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Cornrows, braids, or canerows in the Caribbean, are an ancient traditional African hairstyle. Their very name indicates planting, agriculture and labor.



In Trinidad, we call them 'cane rows,' because of slaves planting sugar cane," - AfroBell

 Cornrows and variations of them, are one of the oldest black hairstyles around, and black celebrities have been rocking them for decades.

Many white celebrities have adopted this hairstyle and it has become the public platform to discuss the broader topic of cultural appropriation. It’s great that we are still holding on to our culture, but it would be even better if we looked good while we did.


  1. It starts with your stylist. Make sure you pick someone who understands that your edges are important to you. Avoid stylist with ‘painful’ hands as they make tight cornrows that are likely to pull the hair out of the roots. You’ll spot them, they are the ones with empty chairs!
  2. Avoid washing your hair as much as possible when styled. This will make is look messy. If you must wash wear a net cap before shampooing.
  3. Condition your hair as much as you can, this will reduce breakage when you undo the cornrows. Use leave in conditioner over rinse out conditioner.
  4. Moisturize your hair on a regular basis. Avoid oil bases moisturizers when in cornrows, as the oil will just sit on the hair. Try natural oil-based moisturizers that prevent dryness and dandruff.
  5. Corn rows typically last up to two weeks. Make sure that you are sleeping with a satin scarf of pillow case to persevere the style for longer. It also keeps your hair safe against moisture stripping.

Photography by Khalifa of Cool Pixx Studios, Make-up by Gathoni of Make-Up By Rose

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