Cornrows or individuals braids worse for your edges?

So I'm in Mali, West Africa for now and getting braids is only really cost effective but the best protective style for me right now (bc of climate, lack of shower head, and low conditioner availability).
I've been rotating month in individual braids, small but not micro by any means, and a month free fro'ing! I'm trying to henna more often (but its irregular) and I'd like to stay braided more often. I'm thinking about getting flat braids/ cornrows to switch up from the individual braids. I'm concerned a bit for my edges, so I'm taking a poll.

Are the flat braids/ cornrows worse for edges or individual braids/twists? What do you think?
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i could be wrong, but i actually think that cornrows may be worse. it all of course depends on how tight each type of braid/twists is. if either type is too tight they are bad. but i know that when i used to do cornrows with extensions, my mom always told me to hold my finger down on the front portion of the braid so that while she was braiding it wouldn't pull on my tiny hairs in front. i never had to hold it down in front when i had single braids. so that is why i think cornrows may be "worse". just don't do either braid too tightly in front, whichever you end up doing. good luck!
i could be wrong, but i actually think that cornrows may be worse. it all of course depends on how tight each type of braid/twists is. if either type is too tight they are bad. but i know that when i used to do cornrows with extensions, my mom always told me to hold my finger down on the front portion of the braid so that while she was braiding it wouldn't pull on my tiny hairs in front. i never had to hold it down in front when i had single braids. so that is why i think cornrows may be "worse". just don't do either braid too tightly in front, whichever you end up doing. good luck!
Originally Posted by Mz.Preciosa
I agree. I think that they way cornrows must be be attached at the edge pulls a lot more than individuals. Plus, thats always where i find myself most sore after having them done...
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Agree with the others. I think cornrows could be worse since the entire braid is attached the the scalp, but if too tight both with put too much tension on the edges.
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I think both are equally detrimental to your edges when done too tightly.
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I think both are equally detrimental to your edges when done too tightly.
Originally Posted by CocoT
I def agree. I'm really picky about who I let in my hair, even when I was permed. I need to see their work first so I can have at least have some idea that they know what they are doing. That said, I do the same with braiders; I find the ones that do good work but I can still sleep at night. My braids end up being tight/ close but not bump raising tight for the most part.

I've been leaning toward the individual braids as a less edges damaging option as well. The most stress is at the start of the braid for cornrows and the weight and stress seems to be a bit more than with individual braids.

However, as the hair grows out and losses, the stress lessens. And the head takes most of the weight of the weave/ added hair. And my braiders tend to use less of my hair around the edges, but the same amount to weave, which produces more braids in the front, to make a fuller look. (Did that make sense?) So the weight of the weave is pulling on the already fragile edge hair...
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I think both are equally detrimental to your edges when done too tightly.
Originally Posted by CocoT
ITA. In fact, I would venture to say that individual braids can be MORE detrimental because people tend to be whipping them, tying tight ponytails and "styling" them more. Cornrows, stay in their place, and even when they grow out, you are not moving the braid attached to your hair so you are not causing more tension.

Both can be bad when put in too tight, but both can be good when done correctly (and for singles, when not manipulated too much or tied tightly)
I've had braids and cornrows for years and my edges never had a problem. And the girl that used to braid my hair was heavy handed and braided my sh*t tight.
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I've had braids and cornrows for years and my edges never had a problem. And the girl that used to braid my hair was heavy handed and braided my sh*t tight.
Originally Posted by Cali Chik
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Damaged on edges depends on how "weak" one's hairline is. I have fine hair on my edges...can't do tight braids. I've seen some ladies with thick ass hairlines. Like my aunt. She wore cornrows for the longest time and singles. And her hairline is SOOO prominent--she never lost any hair. And she was getting her hair braided by the kenyan ladies--in Kenya, they braid so tight, it's ridiculous...that's why I hated getting my hair braided by those women--not to mention 6 other people working on your head at the same time...

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