51 Best Cornrow Hairstyles Of 2021
Updated At 04 Jan 21
Are you looking for a hairstyle which is fuss-free and stylish? If yes, then you should definitely introduce some braiding action to your hair game.
African style of braiding is one of the most popular techniques out there. It is versatile, trendy, and gives a lot of space for exploring your creative side. One such style is the cornrow braid. In this hairstyle, the hair is braided closely to the scalp. For a head full of stylish cornrow braids, you will need a highly-skilled stylist, a lot of patience and some cornrow braid hairstyles inspiration. From natural cornrow hairstyles to cornrows with extensions, you will find them all in our list of 51 best cornrow hairstyles.
51 Most Popular Cornrow Hairstyles
1. Half Up Half Down Cornrow Braids With Beads
Half up half down hairstyles get a hundred times better with braids. This hairstyle comes with both thin as well as thick cornrow braids in the front section tied up in a ponytail with even more braids. The braids are elaborate and the thicker braids falling gloriously from up above the crown look very magnificent.
2. Swirling Cornrow Hairstyles
Take a slightly curvy route with this cornrow hairstyle. This style too uses both thin as well as thick cornrow braids which are then tied into a high braided ponytail.
3. Curvy Cornrows Braided Hairstyle
This cornrow hairstyle is a classic example of the Goddess braids. These braids are just another type of cornrow braids and are known to be chic and feminine. They are also typically known for their curvy nature. This particular cornrow style with beads is super stylish and looks stunning.
4. Crowned Afro
If you want braids without compromising on the glory of your afro, then this is the perfect look for you. This is a stylish hairstyle with two cornrows at the front like a hairband. Cornrow braids with extensions which fall from behind the ears add an arresting kind of glam to this style.
5. Beautiful Cornrow Braided Hairstyle
This is yet another example of the half-up-half-down trend of cornrows braided hairstyles. The hair in the front is twisted into elaborate cornrow braids and boxer braids while the hair at the side is twisted in very thin cornrows. The rest of the thick mane is just left in all in its spectacular glory.
6. Cornrow Braids Updo
A popular trend of this year is to make cornrow braids into an updo. This particular look is a classic example of the braided updo style. It is simply gorgeous and works well for everyone.
7. Chic Cornrow Hairstyle
This is a chic and stylish cornrow hairstyle which is nothing like the regular ones you have seen till now. This hairstyle is divided into two distinct parts which complement each other well and manage to stun everyone who lays eyes on it. It comes with braids in front made into a smart bun and the hair in the back are braided from the sides to gather at the center and left loose.
8. African Hairstyle With Cornrow Braids
Here is another example of an african hairstyle mixed up with cornrow braids. This hairstyle uses straight cornrow braids and then brings the focus towards the afro. It is a simple and chic hairstyle. We are absolutely in love with this one.
9. Cornrow Hairstyles For Long Hair
This cornrow hairstyle adds a new and refreshing twist to the straight cornrow style. The cornrow braid in the center acts as a middle part and the cornrows on either side cascade down in box braids. This is an effortlessly cool look and we love it.
10. Colored Cornrow Hairstyles
This cornrow style comes with both thin as well as thick braids. The alternate placement of both types of hair adds a wonderful symmetry to this hairstyle. The deep red color brings out the beauty of the cornrow braids.
11. Cornrow Braids Mohawk
With cornrow braided hairstyle, there is no dearth of options. You can have as many numbers of hairstyles to choose from as your creativity allows. This particular one combines a variety of styles into one. It uses the tree braid style to form a trendy mohawk along with some Fulani braids. The colorful beads add more of a tribal touch to this edgy and gorgeous hairdo.
12. Zendaya Cornrow Braids
Zendaya’s cornrow braid styles are very popular but we love this one. It just shows us how there is a cornrows hairstyle for every hair length. The straight back cornrows are stylish and high on aesthetics.
13. Cornrow Hairstyle For Thick Hair
This is a very eye catchy elaborate and unique cornrow design. The thick cornrows from top to bottom form the perfect style for occasions where you want a fuss-free yet elegant style.
14. Boxed Zigzag Cornrows Hairstyle
Add a zigzag twist to a simple straight back cornrows hairstyle just like this one. This style looks incredible with its clean partings and has just the right amount of drama and definition.
