Who says hairstyles can’t be protective, sleek, simple, sexy, yet classy and spontaneous? Anyone who thinks so obviously hasn’t had a connection with the magical, hair-protective, classy, Fulani-birthed Cornrows. Cornrows are one of the most well-known Afro hairstyles with controversial reactions to the hairstyle, the beauty it emanates from its wearers, and its origin.

The feminine hairstyle, also known as ‘canerows’ in the Caribbean, employs an underhand technique that raises the braids and exposes the skin to ease tension on the scalp. This technique has made cornrows a cynosure of all hairs because there’s no limit to how you can wear them. Your favorite celebrities are not left out in love for cornrows.

If you are looking for fresh ideas to rock your cornrow hairstyles, hair-you-go.

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The Regal Cornrows
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The Regal Cornrows

The Regal Cornrows probably gets its name from how the cornrows sit on the head in a crown-like paKern. Star3ng from the center through a semi-circle cornrow to the back, the cornrow lives up to its name by giving you that classy, queening powerful look without even trying. This will be a perfect fit for bald people or those with a square or semi-round face shape.

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The Side Cornrow Braids
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The Side Cornrow Braids

You have likely seen how this ‘faux undercut cornrow hairstyle enhances the cheekbones, bone structure and frames the temples of your favorite fierce Queen – Solange Knowles. The side cornrows are a versa3le and fun hairstyle to try, as they can be worn with any braids of your choice. Join the Fierce Queen team and rock your cornrows to the side at your next hair appointment. Wink.

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Zendaya’s French Braids Cornrows.jpg

French braids have a reputa3on for lying flat against the head and tucking all of the hair into the plait. However, as we see in Zendaya’s sleek look, the plait is liHed when braided cornrow-style. A French braided cornrow gives you an edge of elegance, sleekness, appeal, and clean-finishing while simultaneously tucking and protec3ng your hair.

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Goddess Cornrows
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Goddess Cornrows

What’s not to love with these thick Goddess cornrows on Mel B? The protec3ve style begins thin and small through a thickening center and tapered end straight back. Inspired by the popular Ghana weaving braids, the classy cornrows gets their name from their ability to make every woman feel powerful and feminine.

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Cornrows in Two Braids
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Cornrows in Two Braids

Two braided cornrows are one of the most iconic and statement-making cornrow looks. This look is achieved by braiding the hair back from the face into two plaits underhand, close to the scalp and at an angle. Get your hair braided asymmetrically to wrap around your head for a new take on the tradi3onal style. This look on Tracee Ellis Rolls is fun, casual, and youthful, and it elevates your hairstyle a notch.

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The Natural Hair Cornrows
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The Natural Hair Cornrows

Did you think we forgot the naturalists? Not at all. There’s enough hair love to go round. Mainly because cornrows were initially developed for natural Afro hair textures.

There’s no limit to how you can wear your cornrows with your natural hair. Short, long, mid-length, Afro-mohawk, faux undercut, name it. Your un-textured, un-treated natural hair has got you covered.

A side cornrow is a style that seems to sit right on every naturalists’ hair. Pair it with some statement earrings and a colorful ouait, and the sun couldn’t be hoKer than you. Look up Tracee Ellis for more natural hair-inspired cornrows.

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Kim Kardashian’s Cornrows
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Cornrows in Front Box, Braids in the Back Hairstyle

Are you an Oliver twist that loves the box braids but recently found new love with cornrows? Who says you can’t have both and mix things up in beau3ful front cornrows, back box braids, hairdo? The protec3ve hairstyle is versa3le, trendy, and gives off a subtle old-school look. We bet you love how it looks on lifestyle goddess, Kim.

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Large Cornrows
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Large Cornrows

There are no men3oning cornrow hairstyles without men3oning large cornrows braids. The signature cornrows enhance your facial features with their bold and eye-catching style. They could come in five braids, side-twists, three-braids, and however suits you. They are easier to maintain, style, and care for, saving you less time to look simple yet elegant. The simplicity of the large cornrow braid hairstyle allows you to add accessories, chains, or ribbons to up it a notch.

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Pony Cornrow Hairstyle
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Pony Cornrow Hairstyle

Ponytails are one of the trendiest looks in this century. If you love to wear your hair in a ponytail, level it up with this two-by-two up-tony cornrow. It doesn’t maKer if you wear it on curly or straight hair. It’s just as beau3ful either way.

