I did this style late last year for Picture Day at school, this was my second time doing layered cornrows. If you do not know how to cornrow, please visit the website that taught me to cornrow.
Step by step instructions:
- Start with completely detangled hair. A previously had some box braids in, so when I took them out her hair was stretched out a lot. I fingered combed her dry hair, then moisturized with Giovanni Direct Leave-in and detangled with a wide tooth comb.
- I went ahead and parted my three layers. First I parted a circle on the top of her head, this was going to be my first layer, which was going to be going into a ponytail. I tied that section off and parted the second layer, I started from right behind the left ear and parted all the way to right behind the right ear. I tied that secion off as well. Finally, I tied the very bottom section off.
- I went back up to my very first top layer. I started parting from the middle of the circle at a point, kind of like a triangle. Think as if you are parting that circular layer into a pizza. You will cornrow each "pizza slice" going up into the middle of the circle.
- Next I started on my second layer, which was parted from ear to ear. I started on the right side of her head, right infront of her ear. All I had to do was make straight parts going down, trying to line up my top layer with my bottom layer parts.
- After cornrowing the second layer all the way across, I started on my very bottom layer. I had to tie off the second layer so it wasn't falling in my way. Once again, all you have to do is try to line up your parts with your second layer parts and cornrow straight down.
- You're all done!
Note: If you are going to add beads or barrettes you do not have to braid all the way down to the very last bit of hair. About an inch or so before you get to the end, simply start doing a two strand twist. Make sure the ends are well moisturized before adding any accessories.
The next morning (picture day!) I put her top layer in a ponytail and pushed it over to the side and added a hair ball to match her outfit, I also added some beads and she was ready to say cheese! :D
When we were ready to take the beads out I cut the rubberbands out, moisturized her ends once again, and just added a bow for a slightly different look.