Kid’s hair can have a mind of its own. One day it might sit perfectly in place, and the next it can looks like they slept in a hedge. Knowing quick and easy hairstyles to use on your kids is essential to get them out the door in time for school. This is where we come in. We have rounded up some of our favourite beginner-friendly hairstyles for kids. These only take a few minutes and do not require too many products. One product that is essential is a hair dryer as not many parents will have the luxury of letting their kids hair dry naturally before the busy day starts.
1. The Blow-dry
The best way to get your kid’s hair looking good is to give it a blow-dry. You should invest in a kid-friendly hairdryer with a lower temperature range. Blow-drying their hair will make it easier to brush, and you can even just let it fall naturally. With freshly dried hair, you can run a brush through a few times to help give them a sleek look.
2. Top Knot
If your kid is always on-the-go, then a top knot will be perfect for them. If you’re a beginner, then you can achieve this look with a hair doughnut. All you need to do is pull the hair into a high ponytail with a thin elastic band and then place the doughnut through the ponytail. Wrap the hair around and under the doughnut before pinning in place. It is that easy!
3. The Ponytail
A ponytail is so easy – even your kids can do it with a bit of practise. All you need to do is grab the hair and pull it through the elastic before looping it around to tighten. If you want to add a little something extra, you can pin in a bow or use a fun scrunchie instead of a traditional elastic.
4. Double French Braid
Once you have mastered the art of doing one brand, then a double French braid will be easy. Divide your kid’s hair down the centre of their head. Starting on one side, take a layer of hair and split it into three equal sections. Weave the left part through the middle section, and then weave the right over the middle. As you make your way down the hair, add more hair to the left and right sections every time you loop it through the middle section. Once you get to the bottom, add an elastic and repeat on the other side.
5. Half-Up, Half-Down
This is the hairstyle that the Duchess of Cambridge uses with her daughter, Princess Charlotte. All you have to do is divide the top section of your daughter’s hair and tie it with an elastic band. The mini-ponytail should lay on top of the loose hair, and you can leave a few strands loose at the front.
6. Braided Ponytail
If you have just washed and blow-dried your kid’s hair, then a braided ponytail will keep it looking fresh. Style their hair as you would to make a ponytail. Once you have securely tightened their hair, split the ponytail into three sections. Weave the right part through to the middle, and then overlap the left part through the middle section. Repeat this until you reach the end of the ponytail. Finish off with a hair elastic or add a fun hair scrunchie.
Pigtails are a favourite style of little kids all over the world. This style is best achieved after a blow-dry to give their hair a natural bounce. Pigtails are essentially two ponytails placed on either side of your kid’s hair. The easiest way to do this is to brush their hair until you can create a parting down the middle. Once you have divided the hair into two sections, you can place them into a traditional ponytail. You will want to use a thin elastic and tighten it as much as possible to give the pigtails added height.
8. Princess Leia Buns
If your daughter is a Star Wars fan, then this hairstyle will be perfect for her. Just like with the pigtails, you will start by parting her hair into two sections at the back. Pull each section into a ponytail and tie it tightly just above the ear. Twist the hair in the ponytail and then in one sweep, wrap the twisted hair around the hair tie in circular motions. Don’t forget to add hairpins!. Pin the buns securely into place and add a touch of hairspray.
9. The Headband Option
Sometimes, we don’t have the time to spend doing our kid’s hair. Maybe you have already run a blow-dryer over their hair, or perhaps you have brushed through it with a comb. Adding a headband is one way to make your kid look put together and ready for the day. The only thing to keep in mind is to make sure that the headband is sitting on the crown of their head. If you are worried about your kid losing their headband, you can pin it into place with a few bobby pins.
10. Slicked Back Ponytail
The difference between this style and a traditional ponytail is its sleekness. It’s best to blow-dry your kid’s hair beforehand for optimum results. Starting at the front of their hair, run a brush through each section and pull the hair back until it is sitting flat against their head. Holding the top part in place, brush through the bottom half of their hair in upward motions. Bring the two sections together to form a ponytail. This style looks best with a higher ponytail, so you should tie the hair up just below the crown of their head.
11. Milkmaid Braids
If your kid has long hair, then milkmaid braids are the perfect way to keep their hair up all day. Start by making two low ponytails, one on either side of their head. Braid the ponytails by crisscrossing the sections together. When the braid is complete, lift it and place it on top of your kid’s head. It should sit as close to their middle parting as possible. Secure it behind their ear with bobby pins, as well as at the top. Repeat this with the second braid and hide the ends by tucking them under each other. Add a little hairspray to make the style last all day.