15. Crowned Cornrows Braided Hairstyles
Add beads and you can transform your cornrow hairstyle from a simple one to a trendy masterpiece very easily. The beads and gold cuffs add that something extra which take your entire look up a notch.
16. Cornrows With Extensions
Here is a perfectly trendy example of cornrows with extensions. It is different from a simple straight back and has a center parting which makes all the difference. This is an exquisite style which is simply so gorgeous.
17. Fulani Braids
We fell in love with this hairstyle with Fulani braids as soon as we laid our eyes on it. The elaborate cornrows in the front, as well as the smart double buns, are very attractive. The beads and gold cuffs act as the perfect accessory and complement this cornrows hairstyle well.
18. Thin And Thick Cornrow Braids Combo
The most common style is the combination of thin as well as thick cornrow braided hairstyle. And there is so much that can be done with just theses two kinds of cornrows. Case in point is this hairstyle. With four thick cornrows and multiple intricate cornrows in between them, this style paints a stunning picture. The brown extensions add more definition to this hairstyle.
19. Elaborate Cornrows Braided Hairstyles
The USP of this cornrow hairstyle is its intricate design of thin braids. The thick braid in the center just acts as a divisive line. It is a highly attractive and gorgeous braided hairstyle.
20. Edgy Cornrow Hairstyles
This is yet another cornrows hairstyle which has the braids going in two different directions. It is not just the thickness of braids but also the direction they take which makes the hairstyle look stylish. And this gorgeous goddess braid hairstyle proves this point.
21. Cornrow Hairstyles For Short Hair
There is a cornrow hairstyle for hair of every length. It doesn’t matter whether you have short or long hair. There will always be a cornrow style for you. This particular one for short hair begins with thin cornrows at the sides and the back which then merge at the crown. The curls are left to fall freely in the front till the forehead.
22. Zig Zag At The Back
Another classic example of a stylish braided updo, this cornrow hairstyle stunned us with its elaborate and smart design.
23. Laura Harrier Cornrow Hairstyle
The homecoming actress looks as beautiful in braided hairstyle as she does in her straight look avatar. This hairstyle with extensions adds a gorgeous length which is simply stunning.
24. Baby Pink Cornrows With Extensions
Try these cornrows with extensions to add a pretty twist to your braided look. The baby pink color steals the show here and makes the cornrows pop. The styled baby hair also adds a complementing component.
25. Cornrows With Hoops
This is one of the most gorgeous cornrows braided hairstyles which are in trend this year. Anybody can do straight back cornrows but this one comes with a stylish twist. Only the hair in the front is braided while those at the back are silky straight. This is a very refreshing twist. The look is completed with the addition of hoops.
26. Braided Hairstyle With Bangs
Yes, cornrows braided hairstyles also come with bangs. Case in point is this beautiful hairstyle. The bangs are a showstopper but what takes this look up by many notches are the beads which also lead to Cleopatra like vibes.
27. Heavily Accessorized Braided Hairstyle
Love accessorizing? Then, don’t hold back while accessorizing your braided hairstyle. Take inspiration from this heavily accessorized style and add colorful beads, cuffs and even shells to add all that drama to your look.
28. Thick Cornrow Braids
Thick braids look extremely stylish even as a standalone. Case in point, this hairstyle. It is simply gorgeous and we are in love with it.
29. Cornrow Braids With Beads
Beads add a certain glamour to the cornrows braided hairstyles. Case in point is this hairstyle which looked simple and pretty but with the addition of beads looks like a stylish piece of art.
30. Cornrow Braided Hairstyles With Double Buns
This is the year of cornrows braid styles with double buns. Simply curvy cornrow braids are extended into boxy braids which are then tied into smart space buns. This is an attractive style which will make you the talk of every event you attend.
31. Taraji P. Henson Cornrow Braids
If you don’t want to go with a head full of braided wonder, then take some inspiration from the Empire star, Taraji P Henson. The beautiful twists on the sides and back give a much defined undercut look. The flowy twist somehow reminds us of Van Gogh’s Starry Night.
32. Cornrow Hairstyles With Curls
This is one of the cutest cornrows braided hairstyles that we came across. It just uses four tiny cornrows on one side and adds the necessary pizazz to your luscious curls. It gives a gorgeous definition and shape to the hair.
33. Deep Pink Cornrow Braids
Are you a fan of space buns? Then don’t worry. You can have a cornrow hairstyle with ‘em buns. Take inspiration from this hairstyle which is so glam and pretty.
