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A traditional African style of hair grooming where the hair is braided very close to the scalp. Often favored for their easy maintenance, cornrows can be left in for weeks at a time if maintained through careful washing of the hair and regular oiling of the scalp.
Cornrows are often adorned with beads or cowry shells.
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A hairstyle, worn prominently by young black males, that braids the hair to the scalp in a series of rows, looking like a farmer's field in symmetry. Made popular by many basketball players and actors.
They wrapped my cornrows so tight I have a headache.
by Denis Baldwin September 24, 2003
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One of several protective methods used to prevent breakage of kinky, nappy, tightly curled or coily hair. These braiding techniques were brought to the New World by African slaves and knowledge of these traditions were passed from generation to generation whereever black Africans were enslaved.

Traditionally these hairstyles were only used by women and little girls. Presently cornrows are a non-gender specific style used for convenience and protection of kinky hair.
Measha becomes deeply offended when she hears whites and Asians refer to cornrows as just a hairstyle.
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hair style commonly seen worn by african americans
yo dawg, check out dem corn rows on dat girl
by DeMiND July 01, 2004
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The terms cornrows, corn rows and corn rolls are often confused. Corn rolls are a baked good and corn rows are rows of corn plants in a field. Cornrows are infact the style of hair worn by African Americans. The single term "cornrows" dates back to when African Americans primarily worked in agricultural settings and refers to the similarities between the hairstyle and straight rows of corn with spaces in between. This is not the same term as Corn Rolls which refer to a baked good. Althought there does seem to be a small fraction (less than 2% of internet sites) that refer to "corn rolls" as a type of hairstyle the vast majority use the term "cornrows."
Yo check out my cornrows in my hair.
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