Cornrow braid hairstyles are a classic and timeless choice that has been around forever. Originating in Africa, cornrows involve weaving small sections of hair close to the scalp. This creates raised braids that lie flat against the head. They are a popular hairstyle for women for their versatility, ability to protect hair, and their unique and intricate designs.
We have found 50 of the best cornrow braided hairstyles to try. With the right tools, technique, and practice, anyone can achieve the perfect cornrow braid hairstyle. Most of the time your new braids will last up to 6 weeks! Take your time while looking through this list and you are sure to find the perfect new hairstyle to try!
1. Sleek Black Cornrow Braided Hair
This first style is a classic. Here she is wearing her cornrow braids in event sections on the top with extra small braids falling down her back. She kept them all dark and natural here and it looks incredibly pretty.
2. Extra Long Highlighted Cornrow Braid
Up next is another stylish way to wear small cornrows. What makes hers so special is that she has gone with an ash-blue color here she looks amazing. Try this look out for any special occasion you have coming up and you will look amazing.
3. Jumbo Cornrow Braid with Caramel Highlights
Here is our first of many jumbo cornrow braid hairstyles. To get this style you will want to divide your hair into even sections on the top and follow it with chunky blonde and brown highlights. Keep the rest of the hair pulled down and in front to get the most out of this look.
4. Half Up Half Down Cornrow Hairstyle
Up next is a mixture of a few different hairstyles for black women. She is wearing cornrows, and crochet braids, and kept the rest of her hair straight and dark. You could pull this look into a low pony or bunstyle and you are going to look incredible.
5. Stylish Cornrow Double Bun Hairdo
Up next is this fabulous look for women who like wearing their hair in braids and buns, because who doesn’t love that? In the photo above she has thick cornrows braided perfectly on top and pulled and twisted around in two big buns.
6. Red And Black Tribal Braids
Red and black will always be a classic color combination for women, but here she took it to the next level by adding them to cornrows. To get this style to tell your hairdresser that you want an even amount of red and black braids before they get started. You are going to look amazing!
7. Freestyle Stitch Braids
This style of cornrow braids uses a fresh freestyle stitch design. Her small cornrows twist and fall over each other here in the prettiest way. But they all feed down perfectly with her small cornrows and fall down her back.
8. All Black Heart Braids
Here is a lovely look with a big heart pattern right above the ears. To get this style you will want to add two thick cornrows down the middle and then add a zig-zag section right before the heart. Keep it all dark and natural as she done here, or throw in a few highlights to add contrast.
9. Blonde Feed In Braids
Another way to wear one of our cornrow braid hairstyles is to go with big bold braids. That is what she has done here and it looks incredible. To get this style part your hair into four sections and add the blonde right away. You are going to look so beautiful with your fresh and bright new look.
10. Long Knotless Braid Hairstyle
These might be the smallest cornrow braid hairstyle on this list. To get this look you will want to divide your hair into as many even sections as you can and add tiny braids down. She went with a light brown hue, but you can pick whatever works best for you!
11. Bright Heart Braided Bun
Wow, there is no denying that this beautiful hairstyle screams love! You should try it around valentines Day if you are feeling festive. Ask your hairdresser to give you four even cornrows and add a thick heart right above the ear. Then you can add the fierce red hair color to complete one of the prettiest cornrow braid hairstyles.
12. Long Braided Hairstyles
Here is a perfect look for all the businesswomen out there. Here she has gone with stitch braids on the top that feed in perfectly to thick cornrows. Be sure to keep those baby hairs under control to get the most out of this lovely look.
13. Low Bun stitch braid with Highlights
Next up is this beautiful style with even cornrows and a big brown braided bun on the bottom. This is a beautiful cornrow style that can be worn any time of the year and at any age!
14. Two braids in Hot Red Hair
Double Dutch braids will always be in style because they are simple and elegant. Here she took hers to the next level by adding a beautiful red weave. Keep your hair tight and parted right down the middle for the best results of this style.
15. Artistic Low Bun Braids
Wow, here is one of the prettiest cornrow braid hairstyles we have ever had. In the look above she has an intricate freestyle design with a low bun in the back. She has kept it naturally dark because the style works for itself.
