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Get the Look- Cornrow and Twist Updo

By January 27th, 202130 Comments

Get the Look- Cornrow and Twist Updo

Remember TiaShauntee’s fly summer protective style? Well after much begging on our part, she made an instructional vid! This hair is not only perfect for the beach or that cruise you’re planning, but will definitely go over well at work, and when you’re out on the town. Very versatile… very chic!
Check it out, and if you try it and love it, send in a pic.

I always start my protective styles on clean and conditioned hair. When styling I like to use no more than three products at a time, for this particular one I am only using shea butter and I mist with Kemi-Oyl Conditioning spray daily.

1. I section my hair into two sections; the section to be cornrowed and the section that will be the two strand twists.

2. I start the cornrows on one side (going from the nape up to the crown) and move in the direction towards the opposite while attempting to keep the cornrows the same size. If you are a master cornrower (is that a word, lol) then you can really have fun and do some designs instead of just straight rows.

3. After all the cornrows are done, then it’s time to twist. The twists can be any size and can be pinned in any fashion or even set on rollers for an more “out” style.

The first time I did this style it took a little over 1.5 hrs. The second time it only took 1hr 15min. This look can last up to two weeks with proper care.


  • Anonymous says:

    Can someone help me please. I would like to do this style for New Years Eve. And I'm a visual learner, so I'm trying to find the vid to the cornroll/twist style

  • Anonymous says:

    I absolutely love the style. Thank you for taking the time to make this video. I am trying to pic a natural style for a wedding and I must say that this is a major contender!

  • Milan says:

    That's it. I'm determined to get better at cornrowing so I can try this style! B/c this is all I should be rocking this summer. It's getting too darn hot!

  • Kurls4eva says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this style! I'm rocking a TWA now so it will be next year sometime before I can even attempt to try it.

  • CurlyGirlPhD says:

    Thanks so much for this tutorial!!! I am currently transitioning and I can't wait to try this style! I'm even inspired to practice cornrows so I can get good enough to do this! haha Can't wait! 🙂

  • Roddrea says:

    LOVE THIS! I'm transitioning and it's too humid and rainy to have my hair just out and all over. I have substantially shorter hair but tried it anyway, instead of cornrows up the back, I did flat twist (the back of my hair is like a TWA and the top is at my shoulders). Its turned out really cool! Thanks for sharing!

  • Mystique says:

    thanks Skeeta!

  • Anonymous says:

    Very cute style and you make it look so easy, I am just getting down the flat twists, I am going to give cornrows a try…Super sweet style… I love your hair, thanks for the video. This is a fab summertime style.

  • Anonymous says:

    I LOVED this style and video! I tried this on my hair last night, with a few modifications…
    I cannot braid upside down so just did flat twist and it still looks great! Also my hair is shorter then her's but the twist on top still good, it's more a matter of trying to hind the pins better!
    Again LOVE THIS and thanks so much for the video!

  • mood_indigo says:

    Very cute! Did you blow out your hair before braiding?

  • Laleepop14 says:

    LOVED THIS AND WATCHED IT YESTERDAY ONHER BLOG!!! I am absoulutely gonna have to try this. My question is my hair is shorter so what can i do to the top pieces that she twists and rolls. I dont think my hair is long enough for that…

    Great style Tia!!!

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  • DvaAuNaturel says:

    First of all your hair is ab-so-lute-ly GORGEOUS! I knew it was pretty but wow, your hair totally rocks. You can tell your protective styling and regimen simplicity have paid off.

    Second, thanks for the reminder about KemiOyl Conditioning Spray. I used to use KemiOyl in my relaxed days and forgot how great (and inexpensive) their products are.

    You can conrown upside down – You are the BOMB!

    Beautiful style. Thanks for sharing.

  • Unknown says:

    Beautiful and sooo much easier than I had imagined. I can't wait to try it! Thanks for the vid.

  • ljkelly says:

    This is super cute! Like the other curlies, I cannot cornrow but I love it.

  • Tiffany says:

    I can't cornrow either, this is so cute.

    Peace, Love and Chocolate

  • JaysMom85 says:

    Beautiful…Her hair is alot longer than mine, but I think if I add some extra hair to mine I can achieve this style

  • Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful says:

    Although I am currently rocking a TWA I absolutely loved this video!!

    Do you know how inspiring it is to see healthy, shiny, long natural hair like this???


    You go girl!

    I will definitely be doing a variation of this soon!

  • Anonymous says:

    Your hair looks awesome. I'm becoming so inpatient with transitioning. Its only been 2.5 months. I wish I was fully natural and could do beautiful styles like this one. Braiding upside down, definitely talented!

  • Unknown says:

    You all are so kind! Thank you!

  • BB says:

    love it, thanks

  • Ryann says:

    omg. This is one of the cutest hairstyles I have seen. I just wish I could cornrow 🙁

  • Anonymous says:

    Now that upside down braiding takes some talent! Wow, very nice!

  • Shalonda says:

    All I have to say that anyone that can braid their hair upside down gets an A in my book!!!


  • KeetaRay says:

    Thank you so much for this video! I am not very good at cornrows, either, but I'll keep practicing. In the meantime, I can probably do this substituting the cornrows for flat twists… Hmmm… 😉

  • Skeeta says:


    @bleu she has a blog-

  • NikE says:

    I love your hair Tia!!! Thanks for the video!
    Nik E

  • Mystique says:

    wow! she has such beautiful, healthy and shiny hair.

    I'd like to know more about her like:

    what's her regimen like??


    what products does she use??

  • Loving me for me says:

    I can't wait to do this to my hair in a year ! 🙂

  • Sdot says:

    Very cute. I can't cornrow to save my life though so I can't try this style. Unless someone braids it for me lol

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