50 Best Cornrow Braids Hairstyles For 2016

It feels like a trendy new braid hits the Internet every day. We’ve seen a variety of plaits flood our Pinterest and Instagram feeds, including fishtail, milkmaid, and even mermaid types. But one braid had a major moment this year: the cornrow. This style is undeniably one of the most iconic types of braids. Known for its complexity and detail, the three-stranded plait has been seen on celebrities on and off the red carpet and in the hair of models on the Fashion Week runways.

Cornrows truly have the ability to transform your appearance. Just a few braids running toward the back of your head can instantly up your edge. When used as accents on your curls or waves, they can upgrade a basic look into an elegant holiday hairdo. The braids also make the perfect protective style for when you just don’t have time to do your hair. Bonus — when you take them down, you’re left with the most gorgeous waves!

From the classic center-parted plaits to detailed updos, these photos are proof that everyone still wants “in” on the cool style. You’ll want to pull out your combs and start braiding right away. Keep scrolling to get inspired.

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 29: Ruby Rose arrives at the 26th Annual ARIA Awards 2012 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on November 29, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

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PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 02: Peng Lin arrives at the Christian Dior Ready-To-Wear Fall/Winter 2012 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on March 2, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)

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