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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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Forum Mem­ber Itsa­goon­the­fro

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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.

Forum Mem­ber Joy

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Forum Mem­ber Tesia

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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Forum Mem­ber Tesia

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

Forum Mem­ber Tiffany

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

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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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I’m not sure exact­ly why but this web site is load­ing very slow for me. Is any­one else hav­ing this issue or is it a prob­lem on my end? I’ll check back lat­er and see if the
prob­lem still exists.


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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.


on your next writ­ten piece. blog­ging is…

one of the best ways to grow your busi­ness and dri­ve a lot of traf­fic. peo­ple spend hours on blogs read­ing posts but there are a few tips to hav­ing a good blog and dri­ving a lot of traf­fic. below i…


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

or as alter­na­tive maybe this :comment image

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.