SA's best straight-up hairstyles 2022 | Top 40 trending African cornrow ideas

SA's best straight-up hairstyles 2022 | Top 40 trending African cornrow ideas

Straight-up hairstyles are still popular in South Africa. The classic cornrow styles have been reinvented for a more classy and sophisticated look. This article highlights the best 40 Instagram straight-up hairstyles of 2022.

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SA's best straight-up hairstyles 2022
The best African straight-up hairstyles of 2022. Photo: @natural_strandz, @dopeheadcartel,@meetlouishairworld, @blackhair_flair_queens_crown (modified by author)
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Cornrows are easy to look after since you can easily apply moisturizing oil between the lines. Cornrows are also the perfect choice if you are looking for the best summer straight-up hairstyles in 2022. Your hair will not sweat in the scorching sun compared with having weaves or crocheted hair. You will not have to worry about smelly and itchy hair anymore.

Trending straight up hairstyles in 2022

Straight-up hairstyles are once again being appreciated by South African ladies. The hairdo often looks fantastic when braided on Afro hair. The following are the top 40 trending African cornrows ideas.

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1. Straight-up sideways cornrows for natural hair

SA's best straight-up hairstyles 2022
Protective hairstyles for natural hair. Photo: @j_handroz
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Braiding natural hair is the new trend in 2022. Blow drying frequently is known to damage African hair as it weakens the roots.

2. Feed-in cornrows with a braided ponytail extension

Protective hairstyles for natural hair
Feed-in cornrows with a braided ponytail extension. Photo: @glow_with_ceke
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This style is perfect for ladies trying to find a style that protects their hairline. The cornrows are braided with natural hair, and the middle extension is neatly done with braids.

3. Straight-up Fulani

SA's best straight-up hairstyles 2022
Fulani hairdos are still popular in 2022. Photo: @styllusvev
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Fulani is still the go-to style in 2022. It is simple but gives a sophisticated look on all head-shapes and is ideal for working, school-going, as well as business ladies.

4. Up-down cornrows with weave extension

SA's best straight-up hairstyles 2022
Up-down cornrows with weave extension. Photo: @goulart.studio
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Add class to your hairdo with a weave extension. Get an extension that complements the braid colour and your skin tone for a more elegant result.

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5. Artistic blonde cornrows

SA's best straight-up hairstyles 2022
Artistic cornrows in 2022. Photo: @belasartesbraidsofc
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Braiding can be turned into eye-catching art. There are plenty of talented and creative hairstylists that will help you get any hairdo you want in 2022.

6. Crossover-straight up hairdo

SA's best straight-up hairstyles 2022
Crossover-straight up hairdo. Photo: @nyarahair
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How about trying the Fulani braids that are styled with the number 8 in the middle? Find a salonist who will plait the lines to perfection.

7. Kids feed-in ponytail

SA's best straight-up hairstyles in 2022
Kids feed-in ponytail in 2022. Photo: @stylesbyjazzyh
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Give your girl a fresh look with this stylish feed-in ponytail. The style is ideal for all types of functions, including school.

8. Layered cornrows

SA's best straight-up hairstyles in 2022
Long straight-up braids in 2022. Photo: @roots_and_rows
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Your middle hair can be plaited into a feed-in ponytail, and your side hair is given a free-flowing style. The plaits are made to last for a few weeks before you can think of getting another hairdo.

9. Wrapped ponytail with in-front-of-the-ear braids

SA's best straight-up hairstyles in 2022
Wrapped ponytail with in-front-of-the-ear braids. Photo: @fancy_claws
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This style has been around for a few years, but the vibe feels new every time. It is suitable for ladies of all ages and head shapes, as long as you get a salonist who can perfectly braid your Afro hair.

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11. Braided sock bun

SA's best straight-up hairstyles in 2022
Braided sock bun trend in 2022. Photo: @braids_byhopie
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Attain a fresh look with a straight-up braided sock bun. The trending 2022 hairdo can be done by young girls and adults.

12. Half and half feed-ins with weave extension

SA's best straight-up hairstyles in 2022
Half and half feed-ins hairdo in 2022. Photo: @stylessby_mari
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Mixing large and small cornrows give you the sophisticated look of a business-oriented woman. Extend the ponytail with a weave extension for a smooth finish.

13. Large braided ponytail

SA's best straight-up hairstyles in 2022
Large braided ponytail. Photo: @beauty04
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If you are in a hurry but want your hairstylist to plait your hair to perfection, large feed-in braids are an excellent choice. If the plaits are firmly done, you can stay with the hairdo for more than a week.

