How To Undo Cornrows
Untangle the cornrows carefully with the point of a rat-tail comb. No yanking or pulling allowed! You don’t want to rip out chunks of hair. Use the comb to loosen up the cornrows, then use your fingers to finish up the detangling. Focus on one cornrow at a time. Don’t panic if you see hair falling out — this is completely normal.
How To Stop Cornrows From Itching
Your cornrows are itchy. Cornrows are complicated to scratch. You pick, and you pat. However, that annoying itch is inaccessible, buried deep under the braid.
How To Wash Cornrows
Cornrows are designed to last for days or weeks at a time, but what to do when it’s time to shampoo? Knowing how long it can take to put cornrows in, you don’t want to undo them every time your hair needs a wash. Keeping these stylish braids clean is pretty simple, whether your own hair is cornrowed or you’re wearing extensions for added length. Care for your cornrows properly and they’ll look fresh each day.
Are Cornrows Bad For My Hair?
Cornrows Done Right
Cornrows, and braids in general, require a lot of tugging and pulling on the hair. It’s a catch-22. A lack of tension makes for fuzzy braids that have no staying power, while tight braids mean a possible headache and broken tresses. To minimize hair breakage, the hair braider should be skilled enough to braid tightly without causing pain. Since experience is the only way to learn about correct tension, look for a braider who has a portfolio and knows what she’s doing. Otherwise, it’s a fair bet that the braider will plait the hair too tightly or loosely.
Effect on Hair Cleanliness
Don’t think that cornrows make for funky, gunky hair. Cornrows don’t make your hair any more dirty than normal, and should have no effect on hygiene with regular cleansing. Gently wash braids with a moisturizing shampoo, then pat dry. Make sure to rinse the base of the cornrow so that it doesn’t collect excess shampoo, then use a spray-on braid moisturizer to finish. Air-drying the cornrows is actually good for the hair, since blow-drying can cause extra frizz and damage.
Cornrows and Baldness
Remember that super-tight cornrows pull hair and cause breakage. Repeat the process enough, and the follicle gives up the ghost and refuses to grow more hair. At that point, you’d have to use hair growth products to rejuvenate hair production. The ease of cornrows make them a tempting repeat hairstyle, but your hair needs a break from the constant stress and restriction. Keep away the baldies by leaving a few months between braiding sessions. Your hairline will thank you for it.
Just like relaxing or weaving, cornrows can cause trouble if you’re not careful. If the braids aren’t moisturized on a regular basis, or stay in for too long, you’re asking for trouble. The hair will mat together and tangle, making removal a nasty process resulting in increased hair loss. If cornrows are simply too much to resist, stick with a skilled stylist, and don’t get lazy about caring for those pretty tresses!