I was outside Lincoln Center at New York Fashion Week when I first spotted a beautiful sister with honey brown skin and blonde braids swinging from side to side as she walked. At first, I thought it was another sighting of the box braids trend that never really left but has been picking up speed recently. But when she turned around I saw, her hair was cornrowed in the front.
Almost instantly, I was swept up in feelings of nostalgia. I remember rocking my faux cornrows hard in the late 90s, early 2000s. It was the Destiny’s Child era of hair braided close to the scalp and flowing down your back.
The style was comfortable, easy and kept my hair off my face. Most importantly, it was fly. It had an element of sass and edge and sex appeal that other styles couldn’t evoke.
And since the hair is braided in cornrows as opposed to hanging down from the scalp, it didn’t weigh on your real hair as much as loose box braids can.
The look was so popular even women of other races tried it, running to the beauty supply store for Kanekalon Jumbo Braiding Hair to get it braided at the salon.
If cornrowed braids are back, I’m not mad about it. It’s a style I loved when I first discovered it and one that’s worthy to be recycled again and again.