Flashback: Did You Rock Long Cornrows?

by Clutch

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.

What do you think of long cornrows, Clutchettes? Did you rock them back in the day? Would you embrace the look now?

  • ChillyRoad

    Im rocking my box braids right now.

  • Patience

    I wore cornrows then and I do now, but these last few months I have been wearing kinky twists.

  • Mimi

    Ditto….the best summer time style hands down!

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  • Cee Cee

    In college I wore them all the time…sometimes with my own hair and sometimes with added hair. Great look but I am in the process of job searching right now so I can’t rock them but as soon as I am safe and sound in my new office they might just come out!

  • LaNubiana

    I’m wearing my cornrows as we speak!

  • Rochelle

    Beyonce looks really pretty and young in this picture. js

  • Patience

    I don’t think this is a recent picture of Beyonce, which is probably why she looks young. I haven’t seen her wear her hair this way for several years now.

  • http://refreshreport.blogspot.com Nnenne

    After being weave free for more than a few years I was bored of my natural hair that I finally managed to grow beyond my midback. Now I am rocking cornrows braided up into a long ponytail that hits my hipbone and I am loving it! My braider was so enamoured by how long and my healthy my hair was and couldn’t understand why I’d want my hair any other way. Natural hair is WORK!! If my edges survive I think I’m going to get cornrows more often.

  • ?!?

    Bey looks great in that photo.

  • Shell

    Sure did! and they looked better than Beys! :)

  • Nila

    I hate to be a party pooper but cornrows never went away…I mean I don’t understand this article at all. If you are trying to offer up cornrows as another way to embrace the “natural” hair movement then thats okay, but to say that this particular hairstyle is making a comeback makes you sound out of it. Sorry to say.

  • Me27

    Yes I did about 10 years ago when i was in college. It’s such an easy style to maintain.

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