Two strand twists, 3 strand braids and cornrows are pretty staple styles within the natural community. If you have mastered all 3 and are ready for more of a challenge, then this article is for you!
1. The 3 strand twist
If your individual hair strands are fine or if you have overall low hair density, you may find that two strand twist outs are just not your friend. The final result may look scalpy or you end up ruining the look by over-separating in order to cover up some of that scalpiness. If so, the three strand twist may be the way to go as it generally results in more twist out volume than a two strand twist. The only rule to gain more volume is to part your hair exactly as you would for a regular two strand twist out but then proceed to three strand twist the section.
2. The 4 Strand braid
This is a popular styling technique for the wavier or straighter Caucasian hair but it works just as well for curlier and kinkier hair. I would not really recommend doing box braids with this method as it would probably be very time-consuming with little visible difference, but it works really well for styling bigger sections such as ponytails (or puffy tails!), pig tails or hair sectioned into 4 braids for pinning up or for kids. Start off with stretched hair and you will have an easier time!
3. The Inverted Cornrow
Some of you may already be doing the inverted cornrow as your regular cornrow style. I certainly didn’t realise the difference until one of my work colleagues asked me how I managed to not have a raised bump on my cornrows. This is when I actually saw that there are two different techniques one — the regular cornrow where the hair is braided to a raised pattern and the inverted cornrow where the hair has a flat appearance. Neither of these are too difficult to master with some practice.
First up is the inverted cornrow tutorial
For comparison, here is a regular cornrow tutorial
Do you think you’ll give any of the above 3 styles a chance?