Cornrow Braids

Cornrow braids
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Q: What are cornrow braids?
A: Cornrow braids are created by braiding the hair in a three-strand pattern, similar to the technique of French braiding, pulled taut so that the hair lies close to the scalp.
Cornrow braids are typically created in thin rows that follow the length of the scalp from the face to the nape of the neck. Such rows of braid are usually finished by continuing the three-strand braid to the ends of the hair and securing them with barrettes, clips or hair elastics. Cornrows can be decorated with beads placed at the ends of the hair, or woven into the braids at intervals along the length.
Though traditional cornrow styles featured precise, straight lines, modern stylists often spend hours creating intricate patterns and designs in the braids, with curving lines, spirals, and other organic designs, or various angles and geometric patterns.
This type of hair braiding can take a number of hours to accomplish, depending on the design used in the style and the length of the client's hair. Braided hair is in high demand, especially in the African-ethnic community. It is a more natural alternative to chemical processing of the hair that gives very flattering results.
Because of the time involved, most braiding styles are more expensive than your average service at a salon. Typical prices for braiding services in a mid-sized city are around $65-100 and up for standard sized cornrows, with higher pricing for specialty braids and designs. Salons in larger cities may charge more based on location and what the client demand will bear.
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