I received so many compliments about my cornrows/canerows (both are correct in my book) recently that I just had to share my pictures and tell you more about how it went down. Luckily for me my sister Ebonie is a badass hair dresser on the side, self taught and can come to you, but the important thing is she gets me, I can be a bit fussy and I trust her.
“Babe the only thing is, if the style I have in my mind doesn’t suit me, I’m gonna wanna take it out, straight away.” She replied, “Sure babes, I will even take it out for you.” That’s sister love right there. Ok, maybe I’m more than bit fussy, but a good hair style can make you feel good, and a bad one can take away a few drops of your confidence too. Isn’t that why we are so hair obsessed? and why getting our hair done, cut, or even shaved off, is generally a big deal?
I had been thinking about getting cornrows for ages. I just wanted a week or two without having to think about my hair and I wanted a change from my Afro and of course then “Boxer Braids” became a thing. No, this wasn’t me uprising against it - I promise.
Me and my sisters have prominent foreheads. It’s our family trait and we totally owned it before Tyra made a public declaration about hers (and we love her for that) - Lol. We discussed the kind of parting I wanted and where I would like the cornrows to sit on my head. Ebonie got a little creative and decided to do four instead of the two I had initially thought of, working from the centre of my forehead and moving around the sides instead of straight back across my head.
In order to make my cornrows last a little longer, I decided to add some hair to my own. This really helps my hair less fly away and reduces the little bits of hair that escape from the cornrows that make it look messy before due time. I kept it simple (I'm new to this buying hair lark and this was all a bit last minute) and used one pack of Yaki hair in dark brown for about a fiver.
I detangled and washed my hair and let it dry naturally adding a little bit of Big Hair's Whipped Butter. I got comfy, thinking I would be sat on the dining chair for ages with a numb ass, but after 45 minutes and some Snapchatting we were done!
I absolutely love how she interpreted the look that was in my head. I wanted a fun but adult take on a childhood style and that's exactly what I got. But... I cannot lie my scalp is super sensitive and I had to take half a paracetamol before bed that evening to ease my headache. I'm not normally one for painkillers or the "no pain, no gain" thing, but in this case, no harm was being done and a girls gotta sleep ya know!
The signature Afro is back for now, but I'd love to hear your thoughts on this look. Holla at your girl!