36 Hottest Cornrows and Scalp Braids to Show Your Braider

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Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

Made popular in the 90s by celebrities like Queen B and Alicia Keys, cornrows braids are braids that are done tightly and close to the scalp. This afro hair appears in infinite styles and designs and is favored for its easy maintenance. What makes it irresistible is that you can wear them with a little of your own or your stylist’s creativity for a more unique result!

Accessorize your natural hair with cuffs and beads, dye it with fashion colors and exquisite patterns, and combine different braid sizes to get contrast, or do them uniformly for an elegant finish – cornrows are sure to glam you up!

This braiding style gets its roots in the African culture, as it’s a great way to protect natural hair. It’s also possible on any other type of hair, like baby hairs, as long as you have the confidence to rock it! Upkeep includes careful cleansing and moisturizing of the scalp for healthy and long-lasting protective braids.

Get ready to wear the coolest cornrow feeds this year with this gallery of the trendiest cornrows!

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Box Braids with Cornrows Hairstyle
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#1: Box Braids with Cornrows

Make your everyday life easy when you put on these trendy and stylish cornrows with box braids that go so well with any outfit or event you’ll go to. It’s super versatile that you can style it any way you want – with accessories, in a bun, or just simply let them down!

#2: Cornrows with Beads

Cornrows with beads can make a stunning style! This classic plaited hairstyle is trendy and timeless. It’s perfect for anyone looking to add design and interest. It’s great for protecting hair from damage. Because the natural hair is styled without heat for an extended time. Plus, they look amazing on all face shapes. To get this look right, make sure you mention any desired placement of beads or what color you’d like. Tell your professional braider so they can create the exact look you want! With cornrows offset by tiny glimmering beads, this will be an eye-catching look.

#3: Stunning Cornrow Braids

Get into these stunning cornrow braids. The cornrow design is certainly eye-catching for women who want to turn heads! Commonly referred to as a butterfly design, you will need to have at least average hair thickness. This is for the precision of such a unique cornrows design.

#4: Tribal Braids

Tribal braids can be designed to fit your style. They are ideal for versatility in your everyday hair styling. Best styled using synthetic braid hair, this look can be however long or short you want. Jazz it up by adding different beads and hair jewelry for added color and style. For best results, seek a professional braider specializing in mini feed-in braids. Ask for their magic in creating a design unique to you.

Cornrows Braided Bob and Beads
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#5: Braided Bob and Beads

You’ll love the look of a braided bob and beads. This cornrows style is perfect for ladies looking to add a bit of flair to their hair, as it’s both flattering and versatile. I’ve found that opting for this style can be an easy way to wear your hair in different styles while still keeping it chic. To get these plaits, start by separating your hair into two sections on either side of your head and braid each section down to the ends. Finally, accessorize.

#6: Amazing Knotless Braids

Create a stunning look with amazing knotless braids. These cornrows and scalp braids are perfect for creating an effortless yet flattering style. Instead of using knots to secure the hair, I’ve found that using small rubber bands is much more effective – plus, it’s super easy! My best advice when styling these gorgeous braids is to use light-hold hairspray and brush through with your fingers for a natural-looking finish.

#7: High Bun Ponytail with Sweet Cornrow Braids

I often recommend a high bun ponytail with sweet cornrow braids for clients looking to switch up their style. This look is flattering and can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion. To achieve this look, create cornrows that run horizontally along the scalp. Secure them at the ends with small elastics, then tie your hair into a high bun secured with an elastic band. For added hold, use bobby pins to secure loose strands.

#8: Cool Bobbed Cornrowed Braids

Think about getting cool braids if you’re wanting something short and easily managed. If you decide to try this style, be sure to have healthy edges and healthy roots. This is a style for short natural-haired women. So, if you need to do a big chop on your hair this is a great protective style to go right into on your hair re-growth journey.

#9: Long Cornrows with a Heart Braid

Fall in love with these long cornrows with a heart braid on the side. Referred to as lemonade braids, this will allow you to switch up your typical lemonade design. Sometimes, to eliminate stringy ends, your braider can add Flexi rods at the ends for a curly finish.

