From the respective Paleolithic statuettes, Venus of Willendorf and Brassempouy to the hieroglyphics of Ancient Egypt, the grooming art of the cornrow has celebrated the distinct beauty of Black hair for thousands of years. Used to express a large terrain of social stature and recognition – age, religion, ethnicity, kinship, etc., the African staple transcends style and care. Most importantly, today’ trends. Ghana (Banana) braids, elaborate variations of threaded and braided up-dos, in addition to free flowing plaits and twists has seized the attention of the international beauty industry. Italian fashion house Valentino debuted last Spring’s most coveted ensembles with top knots constructed by angled cornrows. Super nova, Beyonce uncharacteristically opted for an array of statement, geometric patterns as hair adornment for her record grossing, “Formation” tour and visual album, “Lemonade”. Oh! And yes, the Kardashian clan has also cashed in on the action. Albeit, no surprise there. Needless to say, the ancestral beauty mark is having a moment or dare I say a comeback. Scroll our latest gallery for reinvented looks and inspirational finds. And remember to take charge, and wear with pride! (For more on braids, check out this in-depth look at Fulani Braids (AKA Alicia Keys Braids AKA Festival Braids lol)
Beyonce showcases an impressive, braided medley of Zulu inspired crowns, cascading cornrows and swinging ponytails.
Coupled with a wrap around, cat eye Disney darling, Zendaya stuns with a understated cornrows at recent Kenzo and Emanuel Ungaro Paris shows.
Check out more noteworthy looks below!