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Small & Large Alternating Cornrows

By August 6th, 20215 Comments

If you do not know how to cornrow, click here!
Before placing in braided ponytail



    • A’s hair was banded (in 4 sections) over night so it was slightly stretched out. In the afternoon I added some Bee Mine Luscious Moisturizer to each section of her hair and detangled with my fingers. After finger detangling I used the Modified Denman Brush and gently started from her ends, working my way up, in small sections of course.


    • Using the end of the metal rat tail comb I started parting her hair from the middle of her head (by her forehead) and started making my way down toward her right ear. I parted in a downward motion then continued parting by going in an upward motion (think rollercoaster) I the started parting straight down. I made sure this cornrow was large because I planned on alternating between large and medium/small cornrows.


    • I tied the rest of her hair off to get it out of the way and added some Bee Mine Curly Butter to the section and began cornrowing. Once I started getting toward the part with a lot of hair I began running my thumb all the way across and added that entire section to my middle piece. I continued parting with my thumb across and adding to the middle piece. I made sure to lean the cornrow in the direction I wanted them to be, which was the right side. This is important if you want your cornrow to shift toward one side instead of the middle. Want it on the right? Hold it toward the right. The left? Hold it toward the left.


    • After cornrowing that section I parted a smaller cornrow going in the same pattern the larger cornrow was parted. I cornrowed that section and moved on.


    • I continued alternating between small and large cornrows, following the same pattern for parting. Once I got to the left side of the large cornrows I made sure I held those cornrows to the left. I’m not sure if you can tell in the pictures but on the right side they are shifted to the right and on the left side they are shifted to the left.


    • After cornrowing her entire head I pulled her braids back into a ponytail, split them into three sections and braided it. Added a flower (bought from Walgreens) and she was done!





  • Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful says:

    Very nIce!

    Look forward to trying this on my daughters (when I have them LOL)

  • Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the detailed instructions and links to How to cornrow…cause I can't! I'm going to try this when I take my braids down in Sept.

  • ChrLvsBks says:

    Love the look NikG!

    I may try a style or two with large and small braids/twists.

  • Anonymous says:

    Very cute! The little one has a lot of patience – I hated getting my hair done when I was that age.

  • Anonymous says:

    Love her hair. Thank you for posting. Definitely feel more prepared to assist a little person through their hair care journey because of your post on Curly Nikki's blog. Thank you for sharing and I know my little cousin would rock this do. Live, Love, Peace. ~ Sweetsop

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