#10: Long Blonde Cornrows

Long blonde cornrows, or long box braids, are a versatile style with a blonde color to jazz it up. Typically installed with kanekalon hair, you can curl and straighten the ends if you wish to wear different styles. This is one of the best braid styles to consider because of its versatility and minimal tension on your hair and scalp.

Senegalese twists
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#11: Twist Braids

Dark red cornrows into twist braids is a definitely a modern braided hairstyle. Add gold cuffs to really stand out.

Beautiful Cornrows with a High Bun for Black Women
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#12: Beautiful Cornrows with a High Bun

Think about getting a twist on Fulani braids with beautiful cornrows with a high bun. I advise getting singles in the back so you don’t have to always wear a ponytail. You can choose to wear it up, down, or half and half.

Senegalese twist cornrows
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#13: Senegalese Twist Cornrows

The all-time Senegalese twists cornrows demand attention wherever you go! This style can be worn in the day for a trendy casual look and it will spice up your outfit, giving you an edgy image.

Side Cornrow Braids
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#14: Side Cornrow Braids

These tribal-inspired cornrows look amazing but adding them with these cute fashionable beads definitely made a difference! It’s an easy way if you’re looking to spruce up your everyday style!

Side part braids
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#15: Side Part Cornrows

The simplest yet trendiest protective style you can wear are these cornrows that goes from one side of your head to the other down to your body. It leaves you feeling easy and fresh yet stylish all day!

Side Cornrows Braided Into a Bun
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#16: Side Cornrows Braided Into a Bun

This cornrow hairstyle is great if you are on the go and need to style your twists quickly. They present polished yet fun scalp braids that work in any setting – work or a casual day out.

Small Cornrow Braids
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#17: Small Cornrow Braids

These thin, small cornrows provide the versatility in styling that everyone craves for. Depending on the occasion, they can create a romantic look or a head-turning edgy look.

#18: Cornrows for Short Hair

A super low maintenance hairstyle like these cornrows braids in an adorable bob will surely change your life! Be sure to get yours done by a pro if you want a neat and intricate look!

#19: Cornrows on Long Hair

These neatly done blonde box braids cornrows definitely prove how stylish protective braids can be! Spice up your look by adding some blonde pieces to highlight your long braids.

#20: Goddess Cornrow Braids

Don’t be envious of this eye-catching cornrows style as it can be created by anyone who is bold enough to try! Red is vibrant enough but it doesn’t mean you cannot add more fun to it by putting in some colorful strings and accessories.

Cornrow Braid with Zig-Zag Design
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#21: Cornrow Braid with Zig-Zag Design

You often wonder, “How did they do that?” to such intricate designs. Then you’d be surprised how simple it is to do with cornrows!

Ghana cornrows
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#22: Ghana Cornrows

You don’t need to worry about anything with this low maintenance iconic cornrows braid! Style them easily with accessories and feel natural with these thin braids.

Big Cornrow Braids
Instagram @eri_braids

#23: Big Cornrow Braids

The coolest way to enter the world of Ghana braids is with these thick cornrows! Easy to take care of and easy to style – just simply pair with a natural brown shade to illuminate your skin and face.

Burgundy red cornrows on long hair
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#24: Burgundy Cornrows on Long Hair

Go bold and bright with burgundy cornrows that are super perfect for olive and dark skin! An added benefit is that it highlights your long hair when light hits you, making everyone see how beautiful those braids are!

#25: Medium-Length Cornrows with Cuffs

Take a look at these stunningly fierce cornrows for medium-length hair. They’ll add hair color to your whole style! Put on some pretty jewelry like these golden cuffs to add some variety to your hair.

Jumbo Cornrow Braids
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#26: Jumbo Cornrow Braids

If you are looking to make a statement, then these inspiring jumbo cornrows are for you! Placing super cute and thin rows provide an amazing contrast that makes the whole look even more interesting.

