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Natural Hair Style for African American Ethnic Little Girls using Extension Cornrow Braids: Perfect for School

Updated on December 24, 2015

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I started out by sectioning her hair into a top portion and a bottom portion at the nape of her neck.
I started out by sectioning her hair into a top portion and a bottom portion at the nape of her neck.
In this photo, you can see the back section. Her hair at different times in her life has been a little shorter in back so sometimes I will section that part, sort of away from the main design.
In this photo, you can see the back section. Her hair at different times in her life has been a little shorter in back so sometimes I will section that part, sort of away from the main design.

Natural Hair vs. Relaxed

I have been wearing my hair natural for decades. Nowadays my oldest daughter who is 26 has gone natural as well. There was once a time she wouldn't be caught dead going more than six weeks without a touch up but she realizes how her hair wa so thin and now it is groing in thicker and much more healthy. (A touch-up is when hair relaxer is applied to the roots to keep all the new growth straight. The relaxer is a very strong chemical used to straighten hair.)

My youngest daughter loves her natural hair. And she doesn't want to have her hair relaxed. Occasionally, we do straighten her hair with a straightening comb. I still have the one my mom used in my hair, though it gets much less use now. I am very happy about this. So to keep her happy with her hair we are constantly trying something new. I want her to be able to experience the versatility of our type of hair without making a permanent change.

She has a friend who is also in fourth grade who has made the decision to lock her hair. It looks beautiful and is growing very long. My daughter at times says she wants her hair locked. I wore mine locked for two and a half years. But I am not sure she should make that kind of a decision right now.

This time we decided to try hair extensions. This is my first time putting her hair in extensions and both of us were so excited. So I decided to take photos of my progress. The photo below is at the very beginning of our new endeavor.


The pattern is showing nicely.
The pattern is showing nicely.

Hair Products

I have tried tons of products that are supposedly made specifically for ethnic, African American or Black hair. But I find that many if not most of these products rarely deliver the results promised. I like using natural products. I am using natural oils, Some of the oils in the mixture are jojoba, sesame, sweet almond and olive oil. At times, I use coconut oil. I have a friend who makes a fabulous pomade, especially formulated for our hair. Really it is shea butter with additional natural oils. Of course, I can't devulge her recipe. I love her products, find they work great and as an added bonus, they are reasonably priced.

In this photo, I start parting the hair in the design. This time it is a geometric design. Each part is made first on one side, then the other. Each braid is slightly staggered.

Now is the time when I decide if I will continue the pattern all the way to the bottom section or begin a straight pattern going to the back. I decide to continue the pattern. But I figure now is the time to do the bottom portion so the loose hair will not be in the way as I come down the braid from the top in back.

Bottom back section.
Bottom back section.

I braided the bottom portion. Trying to keep the sizes of the braids the same. I'm not a professional so this is kind of hard because I am sectioning of extension hair. I think her hair is looking pretty good here. The extension hair doesn't look too fake.

Finished

All done. Top view
All done. Top view
All done, back top.
All done, back top.

Finis!

All done!! I think it came out pretty good. It took me about two hours, not too bad. I used large braids because I didn't want it to take too long. My daughter was very pleased with the results.

Hopefully, I will post more of her cute hairdos. I recently purchased some Curlformers which were quite expensive and I want to see how her hair comes out using those.

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      Veronica Lewis 5 years ago from Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania

      it is hard to find the right product for your hair. I've had to try different products and one product is great for my hair but not for my daughter's. You just have to keep trying until you find what works for you. The more natural products are best in my opinion. Natural oils and butters work well when applied right after washing the hair.

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      Benny 5 years ago

      Well I stopped relaxing my hair two years ago and I haven't found yet a product that worked for my hair so right now I spongy know what to do I'm going crazy with this hair.

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      Veronica Lewis 5 years ago from Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania

      I see what you mean. And there's an awful lot of links and photos on the bottom. Well, at least they are all relevant.

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      PWalker281 5 years ago

      No, I don't mean the hub itself, but the entire page that the hub is on. Typically, the author's avatar is in the upper right column. The related hubs after the comments is different, too. Take a look at one of my hubs to see what I mean.

      Nothing wrong with this layout; I'm just wondering where it comes form.

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      Veronica Lewis 5 years ago from Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania

      Thanks so much for your comments!! My daughter is pushing my hair skills to the limit! I'm constantly thinking of the next hairstyle for her. I'm probably going back to dread locks. She wants to do the same but I'm not sure yet.

      As for the format, I have no idea!! LOL! I don't know if I pressed something or what. I was trying to put in a photo capsule. I pressed the horizontal arrow and everything moved. I tried and tried but couldn't get it back. Not sure I like the look but I guess it's okay.

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      PWalker281 5 years ago

      I wish I had had this article when my daughter was growing up. I cornrowed her hair from time to time, but it never looked as good as your work.

      Like you, I've worn my hair "au naturel" since the late 60s. Wouldn't have it any other way. Wish my daughter (now 31) would convert, but I'm not holding my breath :-).

      Great hub! Voted up, useful, and interesting.

      P.S. Is this a new HubPages format? I see it from time to time and wonder where it comes from.