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Alicia Keys’ Side Cornrows with Natural Hair
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Alicia Keys' Side Cornrows with Natural Hair

Alicia Keys goes for a statement-making hairdo by pairing her natural texture with side cornrows. Giving your cornrows an irregular shape makes for an even bolder look, especially when contrasted with thick curls on the other side.

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Lupita Nyong’o’s Cornrows with Braided Bun
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Lupita Nyong'o's Cornrows with Braided Bun

Lupita Nyong’o’s cornrows look totally red carpet-ready with the addition of that voluminous braid-wrap bun. Even when she keeps the cornrows subtle, they still make quite a statement. Team with a pair of dangling earrings for a totally glam look.

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Gabrielle Union’s Simple Center-Parted Cornrows
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Gabrielle Union's Simple Center-Parted Cornrows

For a classic look, try Gabrielle Union’s long center-parted cornrows. Proof that even the simplest cornrow style packs a lot of punch.

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Laura Harrier’s Side-Parted Cornrows
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Laura Harrier's Side-Parted Cornrows

You can also opt for a side part like Laura Harrier is wearing here. The braids are slicked back away from her face and done in a chunkier style, which makes for a fresh and edgy look.

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Serayah McNeill’s Side-Swept Cornrows
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Serayah McNeill's Side-Swept Cornrows

For a variation on the side cornrows, try this style worn by Serayah McNeill. Direct your cornrows to one side and let them flow in braids over your shoulder. Add some contrasting cornrows to the other side for an asymmetrical, faux-undercut effect.

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Regina King’s Small Cornrows with Low Side Bun
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Regina King's Small Cornrows with Low Side Bun

Here, Regina King demoes a cool updo consisting of small cornrows flowing down into a low braided bun. This is a great look if you’re taking your cornrows to a fancy event.

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Thandie Newton’s Slicked-Back Cornrow Updo
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Thandie Newton's Slicked-Back Cornrow Updo

We think Thandie Newton’s slicked-back cornrow updo makes a cool upgrade to the usual bun. If you want a neat look with your hair out of your face, this is the style for you.

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Storm Reid’s Five Cornrow Braids
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Storm Reid's Five Cornrow Braids

Storm Reid is the definition of edgy glamour with her five cornrow braids. To get this look, divide your hair into five sections and let the braids continue down to the ends. Easy yet so cool!

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Skai Jackson’s Messy Cornrow Twists
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Skai Jackson's Messy Cornrow Twists

Skai Jackson looks gorgeous wearing these glam cornrows gathered in a low ponytail. This is perfect if you’re going for an edgy, messy-hair-don’t-care vibe. We love the chunky twists and the intricate styling of this look.

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Christina Milian’s Two-Tone Cornrows
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Christina Milian's Two-Tone Cornrows

Christina Milian adds more oomph to an already multidimensional look by wearing her cornrows in a blonde and black color combo. The tails are also decorated with tiny beads. Too many fabulous things going on here!

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Damaris Lewis’ Curved Cornrows
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Damaris Lewis' Curved Cornrows

Here, Damaris Lewis shows us how wearing your cornrows a little off-kilter can result in an even sassier look. The cornrows at the top are done in a curvy style before flowing down over her shoulder in tapered braids.

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Yara Shahidi’s Cornrow Halo
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Yara Shahidi's Cornrow Halo

Have you seen a more artsy cornrow style than this? Inspired by one of Diana Ross’ ‘dos in the 1975 movie Mahogany, Yara Shahidi’s cornrows end in hoops of braids at the back that look like halos framing her pretty face. This creative style certainly brings the wow factor!

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Beyonce’s Cornrow Swirls with Pin Curl
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Beyonce's Cornrow Swirls with Pin Curl

Here’s another artful way to wear cornrows as demoed by Queen Bey. Her look consists of swirls of cornrows at the top that flow into a low ponytail with multiple tiny braids. That little pin curl sitting on her forehead adds a vintage touch.

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Halle Berry’s Asymmetrical Cornrows with Bantu Knots
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Halle Berry's Asymmetrical Cornrows with Bantu Knots

Any cornrow style is striking in itself but when you incorporate Bantu knots, it looks even more impressive. Here, Halle Berry is wearing asymmetrical cornrows that end in a series of Bantu knots at the crown. So cool!

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Winnie Harlow’s Short Thick Cornrows
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Winnie Harlow's Short Thick Cornrows

Sometimes, the simplest cornrow style is all you need for a statement-making look. Here, Winnie Harlow is wearing thick, short vertical cornrows that look so simply stylish we can’t ask for anything more.

