Cornrows

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Cornrows
Cornrows

When I think of something that represents who I am and my heritage, I always think of cornrows. Ever since I was old enough to have my hair braided, I always got cornrows. Every time I got my hair braided, I would have different braiding patterns which I loved. Cornrows are braids that are braided flat at the scalp. This style of braiding originated in Africa and then the Caribbean. The name implies agriculture, planting, and labor. In Trinidad, the same braids are called cane rows because the braids also resemble cane rows. The name of these braids is often “modified” or changed, which is insulting because in doing so, it takes away the term's African roots. Some of the alternative names that people use to refer to these braids are “Boxer braids” or “KKW braids.” People often mistakenly refer to cornrows as “corn rolls,” which is perhaps excusable because most people never see how it’s actually spelled before they pronounce it. The intricate braiding of the hair means many different things, such as which tribe you belong to, where you’re from, your status, or even your personality. Most people even used shells and beads to represent their status or personality. I have so much pride in my culture. I enjoy having my hair braided, seeing other braids, and even braiding people's hair.

Place(s): Africa

– Neidra

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