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Cornrows or individual microbraids can be as individual and stylish as the girl who wears them. Sport a head full of cornrows or just a few strategically placed braids -- and set the stage for major style. Cornrow styles with a bun work well, whether you’re dressing your hair up or down.
The finished effect of the cornrows depends on the thickness of the braids. Create wafer-thin and delicate rows of braids and your hair instantly takes on an impressive, elegant look. Bold and chunky braids with thicker parting can look equally stylish, but these braids have a more coarse and down-to-earth feel. Fine hair lends itself ideally to thin braids and thick hair is ideal for thick braids.
A head full of cornrows can be a sleek and smooth style, keeping you looking and feeling elegantly cool in the summer heat. Vary the placement and parting of the braids to create whatever cornrow style you want. Try braids that stretch straight back on your head, zigzag up and down or back and forth or cornrows that travel around your head in a swirling pattern.
With cornrows in your hair, your next decision is the spot for the bun. Sport a high ballet bun at the top of your head or put the bun down low at the nape of your neck for instant elegance. One bun on the side or two buns -- one on each side -- also make fierce updo styles.
If a head full of cornrows doesn’t flip your fancy, try some accent braids instead. Start one tiny braid at each temple and plait your hair back toward the spot where you want the bun. Comb the rest of your hair smooth and create the bun at the back of your head. Another idea -- construct an elegant ballet bun on the top of your head and add a single, thin synthetic braid band around the base of the bun for a super-fierce accent.