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    Here's Why Cornrows Are For Black Women

    Often imitated, never duplicated.

    1. Cornrows: a hairstyle in which hair is braided down into rows and patterns.

    2. In recent years, they've made their way into mainstream culture, thanks to famous non-black people whose stardom is largely due to cultural appropriation.

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    3. But long before mainstream media renamed them boxer braids, cornrows wereโ€”and still areโ€”a popular protective hairstyle for black people.

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    4. And no matter how hard other people try to recreate the 'do, it just never looks as fresh as it does on the originator!

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    5. See, only a certain texture is strong enough to carry the weight of these braids.

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    6. And only a certain goddess can swing them with such swag and grace.

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    7. There's an ART to these perfectly clean parts and laid edges.

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    8. One's cornrows don't simply get into this kind of formation on their own. There's a science to it.

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    9. This star required some supernatural precision, guys.

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    10. Notice how there is not one ๐Ÿ‘ single ๐Ÿ‘ strand ๐Ÿ‘ out ๐Ÿ‘ of ๐Ÿ‘ PLACE ๐Ÿ‘.

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    11. And it's critically important that you take note of the motion, the fluidity of these winding rows.

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    12. Cornrows are effortlessly regal, a reflection of the queens who rock them.

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    13. And there's no limit to their movement or design...

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    14. Or the heights they can reach.

    15. They are simple...

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    16. And they are complex.

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    17. Cornrows are beautiful and magical in every way!

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    BLESSED ARE THE QUEENS WHO CRAFT AND WEAR THEM โค๏ธ.