34. Cornrow Braids With Extensions
This is yet another prime example of cornrows with extensions. The bright blue weave brings with it drama and definition which would not have been possible with simple black hair. We also love the star-shaped cornrows up top.
35. Beyoncé Cornrow Hairstyle
Our list of cornrow hairstyles would have been incomplete without mentioning Queen Bey. Beyoncé’s cornrows with extension paint a very pretty picture and look gorgeous and have left us with nothing but literal heart eyes.
36. Cornrows Braided Hairstyles With Baby Hair
This is another one of the cornrows braided hairstyles which shows how important are the baby hair to complete the look. The braids are straight and extend to boxy braids. The cleverly done baby hair complement the cornrow look well and look oh so gorgeous.
37. Smart Cornrow Hairstyle
Did you know boxer braids are just another kind of cornrow braids? The boxer braids are very much thicker that’s all. And this hairstyle uses both boxer braids and thin cornrow braids to make for this stylish and smart looking hairdo.
38. Cornrow Ponytail Hairstyle
You have already seen cornrows braided hairstyles with a ponytail. Take inspiration from this one and up your braided ponytail game. It is a simple and stylish look but the addition of cuffs takes it up a notch to make it very attractive and aesthetically pleasing.
39. Colored Cornrow Braid Styles
This cornrow braids updo is pretty as a picture. We love everything about this look: the rich color of the hair as well as the intricate design going in the back with a braided bun at the top.
40. Latest Cornrow Braided Hairstyles
This cornrow style is more like a reverse mohawk. Cornrow braids from the front as well as the sides are made to gather towards the crown till the nape. This is a stunning look and perfect to fulfill your edgy dreams.
41. Cornrow Hairstyles For Medium Hair
Goddess braids look gorgeous on long hair and they can look equally gorgeous on medium length hair just as in this particular style featured here. This style is a combination of cornrow braids and boxy braids which are then complemented with chunky beads and cuffs.
42. Elegant Updo With Cornrow Braids
Cornrow hairstyles are not just chic and edgy. Cornrows can also be used to form elegant updos. And this particular hairstyle can be taken as a perfect example. This updo is very attractive and tasteful. It will also work well in formal settings.
43. One On One Cornrow Braids
This is another one of those elaborate cornrows braided hairstyles. We love how the braids form a twist and overlap each other to form a rope like design. This is an extremely gorgeous look to try in this year.
44. Rihanna Hairstyle
Rihanna is one of those women who have a very strong hair game which is why this cornrow hairstyle did not come as a surprise. But it left us awestruck.
45. Cornrows Braided Hairstyles With Multiple Buns
Forget the single or even the double bun cornrow hairstyles. Aim for more just like this hairstyle which features multiple braided buns taking the form of a Mohawk. What grabbed our attention was the buns which were left hanging loose like little pom poms.
46. Cornrows Braided Hairstyles With Twists
Take your simple cornrows braided hairstyles up a notch by adding a stylish twist to the braids. This hairstyle does not use the regular zig zag style and rather has braids like a snake’s curly shape. The three big braids are separated with thin straight cornrows between them. It adds more definition to the whole look.
47. Mohawk With Braids
This is another one of the cornrow hairstyles which is a smart take on the Mohawk. Cornrows from both the sides gather towards the center and are styled as such to take the shape of a chic and clean Mohawk.
48. Stylish Cornrow Hairstyle
This would have been one of the simplest and very common cornrow hairstyles. But the zigzag parting adds a flair of drama to the whole look.
49. Stylish Braided Hairstyle With Halo
This is one of the cornrows braided hairstyles which will leave you speechless with its smart and tasteful design. This is an extremely stylish cornrow hairstyle which also features a halo braid. The braids roughly take the shape of a flower and cover the crown as well as most of the back of the head. We can only imagine the level of skill used to add the thin cornrows with the halo braid.
50. Cornrow Braid Styles
What is a cornrows hairstyle if it is not intricate? This hairstyle mixes up cornrow braids with thick boxer braids. The boxer braids are thicker and work as a frame while the thin cornrow braids are placed in an elaborate design like a bridge between the twin boxers.
51. Natural Cornrow Hairstyles
This is a simple cornrow style and works well for both short and medium length hair. Finish with a small bun at the nape to complete this stylish look.