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One of the beauties of natural hair is it versatility, but it can be easy to get stuck in a rut. Cornrows and flat twists are a great way to snazz up natural hair styles. Check out our 7 suggestions:

1. Side Detail (pictured above)
Do a design in the side of an updo or bun to add a little fun and edge.

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2. Buns/Pulled Back
Cornrow your hair away from your face and/or into a bun for a sleek pulled back look. This is also great as a protective style.

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3. Straight back as a protective style
A straightforward way to rock cornrows and flat twists is as a protective style. Try it out while vacationing, or during the cold winter months.

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4. Updo
The variations for cornrowed and flat twisted updos are endless! If you don’t have the skill to do it yourself, take a picture to a salon.

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5. Snazz up a set of twists
Incorporate flat twists into your two strand twists to make the look sleeker and more interesting.

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6. Bangs
A single, double or triple row of flat twists across the front of your head is a chick interpretation of the bang.

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7. Frohawks
Frohawks are a fun party or holiday style.

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Ladies, have you tried any of these looks? How did you like them? Vote for your favorite below!

Which cornrow/flat twist look do you like best?

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I would love to plait my hair as means of protective styling but my hair is really fine and I’m scared to damage my hairline. Any advise?

Claudette UK

Don’t have them plaited or cornrowed finely. Tell whoever is doing them to not pull them too tightly either.


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I made up my own flat twist style including a sock bun.

Think Like Linda

Laila’s and Amber’s are stunning. I love the mixture of curls with twists that Amber has.

Great pics BGLH! 🙂

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this is my natural hairstyle updo


OMG! Beautiful! I love them! I want my hair like this.


The first pic is dope.


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i like all the hair styles but am just starting grow the natural hair so i need hair styles that are more suitable for the length of my hair. id love some tips on growing hair faster too……


I love updos, so those pictures stand out to me. Especially since I’m on the Protect Ya Ends Challenge!


Actually I currently have a beautiful flat twist updo . It is sleek and stylish. I have learnt alot from natural hair girls on youtube and also this blog. And also I love Ms Laila’s and Charyjay’s updos.


Yeah that’s a good suggestion I’m just nervous because I haven’t had a stylist in so long, and the last time I let someone braid my hair it broke off a bit, but I think I’ll try to find some one updos do look great on me.


I’ve tried the twisted frohawks before and I liked it a lot, but I really want to try those updos they look amazing, I really want to learn how to do em this yr.


I love love love the Updos!


Love these styles!!! And yeah, great to see Amber here!!!! She is amazing with the flat twist and cornrow styles!! Like, truly amazing!! I love this one Amber!! What did you use to secure the twists in back? Are they just pinned or did you use a banana clip? LOVE it!!



Shelli, I JUST found out about this article. I didnt even know my photos where posted in the article. Im stoked of course. Thanks for the compliments Shelli…you know you’re my hair idol. The twists are secured with bobby pins. I have a tutorial on luvmykynxx blog for it too.


yup love them all! My favorite natural style.


I must say bangs because I totaly adore the style of forum member Tesia. I juste love the look. MAGNIFIQUE !!


Very nice. I like them all but Amber’s front twist is sooo interesting!


Before I cut off most of my hair in August, I used to do a lot of frohawks with the braids up the side. I also got into perm rod sets with one side and the back braided up, and it looked really nice for formal events and no heat required for pretty, shiny spiral curls!


These were all so beautiful and versatile. Now if I could only master that blasted Flat Twist – all I can do now is twist and pin up 🙁

Claudette UK

Keep practising. Mine aren’t coming out right either!

Amma Mama

I rock a lot of updos!

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They are lovely I want to do either close together cornrows (cause I don’t want to look to scalpy) like this but much smaller:comment image

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what I am trying to do is style like these (pompadour & faux hawk, but not as high) with cornrows and braids:
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Oh my goodness! These are lovely.