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Keke Palmer’s Purple Cornrows
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Keke Palmer's Purple Cornrows

You can add an even more playful touch to your cornrows by dyeing your hair purple. Just see how adorable Keke Palmer looks here.

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Jada Pinkett Smith’s Undercut Cornrow Bun
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Jada Pinkett Smith's Undercut Cornrow Bun

A lot of fabulous things are definitely going on with this ‘do. First, there’s the cornrowed top, then there are the undercut sides, and then there’s the big braided bun at the crown. And let’s not forget the blonde and black contrast.

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Kelly Rowland’s Half-Up Cornrows
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Kelly Rowland's Half-Up Cornrows

Kelly Rowland is fresh-face with her braids swept back in a half-up style. Such a clean and fuss-free way to wear cornrows!

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Taraji P. Henson’s Side Cornrows with Half-Up Bun
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Taraji P. Henson's Side Cornrows with Half-Up Bun

You can go for partial cornrows and still end up with a standout look. Here, Taraji P. Henson is wearing a half updo with a voluminous top bun, which she punctuates with side cornrows for that extra cool factor.

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Janelle Monae’s Large Cornrows with Rings
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Janelle Monae's Large Cornrows with Rings

Janelle Monae looks adorable wearing these large, chunky cornrows corverging into a low braid on her nape. The look is already remarkable as it is, but she jazzes it up further with those ring embellishments. Love it!

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Zazie Beetz’s Messy Cornrows
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Zazie Beetz's Messy Cornrows

Natural hair icon Zazie Beetz can absolutely pull off any style and she always comes up with the most unique looks. Here, she’s wearing long cornrows which she’s piled at the top her head in a messy style while the tails cascade over one shoulder. Love her messy-hair-don’t care attitude!

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Marsai Martin’s Neat Cornrows
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Marsai Martin's Neat Cornrows

If you don’t like it messy, let’s go the opposite route as demoed here by Marsai Martin. Her cornrows are neatly sectioned at the top and fall in long, uncluttered braids at the back. So cute!

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Tiffany Haddish’s Cornrows with High Bun
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Tiffany Haddish's Cornrows with High Bun

Neither messy nor completely neat, Tiffany Haddish’s cornrows are somewhere in between. She’s swept her rows up into an oversized bun at the top of her head for a look that’s sure to turn heads.

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Jordin Sparks’ Thick Twist Cornrows
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Jordin Sparks' Thick Twist Cornrows

We’re loving the chunkiness of these twist cornrows on Jordin Sparks. And they look so stylish pulled back away from her face in a half updo.

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Ava DuVernay’s Cornrow Dreadlocks
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Ava DuVernay's Cornrow Dreadlocks

Ava DuVernay is known for her dreadlocks as much as for her skills as a film director. Here, she’s wearing a truly eye-catching style consisting of cornrows at the top flowing into long, edgy locs and a braided bun along the hairline for added pizzazz.

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Susan Kelechi Watson’s Partial Cornrows with Curly Lob
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Susan Kelechi Watson's Partial Cornrows with Curly Lob

Susan Kelechi Watson rocks two traditional Black hairstyles in one look with this partially cornrowed ‘do. It consists of horizontal rows at the top and her natural texture done up in a curly shoulder-length bob.

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Keri Hilson’s Low Cornrow Ponytail
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Keri Hilson's Low Cornrow Ponytail

Keri Hilson looks gorgeous here wearing her hair in chunky cornrows. The braids at the top flow in different directions before coming together in a low ponytail on her nape. What an elegant way to wear rows!

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Tamera Mowry’s Two Top Cornrows with Curls
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Tamera Mowry's Two Top Cornrows with Curls

Here, Tamera Mowry shows us another partial cornrow style consisting of two vertical braids at the top and dense curls at the sides and back. This is a playfully chic variation on the classic round afro.

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Uzo Aduba’s Top Cornrows with Afro
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Uzo Aduba's Top Cornrows with Afro

And speaking of cornrows + afro combos, here’s a style that’s sure to grab stares. Uzo Aduba is wearing her natural hair in a round afro but adds some multidirectional cornrows along the hairline for an even more striking finish.

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Tyra Banks’ Simple and Classic Cornrows
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Tyra Banks' Simple and Classic Cornrows

Of course, you can never go wrong with going classic. Here, Tyra Banks keeps it simple yet hip with a short cornrow ‘do.