Cornrows, also known as track braids or flat braids are braids lying against the scalp. Made through a process of braiding and pick up hair along a row, they can be made with the person's own hair, or using hair extensions.
They said to have originated in Africa, and has the longest history there, but has also been depicted in art from ancient Greece and representations of Celtic women with elaborately braided styles on Roman coins.
In Yoruba art, rows symbolize civilization, order and agriculture. A woman with fine and complex cornrows and braids are seen as well catered for and from a strong family, as some styles take four to eight hours or more to complete.
They have been a constant in Africa for aeons, but in the US they were worn almost exclusively by Garvey-ists and the "back to Africa" movement to the Black Sea is beautiful trend in the 1960s and 1970s.
Deretter nytes en noe kort fase av mainstream popularitet i vestlige kulturer i løpet av 1970-tallet da Bo Derek hadde på seg dem for en rolle i filmen 10. Trenden ble oppdatert på slutten av 1990-tallet og tok av verden i 2000 da de sammen med dreadlocks ble oftere sett stil på Paris runways.