo into the hair.
•Just like all types of hair, cornrows need to be conditioned every other day to maintain healthy scalp and hair.
•It is also not advisable to braid hair too tightly on the hairline because longer duration can result to hair breakage.
•Also, tell the stylist to be very careful when removing braids especially the rubber bands from the hair to prevent damage and breakage.
Another problem of cornrows is experiencing itchy scalp. The following are tips on how to get rid of the itchy feeling in the head without destroying the cornrows.
•Use a toothbrush to apply a small amount of shampoo into the scalp.
•Start brushing from the nape of the neck going up concentrating on every row.
•Next is to use a spray bottle to rinse the shampoo and slowly dampened with a hand towel.
•Then rub tree oil solution into the scalp specifically on the rows of the cornrows.
•If the itch does not go away after doing such things, apply antiseptic that is rightly made for the scalp.
Being stylish is not always easy. Taking care of your braids can be simple but yet also takes some work. Sometimes, in order to maintain the health of your hair, you need to go a few weeks without braids and take care of your hair and scalp.
I hope these basic steps can help you from preventing hair damage and make it easier to keep your braids looking fresh!