16. High Ponytail Braids
Here is one of the best ways to wear your cornrow braid hairstyle with a high pony. To get this look you will want your stylist to braid your cornrows all the way around and let them meet up high instead of around your nape. Keep the ends of the pony curl to add a bit of texture and style.
17. Small stitch Goddes Braids
Get ready to sit for a while if you want to try this tiny cornrow braid hairstyle. Here she has the tiniest cornrows that feed into a lovely blonde bun on the top. This would be a great look for women who have either thin or thick hair because either way you will look amazing.
18. Classic look with Clean Braids
When you think of classic cornrow braid hairstyles this one has to come to mind. To get this style you want to divide your hair into 8 even sections and pull it back extra tight. You can pick whatever length you want for the hanging cornrows.
19. Massive Side Bun Braid
If you are working with a lot of hair, you have to try this beautiful side bun hairstyle. This will keep the weight off your head while leaving you looking unique and beautiful.
20. Beautiful Lemonade Braid
Everyone can thank Queen B for this next look. In the photo above she is wearing lemonade braids and she looks right on trend. This is a beautiful hairstyle that younger girls are loving.
21. Purple Ombre Box Braids
Up next is an ombre look using black, blonde, and purple braids. To get this style you will want to start with purple on the top and add pops of blonde and black throughout. Keep it pulled up in a high pony or leave it down for a goddess vibe.
22. Blonde Box Long Braids
Box braids are another way to wear a cornrow braid hairstyle. Here she went with extra chunky blond pieces with pops of pink added. She has left the two strands in front of her face thin and the rest are thick and full.
23. Crochet Ponytail Braid
This next style is perfect for women who want to keep their hair up and out of their faces. She has gone with small cornrows along the scalp and added plenty of small braids to create a big and thick ponytail.
24. Elegant Knotless Box braid
Up next is this beautiful and elegant knotless braided hairstyle with box braids. She went with a mid-length here and it looks amazing. She has let her natural hair shine here and it looks so pretty.
25. Half Stitch Half Crochet Braids
Up next is a style using half curly and half cornrow. She has started her style off with small cornrows on the top and it feeds into a big curly section in the back. This is a perfect look with so much contrast that will leave you feeling and looking amazing.
26. Six Beautiful Braided Hair
Jumbo braids are such a beautiful style. In the look above she went with 6 jumbo braids and kept it dark. Then it fades down in a perfect ombre style and it looks incredible. If your hair is not long enough, you can always add a brighter color section of fake hair to complete it.
27. Sleek Black Stitch Braid
Sleek braids are always in style. In the photo above she is wearing a lovely manner with small braids along the sides with thicker braids in the middle. This is such a beautiful hairstyle that will last at least a few weeks.
28. Braided Black Hairstyle
Up next is another style for women with the prettiest braids. To get this style you will want to add small braids on the top with thicker braids with twisty patterns that fall into a low bun.
29. Triple Heart Braided Hair
This next look would make any woman happy to wear. She has styled her cornrows into three beautiful hearts with a side part. Then she pulled the rest of her hair back into a small bun and it looks extra cute.
30. Freestyle Braided Hair with Accessories
Up next is another freestyle hairstyle for women with long hair. In the photo above she has styled her braids with zig-zags, straight lines, and curly sections. Be sure to add in the golden beads as she has done here, you are going to love your new hairstyle!
31. Updo Braided Hair with Curly Bangs
Here is a perfect way to mix curls with cornrows. She has kept most of her light brown hair pulled back tight in different types of braids and let her bangs hang down long with spiral curls. This is a beautiful look that women of all ages can wear.
32. Box Braid With Blonde Hair Extension
Up next is a light blonde box braided hairstyle. To get this look you will want to keep your roots dark and add light, almost white hair. Keep the braids thick on the top and let them naturally get smaller and you are all set.
33. Colorful Half Braid and High ponytail
If you are thinking about adding color to your new cornrow braid hairstyle this is a great example of how to use vivid tones. In the photo above she has added four thick cornrows on the top with orange and pink tones, and then added a thick orange ponytail and it looks amazing.
34. Mini Feed in Braids
Here is a mini feed-on style for women who like keeping it natural. To get this look you will want to have your braids running horizontal until you reach the ears, then let them fall down your back. This is one of the most classic cornrow braid hairstyles out there.