14. Straight-up and sideways cornrows with own hair

SA's best straight-up hairstyles in 2022
Straight-up and sideways cornrows with own hair. Photo: @tillyatnubginns
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Get that sophisticated look with a mixture of up and sideways cornrows. The hairdo looks better if done with natural Afro hair and extended with twisted locks.

15. Calf-length stitch braid ponytail

SA's best straight-up hairstyles in 2022
Long straight-up braids in 2022. Photo: @kash._didit
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If you are not bothered by walking around with floor-length braided ponytail extensions, you should give this hairdo a try. However, you have to be patient during plaiting since it takes longer, but the outcome is worth the time.

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16. Crochet up down hairdo

SA's best straight-up hairstyles in 2022
Crochet up down hairdo. Photo: @quiqui_styles
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Straight-up front cornrows and crocheted back is the new trend in 2022. You have the cornrows plaited with your natural hair.

17. All black big-small stitched straight-up

SA's best straight-up hairstyles in 2022
All black big-small stitched straight-up. Photo: @julies_beauty_supply
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The all-black big and small cornrow mix is still trending in 2022. It is suitable for all skin tones and can be worn by ladies of all ages, including kids.

18. Sophisticated Ghana braid lines

Sophisticated Ghana braid
Sophisticated Ghana braid lines. Photo: @vilelatrancas2
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This hairstyle can be done on both soft and hard textured hair. It is an ideal hairdo if you do not plan to stay with it for long.

19. Feed-in straight-up ponytail

SA's best straight-up hairstyles in 2022
Feed-in straight-up ponytail. Photo: @hairempire4u
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Try a new hairstyle in 2022 with this radiating feed-in stitch braids style. The unique plaiting technique gives it an elegant appearance.

20. Thin cornrows ponytail

Thin cornrows ponytail
Thin cornrows ponytail. Photo: @hemjay_unique_salon
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Neatly plaited thin cornrows are perfect for a busy lady. They last longer, and you will not have to think about doing your hair for the next few weeks.

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21. Straight-up sideway-flowing cornrow ponytail with beads

Sideway-flowing cornrow ponytail with beads
Straight-up sideway-flowing cornrow ponytail. Photo: @meetlouishairworld
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If elegance was a hairstyle, then this hairdo would take the trophy. The side-flowing lines with beads give it a sophisticated finish that every girl wants to have.

22. Stitched blonde cornrows with in-front-of-the-ear flowing braid

Stitched blonde cornrows with in-front-of-the-ear flowing braid
Stitched blonde cornrows with in-front-of-the-ear flowing braid. Photo: @braids_kenya
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Blonde braids look great on girls with fair skin since it compliments their tone. Finding a skilled stylist who can effortlessly make the stitched lines is also important if you wish to rock this great hairdo in 2022.

23. Straight-up curly ombre braiding for kids

SA's best straight-up hairstyles in 2022
Straight-up curly ombre braiding for kids. Photo: @yangahairextensions_za
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If you have been wondering about how to make your girl’s hair during school holidays, then this s a fantastic recommendation. The ponytail ombre braids radiate brightness.

24. Half-up half-down stitched ombre ponytail

Half-up half-down stitched ombre ponytail
Half-up half-down stitched ombre ponytail. Photo: @borntoslayyy
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2022 is a year of trying different colours and plaiting styles. You will be amazed at how colours can transform your look for an everyday shine.

25. Side straight-up feed-in cornrows and own hair ponytail with weave extension

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SA's best straight-up hairstyles in 2022
Side straight-up feed-in cornrows and own hair ponytail with weave extension. Photo: @iconic_fingerz
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If you have a photoshoot appointment or you are attending an event where you have to stand out, this ponytail hairdo is ideal. Shine bright like the queen you are!

26. Heart-shaped stitched feed-in ponytail with colourful beads

Heart-shaped stitched feed-in ponytail
Heart-shaped stitched feed-in ponytail with colourful beads. Photo: @braids.bykee
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Transform your girl’s look with a stitched ponytail that is styled with a heart shape at the front. This hairdo also looks great on ladies looking for something new to put on their heads.

27. Large stitched straight-up plaits with long weave extension

SA's best straight-up hairstyles in 2022
Large stitched straight-up plaits with long weave extension. Photo: @braids.bykee
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The large stitched braids lines are among the top-trending hairdos of 2022. Extend the ponytail with a long weave extension to achieve a sophisticated but elegant look.

