How Much Does It Cost To Get Cornrows?

Box braids or cornrows are popular hairstyles among young people. Cornrows were not just a ’90s hairstyle since Janet Jackson also wore them. Hairstyles with cornrows are popular among Africans.

Africans keep their hair braided to protect it from damage since their hair has a different texture than Asians and Americans. Yet, many people usually wonder how much getting cornrows actually costs?

At a salon, cornrows may cost anywhere between $35 and $475. There are salons that charge $300 for the first 6 hours and then charge hourly for the additional hours. In general, there may be a charge of $25 or more for men. 

The cornrows can be divided into a number of different types. It is possible to do dreadlocks, box braids, Fulani braids, Bantu knots with braids, and so on. There are different prices associated with each one. Our objective in this article is to explain in detail how much it would cost for you to get cornrows, and how you can find out. 

How Much Does It Cost To Get Cornrows? 

You may be wondering, if you are a newcomer to the world of cornrows, why they cost so much. I think it has to do with the fact that the way to do cornrows is a really tedious process. In some cases, depending on the length of your hair and other factors, it may take up to seven hours for the braider to finish braiding your hair.

It is very common for people who are looking to get cornrows to wonder how much it costs to get them. However, you will need to understand a few things first. Traditionally, braiders braid by hand rather than using a machine. Small sections of hair can sometimes be a little difficult to thin out and braid together, which can be quite a task.

The average pricing of cornrows depends on a few factors. 

  • Your hair length 
  • Your hair volume and texture 
  • The size of the braid 
  • Type of the braid
  • Experience and skill of the braider 

The braider is the only one who decides what the pricing will be. Some salons start with just $35 for cornrows, while others charge as much as $75 for the cheapest cornrows. We have, however, scoured the internet and made an estimate price chart that you can use. 

Long Cornrows

A long row of cornrows can take as long as seven hours to complete. This is usually done in one session by the stylist, so the price is a bit high. Cornrows for long hair can cost between $200 and $475 depending on the quality and the style. 

Medium Cornrows

It does not take as much time to make cornrows with medium-length hair. Based on the designs, it can take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours for these to be completed. A medium-length cornrow costs between $120 and $350, while a longer length costs between $190 and $500. 

Design intricacy 

An important factor in determining the overall quality of an application is the level of design complexity. A small cornrow with long hair will cost more than a long cornrow without long hair. There is a greater need for precision and time when braiding small cornrows. The price of long hair will be higher than average if you have long hair. It is possible that you may need to spend up to $475 for a set of small cornrows, with long hair. 

You can get it done with comparatively less expensive prices if you are interested in thicker, looser, and not-so-tight looking cornrows. There is no need to be as precise with bigger cornrows and you can achieve them within 3-5 hours depending on the length of your hair.

Long hair braids cost between $200 and $350. Hair up to medium length and larger braids cost $120 to $250.

Below is a list of the average price for some of the most popular braiding styles. It depends on your hair whether the price will increase or decrease.

  • Nubian Twists ($200 to $300)
  • Passion Twists ($200 to $300) 
  • Senegalese Twists ($250 to $350) 
  • Two Strand Twists ($150 to $200) 
  • Kinky Twists ($175 to $250) 
  • Nubian Twist ($180 to $250)
  • Fulani braids ($180-$200)

Hourly Basis And Flat Rates

There are some braiding salons that do not have flat rates, but instead charge by the hour. An hourly rate of $50 to $75 is typical for cornrows. Salons charge $300 for the first six hours in some cases, although some charge a flat rate. They will charge an hourly fee if you require more time.  

Cornrows For Men

I believe that men’s cornrows are much cheaper than women’s cornrows. They often wear short hair, with little volume, and their designs are much simpler and less complicated than the hairstyles of other women. Although many men like to add extensions and try intricate designs to look stylish, there are many men who prefer the simple, good old-fashioned cornrow to look stylish.

Men may choose from a wide range of cornrows, which start at a price of $25. In order to gauge the customer’s choice, the price will vary depending on whether they want extensions or if they choose a more intricate design. 

Factors That May Hike The Price

Cornrows do not cost the same everywhere. The price may be affected by several factors. The following are the things you should keep in mind when you’re looking to save money on cornrows:

  1. Pre-braiding care

Your hair needs to be washed and deep-conditioned before you braid it. This is offered by most salons and costs $30 to $50. Save a few dollars by shampooing and conditioning it at home. Please contact your hairstylist and let them know.

  1. Hair extensions

There is a possibility of needing hair extensions if your hair is thin and short, in order to create the desired volume and length when you braid your hair. As long as your hair is long and thick, you don’t have to use extensions in your braid if your hair is long and thick. 

In a lot of salons, you can find self-produced hair extensions being used. Extensions for this platform can be purchased for as little as $15 per pack. 

There is no harm in getting cornrows. Pulling and tugging are indeed required when braiding your hair precisely. The hair of an expert stylist is never manipulated in a way that causes damage to the scalp.

Initially, however, cornrows may feel tight and uncomfortable. It’s recommended to braid a little more tightly since cornrows are supposed to last at least six to eight weeks. After a few days, the braids will become loose. There will be a feeling of uneasiness for about 4 to 5 days.

There is a possibility that you will ruin your cornrows while you are sleeping. If you sleep with a cotton pillowcase, your braids will frizz up overnight, making them look rough. Put a satin pillow cover over your cotton pillow to keep this from happening. 

After you’ve braided your hair, moisten it before bed. To prevent your braids from moving while you are sleeping, tie a silk scrunchie around them. If there is friction between your hair and the pillow cover, use a silk scarf or head cover to prevent it from happening. 

It differs from one braid to another in terms of how you wash your hair. Those with textured, thick, and coarse hair should wash once a week in order to make their hair as fresh as possible.

For braided hair, your washing routine should be the same as for non braided hair. Wash your braids thoroughly every week at the very least. You should wash at least once a month if it is not possible. 

It is easy to maintain your cornrows. Cleaning your cornrows once a week, moisturizing regularly, and covering them while you sleep are three essential steps to maintaining their health. 

As you braid your hair, it is important to moisturize your braids to reduce frizz and flaky scalp. Moreover, it prevents your braided hair from being dry and rough. It is quite common for cornrows to itch.

Moisturizing helps to reduce itchiness and breakage from braiding. To keep your scalp soft and moisturized, use a mousse. Moisturize and braid your hair every other day. 

Cornrows, to be honest, can be very expensive. This is not something that everyone is willing to spend large amounts of money on. The good news is, yes you can do cornrows at home. It is not entirely impossible to do it at home.

But the bad news is that doing cornrows requires a lot of time and patience. Sectioning thin pieces of hair, braiding them with precision, and keeping the details on point for hours; (6-7 hours minimum) is not a task everyone can do. But with practice and patience, you can do it at home. 


The benefits of cornrows extend beyond their aesthetic appeal. Although cornrows require a great deal of patience, they are a detailed hairstyle. In addition, it is quite expensive. If you plan on getting cornrows, make sure you do your research. Your acquaintances might be able to provide recommendations. Choosing a salon is the next step, and then comparing their rates and services. With this method, you can find your best hair salon and hairstylist. 

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