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Criss-Cross Braid Bun/Puff
This hairstyle has gotten me tons of compliments in the past since it’s such an “out-of-the-ordinary” style. Its simple, quick, and versatile in where you can wear it. You can wear it to school, work, formals, semi-formal occasions, working out, parties– anywhere! This style took me about 25 minutes and I was able to wear it for a week. Anyone say protective style?
The best part of this style is the cornrow effect that I was able to achieve from the four plait braids at the front. While there are two actual cornrows on the side, the four criss-cross braids are literal braids. You just have to section the middle of the front half of your hair into 4 sections. I used rubber bands to get them really tight and neat. Then braid one of the front parts in a diagonal manner toward the back part on the opposite side. It sounds a bit tricky but all you have to do is finish the braid using the hair you grabbed from the opposite back part. It’s not a cornrow but it’s a bit similar in concept.
You then braid the other front part ending with the back opposite part. Pull the ends back into your puff and wrap with a secure band. You can choose to add hair, like I did if you like. I also wrapped mine more into a puff to give the style a “classier” look. My alias on this blog site is class after all.
All that being said, that only covered a third of the front of my hair. That left two rather thick sections on both sides so I cornrowed that hair and added hair jewels. That way my full head of hair was protected.
Cornrowed Double Puffs
Do we all love the classic double puff style? It’s not just for little girls anymore. This style is super simple as you can probably tell. I part my hair down the middle and add some nifty thrifty gel to get a nice sleek look.I then move one of my hair out of my braiding space and get going with the cornrow. I grab the full section which can be a bit challenging for new corn rowers so keep practicing if you don’t get it at first.
With the full half of my hair cornrowed, I then pull the end back into the small section of natural hair left at the back. Once again, I added some extension hair but only to fully protect my natural hair. The texture I used was really curly coily so I really was able to pull off a natural “full” look.
Of course I then cornrowed the other half and pulled that back into a band as well! I love this style for more casual occasions, and it’s super easy to dress up with flowers.
“Half-up Half-down” Cornrow Crochet Braids
These names are made totally on the spot if you can’t already tell. Fortunately they’re rather self-explanatory. I just cornrowed the front of my hair and put crochet braids in the back. Crocheting is honestly so quick and easy, so you should really learn how to crochet braid if you’re looking to save money or time.
This style took about 3 hours. I won’t lie or sugarcoat it, but that was honestly quite quick for me to have my whole head braided and cornrowed. Crocheting in the box braids instead of actually box braiding cut the time by at least two-thirds of how long they typically take me. Yes, box braids generally take me and my sister 9 hours to put it in.
There are eight cornrows in the front that bend to aim toward the center of my head. The cornrows get significantly shorter as I go further back so that’s definitely an added perk. Keep in mind though that even though it doesn’t look like it, this style is fully cornrowed.
The full back section of my hair had to be cornrowed before crocheting in the braids. I put in 5 horizontal cornrows. They weren’t super neat or tight but they were easily hidden under the braids. I put in a pretty large amount of braids too. I love the length of these crochet braids too since they’re not too short and they’re not too long. I even mixed in some brown braids to add some “flavor.”
Fulani Jasmine Braid
I’ve mentioned this style in past blog posts but it is honestly such a unique style. It’s super cute and the hint of extra we all crave in our appearance. Let’s break it down, shall we?
This style consists of five relatively short cornrows. There are three in the middle section of my head, and two facing forward on the sides. The very center cornrow is the biggest and reaches the halfway point of my head. I then put a cornrow on both side that were slightly thinner than the center cornrow. They both reached the halfway point as well. I pulled those three back into the long “jasmine” braid seen in the back. Of course, I added in hair to achieve the length, and I finished all three cornrows in the braid.
To get the big braid, I wrapped a band around the back half of my hair and the ends of the three cornrows. I used thick curly extension hair to add in as I braided. The jasmine braid was the quickest part and just requires having a full grasp on the whole section of hair.
Prior to all that braiding though, I parted off two sections right above my side burns. I started the cornrows facing toward the front of my hair right behind my ear. That meant they were relatively quick and easy to complete. I added hair in but you definitely don’t have to if you don’t know how to or don’t want to. To take this style to the next level, you can put some beads on to truly secure the “fulani” look. The fulani term comes from the cornrow in the middle which originated with the Fulani tribe in Africa, if you were wondering.
Duchess Braid or Two Medium Cornrows
Let’s zero in on the Duchess Braid (left) first. Most curly thick-haired girls like us have never even thought of somehow cornrowing and pulling all of our hair back into a single braid. Just the fact that it’s literally called a “Duchess” braid encourages the assumption that it’s only a euro-centric style. But fortunately that’s not the case.
A duchess braid is simply beginning your style with two cornrows and finishing both cornrows in the same area– within a single braid. The style depicted here is about as simple as the style gets since I chose to rock a straight part instead of a curve.
Equally as cute, is curving one side to take up more space in the back than the other so that the cornrow will more fully “wrap” your head shape and the braid will end farther on the opposite side. My braid naturally falls into the middle of my back due to the straight part I did. I simply chose to move the braid to one side.
One extra bit of razzle dazzle I added that isn’t traditionally part of this style is the two “sideburn” cornrows. They’re very similar to the previous style but I actually decided to add beads this time.
On to my sister’s style on the right. Sure, hairstylists can lay the two cornrow hairstyle down to the nines, but you can lay it down at least to the eights. This style has been called “Boxer” braids, Double Dutch braids, Double French Braids, Double braids, and what I’ve chosen to call it; Two Cornrows. The style has grown in popularity in recent years, and no wonder!
The style is quick, simple, protective, and stylish. While simply cornrowing your natural hair is just about the embodiment of ease, adding in hair is the path most curly-haired gals choose to take. This can be challenging so I recommend watching a few tutorial videos to learn how to cornrow with extensions; more classically known as the “feed-in” braid.
Both styles only took about 30 minutes each. We decided to wrap some gold thread around the ends as well.
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