28. Zigzag-shaped feed-in cornrows

Zigzag-shaped feed-in cornrows
Zigzag-shaped feed-in cornrows. Photo: @superbeauty
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The Zigzag trend is back and is undoubtedly one of the best straight-up hairstyles in 2022. Find a stylist who can carve out the shape with great precision.

29. All black mohawk extension with straight-up feed-in cornrows

Best straight-up mohawk hairstyles in 2022
All black mohawk extension with straight-up feed-in cornrows. Photo: @gerlzhairgalore
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Mohawk styles are not going anywhere in 2022. The hairdo can be worn by ladies of all ages and professions.

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30. Feed-in cornrows with a crocheted two-tone mohawk

Best straight-up mohawk hairstyles in 2022
Feed-in cornrows with a crocheted two-tone mohawk. Photo: @blackwoodpremium
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If you are searching for a great-looking mohawk style that protects your hair, this updo will do the trick. The two-tone crocheted mohawk makes it more classy.

31. Sophisticated mohawk updo

Best straight-up mohawk hairstyles in 2022
Sophisticated mohawk updo. Photo: @kinkichixsalon
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You do not need the red carpet to slay in 2022. There are plenty of hairstyles that will give you the ultimate gorgeous look, and this mohawk style is something you need to try.

32. Half pony half mohawk cornrows

Half pony half mohawk cornrows
Half pony half mohawk cornrows. Photo: @e.faithbraids
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Stand out with the best African straight-up hairstyles of 2022. This half pony, half mohawk style is ideal for both kids and grownup ladies.

33. All-black stitched crossover double buns

All-black stitched crossover double buns
All-black stitched crossover double buns. Photo: @textured_hair_society
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Kids have limitless cornrow straight-up hairstyles to try out in 2022. Give the double buns a twist with stylish crossover plaits and matching ribbons.

34. Elegant feed-in twist wavy extension ponytail

Feed-in twist wavy extension ponytail
Elegant feed-in twist wavy extension ponytail. Photo: @blackhair_flair_queens_crown
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Transform your hair into something magical. Get a hairstylist who pays attention to details and can neatly plait the feed-in into the twist braid, which then feeds into a nicely done wavy ponytail.

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35. Thin feed-in cornrows Rastafarian ponytail

Thin feed-in cornrows Rastafarian ponytail
Thin feed-in cornrows Rastafarian ponytail. Photo: @blackhair_flair_queens_crown
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Take your Rastafarian belief to a new level with this fantastic hairdo. The cornrows can be plaited with your natural hair, and the ponytail extension can be braided with a mixture of red, yellow, and green Rastafarian colours.

36. Half cornrows ponytail half flowing box braided rastas

SA's best straight-up hairstyles in 2022
Half cornrows ponytail half flowing box braided rastas. Photo: @blackhair_flair_queens_crown
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Complete your look with this half cornrows ponytail and half flowing box braided rastas. The all-black braids colour compliments all skin tones, and it looks great on natural Afro hair.

37. Crossover twist and thin cornrows bun

Crossover twist and thin cornrows bun
Crossover twist and thin cornrows bun. Photo: @halibeautie
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Explore unique and trending straight-up hairstyles in 2022 with this sophisticated hairdo. Twist and crossover lines give you a radiant glow as you go about doing your activities.

38. Straight-up side flowing feed-in cornrows ponytail

SA's best straight-up hairstyles in 2022
Straight-up side flowing feed-in cornrows ponytail. Photo: @luxuriousreignn
Source: Instagram

Rock this hairdo in 2022 as you go to work or run daily errands. It is a simple style with a bit of sophistication that makes it ideal if you are looking for a perfect official but stylish appearance.

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39. The red half up half down stitched cornrow queen

The red half up half down stitched cornrow queen
The red half up half down stitched cornrow queen. Photo: @dopeheadcartel
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Up your hairstyling game with this simply stitched hairdo. Compliment with a neatly braided red bun and flowing red braided lines.

40. Straight-up twist updo

SA's best straight-up hairstyles in 2022
Straight-up twist updo. Photo: @natural_strandz (modified by author)
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There is no limit as to the number of hairstyles that can be done on Afro hair. Get a creative and talented hairdresser who can effortlessly plait the best straight-up hairstyles in 2022 to recreate this iconic twist updo on your head.

Ladies are spoilt for choice when it comes to getting the best straight-up hairstyles in 2022. From the above styling ideas, there is something for everyone regardless of your skin tone and head or face shape. Let 2022 be your year of shining with the best trending hairdo!

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