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How Long Do Cornrows Last? Everything You Need

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Before you choose a braid style, you will want to know more about it. And I believe you are here because you picked Cornrows.

Cornrows, also called Canerows, is one of the well-known and trendy hairstyles that you can plait with or without extension.

You probably heard that Cornrows is a low-maintenance hairstyle, but you still doubt its durability. Don’t worry because we got you covered.

So how long Cornrows last?

Cornrows on natural hair or with extension can last for 2-6 weeks depending on your maintenance routine, size-length of braids, how fast your hair grows, hair type, and the quality of extension used.

No matter the way it is installed or styled, it will still look beautiful.

Also, I recently noticed that big to medium-sized braids tend to last longer than smaller-sized braids.

And in some cases, itching and dry scalp plus painful and tight styling can interfere with how long it lasts.

My big sister once removed her braids 24 hours after installation because of pain and itching scalp, and if you ask her how long the style lasted for her, she would say “just one day,” lol.

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How to Care For Cornrows Braids and Make It Last Longer?

If you have successfully installed your cornrows braid with extension or want to do it in the future.

Know that when maintaining your hair, you must do it in a way that will favor your current style and natural hair.

If you don’t understand, some products can make your style look fresh while causing havoc on your natural hair at the back end.

Here’s how to maintain it the right way, which can make it last longer for you.

Daily: Maintaining your style every morning, whether you are stepping out of the house or not, is super vital for it to last long.

There is no significant difference in how you should care for Cornrows compared to other protective styles.

So here’s a quick video on how to work on your cornrows every day.

Night:  Just like every other style, you must protect your hair before you sleep.

To prepare your cornrows for the night.– Pack it in bun style or pineapple and cover with a scarf.

You can apply ointment or gel to your hairline to keep it at bay while you sleep.

Video can explain better: So watch this lady prepare her hair for the night.

Products Mentioned: ORS Herbal Cleanse Dry Shampoo & Anti-Itch Scalp and LocFella Anti-Itch Scalp/Hair Conditioner

And make sure your hair is not wet before you sleep because hair is fragile when it is wet.

You can blow dry your hair before you sleep, but be very creative when using it.

Or you adjust your routine so your hair wouldn’t be wet while you get ready for bed.

How to Clean Up Product Build Up

Other Helpful Tips:

  • Make sure you remain faithful to your hair care regime.
  • Never wear cornrows or any protective style after you relax your hair, else your hair will break so badly.

Are Cornrows Bad for Your Hair?

Cornrows braid a low maintenance protective hairstyle, and as far as this is concerned, Cornrows are not bad for your hair.

A black lady in Longhaircareforum said, “I feel cornrows are healthiest when done with one’s hair.”

While another lady said something opposite, “Cornrows can be just as damaging as anything else.”

After going through the second comments, I discovered;

  1. She used synthetic extension, which her hair didn’t care for, and to worsen the issue.
  2. She left it for three weeks, which her hair couldn’t take, leading to damage.

Moral Lesson: Understand your hair before you do anything, even if it’s minor care.

So far, so good; the only situations I know that can make Cornrows bad for your hair are:

  • When you leave the style for too long (More than six weeks) which can cause hair damage, tangle, and hair loss
  • Or when you style alongside the hairline. Anything more than this, feel free to add in the comment section, and I would be pleased to add it here.

Just try to avoid these two situations as much as you can, and you are good to go.

Do Cornrows Pull Your Hairline Back?

Hairline issues are mostly the fear of every lady when it comes to choosing a hairstyle.

The truth is that; no hairstyle doesn’t have cons—talking about pulling your hair. Yes! Cornrows can pull your hairline back, but it just depends on how it is style.

If you are the type that has a susceptible scalp, and you end up getting a tight style. As your hair grows out with style, it starts to pull your hairline.

So it would be best if you opted for a slightly loose style that does not put pressure on the scalp and hairline.

And when styling the hair, try to push the front strands out of style and dress the hairline with gel.

Cornrows Style

How Much Does it Cost to Get Cornrows?

On average, cornrows braids without or without extension will cost you between $50 – $200.

But if you are going for more professional work, then the price depends on the stylist, style design, and the extension you are going to use- if any.

If you are styling it yourself at home, then the styling fee is 100% free.

But you will have to invest in products.

If you’re new, you can learn to style your hair in Cornrows on Youtube.

But for a better experience and professional style, book an appointment with a professional stylist.

Also, be cautious of the stylist you book- don’t just follow Yelp or online reviews.

Get recommendations from friends within the neighborhood.

How Long Does it Take to Get Cornrows?

Typically this depends on the style complexity, volume, hair length, and how good your stylist is. But on average, styling cornrows braid can take 1-4 hours.

Please note that this is just an estimate because two-line cornrows braid with or without extension can’t take your stylist up to 45 minutes no matter how slow she is.

I believe you also know that.–you will have to prep your hair at home before visiting the stylist to make everything easier and quicker.

Also, the smaller the braids, the longer time it takes to braid.

Why Do Cornrows Itch?

Itchy scalp after braiding is now very common, and this sign sometimes shows up a few hours after styling or somedays later.

But no matter when the itching symptom shows up, here are the possible causes to check out for:

1. Allergy

If you are allergic to synthetic hair extensions, you will notice some strange body reaction almost immediately.

And one of the responses is the itching scalp.

In case you are not aware, the chemical that protects synthetic extension from heat effect can irritate the skin and cause a reaction.

So before installing synthetic hair, make sure you soak the hair in Apple Cider Vinegar with warm water, rinse, and air dry.

If you already have the extension on your hair before noticing the reaction, mix the ACV with warm water and spray it all through your hair.

2. Exposure Difference

It is familiar with ladies that are just trying the style for the very first time.

Like other styles, cornrow braid hairstyles leave some areas of your scalp exposed, and if your scalp is not familiar with such exposure.– it can turn out to be itching.

But it will adapt after some time if only this is the cause.

3. Dirt

Build-up from hair products and sebum can contribute to itchy braids.

If you haven’t washed your hair for a while and noticed that your scalp is itchy.

Just know you it’s a reminder for you to wash your hair.

4. Dry Scalp

Aside from dirty scalp, another possible reason Cornrows style can be itchy is dry scalp.– which equals dandruff.

If you notice that your hair is dry and itchy, do a better job of moisturizing and oiling your hair.

Understanding your hair, finding the perfect style, and styling it very well yourself or with the help of a stylist, the appropriate way– is part of the food your hair needs.

Now I would love to hear from you:

Did you find our article on Cornrows styling helpful?

Or maybe you want to contribute or share your experience with us.

Either way, let us know by leaving a comment below right now, and don’t forget to share it with friends.

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I am Stanley. A Unisex Hairstylist, Writer, and book lover. After 12 months of the apprenticeship program as a stylist, I started working with my boss for an extra one year. This time frame made me accumulate knowledge and experience in the hair industry, of which I will love to share with friends all over the world through my blog.

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