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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 choose Cornrows. Cornrows also called Canerows is one the well know and trendy hairstyle that can be worn with or without extension.

You probably want a low maintenance hairstyle and choose Cornrows, but you still doubt it’s durability and wants to get straight answers. 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. I also 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 sisters once removed hair braids 24 hours after installation, If she was asked how long the style lasted for her she will say just 1 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, it is necessary you do it in a way that will favor your current style and natural hair positively.

If you don’t understand– some products can make your style looking fresh, while it is causing havoc on your hair at the backend.

So 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 supper important for it to last long. Actually, there is no big difference in the way you should care for Cornrows when 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 care for your hair while you sleep for it to last long as well. To prepare your cornrows for the night.– Pack it in bun style or pineapple and cover with a scarf.

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

Video can explain better: So watch this lady prepare her 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 but be very creative when using it. Or you just 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

Are Cornrows Bad for Your Hair?

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

One 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”. Trust me! I read more of her comment and discovered.

  1. She used synthetic extension which her hair didn’t care for and to worsen the issue
  2. She left it for 3 weeks which her hair couldn’t take and this lead to damage.

Moral Lesson: Understand your hair before you do anything. even if its a minor thing.

The only situations I know that can make Cornrows bad for your hair are:

  • When you leave the style for too long (More than 6 weeks) which can hair damage, tangle and cause hair loss
  • Or when it is tightly plaited alongside the hairline. Anything more than this, feel free to add in the comment section and I would be pleased to add it here.

So you should avoid these two situations as much as you can.

Do Cornrows Pull Your Hairline Back?

This is mostly the fear of every lady when it comes to choosing a hairstyle. The whole truth is that no hairstyle that doesn’t have cons. Talking about pulling your hair. Yes! cornrows can pull your hairline back, but it just depends on how it was styled.

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

So you should opt 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 hairs out of the style and dress the hairline with gel.

Cornrows Style

How Much Does it Cost to Get Cornrows?

If you are going for professional work, then the price depends on the stylist and the extension you are going to use- if any. But on average cornrows braids without or without extension will cost you between $50 – $200.

But if you are styling it yourself at home. Then the styling fee is 100% free, but you will have to invest in products. That’s it.

If you’re new, you can learn to style your hair in Cornrows on Youtube. But for better experience book an appointment with a professional stylist.

Also, be cautious of stylist you book- don’t just follow Yelp or online review. Get recommendations from friends within the neighborhood.

How Long Does it Take to Get Cornrows?

Typically this depends on the style you want, volume, hair length and how good your stylist is. But on average styling cornrows braid can take 1-3 hours.

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 style the longer it takes.

Why Do Cornrows Itch?

Itchy scalp after braiding is now very common. This sign can sometimes show up a few hours after styling or somedays later. But no matter when the sign shows up, here are the possible causes to check out for:

  • Allergy: This sign is noticed almost immediately when a lady uses a hair synthetic hair extension that is chemically treated. So if you are installing synthetic hair, make sure you soak the hair in Apple Cider Vinegar with warm water, rinse, air dry before use.
  • Exposure Difference: This is usually common with ladies that are just trying the style for the very first time. Cornrows just like other styles, 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.
  • Dirt: Build-up from hair product is mainly responsible for this. If you haven’t washed your hair for a while and noticed that your scalp is itchy. Just know that dirt can be the cause. So you are just reminded to wash your hair.
  • 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 just know that you need to 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 you want to contribute or share your experience with friends down here.

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

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I am Stanley. A Professional Unisex Hairstylist, Writer and books lover. After 12 months apprenticeship program as a stylist I started working with my boss for extra 1 year. This time frame made me acummulate 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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