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Don’t call it a comeback. Cornrows have been here for years.
And years. And years. And I’m sure we all remember that point in time when they were everywhere. With beads (thanks a lot, Alicia…) and in all sorts of designs. Then all of a sudden they slowly faded into the background, or better yet, back underneath weaves and wigs. But as of late, in an effort to diversify the way we wear braids as protective styles, cornrows are on fire once again. This time around with extensions for dramatic length and fullness. Here are a few looks we’re loving that everyday women are wearing everywhere.
Cornrows have been popular since the ’70s, but everyone (and their mother) was wearing them in the early ’00s, including many of the famous fellas whose music we do or did jam to. Here are 10 celebrity men who we were glad to see leave these looks behind:
When you see Jason DeRulo these days, he looks like this:
But as you’ll see if you click on the video below, at one point, while trying to get his career off the ground, DeRulo rocked some very interesting cornrows and a whole different sound:
First Miley Cyrus invented twerking, now this.
Earlier today Marie Claire got a taste of what it feels like to be on Black Twitter’s bad side after they shared a photo via the magazine’s Twitter account of Kim Kardashian’s younger sister, Kendall Jenner, rocking a set of cornrows. While there was nothing particularly wrong with the photo of the 18-year-old reality star, the caption that MC tacked onto it automatically sent Black Twitter into defense mode.
And of course, as you’ve probably guessed, all hell broke loose from there. Tweeters quickly responded to the comment, noting that it’s nearly impossible for Kendall (or anyone else for that matter) to take cornrows to a “new epic level” since braids have been a thing for what seems like forever.
#MarieClaire eventually became a trending topic on Twitter. And well, we all know how that goes.
The magazine later issued a brief apology for the tweet.
If you’re still wearing cornrows on a consistent basis in 2013, I’m not saying you’re dead wrong, but you might want to think about letting all that go. How about a haircut? Locs? Hell, even Snoop Dogg had to move on to a new style at some point. In all honesty, we all have sat in someone’s chair or between someone’s legs and let them give us an Alicia Keys makeover circa 2001. And maybe we didn’t look as good with them as we thought we did (I for one have a head too damn large for that look and learned that it wasn’t for me with the quickness…), but at least nobody had to see them but a few of our friends and family. Sadly, we all had to see these celebs and their braid fails over the years, and while some tried to hold on as long as they could, they all eventually left the style behind…Good move.
Many celebrities have rocked cornrows at some point in their careers; some for years and others for days. Although some of these stars may have looked good in their braided ‘dos, we were generally happy to see the hairstyle go. With that, the purpose of this list is not to say that all fifteen of these celebrities looked bad with cornrows (although some definitely did); it’s just that, in our opinion, they look better without them. Agree?
Admittedly, Lloyd wasn’t bad looking with his cornrows; they even complemented his persona back when he was singing songs like “Southside” and “Get It Shawty.” But now that he’s grown up a bit in the industry and is singing songs like “Lay It Down” and “Dedication To My Ex,” it’s definitely more appropriate that his image be cornrow-free.
Braids are arguably the most popular style of choice for little Black girls (and the adults who style their hair). They are a wonderfully age-appropriate choice and can keep your pretty girl’s hair growing healthy and strong, while allowing her the freedom to play games and sports without worrying about messing up her ‘do! Check out these adorable and youthful braided hair styles for Black hair and let your special girl pick her favorite!
Cornrows: A traditional Black hair style that has followed us from The Motherland, cornrows are a great low-maintenance option for Black girls. There is even a story book about the famous braids that you can read to your little princess as she sits in the braider’s chair!
Two-Strand Twists: Twists have become an increasingly popular choice for Black hair in recent years. They can be achieved on natural hair or with hair extensions. Add barettes or bows to your little girl’s two-strand twists for a special, girlish look.
Plaits: One of the simplest braided styles for Black hair, plaits can be done by even those of us who aren’t expert braiders! Part your child’s hair down the middle and then into two smaller sections on each side. Make four secure (but not too tight; braiding Black hair too tightly can cause hair loss over time) braids and fasten the ends with barrettes. Plaits are a great protective style for little girls who wear their hair in big Afros or curly styles.
Beaded Braids: A popular style once worn by young Serena and Venus Williams, there are many ways to incorporated colorful beads into your child’s braided ‘do. Instead of having beads cover your little girl’s hair from root to tip, use 3-4 beads in varying colors at the end of the brads instead. While they are a cute short-term look, the weight of the beads can cause Black hair to break after long periods of wear. beaded braids shouldn’t be worn for too long.
Just a few months ago, it was Summer and you made the big chop, natural or just plain ‘ol short, that you had been thinking about for months on end. Everyone was excited, surprised, and inspired, including yourself. But now it’s Winter, and that short cut has been working your last nerves. It’s growing back irregularly or too fast, and now you don’t know what direction to go in. Should you let your hair grow back or keep cutting? Should you put braids in to avoid the harsh Winter wind? Why is your hair so boring all of a sudden? These thoughts are prevalent around this time of year when a fluffy hat is your best friend and your hair is dryer than a cactus. So to help alleviate the stress, here are a few options for styles short haired ladies can try for the rest of this season. Some you’ll like, some you’ll hate, but whatevs, at least you now have options.
An afro offers more than just one look. Sure the Angela Davis style is powerful and gorgeous, but it’s not the only way to rock the fro. Check out all these fun things that you can do with your hair!