Cornrows & Twists

So the “mystery style,” which wasn’t intended to be a mystery was cornrows in the front and two strand twists in the back. I styled my hair like this on Thursday night. My hair needed to be washed and I figured I’d just go for it. I haven’t cornrowed my hair is ages. My hair was never really easy to cornrow because it’s so soft that the braids don’t stay for very long. The shorter finer hairs in the front (I refuse to say baby hairs LOL) don’t even catch into the cornrows. In any case, that was the planned style and that was what I was going to do.

For the back, I did my best with parting. We all know I can’t part the back of my head. I did find that a rat tail comb worked quite well for parting. What was I using before? I braided the beginning of each two strand twist. I saw that a lot of other people use this method to keep the twists from coming out. My twists don’t loosen up at the root, so I’m not sure why I even did that.

I had just washed my hair and I knew it would shrink a lot by the morning, so I used a scrunchie to hold the twists in the back and to stretch them a little. It actually worked.

When I finished the style, it was well after midnight and… I hated it! LOL. The twists at the ends of the cornrows didn’t fall the way I imagined and I was forced to do the stupid crown that I abhor. It was just too late to change it or do anything else, so I just put a scarf on my head and went to bed. In the morning it looked much nicer, but I quickly remembered why I don’t cornrow my hair. It just always looks messy to me.

I got a lot of compliments (not that that matters), but throughout the day I didn’t like the way the twists in the back looked. Last night I retwisted the back, but this time without the braids at the beginning. The braids didn’t help at all, my hair was loosening. I actually feel like the braided part didn’t hold as well as just plain twists.

I left the cornrows in despite how much I hate them, but I might try twisting my whole head and wearing the twists as a style. I think smaller twists look better as a style.

Without further ado… here are the pics. Cameras make my hair look sooooo much better. Lol.




13 thoughts on “Cornrows & Twists

  1. Rece, from where I’m standing (and yeah, I understand the camera thing), they look frickin’ perfect!! It looks sooo good! What product did you use to do it? I think this will look really nice too with a twist out of the back twists! And, ummmm, yeah … what WERE you using to part your hair before??? You weren’t using a rattail comb?? I have one with a metal tail that I prefer because it doesn’t have any seams. Got it from Sally’s.

    • Well I don’t part my hair often, but I sure was using my BIG tooth comb and wondering why my parts weren’t coming out straight. A metal rat tail comb?!?! That sounds even better. I’ll look into that one.

      Well… the style came out better in the morning because I gelled the front down a bit. Like I said… the camera works wonders.

      I didn’t use any product in the cornrows, just my Kinky Curly Knot Today and my olive oil mix. In the back I used the same, but I ran some Kinky Curly Spiral Spritz to hold the back. I tried not to use a lot in order to prevent shrinkage, but I sacrificed hold by not using enough. Such is life!

  2. I think it came out cute! (But I also completely relate to disliking a style that everybody thinks looks good.) Tell you what… let me try this style on my own hair and then you’ll see how bad it can look. LOL

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