#27: Straight Back Cornrow Braids

This look is straight-back cornrows. It is a feed-in style of cornrows, so it does have a very natural look to it. It’s very unique with the smaller criss-cross braids in between, making this simple style more than just the ordinary! Easiest, simplest style to accomplish! This style is great for the summer. The jewels give off a very fresh and glamorous look. It’s also a great protective style. Perfect for swimming, vacation, and especially those hot muggy days that make our natural hair frizzy and messy. The best part is that it doesn’t take long to do at all.

Mohawk Cornrow Braids
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#28: Mohawk Cornrow Braids

This is a super chic and professional loc mohawk cornrow strands. This style is perfect for many occasions such as the office, a wedding, or even just a night out with friends or a loved one. I love that not only can it be dressed up or dressed down, but it is also very simple to achieve. I love loc styles that look more intricate than they actually are. It makes creating these cornrow braid hairstyles a lot more exciting!

Weave Feed In Braids and Cornrows
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#29: Weave Feed In Braids and Cornrows

This lemonade braided style was inspired by one of Beyoncé’s looks during her Lemonade album – cornrows or small “feed-in” braids going in one direction, to hang on one side. I love that it differs from your typical cornrow braided hairstyles, which is usually to the back. You can get a little more creative with this style as far as designs as well! This cornrow hairstyle is for the everyday woman! I’ve done these cornrow hairstyles in most age groups and races. If you’re looking to spice your usual protective hairstyles up, this is a go-to. This braided hairstyle lasts from 4-6 weeks and is easy to maintain with a styling mousse and a scarf at night!

#30: Cornrow Braid Design

These cornrows are definitely for a festive hairstyle or even for someone who wants to try new styles. The hair texture doesn’t matter for braids. It is important to tie your hair up at night to keep the braids in place. This is definitely one of my favorite creations.

#31: Updo Cornrow Hairstyle

This style is simple but unique at the same time. Most people who consider cornrows are the ones that like to get up and go, not having to fix the hair, curl the hair, or anything else. Most of my clients that get updo cornrow styles are business personnel (for a professional look), busy moms, or workout gurus who need a style to last through all of that sweat.

Two Cornrow Braids
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#32: Two Cornrow Braids

This look is a unique two cornrow braided style with an added extension. While it may seem complicated, these cornrows are a one of a kind style with a touch of class and makes a great quick fix on a bad hair day.

#33: Side Cornrow Braids

These are side cornrows with singles and designs at the side.  Start off-center for a simple, neat, and easy-to-manage look! The round shape created by these braids is perfect for angular faces. Make sure you oil your scalp braids often.

Nigerian cornrows
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#34: Nigerian Cornrows

This is a full-frontal box braided cornrows wig, a very common style amongst African women especially here in Nigeria. I love the fact that we could come up with the idea of transforming this look into a wig. Surely, women all over Nigeria and outside Nigeria can wear this look with maximum ease just by installing it in less than 60 seconds. The baby hair attached was simply to give this look a natural finishing at the edge. This look can be worn in professional places and also in casual settings. It’s also for women out there who simply do not have the time to go to a beauty salon to get their braids done

Side-swept cornrows
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#35: Side Swept Cornrows

The traditional way to wear these cute side cornrow braids is straight back, but don’t stop yourself from falling in love with these side-swept ones! Very easy to manage and allows you to show your flirty side and beautiful face. Straight back cornrows are such a sleek and beautiful style that will definitely make a statement and get you noticed. I feel like it brings questions to the mind, like how are there so many braids that sit on the side and not as many close to the scalp?

#36: High Ponytail Cornrow Braids

This style here is called a feed-in ponytail cornrows. It gives a very natural look and is a great go-to protective style! The great thing about this style is that you can either wear it down or wrap the braids around into a bun for a more casual look! It’s very versatile and low maintenance. I would honestly recommend this style to anyone! It’s very popular and like I mentioned, very low maintenance and versatile! This style can be manipulated on almost any hair texture! Whether you work in the corporate world or just a regular 9-5, you can’t go wrong with this style!

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