35. Twist-style Braided Hair
Up next is this pretty twist-style look with pops of red braids. Here they have added rows of small braids and twisted cornrows on the top and it adds extra texture and style to her look. You can keep the braids small or go with a bigger style, it all depends on what kind of hair you are working with.
36. Short Braided Knotless Hair
For women with short hair, this next style would be perfect for you. In the look above she has styled her hair with the smallest braids and kept them about shoulder length. What adds the extra spice to this style is she has left the ends curly and it looks so pretty.
37. Half Braid Half Curl Hairstyle
Here is a simple and elegant way to wear your hair long with cornrows and big curls. To get this style you will want to part your hair down the middle and add braids a few inches long. Then keep the rest of your hair long with beachy waves.
38. Mini and Jumbo Stitch Hair
One of the prettiest ways to wear your cornrow braid hairstyle is with different size braids. In the look above she has alternated smaller and bigger sections and they all feed into a big braid down her back. You can keep it dark and natural, or add a few pops of blonde.
39. Stunning Curl Braid Hairstyle
Caramel brown and black is always a good mix when wearing one of these cornrow braid hairstyles. Here she went with a small braided pattern on the top and let the rest of the hair fall curly. This would be a low-maintenance style that would look amazing on women over 40.
40. Intricate Long Braided Hairstyle
If you are looking for unique style that will set you apart from your friends, this intricate long braided hairstyle would be a great place to grab inspiration from. Here she has fun cornrowed patterns with a few long sections added.
41. High Ponytail Tribal Braid Hairstyle
Another way to style your long cornrows is with this tribal braided look. You can see here that she went with 5 thick braids on the top that feed into several thick braids on the bottom. You will want to keep the ends loose and curly and you are all set.
42. Zigzag Braided Hairdo
Zigzag parts are a great way to enhance your look with minimal effort. She went with 6 thick braids on the top but this look is very customizable and you can add, more or less braids to match your own look.
43. Extra Long Mini Box Braid
Extra-long braids will always be in style and make you feel like a brand-new woman. In the look above she has kept her braids neat, and tight, and went with a jet-black color for a natural style. You can wear these cornrows down as she has done here, but you can always pull it up in a high bun.
44. Standard Feed in Braided Hair
Up next is one of the prettiest cornrow braid hairstyles out there. Here she has started her fresh style off with thick braids along the sides and added smaller braids in the middle. She has then tucked all of your hair back into four thick braids.
45. Natural Mini and Jumbo Hair Bun
Up next has both mini and jumbo braids that are pulled up into a high bun. This is a great style if you are active and need to keep your hair out of your face.
46. Diagonal Hair Stitch Double Bun Hairdo
Another way to add a bit of love to your style is this diagonal hair stitch look with hearts and small buns. This style would look great on younger girls who want to wear a cute cornrow braided look.
47. Extra Long Six Braided Hair
This next style is simple and elegant, and most likely won’t break the bank to get done. Here she has six even cornrows that are tight and look amazing. You can wear this style all year long and is a classic that will never go out of style.
48. Multi-stitch Braided Hair
Multi-stitch hairstyles are so pretty when done right, and this next style is perfectly done. She has a big pretty heart above the ear with a twisted pattern on top. Keep the rest of the braids long and full and you are going to love your new multi-stitch look.
49. Jet Black Long Braided Hairdo
Here is a perfect cornrow braided hairstyle with tiny cornrows. She has kept it all natural black and the braids are tight and small. You can wear this style loose or pull your hair up into a low pony or high bun.
50. Sophisticated Half-Up Braid Ponytail
Sophisticated half-up, half-down styles are such a vibe. Here she has a beautiful pattern on the top with a big long pony running down her back. If your hair is not this thick you can talk to your hairdresser about finding you a nice weave to add.
Cornrow braid hairstyles are a timeless and versatile look that has stood the test of time. They offer protection to hair, and their intricate designs add a unique and personal touch to any style. So why not try one out today and see how they can transform your look? Leave a comment and let us know which one you are going to try!
I’m a wanderlust-filled hair enthusiast. I am passionate about exploring new places and cultures, and I also love experimenting with new hairstyles and products. I believe in the power of self-expression and I love to inspire others to find their own unique look. I have been traveling and trying new hairstyles for a few years now.