This is a low-maintenance style that involves braids that lay flat against the scalp. It is a unisex style for adults and children. The braids can be adorned with beads or cowry shells. The hair can be braided over-handed where the braid is hidden by the hair or under-handed where the braid lies on top of the hair. This style can also be achieved by adding synthetic or human hair to extend the braids. The ends can be burnt with synthetic hair or tied with rubber bands.
Scalp care is very important when wearing this style because the scalp is exposed and it can become very dry or develop an unhealthy build-up of product. Cornrows should always be done with clean hair and should not be braided too tight around the hairline. Slight tenderness is expected after a fresh braid but the scalp should not be swollen or develop small bumps. If the hair is braided too tight, breakage will occur. The cornrow style should be viewed as a protective style.
It can take about 2-4 hours to complete and can last 1-2 months with proper care. Prices start at $45, w/ hair added $65.