One of my favorite hairstyles, even before I knew what protective styling was, is cornrows. I learned how to braid when I was 8 years old practicing on my Barbie styling head, then moving on to do other peoples hair. I got serious and starting making money from braiding on other people in 2001 after trying cornrows with extensions for the first time on a friend of mine that came out really good. I remember 2001 being the year Alica Keys came out with Falling and everyone started rocking cornrows with beads. Prior to Alicia Keys I was wearing cornrows with wooden beads and gold clasps just for the record..smiling. This winter I intend on retro-ing the cornrow and bead or some type of ornaments added to my styles. I like the care free maintenance cornrow braiding offers as well. I just sleep with a Du Rag on, take it off in the morning... and keep it pushin...as the saying goes. Depending on how small I make the braids a style will last between 10 to 14 days which makes it a really great protective style. I happen to be one of those ladies who loves to switch up my look. Wearing a style longer than two weeks would be a serious challenge for me which is one reason cornrows are a great option for those who like to switch it up a bit.