How to Take Out Cornrows

Cornrows, commonly known as braids, is a conventional African hair style worn by both men and women. It has a long history, dating back to the Stone Age.

Although it was only worn in Africa and Caribbean a couple of decades earlier, but it has emerged as one of the most popular hairstyles among many in recent times.

Cornrows provide a single hairstyle for several weeks or even several months, depending upon ones liking, which requires proper maintenance. However, when the time comes to remove them, it may take quite some time to take it out.

It is a delicate process to remove the braids, as pulling or tugging can damage your hairs as well as your scalp, and will take around 1 hour and 30 minutes to completely remove cornrows.

Removal cream (optional)
Pick comb
Detangling spray or leave-in conditioner
Rinse-out conditioner


  • 1

    Soak your hair roots and braids with removal cream. Allow the cream to infiltrate for around 15 to 20 minutes. Apply more cream at the roots of your hair roots and braids, and allow it to penetrate further for another 5 to 10 minutes if your hairstylist use bonding glue at the time you made cornrows.

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  • 2

    Cut off all the bonded tips of cornrows or braids. If the hairstylist used miniature elastic bands instead of bonding glue then untie the bands delicately without cutting if possible.

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  • 3

    Start unlacing one cornrow at a time, working from the bottom up. Use your thumb or index finger to loosen tiny sections of your cornrow or braid. Untie the cornrows very gently or else you will damage your hair. Comb through each unlaced braid or cornrow before moving on to the next one helps to avoid hair chumming. Spray conditioner on twisted areas to help you in combing. Never pull or tug at a harsh tangle.

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  • 4

    When you have untied all the cornrows or braids, wash your hair with shampoo and hair conditioner. Gently massage your scalp to remove all the dry flakes and dust. No matter how gently you unlace your braids or cornrows, one will experience a bit of hair loss or shredding.

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    Apply more removal cream after washing only if the bonding material is still present, and wash your hairs yet again after removing the remaining bonding. Allow the hair to dry out.

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